Jessica Jackson of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada’s Best Rock, 100.3 The Bear, conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars earlier this week.
MÖTLEY CRÜE announced at a Los Angeles press conference on Tuesday (January 28) that the band will launch its “Final Tour” later this year, with the group planning to play 72 shows in North America in 2014 and more overseas in 2015. Making it official, the four members of the band had their lawyer draw up a formal “cessation of touring” agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner.
Asked what he plans on doing after MÖTLEY CRÜE retires from touring, Mars said: “A solo record. People have been asking me for that for years and years and years. And ‘Why hasn’t Mick written a book?’ So that, of course, is gonna be in the works. I haven’t started anything or figured out who I want to write with me, or help me write it. But doing that kind of a thing. Putting together, probably, a cool band with some cool friends of mine and stuff, and going out and doing some… you know, a few weeks here and a few weeks there, touring… but not as the MICK MARS BAND; I won’t do that. [laughs] You’ll see, like, a name, and you’ll go, ‘Hey, who’s that?’ ‘I don’t know’ That’s the name of the band.”
Singer Vince Neil was asked why the band decided to call it quits now after more than 30 years. “We started talking about it a few years ago,” he said. “You know, we didn’t want to be one of those bands that maybe have one guy left in it or somebody’s brother or something like that. You know, we wanted to be — we want to go out with the four founding members of MÖTLEY CRÜE and go out on top, and leave a legacy of a band called MÖTLEY CRÜE.”
The special guest on the entire North American tour will be ALICE COOPER, marking the first time that the legendary shock rocker and the CRÜE will join forces live.
“The Final Tour” will kick off on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with tickets for 60 of the shows going on sale Wednesday (January 29) to fan club members.
VIP ticket packages were made available to the general public on Thursday (January 30) at 10:00 a.m. local time. The general public ticket sale for most shows starts on Friday (January 31). All tickets and packages can be obtained via Ticketmaster.com.
In an effort to allow all fans a chance to see the tour, some ticket prices may be kept as low as $15 or $20.
The band will head overseas for the international portion of the trek in 2015.
No mention was made of whether the CRÜE will record a new album to go along with the tour, although the group hinted at the possibility.