According to DATA, Mötley Crüe were rock's biggest success story in 2022

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It's that time of year where numerous awards shows, polls and data studies begin to tell us which artists and bands' achievements stood out the most across the last twelve months, and one new report has claimed that the rock band to have defined 2022 more than any other is...ah...upcoming whippersnappers, Mötley Crüe.

According to a report by Globalnewswire, a study conducted by US-based ticket marketplace Vivid Seats has calculated the stand-out artists from each genre of music this year, based on "ticket sales and event data." That study has concluded that Mötley Crüe have been the biggest success story in rock music this year, most likely thanks to their spectacular North American stadium tour with Def Leppard that finally took place in 2022, almost three years after it was first announced. 

In fairness, there were few bigger, more hyped or more star-studded tours to take place in the rock world in 2022 than the Crüe and Def Lep team-up, which also featured LA glam rock favourites Poison and punk rock legend Joan Jett, so perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised at this particular result.

The study also concludes that the defining 'alternative' band of 2022 was Gorillaz, while rock's biggest 'breakout' band this year were Australian indie rockers Spacey Jane. Do with that information what you will.

Mötley Crüe recently confirmed the long-held rumours that guitarist Mick Mars was stepping down from touring duties ahead of the band's upcoming World Tour, to be replaced by former Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson guitarist, John 5.

Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard World Tour dates 2023

Feb 18: Mexico City Foro Sol, Mexico
Feb 21: Monterrey Estadio Banorte, Mexico
Feb 25: Bogota Parque Simon Bolivar, Colombia
Feb 28: Lima Estadio Nacional, Peru

Mar 03: Santiago Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida, Chile
Mar 07: Sao Paulo Allianz Parque, Brazil
Mar 09: Curitiba Estádio Couto Pereira, Brazil
Mar 11: Porto Alegre Arena do Grêmio, Brazil

May 22: Sheffield Bramall Lane, UK
May 25: Mönchengladbach SparkassenPark, Germany
May 27: Munich Koenigsplatz, Germany
May 29: Budapest MVM Dome, Hungary
May 31: Krakow TAURON Arena Kraków, Poland

Jun 02: Prague Rocks, Czech Republic
Jun 03: Hannover Expo Plaza, Germany
Jun 07: Solvesborg, Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
Jun 09: Helsinki RockFest, Finland
Jun 11: Trondheim Rocks, Norway
Jun 14: Copenhagen Copenhell, Denmark
Jun 18: Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium
Jun 20: Milan Ippodromo SNAI San Siro, Italy
Jun 23: Lisbon Passeio Maritimo de Alges, Portugal
Jun 24: Rivas-Vaciamadrid Auditorio Miguel Ríos, Spain
Jun 27: Thun Stockhorn Arena, Switzerland

Jul 01: London Wembley Stadium, UK
Jul 02: Lytham Festival, UK
Jul 04: Dublin Marlay Park, Ireland
Jul 06: Glasgow Hampden Park, UK

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.