Mötley Crüe promise they will never, ever, ever get back together after they break up next year. Today, the band members went so far as to sign a "cessation of touring agreement" at a press conference in Los Angeles. That legal filing will go into effect at the end of 2015.
"All bad things must come to an end," reads the tag line on the poster for Mötley Crüe's upcoming tour. The group also confirmed details surrounding "The Final Tour" and announced their kick off on July 2nd in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In celebration of their announcements, the band will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight and CBS This Morning tomorrow.
"We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members," drummer Tommy Lee said in a statement. "Our job here is done."
The cessation of touring agreement that the band signed forbids the group from touring after "The Final Tour." At the end of the two-year touring cycle, Lee, vocalist Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars and bassist Nikki Sixx will all go their separate ways; there will be no reunions. "Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is a mutual [agreement] among all four original members and peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement," the band's attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music and Media Law, said.
"[There has been] more drama than General Hospital," Mars said about the band's history. "It keeps 'em watchin', and they keep comin' back."
"I'll miss playing with the guys but I won't quit playing rock and roll," Neil added. "I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Mötley."
The band said it would play its greatest hits on the road along with a few surprises. "As far as letting on to what we're doing, that would be like finding out what you're getting for Christmas before you open the presents," bassist Nikki Sixx said. "We think in an age of too much information, we'd like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour."
One secret they're letting out of the bag early, however, is opening artist Alice Cooper, who had some kind words to say about Crüe. "Motley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that's to blow the audience away," Cooper said. "We're going to go out there and tear it up, and I can't wait to see Mötley on stage. Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper. A match made in. . . Armageddon?"
The Final Tour will coincide with two special Crüe-related releases. The first is the 2015 Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt, which will be directed by Bad Grandpa's Jeff Tremaine. The film is based on the group's revealing, collaborative biography of the same name and will focus on their exploits. "I relate to the story on so many levels; my whole professional career has been about boys behaving badly, so I have a real connection to the material," Tremaine said. "It's awesome to be working with the band at such an exciting time in Mötley Crüe's history."
The other Mötley-related release is a country-music tribute to the glam metallers. A Country Music Tribute to Mötley Crüe will come out this summer and will include a not-yet-disclosed cover song by Florida Georgia Line. The label releasing the tribute, Big Machine, has not yet confirmed the other artists on the compilation.
Tickets to the Final Tour will be available to the general public on Friday, January 31st. Pre-sales will begin earlier in the week. Here are the dates that the band has announced so far:
7/2 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
7/4 Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
7/5 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
7/6 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7/8 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
7/9 Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/11 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
7/12 Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
7/13 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
7/15 Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center
7/16 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/18 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
7/19 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/21 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
7/22 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/23 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/25 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
7/26 Ridgefield, WA – Sleep County Amphitheatre
7/27 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
7/29 Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/30 Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/1 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
8/2 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
8/3 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
8/5 Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Buffalo Chip
8/6 Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
8/8 Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/9 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/10 Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/12 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
8/13 Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
8/15 Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
8/16 Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
8/17 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/19 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
8/20 Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/22 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
8/23 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
8/24 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
8/26 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/27 Allentown, PA – Great Allentown Fair
8/29 Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/30 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
8/31 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
10/10 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena
10/11 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion
10/12 Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
10/14 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
10/15 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
10/17 Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live
10/19 Jacksonville, FL – Veterans Memorial Arena
10/21 Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/22 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
10/25 Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
10/26 Montville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
10/29 Syracuse, NY – The OnCenter Complex
11/5 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
11/6 Southaven, MS – Landers Center
11/9 Moline, IL – iWireless Center
11/11 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
11/12 Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
11/13 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
11/15 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
11/16 Fargo, ND – FargoDome
11/18 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
11/19 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
11/21 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena