David Lee Roth’s Reason for Not Opening for Mötley Crüe Is Kind of Hardcore

Nikki Sixx by Tilly Antoine, via Wikipedia

Next year, hair metal legends Mötley Crüe will, fingers crossed, finally embark on their planned 2020 reunion tour with Def Leppard. But apparently, one of the original openers intended was Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. However, Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx has revealed Roth’s reason for not joining them on tour — and it’s a little intense.

In an interview with The LA TimesSixx said that the band asked Diamond Dave to open up for them on the tour. His response?  “I don’t open for bands that I influenced.”

On the one hand, there’s something to be said for holding yourself to your own standard and not wanting to play second fiddle to a band that you watched rip off your entire shtick. On the other, this feels a little shady of Dave. At the end of the day, concerts are about bringing fans whatever they want, even if that means not headlining. Slayer opened for Slipknot, and Motörhead opened for Megadeth, and they did fine. If you want to maintain your legacy, well, just blow the bands you influenced off the stage every night.

In any event, you can catch the bands that David Lee Roth influenced at one of the following dates below:

6/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Suntrust Park
6/18 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
6/19 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium
6/22 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
6/24 – Queens, NY @ Citi Field
6/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
6/28 – Charlotte, NC @ Bank Of America Stadium
6/30 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
7/2 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field
7/5 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium
7/8 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
7/10 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
7/12 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium
7/14 – Cleveland, OH @ First Energy Stadium
7/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Great American Ballpark
7/17 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Field
7/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Stadium
7/21 – Denver, CO @ Coors Field
8/5 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
8/6 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Parl
8/10 – Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
8/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
8/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
8/19 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
8/21 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
8/22 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Park
8/27 – Inglewood, CA @ Sofi Stadium
8/28 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
8/31 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
9/7 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park

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Words by Chris Krovatin