David Lee Roth refused to open for Mötley Crüe: 'I don’t open for bands that I influenced'

Rock stars and their unbreakable rules...
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Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx has been looking back at what could have been regarding their postponed Stadium Tour with Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett. Apparently, another big name almost made the bill -- that is, of course, if a certain rock star was able to break some rules once in a while.

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Sixx recently told the Los Angeles Times that when the Crüe offered legendary Van Halen and solo singer David Lee Roth an opening slot on the highly anticipated tour, he responded in verrry DLR fashion. "I don’t open for bands that I influenced," Sixx quotes Roth as saying.

DLR had no problem opening for "The Greatest Band in the World," on the first leg of their 'End of the Road' tour though. Guess boss recognized boss in that case... but that was before KISS leader Gene Simmons basically called Roth a washed-up hack, forcing DLR to boze-de-boze-de-bop right back at him with 18 middle fingers. Simmons, ever the gentleman, eventually se-de-bopped an apology, saying, "I am so sorry, and ashamed actually, that I hurt David’s feelings."

Van Hagar frontman Sammy Hagar also had unflattering words aimed at Roth when he was pressed recently about whether it's all musical theater, or if he has a genuine distaste for his long-time rival. In Sammy's view, DLR is "all about being a celebrity, it's all about, you know, having something that gets attention. It's a whole different style, and I don't really respect the way he does it. But, I respect what he did in Van Halen, so don't ever get me wrong. He was great for that band, and he's got a cool voice."

Originally scheduled for 2020 the Stadium Tour featuring Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts has been pushed back into 2022 with dates beginning on the east coast in June. Grab your tickets right here, and shop the latest from the Crüe.

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