After a period together that has spanned more than three decades, Motley Crue announced yesterday The Final Tour and cemented 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 yesterday.
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. Motley Crue has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different; Fans can expect to hear all the band’s hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. Bassist Nikki Six explains:
When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy. 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 presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation will kick off in North America on 2nd July in Grand Rapids, MI and reach 72 markets before hitting international territories in 2015. To Live Nation Motley Crue tours are not only box office successes but artistically their shows have set the bar for production and entertainment value. Rick Franks, Live nation’s Regional President of North America Concerts comments:
There’s no arguing that Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll. But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history. They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse. Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard working and extremely talented gentlemen. The music industry will never have another Motley Crue.
Fans can also look forward to Very Special Guest Alice Cooper joining Motley Crue for an incredible package – Alice invented the genre and Motley Crue came along to beef it up. Alice Cooper comments:
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 signed at the press conference today, the band will not tour after this Final Tour. Band Attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explains:
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 2-year touring cycle. Drummer Tommy Lee explains:
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!!!
Of the band’s tumultuous history, guitarist Mick Mars adds:
(It has been) more drama than ‘GeneralHospital’ – it keeps ’em watchin’ and they keep comin’ back.
Vocalist Vince Neil says of the Finality of the tour:
I’ll miss playing with the guys but I won’t quit playing rock and roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley.
The Final Tour will coincide with the film made from Motley Crue’s NY Times Best-Selling book The Dirt. Jeff Tremaine (Bad Grandpa) has signed on to direct the opus that is set to debut in cinemas globally in 2015, coinciding with The Final Tour. The Dirt is not only one of the best selling rock books of all time but also one of the greatest rock books of all time because of its brutal honesty, its unique voice, its multiple perspectives on the same events and its first-person inclusion of all members of the same band. Most rock memoirs are salacious mud-slinging accounts of a single person and Motley Crue was adamant to include the perspectives of all four of its members. Tremaine’s intention is to make, not just a great movie about a band, but a great movie about four misfits who, despite themselves and everyone else, band together to overcome the odds and change the history of Rock & Roll. Tremaine comments:
The Dirt’ is a movie I’ve wanted to make ever since I read the book in 2002, I relate to the story on so many levels; my whole professional career has been about boys behaving badly, so I have a real connection to the material. It’s awesome to be working with the band at such an exciting time in Motley Crue’s history.
The film will be produced by the members of Motley Crue, Rick Yorn, Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and 10th Street Entertainment.
Big Machine Records, home to Country Superstars such as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw has teamed up in a joint venture with Motley Records and Eleven Seven Music for the summer 2014 release of a Country Music Tribute To Motley Crue. Big Machine founder and CEO, Scott Borchetta, is among the legion of Country Music fans who love Motley Crue. The country tribute album will show off the band’s quality songwriting with these fresh takes on their classic hit songs. Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album is Florida Georgia Line. Borchetta says of the collaboration:
I have been a not-so-secret Crue fan from the beginning. When manager Chris Nilsson called with the idea for a tribute album on Big Machine Records it was an immediate ‘yes’ from me! Our album will highlight just how great the Motley Crue song catalog is. At the end of the day, that’s what will stand the test of time.
Motley Crue Fan Club members will get the exclusive first crack at tickets and VIP Packages, via a unique code, beginning on Wednesday 29th January starting at 10am local time. VIP ticket packages will be made available to the general public on Thursday 30th January at 10am local time. The general public ticket on-sale for most shows is Friday 31st January. All tickets and packages can be obtained via TicketMaster.com, LiveNation , or via MotleyVIP.com.
UK dates will be announced later this year.
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