Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 | 4:04 p.m.
Hometown rocker Vince Neil made it official at high noon today that Motley Crue is breaking up, and the legendary and longtime rockers are calling it quits with a two-year farewell world tour.
There will be introductory concerts, including gigs at two of the Hollywood clubs where they first started 30 years ago on the Sunset Strip. But the tour with Alice Cooper as opening act officially starts July 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and ends in Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 22.
In between, there will be stops in Phoenix on July 19, Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl on July 21, Reno on July 25 and Salt Lake City on Aug. 1.
Unlike the group’s recent two runs at the Hard Rock Hotel here, Las Vegas is not on the first North American leg. After the Canada shows in November, the group sets off for Asia and Australia, plays Western and Eastern Europe and eventually wind up with U.S. dates, which I’m reliably told will then include Las Vegas.
The tour, sponsored by Dodge Chrysler, is expected to end in 2015. The four members of Motley Crue — Vince, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx — will never be seen together again after that as Motley Crue.
They are the first band to sign a binding, legal “Cessation of Touring” contract to prevent any future touring of one member. Each has the right to sue the other band mates if they breach the agreement putting together a Motley Crue band.
“It really will be the last chance to ever see us together again performing live,” said Vince. Tonight, the band appears on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Wednesday morning on CBS’ “This Morning.”
In its 30-year history, Motley Crue has sold more than 80 million albums, but insiders whisper that in recent years, Vince has wanted to go solo with his own band, Mick has wanted to retire because of a back illness, and there has been feuding among all of them healed only in the last year.
“When it comes to putting together a new show, we always push the envelope, and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy,” explains Nikki. “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.”
Alice, who will be with Vince at the Feb. 27 benefit chefs dinner and concert for “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon and his battle against Multiple System Atrophy, commented: “Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days. Motley has always gone onstage 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 onstage. Motley Crue and Alice Cooper — a match made in … Armageddon?”
The world tour will coincide with the film made from Motley Crue’s bestselling book “The Dirt” of behind-the-scenes sex, drugs and rock and roll with groupies, trashed hotel rooms and more; it will debut in theaters worldwide in 2015.
There also is a deal in place for Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw’s country label Big Machine Records for a summer release this year of a country music tribute to Motley Crue.
Tommy, Mick and Vince summed up: “Everything must come to an end! We always had a vision of going out with a big … bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members.
“Our job here is done,” said Tommy. Guitarist Mick added, “The history of Motley Crue has had more drama than ‘General Hospital.’ It keeps ’em watchin’, and they keep comin’ back.”
Vince had the last word: “I’ll miss playing with the guys, but I won’t quit playing rock and roll. There are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley Crue.”
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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