Tuesday, January 28, 2014
– After more than three decades together, Motley Crue announced today its Final Tour and retirement. While not exactly a country band, the group will receive the tribute treatment from Big Machine Records.
Big Machine teamed up in a joint venture with Motley Records and Eleven Seven Music for the summer 2014 release of a tribute disc. Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album are LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope. More artists will be unveiled as the album nears a release date this summer.
Motley Crue signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of media in Los Angeles today. The band will perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight and will appear on CBS This Morning tomorrow
Big Machine Label Group president and CEO Scott Borchetta said, "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."
"The initial response from the announcement of this album has been overwhelming," said Borchetta. "The are a lot of artists asking to be included and we look forward to finalizing plans for the project over the next few weeks."
"When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that's part of Motley Crue's legacy," said Nikki Sixx (bass). "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.
Alice Cooper will open thet shows.
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 said, "Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is a mutual among all four original members and peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement."
Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Sixx will go their separate ways after the lengthy two-year touring cycle.
Tommy Lee (drums) said "Everything must come to an end. We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members! Our job here is done"
"I'll miss playing with the guys but I won't quit playing rock and roll," said Neil. "I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley."
Tour dates are:
July 2 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
July 4 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
July 5 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 6 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
July 8 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
July 9 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 11 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
July 12 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
July 13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
July 15 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
July 16 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 18 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
July 19 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 21 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
July 22 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 23 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 25 Reno, NV Reno Events Center
July 26 Ridgefield, WA Sleep County Amphitheatre
July 27 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
July 29 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 30 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Aug. 1 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Aug. 2 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Aug. 3 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Aug. 5 Sturgis, SD Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Aug. 6 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center
Aug. 8 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 9 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Aug. 13 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 15 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Aug. 16 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Aug. 17 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Aug. 19 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 20 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Aug. 22 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 23 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 24 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
Aug. 26 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Perf. Arts Center
Aug. 27 Allentown, PA Great Allentown Fair
Aug. 29 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 30 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 31 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center
Oct. 10 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Arena
Oct. 11 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 12 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center
Oct. 14 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Oct. 15 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 17 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live
Oct. 19 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena
Oct. 21 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Oct. 22 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Oct. 25 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
Oct. 26 Montville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct. 29 Syracuse, NY The OnCenter Complex
Nov. 5 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Nov. 6 Southaven, MS Landers Center
Nov. 9 Moline, IL iWireless Center
Nov. 11 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
Nov. 12 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
Nov. 13 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
Nov. 15 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Nov. 16 Fargo, ND FargoDome
Nov. 18 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Nov. 19 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Nov. 21 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena