Motley Crue Announce Final Tour & “Cessation of Touring” Agreement.
The band sign to prevent future unauthorised touring.
At a press conference held in Los Angeles on Tuesday (28 January), which of course saw the band arrive in a flame-shooting limo-hearse, Mötley Crüe made a series of announcements detailing the end of their 33 year career.
Most notably was that of a Final Tour, starting with 72 North American dates beginning on 2 July 2014 before heading to international territories in 2015 (UK dates are expected to be announced soon).
Support on the tour will come from Planet Rock's own Alice Cooper, who said:
"Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days, 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?"
Dramatically, the band members also signed a "cessation of touring" contract in a music industry first. The band's attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, was present for the signing and explained:
“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 added:
"We started talking about it a few years ago and we don’t wanna be one of those bands that maybe have one guy left in it or somebody’s brother, we want to go out with the four founding members and go out on top and leave a legacy of a band called Motley Crue.”
Coinciding with the tour will be the release of the film adaption of "The Dirt"; the 2001 book about the band's tumultuous career. At the helm will be Jeff Tremaine, who directed Bad Grandpa and the Jackass movies.
Finally, a Country Music tribute album will be released this summer by Big Machine Records (home to the likes of Taylor Swift) which will see various Country artists covering The Crüe's hits.