Motley Crue Retiring After Farewell Tour
Alice Cooper will join the band on the road as it says goodbye with 72 concerts. Also announced: A country tribute album and film adaptation of "The Dirt."
The members of Motley Crue are officially calling it quits.
The band announced at Beachers Madhouse in Hollywood on Jan. 28 that they will be launching one more world tour -- their last. Following the Final Tour trek, the members will no longer tour or performing again under the name Motley Crue.
Shock rock pioneer Alice Cooper joins the band on the road for its 72 scheduled concerts. “With Motley Crue and Alice Cooper on a tour, you’re going to get rock and roll,” he said at the afternoon press conference, which featured faux tombstones displaying the name of each Crue member.
For their part, Crue promise a real show with The Final Tour. And while the band has mentioned their impending end of days in the past, many question how serious they are about throwing in the towel. Whether it’s wishful thinking on the part of loyal fans or the cynical view that many music acts bid farewell for many, many years, it certainly marks a major achievement for a band that started by playing clubs just down the street on the Sunset Strip more than three decades ago.
As proof that "all bad things must come to an end," the members revealed that they each signed a contract described by their lawyer as a "cessation of touring" document. The term has never been used before, but essentially states that they are not allowed to use the Motley Crue trademark for touring purposes in the future.
As lead singer Vince Neil said, “We want to go out with the four founding members.”
While they all have verbally agreed to end the legacy, this document officially seals the deal.
Bassist Nikki Sixx swiftly shut down reporters who kept asking if this really is the end of the road. “You guys in the press -- you keep looking for the loophole," he chided. "We don’t want to hobble off into the sunset, we want to leave a legacy.”
Tickets an be purchased for as low as $15 -- a price point mandated by the band to make sure everyone has an equal chance of seeing them one last time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 31.
Tying in with the final tour will be a country tribute album, the start of a film based on the 2002 book The Dirt and marketing link with Dodge for the song "Kickstart My Heart."
Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine has signed on to adapt and direct the film version of The Dirt. The band members, who will receive scripts within weeks, will produce along with Rick and Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and 10th Street Entertainment. Tremaine hopes to get started on the film in June.
Nashville label Big Machine Records will release a country tribute album to Motley Crue that will feature Big Machine acts Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope. LeAnn Rimes, Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta told Billboard, "has a great idea for one of their biggest hits. It will shock people."
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