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What to do in Oklahoma on July 13, 2014: Hear Motley Crue at Tulsa's BOK Center

by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 13, 2014
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Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil gestures during a concert Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Mich. AP photo
Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil gestures during a concert Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Mich. AP photo

Today’s featured event:

TULSA – After more than three decades together, rockers Motley Crue are bringing their “Final Tour” to Tulsa for a show at 7 tonight at the BOK Center, 200 S Denver.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and Alice Cooper will be opening up the show.

Back in January, Motley Crue announced their “Final Tour” and the band’s ultimate retirement, even signing a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles.

Along with tonight’s Tulsa show, the band’s “Final Tour” will include a stop Friday, Oct. 10 at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena. For more information, go to www.chesapeakearena.com.

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,” said bassist Nikki Sixx in a news release. “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, kicked 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,” said 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,” said 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 said 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, explained 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) said in the release.

Of the band’s tumultuous history, Mars (guitar) added, “(It has been) more drama than ‘General Hospital’ – it keeps ‘em watchin’ and they keep comin’ back.”

Vocalist Neil said 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.”

For more information on tonight’s Tulsa show, go to www.bokcenter.com.

For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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