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Let’s have a moment of silence for one of the most iconic glam metal bands to date. Mötley Crüe, one of the first to emerge in the ‘hair metal’ scene in the early 80’s, have announced that they are officially putting down their hair spray cans and retiring.
At a press conference yesterday (28th January) announcement was made; with each member of the bands names engraved into gravestone. Mick Mars stated “It’s time for us to throw the towel in.” sure, like most bands, Mötley have played the ‘break up’ card before, however this time they have signed a contract stating that they will no longer tour after the year 2015 (predicted finale of the farewell tour).
But can we really expect them to go out quietly? Of course not! This is Mötley Crüe, the band who has been described constantly throughout the years as one of the world’s most notorious bands in metal. With their hedonistic lifestyles and personas conquering the hearts of their fans, as well as challenging every establishment that gets thrown their way. Sure, all the original members have had their brushes with the law, but what band in the 80’s hadn’t? It most certainly didn’t stop their passion for music and performance; instead fuelled their desire to become more and more extravagant. Nikki Sixx can be quoted saying “We want to leave a legacy and have dignity. We want to call it a day and be proud.” Which I’m sure they will have no trouble in succeeding.
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As if this wasn’t quite enough, the band also announced that Alice Cooper will be their supporting act. The two have never toured together before; however Cooper ensures that the tour will capture “rock and roll at its most extreme.” So far, these dates have been announced: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Motley-Crue-tickets/artist/910417 although the band expects the tour to take two years, thus more dates to be shortly announced for 2015.
Extremely (and I mean extremely!) Brief History
Crüe themselves are one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, 25 million in the US alone. Forming in 1981, the band had numerous turnovers of members throughout their 33 years together, however the original members have been back together since 2005, in which they played their reunited tour; and now will play together for the last time.
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(time for a little Crüe101)
Mötley Crüe have inspired individuals and bands globally; each pay their respects to the icons who shaped their lives to be how they are today: (with the trending #RIPMotleyCrue)
#RIPMotleyCrue – Will always be a huge fan.. Thanks for great memories to great songs ❤ @ddlovato
Thanks to @NikkiSixx & Motley for being the most badass band on the planet and inspiring so many of us to make music #ripmotleycrue@AndyBVB
To me Motley Crüe is so much more than a group of musicians. They represent a lifestyle. Sometimes even more than their songs, I enjoy what they represent. Reckless abandon, danger, and risk taking. Their ‘devil may care’ attitude has bled into and inspired most of my favorite bands. To me, they are as influential as The Ramones or The Beatles. @JCCharles8
Now the gentleman above…yes you know who he is…he’s the guitarist of The Relapse Symphony, whom I have previously interviewed, I strongly suggest you head over to youtube to become addicted!…anyways…like the title of this post JC’s favourite song by Crüe is Kickstart My Heart again if you haven’t heard it I strongly suggest you go listen to it…ya know what I’m going to make your life a lot easier and provide you guys with a link to the video…aren’t I nice?
So here we are…at the end of an era…an era that has lasted 33 years…bands who can still fill venues out this late in their career definitely deserve far more recognition then they are given.
Tommy, Vince, Nikki and Mick…I salute you.