After two years of waiting for the highly-anticipated Stadium Tour to make its way into Philadelphia, Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard finally arrived at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 25. The tour, which is certainly the hottest ticket in rock n’ roll this summer, also featured special guests Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Poison and Classless Act.
Kicking off the show was Classless Act, a buzzed about, fast-rising rock band from Los Angeles, who were invited by Mötley Crüe’s singer Vince Neil and drummer Tommy Lee, to open up the 36-date Stadium Tour. The group, composed of Derek Day, Dane Pieper, Griffin Tucker, Franco Gravante and Chuck McKissock, made for the perfect addition to the already star-studded lineup.
Classless Act recently signed a record deal with Better Noise and released their debut project, Welcome To The Show. The band delivered an energy-filled showcase of their debut effort, performing songs from the project such as “This Is For You,” “Give It To Me,” “Time To Bleed” and more. Led by Day, the group certainly earned dozens of new fans with the captivating performance they brought to the stage, that demanded the audience’s attention.
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts entered the stage in the blazing heat at 4:40 for an 11-song set.
Throughout Joan Jett and The Blackhearts’ 45-minute set, despite having some trouble with her guitars, the 63-year-old rocker put her signature vocals on full display while performing nearly a dozen songs. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers led Stadium-wide singalongs to several of their timeless rock anthems, including the classic hits such as “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and of course “Bad Reputation,” among others.
Jett, sporting her usual all black attire, also paid tribute to her time in The Runaways with fierce performances of “Cherry Bomb” and “You Drive Me Wild.” She also delivered her rendition of Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Crimson & Clover.”
Pennsylvania’s own Poison delivered a boisterous rock show full of the band’s classic hits such as “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Every Rose Has It Thorn,” “Unskinny Bop,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” “Fallen Angel,” among many others.
“This has been two years in the making to get here,” frontman Bret Michaels told the crowd with a big smile on his face.
Led by Michaels, the group’s enthusiastic frontman, Poison brought an energy-filled show to Philadelphia that the near-capacity crowd won’t soon forget. Michaels, serving as one of the best frontmen on the tour, greeted fans on the barricade and beyond throughout their impressive 11-song set while the rest of the band rocked out, including C.C. DeVille, who made fans swoon with his guitar licks.
Rock N’ Roll legends Def Leppard were a true highlight of the tour with their lengthy, 18-song set. Frontman Joe Elliott more than delivered, and his timeless vocals sounded beyond flawless. The group performed smash hits such as “Love Bites,” “Foolin’,” “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak,” “Armageddon It,” “Excitable,” and more.
In addition to performing hits from their iconic catalog, the award-winning rock group also showcased new music during their set. Def Leppard, composed of Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Rick Allen, Phil Collen, and Vivian Campbell, performed songs from their latest project, Diamond Star Halo, including “Take What You Need,” “Hearth It Up,” “Kick” and “This Guitar.”
The band concluded their incredible set with several of their most iconic tracks, including “Hysteria,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Rock Of Ages,” and “Photograph,” during which the background filled with nostalgic photos of the group from throughout their career.
Mötley Crüe, who signed a Cessation of Touring Agreement a few years ago to permanently stop touring after their 2015 Farewell Tour, brought a rowdy, rock-filled set to Citizen Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The band, composed of Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee, delivered a lively show with an impressive sound that is much better than fans previously heard during the group’s farewell tour.
Due to sustaining four broken ribs about a month ago, drummer Tommy Lee took to his drum set for more than half of their performance. During the song’s Lee stepped away to take a brief break, Tommy Clufetos filled in for him. Lee also joined the iconic rock group on stage to play the piano for their fan-favorite hit, “Home Sweet Home,” which made was welcomed by a massive sing-along and a sea of lights that illuminated the stadium.
“You can’t kill Mötley Crüe,” bassist Nikki Sixx declared during their headlining performance. “More importantly, you can’t cancel Mötley Crüe.”
Motley Crue then went on to perform songs from their Netflix film’s The Dirt soundtrack. In addition to performing songs from The Dirt soundtrack, the group performed their classic hits such as “Wild Side,” “Shout At The Devil,” “Live Wire,” “Looks That Kill,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Same Ol’ Situation,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Primal Scream,” “Kickstart My Heart,” and several others.