Motley Crue: one last tour and then it's retirement time
Motley Crue unveiled the details of their announced retirement tour. The band will be busy on the road with their farewell tour kicking off on July 2 (in Grand Rapids, Michigan) and closing on November 21 (in Vancouver, B.C.) with Alice Cooper opening the shows.
"We’ve talked about this for years", explained bassist Nikki Sixx during an official press conference held at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. "It’s because we are on top, holding it together. We wanted to leave a legacy (and) we feel there are a lot of bands that don’t have dignity. We want to call it a day and be proud". Singer Vince Neil added: "We don’t want to be one of those bands where one guy is left. We wanted to go out with the four founding members and go out on top".
The four musicians, to prevent any of the four members from touring under the name Motley Crue, signed what was called a "cessation of touring agreement" that kicks in in 2015. "We had t come up with a methodology for these four guys, joined at the hip, to do something that other bands haven’t done", explained attorney Doug Mark.
The four band members own the name and their master recordings; any future decision regarding Motley Crue will be made by the four of them. "Like the Beatles", Mick Mars said.
To complete the final tour project, there will also be will be a country tribute album and the start of a film based on the 2002 book "The Dirt".
The album will be released by Nashville label Big Machine Records: it's a country tribute to Motley Crue, featuring Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope.