Nikki Sixx Discusses Motley Crue’s ‘Final Tour’
When Motley Crue announced their ‘Final Tour,’ they signed a legally binding “Cessation of Touring Agreement” forbidding their members from using their name in future live endeavors. In a new interview, Nikki Sixx explained that the band decided to take that approach as a matter of pride.
“[T]here are bands out there traveling under the same band name,” he told Time. “Tommy [Lee] said it would be like, ‘Nikki Sixx’s Motley Crue at the Troubadour’ and ‘Tommy Lee’s Motley Crue at the Canyon Club,’ and they are all within a week of each other, you know? I can’t get into my car and drive down the road and have that be a reality. Not after everything that we’ve done. Not after everything we’ve been through.”
For Sixx, the fact that the band still has all four of its original members is every bit as important to him as the band’s ability to still sell out arenas. He admitted that going out while still on top may not be in their best financial interests, but it will mean more to the fans.
“We just wanted to have pride in the band when the band is done forever,” he added. “If you put on a Crue t-shirt and walk down the street we want someone to say, ‘The Crue, man, those guys came in and went out on their own terms.’ We want our song to come on the radio and for you to turn it up a little bit louder, because you were there on the last tour.”
Motley Crue’s ‘Final Tour’ will begin in Grand Rapids, Mich. on July 2. They will play 72 shows across North America before calling it quits for good on Nov. 21 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Alice Cooper will be the opening act.