The baddest boys in rock -- Motley Crue -- announced within the hour a final tour with "very special guest" Alice Cooper that will hit the United States and Canada. But San Antonio is not a part of it. At least not for now.
Tour dates announced thus far begin July 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and end Nov. 21 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Those dates include July 15 at the Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, July 16 in Dallas at the Gexa Energy Pavilion and Oct. 11 at The Woodlands' Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion just outside of Houston.
The final-don't-call-it-farewell tour announcement took on the unprecedented step of Motley Crue signing a contract declaring they would not tour again after revealing such a trek -- as several other musical acts have done over the years.
But the operative phrase is "thus far." Vocalist Vince Neil said the tour could last longer than two years "once you go around the whole world," and it's difficult to envision the Sunset Strip veterans not concluding their existence as a band in the States by the end of 2015 -- which is when the "Cessation of Touring" agreement takes affect. That means Motley Crue may eventually hit cities they are skipping on this go-round.
"We want to go out with the four founding members of Motley Crue and go out on top," Neil added via news conference streamed live on the band's website as he and bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Mick Mars sat at a table behind tombstones bearing their names.
"We decided to call it a final tour and sign a contract to prove that this is real," Sixx said. "We want to leave a legacy. We want to have some dignity. We feel there are bands that don't have a lot of dignity. There's so many bands out there -- they're ripping you off. We're not going to do that."
Added Mars: "Let's go out on top rather than wait for another farewell."
Tickets for 62 of the shows go on sale this Friday, and prices will start as low as $20.
Cooper is thrilled to be a part of it as well.
"That's one of the reasons we're doing this," Cooper said, "is because we've never toured together before. . . . What's more fun than the '80s? I think that era is going to come back, so don't put your spandex away yet. . . . You've got two bands that are going up there to kill the audience, and I think that's going to be exhausting for the audience, not us."
San Antonians shouldn't give up on the fact the tour is skipping them on this leg. Good things come to those who wait.
"This is a celebration," Sixx said, "and we're proud of what we're doing."
For the SAMME's exclusive interview with Neil before his solo band headlined the San Antonio Rock N' Roll Marathon in November 2011, click here. For a review of Motley Crue's last visit in 2011 with Poison, click here. For more related coverage, click the "Suggested" links in blue below.
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