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NIKKI SIXX UNDERSTANDS WHY DAVID LEE ROTH PASSED ON ‘THE STADIUM TOUR’

Nikki Sixx shed light on why David Lee Roth didn’t want to join Mötley Crüe‘s “Stadium Tour,” which will now play next spring. The 30-date stadium run will also feature Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Nikki Sixx has just published his third memoir, The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx.

Sixx, surmised why the Van Halen frontman decide to pass on the run, telling Forbes, “Yeah, well, he probably influenced everybody. (That band) is a monster. But, y’know, understandably. We all get to make our choices and stuff. I just thought with the body of work that he has with a lot of people, it could be really exciting. I understand his position, too.”

Nikki Sixx spoke about shifting into the role of an elder statesman rocker, explaining, “As you get older, you have to work harder. And I wanted to be transparent about that. I don’t want to be like, ‘Hey, look at me, I got 400 injections of Botox and I’m 22 years old!’ They’re like, ‘Wait a minute, no you’re not! You’re 62, and the 22-year-olds are trying to eat your lunch.’ That’s what you’ve got to worry about. It’s the young wolf that I’m worried about.”

He added, “I’ll stay toe-to-toe with the big boys, but the young wolves are coming for us, and they’ve learned from us, just like I learned from all the great bands. They get to look at the Metallicas, the Mötley​s and U2s and GN’Rs . Name it, whatever it is, and they’re like, ‘Okay, this is what’s worked, this is what doesn’t work, and we’re gonna start our own band.’ And I wanted people to understand the hard work that we have to go into. Especially if you’re a young band, you could read that first chapter (of The First 21) and go, ‘Okay, this is how it’s done. And if we want to have a career that’s 10, 20, 30 years old, this is a good little roadmap.'”

Nikki Sixx admitted to us that he’s astonished at his productivity since getting sober: “It’s insane. It’s insane. And y’know what? If you manage it well, you can achieve so much on the planet, more than what I used to be able to achieve, which was, ‘Let me write ten songs, record an album and go on tour.’ That’s it. That’s all I did. That’s like, ridiculous. If all I had to do was make a Motley Crue album and tour, I’d feel like I was gonna slit my wrists, I’d be so bored now.”

The 30-date “Stadium Tour” kicks off on June 16th, 2022 at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park and marks Motley Crüe’s first live dates since its 2014 / 2015 farewell tour.

GENESIS ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED LONDON DATES

Genesis has announced their rescheduled London dates. Earlier this month, the group was forced off the road due to an unspecified bandmember testing positive for covid. The band was winding down its UK tour when they announced their final four gigs — Glasgow, Scotland and its three London concerts were postponed.

The band has rolled out the replacement dates for 2022 — hitting London’s O2 Arena on March 24th, 25th, and 26th. There’s been no word as to a make-up date for the Glasgow show.

Mike Rutherford recently told us that Genesis’ group and solo hit-making power almost snuck up on him back in the ’80s: “I don’t think I quite realized — the Mechanics for example — I didn’t realize how much it was doing over here until I came to tour, y’know what I mean? It doesn’t really mean that much. It doesn’t change anything, I mean, the songs are good songs. It was the time, too. Because, y’know, MTV came in, so a hit was such a hit. Y’know, you were on in every bar — y’know, it wasn’t the radio stations — you were on in every bar, every restaurant, every gym. We were everywhere. Almost too much, actually.”

UPDATED: Genesis tour dates (subject to change):

November 15, 16 – Chicago, IL – United Center
November 18 – Washington, DC – Capitol One Arena
November 19 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
November 20 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
November 22, 23 – Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
November 25, 26 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
November 27 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
November 29 – Detroit, MI – Little Ceasars Arena
November 30 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
December 2, 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
December 5, 6 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
December 8 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
December 10 – Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena
December 13 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
December 15, 16 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
March 24, 25, 26, 2022 – London, England – The O2

JAMES TAYLOR & CAROLE KING ‘TROUBADOUR’ DOC NOW IN PRODUCTION

A new documentary on James Taylor and Carole King has been commissioned by CNN and HBO Max. It was announced yesterday (October 20th) that Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name will premiere on CNN, while domestic streaming and international distribution rights will go to HBO Max.

Frank Marshall is directing and producing the film, which is still in production. Marshall is best known for the 2020’s The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart doc, as well as The Gift: The Journey Of Johnny Cash, and Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time. No premiere date has been announced for Just Call Out My Name.

According to Variety, “The documentary will focus on the duo’s 2010 world tour, dubbed the ‘Troubadour Reunion Tour.’ The title referred to their having played together at West Hollywood’s famed Troubadour club when they were starting out in 1970, and a subsequent six-night stand they did there in 2007 to celebrate the nightspot’s 50th anniversary, which that led to their taking it on the road to global arenas three years later.”

In 1971 James Taylor scored his only Number One single to date with a cover of King’s “You’ve Got A Friend.” Taylor explained that he and King almost immediately recognized a kindred spirit in one another: “It turned out we spoke the same language. We sat down and we slipped back into the mother tongue, really. It was great. We played on each other’s records; we just had a common mind, y’know?”

We caught up to Carole King during rehearsals for the historic joint tour with James Taylor and she revealed that unlike the usual double-bill touring lineups hitting the road — the tour was planned as a true collaboration: “We’ve been rehearsing for the past two weeks; James and myself and the three original musicians that we played with — Danny Kortchmar, Lee Sklar, and Russ Kunkel, Robbie Condor and the singers that work with James — and you see here, the picture in the dictionary under the word ‘joy’ — and you’ll see it on everyone’s face on the tour. And it came because we had a reunion in 2007 at the Troubadour club and it was so much fun that we couldn’t stop.”

James Taylor performs on Friday (October 22nd) with special guest Jackson Browne at Salt Lake City’s Maverik Center.

Carole King will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame as a performer on October 30th at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Taylor Swift will induct King, with performances by Swift and Jennifer Hudson.

Carole King and her late, ex-husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 as non-performers.

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE ROLL OUT DECEMBER TEXAS RUN

Sammy Hagar & The Circle have just rolled out a handful of December Texas shows, hitting hit Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston. The gigs, paired with their October and November Las Vegas concerts, mark the “Red Rocker’s” only live shows for the remainder of 2021.

Hagar posted a message to fans on Instagram, which read: “Just to be clear this is not a full-blown tour we’re just able to squeeze in a few shows before we shut down for the holidays so we’re going to pick on Texas ha ha. Next year the Circle is planning a full blown world tour and a new record. Stay tuned see some of you in Vegas.”

Not too long ago we asked Sammy Hagar, who he expects to show up on any given night to see him live: “Right now, I just want a hard-core Sammy Hagar audience. Y’know, just the people that know me and who I am and what I’m gonna do.”

UPDATED: Sammy Hagar & The Circle tour dates (subject to change):

October 29, 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Strat Showroom
November 5, 6, 12, 13 – Las Vegas, NV – Strat Showroom
December 3 – Fort Worth, TX – Billy Bob’s
December 4 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
December 6 – Austin, TX – Moody Theater
December 8 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

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