Mötley Crüe, the band that helped shape arguably the greatest decade in the history of hard rock and heavy metal, will be announcing the details of their farewell tour at a special event – dubbed RIP: All Bad Things Must Come To An End – on January 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA.
No one could have ever predicted that the career that began in 1981 in clubs on the Sunset Strip would span over three decades, particularly because Mötley Crüe redefined the term “sex, drugs and rock n roll.” They took debauchery to a whole new level, dealt with their fair share of tragedies, and still managed to not only survive, but thrive under circumstances that would have killed the average person several times over.
The generation of fans who grew up with Mötley Crüe will undoubtedly be saddened by the news of their farewell tour, but the band is to be commended for their desire to go out on top. Unlike many hard rock bands that have embarked upon multiple farewell tours, the members of Mötley Crüe swear that the lengthy worldwide tour, likely to begin this spring, will be their last.
“It’s just that time,” stated Vince Neil in an interview with Billboard.com. “We’re going out on top. We still sell out arenas, have stadium stuff and things like that, so let’s go out when it’s a big deal.”
When asked if he would be sad to see it all end, Nikki Sixx stated “No, I’d be sad if we were playing half-full theaters and only two members were in the band. Sad is not taking your final bow in Los Angeles all together as four brothers.”
It’s fitting that the journey that began in Los Angeles in 1981 will come full circle, ending in front of the fans that have supported Mötley Crüe since their club days.
The announcement of RIP: All Bad Things Must Come To An End brings to mind the classic line from “Kickstart My Heart”…
“When we started this band, all we needed, needed was a laugh…years gone by, I’d say we’ve kicked some ass!”
Mötley Crüe kicked as much ass as any band in the history of hard rock, and there will never be another band like them. Fans of all generations would be wise make it a point to catch Mötley Crüe on their farewell tour to experience an important moment in hard rock history.