The Reason Why Gene Simmons Fired Mötley Crüe As KISS’ Supporting Act


Mötley Crüe is undoubtedly one of the most influential bands of the ’80s and its members definitely went further than any other band when it came to embodying a hardcore metal lifestyle. It got to a point where the band’s extraordinary lifestyle was as famous as their music and their notorious reputation was following them wherever they went.

Although the band’s studio album, ‘Too Fast for Love‘ which was released on November 10, 1981, was a failure at first, the following year the record was remixed and partially re-recorded. This re-release, with a different track listing and slightly different artwork, reached number 77 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States and reached platinum status.

After Mötley Crüe started to strengthen its place among other stars, it caught the attention of other legendary bands, such as KISS. That’s when KISS members offered the band to be their opening act for their 1993 tour. However, after doing only a handful of shows, the band was fired by bassist Gene Simmons. The main reason was their extreme lifestyle that involved endless partying, unlike the bass player who is known for leading a healthy life away from drugs, alcohol, and parties.

Gene Simmons Fired Mötley Crüe Because Of Their Hard-Partying


After experiencing a commercial decline due to leaving their iconic make-up looks and style, KISS started to lose an audience with some concerts filling only 30-40 percent of the venues’ capacity. In order to turn things around, the band came up with an idea to involve Mötley Crüe in their tour in order to sell tickets, especially after noticing the band’s growing notorious reputation.

Mötley Crüe at the time was famous on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip and had one successful debut studio album under their belt. Being energized by the challenge of opening for such a legendary band rather than feeling intimidated, the band was confident that they would be successful on this important mission.

However, Mötley Crüe’s opening shows for KISS didn’t continue for long as bassist Nikki Sixx revealed in the band’s memoir ‘The Dirt’ that KISS bassist Gene Simmons wasn’t happy with Crüe due to their hard-partying and therefore, fired them from the tour.

Even though Mötley Crüe opened for the band just a few times in 1983, the experience still gave the young band a glimpse at what its future rock stardom would hold. To this day, all band members look back to those days with much appreciation because their opening acts also featured sold-out crowds celebrating the band’s rise in stardom.

Mötley Crüe And KISS Made Amends By Going On A Tour Together


After their short experience together, both Mötely Crüe and KISS buried the hatchet and went on a successful joint tour in 2012. On March 20 in the same year, a press conference was held to announce a summer North American tour called simply, ‘The Tour’ including both bands as co-headliners.

‘The Tour’ which involved 51 shows in total started on July 20, 2012, in Bristow, Virginia, and ended on October 1, in Arena Monterrey, Mexico. The collaborative tour was a success as it was listed as one of ‘The Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012′ by Rolling Stone. After proving they are still a savage band but more mature, seeing KISS and Mötley Crüe together on stage was legendary according to many fans.