Motley Crue's Final Tour: Never again, that's final
Dr. Feelgood's prognosis for Motley Crue? Terminal.
The notoriously hedonistic glam-metal pioneers are on the road and calling it quits with a “Final Tour.” The 72-date North American tour will make a stop Aug. 13 at the First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown.
After this tour, the foursome that has sold 80 million albums worldwide on the strength of rock anthems such as “Dr. Feelgood,” “Smokin' in the Boys Room,” “Kickstart My Heart” and “Girls, Girls Girls” will bow out.
Singer Vince Neil, 53, says the band unanimously decided to split while in fighting shape to cap their resume with a knockout.
“It's a cool way to be remembered,” he says. “We're leaving on our terms, not because of a lack of fans or inner fighting. Everything we have done is for the fans.”
Agreeing to disband “was easy,” says bassist Nikki Sixx, 55. “It's dignified and gang-oriented. We're a band of brothers. A lot of people are going: ‘What about all the money? Don't you have 10 more years in you?' Well, maybe. But we're peaking now. Let's check out at the top.”
“We will never come back,” Sixx says. “We do not want to come back. We want people to take this seriously.”
Well, he does see the possibility of reunion performances if the band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or gets a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.
“Then we'd brush off the dust and show people what we're made of,” Sixx says.
While adamant about their exit, their emotions are less cut and dried.
“It's weird,” says drummer Tommy Lee, 51. “A part of you is extremely happy and proud that you're leaving a good thing alone. Another part is extremely sad.
“But it excites me that nobody will be able to say, ‘Look at those old guys playing the county fair. They should have tapped out years ago.'”
“By the time we're done, it will have been 35 years,” says guitarist Mick Mars, 63. “Motley had a great run. It's time to open the door for younger bands.”
The band's “Final Tour” has a subtitle: “All Bad Things Must Come to an End.” It's their acknowledgement that its road to rock 'n' roll glory was paved with debauchery and decadence.
While racking up 22 top-40 rock hits and six top-20 pop singles, the crude Crue also built a reputation for booze, drugs, porn stars, fistfights, groupies, arrests, trashed hotel rooms, overdoses, sex tapes and arrogance befitting rock stars who defy rules.
Has that rap sheet overshadowed Motley's music?
“Absolutely,” drummer Lee says. “People gravitate toward the crazy, like going to a car race to see a crash.”
“Critics always hated us, and they were always wrong,” Neil says. “No one's ever had a good thing to say about us, but people still buy the records.”
An upcoming album, “Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue” is a shotgun wedding of hair-metal and twang, out Aug. 19. Country stars such as Florida Georgia Line and LeAnn Rimes tackle Motley hits that range from “Looks That Kill” to “Girls, Girls, Girls.”
“Everyone was a little hesitant,” says Neil, who added vocals to Justin Moore's “Home Sweet Home.” “Some of them made these songs better than the originals.”
Sixx is plotting a new solo album and a Broadway production of his gritty 2007 autobiography “The Heroin Diaries.” “I'm looking forward to jumping off the 13th floor with my eyes shut.”
Neil has a full plate of business interests, including a minority stake in the Jacksonville Sharks arena football team. He's looking at starting up a Quickie Burger joint and a Lamborghini dealership.
Guitarist Mick Mars has been writing songs for a solo project and mulling ideas for his memoirs. Suffering from the chronic inflammatory disease ankylosing spondylitis, he'll miss performing but not the rigors of touring. “I'm not a youngster anymore.
The tour runs through November, ahead of a global itinerary expected to extend through 2015.