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Def Leppard And Mötley Crüe Announce Enormous 2023 Australian Tour

1 June 2023 | 7:00 am | Ellie Robinson

They’ll co-headline stadiums in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe

Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe (Source: Supplied)

Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe have announced the hard-rock tour of the (pre-)summer, co-headlining stadiums along the east coast of Australia this November.

The run will kick off in Meanjin/Brisbane on Wednesday November 8, when the two legendary glam bands take to the stage at Suncorp Stadium. They’ll take over Giants Stadium in Eora/Sydney next, performing there that Saturday (November 11) before wrapping up at Naarm/Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium the following Tuesday (November 14).

Tickets for all three dates will go on sale next Thursday (June 8), with the Brisbane and Melbourne dates available from 11am and Eora’s from 12pm. There will be three pre-sales in the meantime, though. The first will be exclusive to members of Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard’s respective fan clubs, running for 72 hours from this Friday morning (June 2) at 9am for Brisbane and Melbourne, and 10am for Sydney. A Vodafone pre-sale will then start next Monday (June 5) and run for 48 hours, with links going live at 10am for Brisbane and Melbourne, and 11am for Sydney. Finally, Live Nation will host a pre-sale of their own next Wednesday (June 7), starting at 11am for fans in Brisbane and Melbourne, and 12pm for those in Sydney. 

In a press statement, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot expressed a buzzing excitement for the band’s impending return to our shores: “After getting back on the road this past summer,” he said, “we’re beyond thrilled to bring this massive tour to a global audience including some special dates in Australia!”

Mötley Crüe also shared a group message for their Australian fans, writing: “We had an incredible time playing The Stadium Tour in North America and we truly can't wait to continue taking the show around the globe with The WORLD Tour in 2023. Crüeheads get ready because we have a few amazing Australian dates set for you!”

The tour comes in part to promote Def Leppard’s recent 12th album, Diamond Star Halos, which arrived last May as the follow-up to self-titled effort.

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Def Leppard last toured Australia in 2018. Reviewing the Melbourne date of that run for TheMusic, Mick Radojkovic said of their performance: “The band never miss a beat, as you’d expect after 30 years of playing these songs, but with that being said, they were certainly not just going through the motions.”

Mötley Crüe, on the other hand, were last seen Down Under in 2015, shortly before their second breakup that year (they later reunited in 2018). Bryget Chrisfield reviewed the Boorloo/Perth date of that tour for TheMusic, writing that it was “hard to drag your eyes away from” the show.

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