“This ain’t farewell, it’s goodbye,” Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil sings in the group’s first song in two years, “All Bad Things Must End.” The group is currently playing the tune as the centerpiece of the set list for its “Final Tour,” video from which was captured at the group’s July 4th Summerfest gig below. The video also features a guitar solo, a bit of Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” and their cover of “Smokin’ in the Boys Room.”
Regarding the content of the song, drummer Tommy Lee told Billboard in May that the song is “definitely about this time right now with the band and what the feeling is and kind of all that wrapped into a song. I hate to say it’s like a goodbye, but it definitely references our time here.”
While the group has yet to release a recorded version of the song, Neil told the audience that the group would release the track to radio. The group did, however, release a two-minute snippet of the studio version on Monday as the soundtrack to its tour sizzle reel.
Last week, the infamously debauched metallers kicked off their farewell tour, which features opener Alice Cooper on dates ending in late November. Neil told Rolling Stone that the group had been planning its final run for the past three or four years. To ensure that this will be the group’s last time out on the road, each band member has signed a “cessation of touring agreement,” preventing them from playing live together again after this tour. “There’s no backing out now,” bassist Nikki Sixx said at the time. “It’s been, like, this fuckin’ blur, maybe because we’re going so fast. Perhaps when it’s done, things will come into focus. At that point, everyone in the band will be doing their own creative stuff, but there will be moments where we’ll miss this. But we’re not there – no tears yet!”
The tour features a new drum rig for Lee that he has dubbed the “Crüecifly.” The kit runs along and spins on a track akin to a roller coaster, even hovering over the audience a la the Spider-Man musical. It’s proven so dangerous that Lee had to issue a disclaimer on Twitter about why it has not been featured at some concert stops. “Want you to know certain venues cannot handle the Crüecifly!” he wrote. “It’s not our fault their roof cannot hang the rig! It’s massive!”