Motley Crue calling it quits at 72-date tour
“All bad things must come to an end.” That’s how Motley Crue broke the news it was calling it quits.
After more than three decades together, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars unveiled plans Tuesday for a last hurrah. They even sat behind tombstone markers at Beacher’s Madhouse in Hollywood for an additional morbid flourish.
The 72-date Final Tour, as it’s aptly titled, kicks off July 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and will head overseas next year. Alice Cooper will join the Live Nation-produced trek.
The tour comes to First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown on Aug. 13. Tickets, $31 to $131, go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 1.
Unlike countless other rock bands and pop stars who have announced farewell tours to only return to the road for one reason or another — or set up shop in Las Vegas — Motley Crue’s members insisted that when this run of shows ends, that’s it.
The band even had its attorney on hand to present a formal agreement that, effective at the end of 2015, bars any of the band members from using the Motley Crue trademark — which they all signed. Lee smiled and pounded the table with his fist after signing his name on the document, and Mars shouted “R.I.P.” into a microphone.
The plans had been in the works for a few years. Sixx said, “We started talking about how we want to go out. We don’t want to hobble off into the sunset.”
“We don’t want to be one of those bands that maybe have one guy left in it, or somebody’s brother. We wanted to go out with the four founding members … and go out on top,” Neil added.
The final tour coincides with a number of Motley Crue-branded projects.
A long-gestating film adaptation of the band’s best-selling memoir, “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” is in the works. Jeff Tremaine (“Jackass,” “Bad Grandpa”) will direct, and he said that he’d spent the last two years crafting the script and that he was “knee deep” in getting it ready to present to band members, who will help produce. Tremaine said he hopes to start filming in June.
The band also has teamed up with Big Machine to release a country music tribute. Label founder Scott Borchetta said he’d already locked in Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, recent winner of “The Voice” Cassadee Pope and LeAnn Rhimes.
And be prepared to hear the band’s music in car commercials. Dodge, the tour’s sponsor, will use the band’s smash “Kickstart My Heart” to score commercials it will roll out to mark its 100th anniversary. (“Home Sweet Home” already has appeared in a real estate commercial, which aired during Sunday’s Grammys telecast.)
Formed in 1981 by Sixx and Lee, Motley Crue has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide. The group’s last album, “Saints of Los Angeles,” was released in 2008.
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