They’ve been hinting at this for a while now, but today the bad boys of rock Motley Crue officially announced their retirement and final tour.
The news was released today during a press conference in Los Angeles, which is currently in progress. Before the band came out on stage, each of the four musicians — Nikki Sixx (bass), Tommy Lee (drums), Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars) — were represented on stage by their own miniature tombstome, each reading “RIP” with their name.
The news so far is that there will be 72 shows in the United States and Canada and that will be the last and final tour ever for Motley Crue, and they will supposedly sign a “binding document.” General sale for tickets for the final tour is this Friday, with some tickets going on sale this Saturday. Some of the tickets will be priced at a mere $15 to make it affordable to more people.
The press conference is still underway, and the band is about to take the stage, so we’ll update the story as more news is revealed.
Alice Cooper took the stage to talk about being the support act for this final Crue tour.
There will be a country music tribute album to Motley Crue.
While Motley Crue is ending, the four musicians will go on to continue to make music with solo projects, including guitarist Mick Mars. The 62-year-old guitarist, who suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic, inflammatory form of arthritis, wearing dark sunglasses, got choked up as he talked about the final tour.
The band took the stage and reiterated that there will be a legally binding contract that will prevent them from performing as Motley Crue in the future (although there’s seemingly some clauses in there, but they are denying it, but using their words very carefully so that reporters of course will read into it), but they stressed that this is for real. They won’t say they’re retiring, but then have reunion tours, as other bands have done.
A reporter asked, “This can’t really be an epitaph?” to which Sixx responded, “Keep looking for the loophole, we’re going to stick to our word.”
They stressed that they wanted to retire and “go out on top.”
When asked about who they’d want to play them in the film adaptation of their autobiography The Dirt, Neil said he wants a newcomer no one’s heard of; Sixx said “someone good looking, doesn’t matter if they can act”; Lee didn’t know so, so Sixx suggested Jackass actor Johnny Knoxville; Mars said he’d want his “favorite actor” Gary Oldman The Dark Knight Trilogy to play him, but that he can’t afford him.
The band then signed a reportedly legally binding â€œCessation of Touring Agreement” stating that they will not be touring anymore, effective at the end of 2015. After signing the document and posting with the signed document, the band left the stage, ending the press conference to the sounds of their hit power ballad “Home Sweet Home” over the loudspeaker.
[Motley Crue — Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars — announce retirement; hold up signed legal document]
Motley Crue will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, with two of the songs will be shown on the telecast, and will also be on CBS This Morning tomorrow morning.
From the official press release sent out immediately after the press conference:
Tommy Lee (drums) explains â€œEverything 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!!!â€ Of the bandâ€™s tumultuous history, Mick Mars (guitar) adds â€œ(It has been) more drama than â€˜General Hospitalâ€™ it keeps â€˜em watchinâ€™ and they keep cominâ€™ back.â€ Vocalist, Vince Neil says of the Finality of the tour â€“ â€œIâ€™ll miss playing with the guys but I wonâ€™t quit playing rock and roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley.â€