Motley Crue have played the final show of their career, finishing up at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with a performance that will be recorded for DVD release.
The show marks the conclusion of 34 years of the band, who went through years of turmoil in the early part of the century, having formed way back in 1981. The band signed a legally binding agreement to stop playing together almost two years ago, and have been touring since, playing 164 dates on a world tour since heading out in July 2014.
The final show opened with Rodgers and Hammerstein song ‘So Long, Farewell’, and closed with Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’, bracketing Crue classics and a cover of Sex Pistols‘ ‘Anarchy in the UK’.
Nikki Sixx has spoken of the tumultuous early days of the band in an interview with Billboard, saying “I was in turmoil for so long, to be honest with you, that I just thought that was life.”
Watch fan footage of ‘Kickstart My Heart’ the set-closer for the second last night at Los Angeles’ Staples Center (December 30) via YouTube, below:
Speaking of the early days, Sixx continued:
“I was war-mongering, I was angry, I was like, ‘fuck you.” As the years have kind of chipped away at that, I realized that I was very well served by that, but it was not necessarily the best life to be lived. Becoming a father started to soften my heart, to be more open to who I was in the past and writing books and doing photography – it’s just been this long, long life lesson.”
“I don’t think you ever quit learning, but I look back on it myself and it was a really rough patch for a long time. Heroin made sense to me at the time because | was in a lot of pain, I was in a lot of pain.”
Sixx has now been clean for 14 years, and has spoken about the band’s thrifty ways, and the investment’s he’s made over recent years. He’s also commented that reunions are always for money, rather than music, suggesting that Motley Crue are not likely to be back.
The final show will be recorded in full for a later DVD release. Sixx said of the show:
“I don’t know how we’re gonna feel. We’ve been kind of dodging that question for two years and now there’s no getting out of it.”
“We’re pretty rough-and-tumble dudes, but even the toughest guy going in for his last fight is going to feel a pang in his heart, and I’m guaranteeing that something’s gonna happen up there that I don’t know about and I probably don’t want to think about until it happens. I just hope I don’t cry during ‘Shout at the Devil.’ “