Famed rockers Mötley Crüe have announced their final break up for next year, ensuring fans after their next world tour they will never, ever be getting back together. The band went so far as to make the announcement legally binding, signing a “cessation of touring agreement” at a press conference in Los Angeles.
“Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is a mutual [agreement] among all four original members and peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement,” the band’s attorney, Doug Mark said. The agreement will be effective at the end of 2015.
Drummer Tommy Lee, singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars and bassist Nikki Sixx will go their separate ways after the two year tour ends. “We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members,” Tommy Lee said in a statement. “Our job here is done.”
“We didn’t want to keep doing farewell tours until there was nothing left. We didn’t want to do that to the fans,” Sixx said at the press conference. “We just want to go out on top, leave a legacy behind,” added Neil.
When asked about what they wanted Mötley Crüe to be remembered for Neil answered, “They did it their way.” Adding, “We did everything against the grain, we’ve never been a critics band, but we’ve always been a fan band. And I think that’s what people will remember about us.”
The group also confirmed details surrounding The Final Tour, announcing it would kick off on 2nd July in the US to be supported by shock rocker Alice Cooper. Said Cooper to <em>Rolling Stone, “We’re going to go out there and tear it up, and I can’t wait to see Mötley on stage. Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper. A match made in. . . Armageddon?”
While the band said fans could expect to hear Mötley Crüe’s greatest hits on the road along with a few surprises, they were keeping most tour details under wraps. “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,” Nikki Sixx said.
The Final Tour will coincide with two special Crüe-related releases. The first is the 2015 Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt, based on the 2001 band autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, which was co-written by the band along with writer Neil Strauss.
The other release is a country-music tribute to the glam metalers. A Country Music Tribute to Mötley Crüe is set to be released later in the year and so far only a cover song by Florida Georgia Line has been revealed as a part of the tribute.
Production details of the upcoming tour are still being worked out but the band have assured it won’t disappoint fans. “When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Mötley Crüe’s legacy,” explains Nikki Sixx.
As for whether the entire production will be brought to Australia, Sixx ensured, “we always try and take as much of our show anywhere we can.” As of yet no Australian tour dates have been announced. Music Feeds will bring you all those details as they come to hand.
Photos: KISS, Mötley Crüe, Thin Lizzy – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne 06/03/2013
Photos by Anwar Rizk