10 'Farewell' Tours That Didn't Stick

Members of the biggest bands ever to return from retirement on why they quit – and why they came back

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When Mötley Crüe raised the idea of a farewell tour, the band was stunned by their booking agents' reaction. "They said to us, 'This is a good marketing thing,'" says bassist Nikki Sixx. "It really bummed us out." It's hard to fault the Crüe camp for their skepticism: Farewell tours are an easy way to sell tickets to fans who want to come see their idols before they "retire." It has even become somewhat of a joke. Phil Collins cheekily labelled his 2004 outing the "First Final Farewell Tour" and the Eagles went on their "Farewell 1" tour around the same time. The Crüe swear they are for real, but many groups in the past were equally emphatic when they announced their final tours. Here's a look back at 10 of them. 

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