As expected, Motley Crue and Def Leppard's co-headlining “Stadium Tour” with Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts is doing amazing business on the road, according to Blabbermouth. The trek has topped Pollstar's “Live75” chart, which ranks the past 30 days of average ticket sales by active tours globally.
Pollstar posted, “'The Stadium Tour,' moved 96 percent of the available tickets from concerts at 11 venues in U.S. cities to average 36,934 sold seats per show. The bands also earned “Heavy Hitter” status with a $4.94 million gross average, the highest of the week among the 75 ranked tours.”
We caught up with the Crue's Nikki Sixx who explained there are dozens of jobs the crowd never knows about that end up being key to keeping the show on the road: “When you go out on a big tour, you have specific jobs for safety. And one of those is mapping out the edge of the stage with a glow tape, so when the lights go out, we as entertainers can see where the edge of the stage is. What the audience doesn't know is that without that tape, the pit between the barricade and the audience, looks just like a stage. It's completely black, so, you could walk off the stage — which I've done as well. I've fallen off the stage multiple times. Me and Vince (Neil) were laughin' about one time we both fell off the stage (laughs) at the same show.”