Phil Varone: ‘Shame On’ Motley Crue ‘Fans’ Who Are Mad About Reunion
Motley Crue announced their return at the beginning of this week, and the reactions from fans were seemingly quite mixed. Former Skid Row and Saigon Kick drummer Phil Varone took to his Facebook to rant about his observations, concluding that Motley Crue fans who are mad about the reunion should be ashamed of themselves.
The speculation regarding Crue's return has been boiling for quite a bit, especially over the weekend when they commented on a fan-created petition to bring them back. Monday morning, Rolling Stone was reportedly told that the boys were plotting a 2020 stadium tour with fellow '80s acts Poison and Def Leppard.
The official announcement was written on their website and promoted on their social media platforms with a very dramatic video narrated by Machine Gun Kelly, who portrayed Tommy Lee in their Netflix biopic The Dirt. Ultimately, the band "blew up" their cessation-of-touring agreement that they signed at the end of 2015 when they wrapped up their "farewell tour." This solidified their future as a touring act, leading fans to believe they'd never be able to see them again. Until now.
Varone voiced his "disgust" regarding Crue's "so-called fans" yesterday (Nov. 19) on Facebook. Read the statement below.
After the Motley Crue tour announcement, I was disgusted by the resentment and anger of so-called fans.
My 3 Cents:
If you're angry that a band is going to tour, even after a farewell tour, then you're not a fan. A fan would embrace the chance to see their favorite band again, no matter what circumstances surround it.
Bands are very complicated. Being in a band is a full-time job, even when not touring or recording. I don't expect fans to understand the dynamic of keeping a band functioning, or functional, but it's a lot harder than you think. A band is made up of band members, each with different personalities, different influences, different goals, different addictions, different problems, different egos, and different ideas. Some members will evolve with age, and some will stay assholes for life. Some may see their part in situations, and some continue to blame others. In many cases, a band or a musician will make rash decisions out of survival and self-preservation. As time passes and tempers calm, a once bad situation may not look that bad when seen though the lucid mind. When that happens, the fans get the greatest gift of all; their favorite band back.
If you love music, if you love Motley Crue, if you love concerts, then you're getting the greatest gift of all. I will never, ever, ever, ever understand how someone using the moniker of "Fan" can be angry about Motley Crue touring again. Contrary to popular belief, a band has enough problems dealing with the band than trying to mastermind a plan to betray its fans. The only betrayal I see is from the so-called fans talking shit about the band. For that, shame on you.
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