Def Leppard’s Rick Allen On Nikki Sixx And Tommy Lee’s Reconciliation During Tour

Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard’s Stadium Tour was an unforgettable experience for many. It was the most profitable tour of both acts, but there was another thing to be noticed throughout the dates. According to Rick Allen, the Stadium Tour witnessed the settlement of the relationship between Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx, who weren’t getting on well for many years, as he revealed to Sonic Perspectives.

Fans were pretty sad to hear that Mötley Crüe had decided to retire from touring. However, the band later surprised them by announcing the Stadium Tour. As Rick Allen said, Def Leppard was among those who thought Mötley Crüe was over, but the Crüe proved with this tour that they had no intention of leaving the stage. Besides, Allen argues that the Stadium Tour also strengthened the friendship of Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee, who didn’t like each other much.

In a recent interview, Rodrigo Altaf asked Rick Allen about their plans to hit the road the following year. “That’s right,” answered Rick Allen. “We decided that it was a good idea to stick together. We’re going to head South of the border, and then I’m sure, at some point, there’ll be a European tour. There will probably be [tours in] the far East, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan.”

The drummer explained, “It’s great touring with those guys. We thought they were done. We asked them to come out with us, and it didn’t take much persuasion to get [them] back on the road. It’s fantastic because now we see the friendship between Nikki and Tommy is back where it was. For many years they didn’t really like each other. I think, for them to see things in hindsight and realize all the good they’ve done, you know. They realized their legacy was intact. So, it’s great to be touring with those guys.”

The Stadium Tour was Mötley Crüe’s first major tour in seven years and Def Leppard’s first in three years. So, it wasn’t a surprise two acts broke records with the tour’s ticket sales. Although the tour concluded on September 9, two acts were expected to hit the road together in the next year. The 2023 World Tour will have six more US dates in August following the shows in the UK and Ireland, with Alice Cooper as their support.