That’s right, those old geezers are done being rock n’ rollers. Or are they?
Mötley Crüe announced last week that, after countless tours since they first started in ’81, the legendary metal band will tour one last time. Mötley Crüe: The Final Tour will start in July, making stops all throughout North America, including here at Rexall Place on November 18th. They’re touring with none other than Alice Cooper. I’ve seen both Alice Cooper and Crüe at Rexall, and was worried for everyone’s lives; I was fully convinced someone was going to have a heart attack on stage or something. They’re pretty wrinkly now. Regardless, they put on fantastic shows with great sound, effects and overall energy. And The Final Tour is going to be no different. Nikki Sixx says that people should expect a few surprises considering it’s their last tour. Ever.
Ever, ever. The band was the first to sign a legally-binding Cessation of Touring contract, basically saying that they can’t tour under the band’s name again. The contract comes into play at the end of 2015, and puts an end to a 30-some-year era of drugs, tattoos, jail time, over 100 million albums sold, countless shows, and making a legendary name for themselves as one of the best metal bands of all-time. They’re definitely going out in style.
Fans around the world have been in denial or mourning, but recently Vince Neil backtracked comments suggesting that they’re breaking up entirely.”Mötley Crüe will still be around, we’re just not gonna tour anymore. That’s really kind of it. Mötley Crüe’s not breaking up. We’re still gonna be making music. We’re still selling merchandise.”
If they’re still going to be in the studio making new music, I find their Cessation of Touring agreement to be kind of dumb. What if they make a fantastic album that blows everyone’s minds and gets a lot of praise and they realize they want to tour to promote it? Well, then they’re shit out of luck, because the law says so. I think it was a weird decision. Nikki Sixx already said that there’s an exception to the contract:”If we’re inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, would we get back together? Probably so. But that would probably be it.”
Your last chance to see the band perform live is coming up this November. Tickets already went on sale, but it’s not sold out yet. If you’re thinking of going, I highly suggest it. These rockers are killer live; they put on one of the best shows I’ve seen.
What do you guys think of the band’s decision?
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