After more than three decades together, rockers Motley Crue announced today their “Final Tour” and the band’s ultimate retirement.
The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles today.
The band’s “Final Tour” will include stops Sunday, July 13 at Tulsa’s BOK Center and Friday, Oct. 10 at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Tickets to both Oklahoma shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Ticket prices are $125, $89.50, $69.50 and $49.50 (plus applicable fees).
Tulsa tickets will be available online at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all ticket outlets, or by calling (866) 7-BOKCTR.
Oklahoma City tickets will be available at the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office and all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
With more than 80 million albums sold, Motley Crue has sold out many tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 branded items sold in more than 30 countries.
During the band’s farewell tour, fans can expect to hear the catalog of their chart- topping hits along with an live production.
“When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy,” says bassist Nikki Sixx in the tour announcement. “As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour.”
“The Final Tour,” presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation will kick off in North America on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and reach 72 markets before hitting international territories in 2015.
“There’s no arguing that Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation’s Regional President of North America Concerts, in the news release. “But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history. They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse. Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard working and extremely talented gentlemen. The music industry will never have another Motley Crue.”
“Whenever I talk to people about Motley Crue, the common thread is how cool and relevant the band remains even after 33 years,” says Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, in the release. “This irreverent ‘staying power’ resonates deeply with the Dodge brand as we turn the corner on our 100 year anniversary. What better way to celebrate the band’s final tour and the 25th anniversary of ‘Kickstart My Heart’ than to do it together?”
Alice Cooper will join Motley Crue as special guest on its “Final Tour.”
“Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days,” Alice Cooper says in the release. “Motley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that’s to blow the audience away. That’s exactly how we do it. Putting Motley Crue and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really NEEDS. We’re going to go out there and tear it up, and I can’t wait to see Motley on stage. Motley Crue and Alice Cooper – A match made in… Armageddon?”
As documented in the Cessation Of Touring Agreement the band signed at the press conference today, the band will not tour after this “Final Tour.”
Band Attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explains in the release, “Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is mutual among all four original members and a peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement.”
Vince Neil, Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars will go their separate ways after the lengthy two-year touring cycle.
“Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big f—ing bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with 1 or 2 original band members! Our job here is done!!!” Lee (drums) says in the release.
Of the band’s tumultuous history, Mars (guitar) adds, “(It has been) more drama than ‘General Hospital’ – it keeps ‘em watchin’ and they keep comin’ back.”
Vocalist Neil says in the release, “I’ll miss playing with the guys but I won’t quit playing rock and roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley.”
“The Final Tour” will coincide with the film made from Motley Crue’s New York Times Best-Selling book “The Dirt,” according to the release. Jeff Tremaine (“Bad Grandpa”) has signed on to direct the film that is set to debut in theaters globally in 2015, coinciding with “The Final Tour.” “The Dirt” is not only one of the best selling rock books of all time but also one of the more unusual because of its multiple perspectives on the same events and its first-person inclusion of all members of the same band. Many rock memoirs are salacious mud-slinging accounts of a single person, and Motley Crue was adamant to include the perspectives of all four of its members
“‘The Dirt’ is a movie I’ve wanted to make ever since I read the book in 2002,” says Tremaine in the release. “I relate to the story on so many levels; my whole professional career has been about boys behaving badly, so I have a real connection to the material. It’s awesome to be working with the band at such an exciting time in Motley Crue’s history.” The film will be produced by the members of Motley Crue, Rick Yorn, Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and 10th Street Entertainment.
Big Machine Records, home to country superstars such as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw, has teamed up in a joint venture with Motley Records and Eleven Seven Music for the summer 2014 release of a country music tribute the Crue, according to the release. Big Machine founder and CEO Scott Borchetta is among the many of country fans who love Motley Crue. The country tribute album will show off the band’s songwriting with these fresh takes on their classic hit songs. Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album is Florida Georgia Line.
Borchetta says in the release, “I have been a not-so-secret Crue fan from the beginning. When manager Chris Nilsson called with the idea for a tribute album on Big Machine Records it was an immediate ‘yes’ from me! Our album will highlight just how great the Motley Crue song catalog is. At the end of the day, that’s what will stand the test of time.”
Motley Crue Fan Club members will get the exclusive first crack at tickets and VIP Packages, via a unique code, beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday. VIP ticket packages will be made available to the general public at 10 a.m. Thursday.