Mötley Crüe, the venerable kinds of sleaze and one of the founding fathers – whether they like it or not – of the hair metal explosion of the 1980s, is hanging up their leathers after 33 years of mayhem. Never ones for going quietly into the night, the band held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a gargantuan, nearly two-year-long tour that will take them all around the world one last time. Fortunately for us, Columbus is among the cities that will get a chance to see the LA legends perform one final time.
Tuesday, July 8, will be the very last time Mötley Crüe ever plays a show in Columbus. And unlike pretty much every other band that has embarked on a farewell tour (Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Judas Priest, et. al.), the Crüe seem dead set on breaking up after this tour, dubbed “All Bad Things Must Come to an End.” They even signed a “cessation of touring agreement,” which states that Mötley will not perform live again after December 31, 2015. Sure, it’s a gimmick, but it’s also a way to keep the band honest. If I was a betting man, I’d wager that the band’s appearance at Schottenstein Center this summer will indeed be the last time Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx ever collectively set foot in Columbus.
"We always had a vision of going out with a big f**king bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members," commented Lee, the baby of the band at 51 years old. "Our job here is done."
Even if you’re not a huge fan of Mötley Crüe, they got one of the greatest rock stars of all time, Alice Cooper, as their opening act. The shock rock legend is old enough to collect Social Security, but he still puts on a phenomenal live show, complete with guillotines, gallows pole, live snakes, etc. Mötley has their work cut out for them going on after Alice.
This might very well be the rock spectacle of the summer – year, even – in Columbus, and if you miss them this time, you’ll never catch them again.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone (1-800-745-3000) and ticketmaster.com until 4 hours prior to the start of the event and in-person through Ticketmaster Ticket Centers OR at the Schottenstein Center Ticket Office until the start of the event. Ticket prices are $125, $75, $39.50 & $20.