Mötley Crüe announces retirement and Final Tour

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – With over 80 million records sold worldwide throughout their prolific career that spans three decades, Mötley Crüe is retiring for good, the heavy metal band announced Tuesday.

The lauded band is closing their long rock and roll career through a 72-date concert titled The Final Tour: All Bad Things Must Come to An End, where their fans can expect to hear their chart-topping hits and “look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production.”

Bassist Nikki Sixx put it, “When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Mötley Crüe’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.”

The Final Tour is set to kick off in North America on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and closes on November 21, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. Rock icon Alice Cooper will be joining the tour as the band’s special guest.

Unlike several bands that have split up because of disagreements and such, Mötley Crüe asserts that their decision to retire is mutual and peaceful, and the four original members will be going their separate ways after this feat.

To be true to their word that this tour is indeed their last, the band signed a “Cessation of Touring” contract to prevent future, unauthorized touring, which is effective at the end of 2015.

Of their decision to put everything in black and white, drummer Tommy Lee explains, “Tommy Lee (drums) explains “Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big f***ing bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with 1 or 2 original band members! Our job here is done!!!”

Meanwhile, despite their retirement as a band, vocalist, Vince Neil expressed he is not closing his doors to performing again. He said, “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.”

In a press conference in Hollywood, the band said that even after they have retired, there are vague plans of producing a new album in the years to come. “There will always be a form of Mötley Crüe around,” Sixx said. “Not as four musical band members. But you’re still going to see Mötley Crüe shirts and merchandise… the Mötley Crüe business machine will always run. It’s just one part of our business is closing down.”

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