-- On Tuesday, Mötley Crüe announced that they will say goodbye to fans by mounting one last trek, dubbed The Final Tour, that will kick off this July and is likely to last for about two years. Speaking with Rolling Stone following a Los Angeles press conference at which details of the outing were unveiled, singer Vince Neil and bassist Nikki Sixx revealed that the idea for the band to call it quits started brewing several years ago.
"It came up 3, 4 years ago," recalled Neil. "We were in Japan. We'd started thinking about a farewell tour -- a final tour. I think it was brought to me first by Nikki."
Sixx explained that at the time, he and Neil talked about how Mötley Crüe's members wanted the band to be remembered, noting, "If we wait 5 or 10 years, we might still be in the position were in, but we know we're in the position we're in now. It really came down to figuring out how do we bow out with dignity."
As for the decision to call the trek "The Final Tour" as opposed to a farewell tour, Neil pointed out that "there are so many bands that do farewell tours. We don't want to be [the bad that says,] 'Okay, Mötley Crüe is done -- farewell,' and then when a couple guys in the band leave, they're replaced, and then go out as Mötley Crüe again."
Neil added that his group is "one of the few bands left out there that has the original members," and they want to bring things to an end with "the same four guys, leaving on our terms -- not leaving because we have to."
Nikki echoed Vince's feelings about the possibility of Mötley Crüe, or even two versions of the band, re-forming after the Final Tour ends. "Can't have that," he declared. "Man, I just want people to be proud. Our energy comes from the fact that we're a family."
As for what kind of set list fans can expect from the Final Tour, Neil pointed out, "It's pretty much in its early stages right now. But we're going to try to give everybody a little bit of everything…Each song means something different to everybody."
Mötley Crüe's Final Tour gets under way on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and currently is plotted out through a November 21 show in Vancouver, Canada. Alice Cooper will be the open act on all of the confirmed dates.
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