The members of the band Motley Crue signed a "cessation of touring agreement" yesterday at a press conference vowing never to get back together or tour after their official break up at the end of next year.
"The Final Tour" will begin on July 2, 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and will go through the fall and winter ending with a November 21, 2014 date in Vancouver, BC.
According to the agreement, signed by band members Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Mick Mars, they will each go their separate ways at the end of "The Final Tour" and no matter the temptation, they will not reunite in any form or fashion as Motley Crue.
"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," drummer Tommy Lee said in a statement. "Our job here is done."
"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."
Motley Crue was one of the hottest hard rock bands in the mid 80s to the early 90s with hits like "Shout at the Devil," "Girls, Girls," (which became a popular song at gentleman's clubs) and "Home Sweet Home."
The band was wrought with controversy though first by staging a number of events for publicity that included being arrested at the Edmonton International Airport for wearing their stage costumes (which contained spikes, considered dangerous weapons) while going through customs, Vince Neil having carry-on luggage filled with "indecent material" and Tommy Lee throwing a television from the Sheraton Caravan Hotel which led the band to being banned for life from Edmonton.
More serious incidents would follow though with Neil being arrested and charged with DUI and vehicular manslaughter after a head-on collision killed Nicholas Dingley who was a passenger in Neil's car.
Nikki Sixx would die (declared legally dead en route to the hospital) but after two minutes on the other side a medic was able to revive him by giving him several shots of adrenaline straight to his heart. The brush with death would push Sixx into rehab, inspire the song "Kickstart My Heart" and be the premise for a novel "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star."
Guitarist Mick Mars suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis, an inflammatory condition that mainly affects the joints of the spine, making life increasingly difficult and incredibly painful but he continues to play vowing that the disease will not slow him down or keep him from touring.
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Members of the band would eventually find sobriety and continue to play to sold out arenas until 1992 when Neil was either fired or quit the band depending on who you spoke to. Nikki Sixx claims Neil quit while Neil was steadfast in his belief that he had been fired. Replacement singer John Corabi failed to catch on with Crue fans and Neil would eventually be back behind the mic for the band.
"The Dirt," an autobiography about the band was released in 2001 and became a New York Times best seller spending ten weeks on the list. The book was a journey about how the band came together, their extreme drug and alcohol use, debauchery, a brush with the occult and some of the most wild road stories that were hard to believe only because they were so outrageous they were almost unbelievable.
Tommy Lee, who ventured outside the band for a brief moment to release a solo album, married former Playboy Playmate Pamela Anderson and their "leaked" honeymoon sex tape was the beginning of celebrity sex tapes and made Lee famous for more than his drumming.
"The Final Tour" will feature Alice Cooper as the "opening" act and will coincide with the release of the biopic "The Dirt" based on the biography and a "Country Music Tribute to Motley Crue" where country artists cover many of the Motley Crue hits.
Tickets go on sale for "The Final Tour" on January 31, 2014.
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