Mötley Crüe wrap up their 158-date Final Tour at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on New Year’s Eve, and the disbanding rockers looked back at the epic trek with a behind-the-scenes video that explores the insane lengths the band went to in order to go out on a high note for fans.
“The premise was, ‘We have to make this the most fucking insane thing that’s ever happened and no one will ever be able to pull this off,'” drummer Tommy Lee told Live Nation TV. “I’ve always, throughout the years, tried to come up with something new and different and entertaining. When people walk away, you want them to go ‘Dude, I can’t believe what I just saw. That was insane.'”
For the farewell tour, Lee goes to death-defying lengths to wow the audience as the crew constructs an actual roller coaster – dubbed the Mother Fucking Crüecifly – for his drum kit. Lee isn’t the only Crüe member to turn their instrument into a spectacle as Nikki Sixx’s bass transforms in a flamethrower with the push of a button.
“The band has always been obsessed with fire. In the early days, Tommy and Vince used to practice lighting me on fire in our apartment. They figured out how to light my boots on fire,” Sixx says. “We don’t know how to do it any other way, but it’s almost always trying to find an edge. We were always trying to push it. But at the core, if you strip it all away, we’re actually a really good band. And that, I’m really proud of. And the other stuff is, we’re broken and demented and we want to push the envelope.”