Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx says band reunions are ‘about money and not about music’

The group have signed a contract to ensure their last ever shows take place this year

Motley Crue‘s Nikki Sixx has spoken out about music’s reunion-focused culture, saying bands constantly getting back together and breaking up again aren’t doing it for the right reasons.

The bassist’s comments came in light of the group’s Cessation Of Touring Agreement, a legally binding contract that stipulates their farewell tour will not continue beyond 2015.

Sixx told Rolling Stone: “When we made the decision, a lot of people were scratching their heads, going, ‘There’s more money to be made!’ I’m like, ‘You mean there’s more commissions for you to make?’ When is the right time for a band to walk away?”

He continued: “We’ve been very fortunate. We’ve made lots of money; we’ve been able to keep investing in our live shows and taking time to make great albums. Now we’ll be able to move on — and hopefully you’re going to be able to hear great stuff from all of the band members. Fans come up to me and say, ‘I’m so proud of you guys for doing it this way!’ I really hope that when somebody else announces their final tour — their last goodbye — that they’re willing to sign a contract like us, and make it known that it’s real, because the whole ‘reunion of the reunion of the reunion’ thing — that’s about money, and not about music.”

The band also discussed their chances of being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which inducted new members like Ringo Starr, Joan Jett and Lou Reed last weekend. Guitarist Mick Mars said: “Honestly, I don’t think it’ll happen. We were there when the thing was being built; we had to wear hard hats while we were walking around the building site. They were like, ‘One of these days, you guys will be in here!’ Right. [Laughs] I’d have to say, 80 percent no, 20 percent yeah.”