Mötley Crüe open up about retirement plans

Veteran metal band say they want to 'leave on their own terms'

Mötley Crüe have spoken further about their plans to retire, revealing they signed a contract which bans them from reforming in the future to prevent members using the band’s name to tour.

The band will play 75 arena dates in the US from July-November but have signed a ‘Cessation of Touring Agreement’ which states that there will be no further live dates from the end of 2015.

Frontman Vince Neil and bassist Nikki Six said they did it because they want to leave on their own terms. Neil told Rolling Stone: “There are so many bands that do farewell tours. We don’t want to be that band: we don’t want to say ‘OK, Mötley Crüe is done – farewell,’ and then when a couple guys in the band leave, they’re replaced, and then go out as Mötley Crüe again. We’re one of the few bands left out there that has the original members. That’s the way we want to go out: the same four guys, leaving on our terms – not leaving because we have to.”

The pair also said they thought long and hard about the contract. “It wasn’t just something we threw together: we’d worked on it with corporate lawyers for a long time, going through everything and making sure it was right,” Sixx said. “But it’s done. There’s no backing out now. Perhaps when it’s done, things will come into focus. At that point, everyone in the band will be doing their own creative stuff, but there will be moments where we’ll miss this.”

Alice Cooper is set to support Mötley Crüe on the US arena dates. No British dates have been announced as part of the retirement tour. A film version of the band’s infamous biography The Dirt is set for release in 2015, following the band’s final tour dates.