Vivian Campbell Confirms Def Leppard’s Plans For A Global Tour With Mötley Crüe

Def Leppard’s guitarist Vivian Campbell joined the Eddie Trunk Podcast for an interview and talked about his band’s plans to collaborate with Mötley Crüe for a global tour. 

Formed by Pete Willis, Tony Kenning, and Rick Savage, Def Leppard is one of the key figures in the 1980s new wave of British heavy metal. Since its formation, the band has continued its music career with different members. After Steve Clarke‘s death, Campbell, formerly Dio’s guitarist, began playing with Def Leppard instead of Clarke.

The band took a break from playing for a while in 2010. After Def Leppard started playing together again, they engaged in many different projects. An exciting one of these was the Mötley Crüe collaboration they announced in 2019. In 2019, the band announced they would be holding a stadium tour with Poison, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Mötley Crüe in the summer of 2020. With COVID-19, they had to delay the scheduled date several times.

The Stadium Tour, which was first postponed to June 2021, was later rescheduled once again for this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions. On June 16, 2022, Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe finally took the stage for the long-awaited tour. While the fans were eagerly awaiting the concert, Poison announced that they could not attend due to the hospitalization of their member Bret Michaels. The concert co-headlined by Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard was held with the remaining special guests.

Def Leppard’s guitarist Vivian Campbell recently joined Eddie Trunk’s podcast for an interview. When asked about the band’s plans for this year, the guitarist gave the news of another possible collaboration with Mötley Crüe. The guitarist explained that the Stadium Tour received excellent feedback from the fans, and it was possible that they would do a global tour with Mötley Crüe.

Campbell, who was cautious while speaking, stated that this plan was not certain, and he did not want to speak on behalf of the other group members. However, he said he knows that the Mötley members are also satisfied with this collaboration. Vivian added that he still predicts that there will be a global touring project.

The guitarist answered Trunk’s question in the interview as follows:

There has been a lot of interest in the Stadium Tour with Mötley and us, and there is a lot of talk about taking out overseas next year, going global with that… so we will see. I mean, that will be exciting to do that, you know we haven’t played overseas in many years obviously… and yeah, that would be fun. Hopefully, the grownups can put that together.”

He continued:

“Well, I don’t wanna speak for Nikki, but if I were a gambling man, I would be putting money on a chance, you know what I mean. I think that they are having a lot of fun, as are we. And the package works, you know, so, it is a big world, you wanna go out there and play it, so I would guess it is really going to happen.”
The second leg of the Stadium Tour will kick off in Vancouver, Canada, on September 2. The bands will continue their way to the States and perform two more concerts in San Francisco and Las Vegas, respectively.