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Summerfest adds Mötley Crüe to amphitheater lineup

Four men wearing leather coats and sunglasses walk through an open field with several large towers holding up electric lines in the background.

After a couple doses of country in its first two American Family Insurance Amphitheater announcements, Summerfest added a dash of rock — and nostalgia — Monday morning by revealing Mötley Crüe as its third big-stage headliner.

Most of the classic Crüe lineup will be on hand for the June 21 show. Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee have appeared together pretty consistently since 2004, although longtime guitarist Mick Mars retired from touring last year and was replaced by John 5.

The L.A. band has been at it for more than four decades and in that time has topped 100 million in album sales, with their first five efforts all going platinum. Dr. Feelgood was the biggest of the bunch and occupied the top spot on Billboard’s album chart before being certified six times platinum. The digital age has been pretty kind to them as well, racking up more than 5 billion streams on all platforms.

Mötley Crüe last visited Milwaukee in July 2022, playing AmFam Field with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Previously, they made a stop at Summerfest in 2014 as part of their “Final Tour” — a claim that obviously didn’t stick considering their activity in the years that followed.

As of this writing, the Milwaukee show next June is a one-off, with no other live dates currently scheduled for 2024. If you want to capitalize on the currently rare opportunity to see Mötley Crüe next year, there’s an artist presale that starts at 10 a.m. this Wednesday, a venue presale at 10 a.m. the following day and a general sale starting at noon Friday. For more ticket information, head over to Ticketmaster.