Good­bye for good

Af­ter more than three decades, hell-rais­ing Los an­ge­les rock act Mot­ley Crue calls time.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By GER­RICK D. KENNEDY

All bad things must come to an end.” That’s how Mot­ley Crue broke the news that it was call­ing it quits. The in­flu­en­tial, and in­fa­mous, los An­ge­les rock band turned Beacher’s Mad­house in Hol­ly­wood into a cir­cus re­cently as more than 100 me­dia out­lets packed the hot spot to hear the band’s an­nounce­ment of a 72-date farewell tour.

Af­ter more than three decades to­gether, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy lee and Mick Mars un­veiled plans for a last hur­rah. They even sat be­hind tomb­stone mark­ers for an ad­di­tional mor­bid flour­ish.

The Fi­nal Tour, as it’s aptly ti­tled, kicks off July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michi­gan, the United States, and will head over­seas next year. Alice Cooper will join the live Na­tion-pro­duced trek.

Un­like count­less other rock bands and pop stars who have an­nounced farewell tours to only re­turn to the road for one rea­son or another – or set up shop in las Ve­gas – Mot­ley Crue’s mem­bers in­sisted that when this run of shows ends, that’s it.

The band even had its at­tor­ney on hand to present a for­mal agree­ment that, ef­fec­tive at the end of 2015, bars any of the band mem­bers from us­ing the Mot­ley Crue trade­mark – which they all signed. lee smiled and pounded the ta­ble with his fist af­ter sign­ing his name on the doc­u­ment, and Mars shouted “R.I.P.” into a mi­cro­phone.

The plans had been in the works for a few years. Sixx said: “We started talk­ing about how we want to go out. We don’t want to hob­ble off into the sun­set. Tommy said it best when he said: ‘A farewell tour is when a band does (one) and then gets back to­gether and does another (one) and breaks up and gets back to­gether un­til there’s no milk left in the ... and it’s a rip-off to the fans.’”

“We don’t want to be one of those bands that maybe have one guy left in it, or some­body’s brother. We wanted to go out with the four found­ing mem­bers ... and go out on top,” added Neil.

“It’s be­cause we are on top, we are hold­ing it to­gether, we are play­ing bet­ter and sound­ing bet­ter. We want to leave a legacy and have some dig­nity,” Sixx con­tin­ued. “We feel there’s a lot of bands out there that don’t have dig­nity. We started this band, and we want to call it a day and be proud.”

As for any chances of them col­lec­tively chang­ing their minds to come to­gether again, Sixx vowed that the band mem­bers were “go­ing to stick to our word.” As for any chances for new mu­sic be­fore go­ing on the road, Sixx said fans will “just have to see.”

The fi­nal tour co­in­cides with a num­ber of Mot­ley Crue-branded projects.

A long-ges­tat­ing film adap­ta­tion of the band’s best­selling mem­oir, The Dirt: Con­fes­sions Of The World’s Most No­to­ri­ous Rock Band, is in the works. Jeff Tre­maine ( Jackass, Bad Grandpa) will di­rect, and he said that he’d spent the last two years craft­ing the script and that he was “knee deep” in get­ting it ready to present to band mem­bers, who will help pro­duce. Tre­maine said he hopes to start film­ing in June.

The band has also teamed up with Big Ma­chine to re­lease a coun­try mu­sic trib­ute. la­bel founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Scott Borchetta said he’d al­ready locked in Florida Ge­or­gia line, Ras­cal Flatts, re­cent win­ner of The Voice Cas­sadee Pope, and leAnn Rimes.

And be pre­pared to hear the band’s mu­sic in car com­mer­cials. Dodge, the tour’s spon­sor, will use the band’s smash Kick­start My Heart to score com­mer­cials it will roll out to mark its 100th an­niver­sary. ( Home Sweet Home al­ready has ap­peared in a real es­tate com­mer­cial, which aired dur­ing the re­cent Gram­mys tele­cast in the United States.)

Formed in 1981 by Sixx and lee, Mot­ley Crue has sold more than 80 mil­lion al­bums world­wide. The group’s last al­bum, Saints Of Los An­ge­les, was re­leased in 2008. – los An­ge­les Times/ McClatchy-Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

End of the road: Mot­ley Crue – (from left) Vince neil, nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee – says it will re­tire af­ter per­form­ing 72 good­bye con­certs. The Los an­ge­les band made the an­nounce­ment at a press con­fer­ence on Jan 28 in Hol­ly­wood.

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