Mötley Crüe have announced plans to retire following a final tour by signing a contract which bans them from reforming in the future.
The US band, fronted by Vince Neil with Tommy Lee on drums, 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.
In a statement, bassist Nikki Sixx said, “When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Mötley Crüe’s legacy. 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.”
Band Attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explains “Other bands have split up over rancour or the inability of people to get along, but this is mutual among all four original members and a peaceful decision to move on to other endeavours and to confirm it with a binding agreement.”
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.