Mötley Crüe – the tour unto the death

With 30+ years of touring and 100 million albums behind them, Mötley Crüe has decided it would be better to die before they grow old. 

The band announced a few days that they have collectively signed a binding agreement that allows for one final 72-date tour and after that, no more Crüe. With the it-goes-to-eleven presentation one would expect, the band made the announcement at a press conference in Hollywood, having been delivered there in a hearse and then sitting on a dais decorated with tombstones and skulls. Their attorney, Doug Mark, explained, “Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is mutual among all four original members and a peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement.”

Mötley Crüe - Vancouver BC - Aug 11 2008

Mötley Crüe – Vancouver BC – 11 Aug 2008. Public domain photo.

Band members Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars expressed wishes to go out on a high note and plan to continue their musical pursuits – just not with each other. The tour starts in Grand Rapids on July 2 and runs through 2015, with Alice Cooper on the bill as support. General tickets go on sale Feb. 1 at 10:00 AM; fan club and other presales already happening; the one Georgia date listed at this time will be in Alpharetta on August 16.

Of course it’s always possible that depending on the wording of this “final tour” contract, they can always perform again as Mötley Crüe – just not tour as Mötley Crüe. Time will tell if this is a sincere and unwavering wish to dissolve or more of a way to practically guarantee a sell-out while leaving the opportunity for “Special Guests Mötley Crüe on stage for one night only!” to be coming soon to an arena near you. Even if the former … where there is a contract, there is a way out of that contract waiting for someone to find it. Those tombstones they had at the press conference, with each of their names on them? No “born” or “died” dates on them – just “RIP. Requiescat in pace or “rock in perpetuity?”

Article by maryelle st. clare; file photo from Wikimedia Commons, original having been donated by Sixx78 into the public domain. Processed further before display.