Nikki Sixx Says Mötley Crüe Will Not Break Final Tour Contract
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
February 25, 2019
It's hard to say goodbye, and lots of allegedly retiring artists have paired "farewell" tours with the fine print, nod-and-a-wink caveat that it's just the end of "touring" for them — just ask Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, etc.— but Mötley Crüe bassist and band leader Nikki Sixx says he won't live a one-off life with his legendary band.
Interest in another Mötley Crüe tour is likely to be at an all-time high by the end of March when the band releases its long-awaited biopic, The Dirt. If the film is a hit, offers are bound to come the band's way.
But Sixx is pre-empting any talk of a way around of the band's 2014 pact to never again perform beyond the last date of its farewell tour. The band was the first to ever sign a binding legal document agreeing to a "cessation of touring" beyond the year 2015. He says there are times when he regrets the contract, but a deal is a deal.
"Sometimes I look out at my friends, like the guys in Aerosmith and Metallica, and I'm like, 'God damn it, did we retire too soon?" Sixx told Rolling Stone. "But there will be no one-offs in our future. Maybe we'l just get together and jam in Mick Mars' front room."
Mötley Crüe won't perform again, but further recording is a possibility. The band reunited in the studio last summer to record four new songs to go on the soundtrack for The Dirt. The title track for the film was released last Friday. You can watch the official video here.
Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee added to Rolling Stone that the agreement to end the band's touring career with its final show at the Forum in Los Angeles in 2015 was brought on by a sense of burnout within the group.
"After about a year, everybody started to either miss each other or just wonder what happened, and we were in a much different place, so we regrouped and rekindled friendship and the whole thing you do with people you love," Lee explained.
Front man Vince Neil — who has been performing Mötley Crüe music during his solo shows — provided a number of updates to fans during the recording and mixing process for the new songs.
He clarified in September that just because Mötley was recording again didn't mean there were plans for the band to book more live shows.
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