As expected, Motley Crue announced their "Final Tour" on Tuesday which will feature support from Alice Cooper but the band also took the usual extra step of signing a "Cessation Of Touring Agreement" at the press event which obligates the band to officially retire after this final tour.
The band also announced that their Motley Records has teamed with Big Machine Records to release a 'Country Music Tribute to Motley Crue' that will feature covers of their songs from country artists like LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope.
Motley Crue's Final Tour is scheduled to kick off with a North America leg on July 2nd in Grand Rapids, MI and will be hitting 72 markets before the international legs which are expected to happen in 2015.
The band's attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explained the reasoning behind the Cessation Of Touring Agreement which will become effective at the end of next year. He 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."
That means that Motley Crue's members, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars, will each go their separate way after the 2-year farewell tour.
Tommy Lee had this to say, "Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big f**king bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with 1 or 2 original band members! Our job here is done!!!"
Frontman Vince Neil adds "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 band's mastermind Nikki Sixx had this to say about what the fans can expect from the final tour, "When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that's part of Motley Crue's legacy," explains Sixx. "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."
As previously leaked, legendary rocker Alice Cooper will be supporting Motley Crue on the trek. Cooper had this to say, "Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days," said Alice, "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?"
The band also announced that their final tour will tie with the 2015 release of the motion picture that is based on their best-selling biography "The Dirt".
Motley Crue's Final Tour North American Dates
07/2 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
07/4 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
07/5 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
07/6 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
07/8 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
07/9 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/11 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
07/12 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena
07/13 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
07/15 - Cedar Park, TX - Cedar Park Center
07/16 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/18 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
07/19 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
07/21 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
07/22 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/23 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/25 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
07/26 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep County Amphitheatre
07/27 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
07/29 - Wheatland, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
07/30 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
08/1 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
08/2 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
08/3 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
08/5 - Sturgis, SD - Sturgis Buffalo Chip
08/6 - Sioux City, IA - Tyson Events Center
08/8 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/9 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/10 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/12 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
08/13 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
08/15 - Pelham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
08/16 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
08/17 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/19 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
08/20 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
08/22 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
08/23 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
08/24 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
08/26 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Perf. Arts Center
08/27 - Allentown, PA - Great Allentown Fair
08/29 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/30 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
08/31 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center
10/10 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Arena
10/11 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion
10/12 - Bossier City, LA - CenturyLink Center
10/14 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
10/15 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
10/17 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live
10/19 - Jacksonville, FL - Veterans Memorial Arena
10/21 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/22 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
10/25 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Event Center
10/26 - Montville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
10/29 - Syracuse, NY - The OnCenter Complex
11/5 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum
11/6 - Southaven, MS - Landers Center
11/9 - Moline, IL - iWireless Center
11/11 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
11/12 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
11/13 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center
11/15 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
11/16 - Fargo, ND - FargoDome
11/18 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
11/19 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
11/21 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena