Motley Crue announce final tour and retirement
Story by Jack Foley
AFTER more than three decades together, Motley Crue have announced their Final Tour and the band’s ultimate retirement.
The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles.
With over 80 million albums sold, Motley Crue has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 Motley Crue branded items sold in over 30 countries.
For the final tour, fans can expect to hear all the band’s hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production.
“When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy,” explains Nikki Sixx (bass). “As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour.”
The Final Tour will kick off in North America on July 2, 2014, in Grand Rapids, MI and reach 72 markets before hitting international territories in 2015.
Fans can look forward to very special guest Alice Cooper joining Motley Crue for an incredible package.
Says Alice: “Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days. Motley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that’s to blow the audience away. That’s exactly how we do it. Putting Motley Crue and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really needs. We’re going to go out there and tear it up, and I can’t wait to see Motley on stage. Motley Crue and Alice Cooper – a match made in… Armageddon?”
As documented in the Cessation Of Touring Agreement, the band will not tour after this Final Tour.
Band Attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explained: “Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is mutual among all four original members and a peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement.”
Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars will go their separate ways after the lengthy two-year touring cycle.
Tommy Lee (drums) explained: “Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with 1 or 2 original band members! Our job here is done!!!”
UK dates for The Final Tour will be announced later this year.