Motley Crue is teaming with fellow Los Angeles rockers Poison and early influences the New York Dolls for a summer tour to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band's first album. But it's not being considered a third version of the Crue Fest series.
"It's definitely not Crue Fest," drummer Tommy Lee tells Billboard.com. "Crue Fest is, like, five [bands], and this is just the three of us. But it's special because it's another Crue tour and it's summertime, man. That's always special."
Lee says the band is "just starting" to talk about it stage production for the jaunt, which begins June 7 in Dallas and so far has 38 dates booked through Aug. 5 in Toma, Wisc. Repertoire decisions, including how to treat the anniversary of 1981's platinum "Too Fast For Love," will be made in April when Lee, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Vince Neil -- recently released from jail in Nevada after serving 10 days of a 15-day sentence for drunk driving -- convene for rehearsals.
Meanwhile, Lee is excited about both of the groups that will be accompanying the Crue this summer. "I'm really excited about the Dolls," he notes. "They were in that handful of early inspirations when we were all 17 and 18 years old, looking at their style and their music. So it's cool to go on tour with them."
As for Poison, a onetime rival on the Sunset Strip scene during the 80s, Lee says, "I never really got into all that...rivalry or feud. Just go up and bang out your tunes, dude. Who cares about anything else? I really don't."
As for new Crue music, Lee says the group planned to have something out this year but was waylayed by various side projects, including his Methods of Mayhem and Sixx's new Sixx: AM album and book. But Lee, who plans to spends part of March DJ'ing and playing drums for Deadmau5 at the Winter Music Conference in Miami, hopes that being on the road will instigate some creativity within the band.
"When the four of us are together, which we will be in the summer, that's usually when it goes down," he says. "We record sound checks with new ideas. I always have a studio on my bus. So I would imagine we'll start compiling ideas this summer. It's almost like you've got to get away from home to start writing music."
Lee says a home for new songs could be the film adaptation of the Crue's 2002 memoir "The Dirt -- Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band," which is now on track with Rob Zombie as it's director. "That would be a cool place to release some new music," Lee notes. "It gives new reason for new music. People aren't really buying records these days, so it seems like a good place to maybe put something new from us."
Here are Motley Crue, Poison and New York Dolls' summer tour dates:
Jun. 7: Dallas, Texas (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
Jun. 9: San Antonio, Texas (AT&T Center)
Jun. 10: Houston, Texas (Toyota Center)
Jun. 12: Albuquerque, N.M. (Hard Rock Pavilion)
Jun. 14: Los Angeles, Calif. (Hollywood Bowl)
Jun. 15: San Francisco, Calif. (Bill Graham Civic Auditorium)
Jun. 17: Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Sky Pavilion)
Jun. 18: Las Vegas, Nev. (Venue TBD)
Jun. 19: Salt Lake City, Utah (USANA Amphitheater)
Jun. 21: Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)
Jun. 22: Maryland Heights, Mo. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Jun. 24: Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Center)
Jun. 25: Milwaukee, Wis. (Bradley Center)
Jun. 26: Cincinnati, Ohio (Riverbend Music Center)
Jun. 28: Toronto, Ontario (Molson Amphitheater)
Jun. 29: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Jul. 1: Tinley Park, Ill. (FMB Amphitheater)
Jul. 2: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
Jul. 3: Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)
Jul. 5: Hollywood, Fla. (Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena)
Jul. 6: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
Jul. 8: Biloxi, Miss. (Mississippi Coast Coliseum)
Jul. 9: Pelham, Ala. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
Jul. 10: Atlanta, Ga. (Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood)
Jul. 12: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Jul. 13: Hershey, Pa. (Star Pavilion at Hershey Park)
Jul. 15: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
Jul. 16: Camden, N.J. (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Jul. 19: Mansfield, Mass. (Comcast Center)
Jul. 20: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
Jul. 22: Darien Center, N.Y. (Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center)
Jul. 23: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
Jul. 24: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Stage AE)
Jul. 27: Cheyenne, Wyo. (Frontier Days)
Jul. 29: Youngstown, Ohio (Covelli Centre)
Jul. 30: Frederick, Md. (Outlaw Jam 2011)
Jul. 31: Scranton, Pa. (Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain)
Aug. 5: Tomah, Wis. (Fort McCoy)