MÖTLEY CRÜE Manager Talks The Final Tour - "I Think Maintaining Their Integrity Is Important To Them, As A Group And Their Legacy"

February 13, 2014, 10 months ago

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Tenth Street Entertainment president Chris Nilsson recently spoke with Pollstar about MÖTLEY CRÜE’s final tour, the movie version of The Dirt and what it’s like to manage one of rock’s most notorious bands. An excerpt follows:
Q: As the band’s manager, what was your reaction when the members of Mötley Crüe said they wanted to do one final tour? A: "It was a group decision. They had been talking about it for some time. To be honest, I can’t even tell you how long. I respect their decision, I support their decision. Their reasons for their decision are good reasons. They’ve always been a band with integrity. I think maintaining their integrity is important to them, as a group and their legacy. It was one of those things where they had the full support of us as managers." Q: How long have you been an artist manager? A: "I’ve been with the company for seven years but I’ve been managing for over 10." Q: Rock history is filled with volatile breakups, band dissent and conflicting egos. From a manager’s perspective, is this one of the smoothest exits from touring? A: "This band has done things differently. Everything that they do is special. Their decision wasn’t based on internal strife. Their decision was based on something positive, which is they want to preserve the legacy of Mötley Crüe. They collectively think it’s time to do this. It’s not the decision of one member or two members. It’s a mutual decision. I certainly think this is a spectacular way to end a 33–year career. I think it’s spectacular in the sense that because it’s a mutual decision and because they are at the top of their game, they can in the next two years create something for the fans that’s worthy of the fans’ dollars." Q: Was age one of the factors? Did band members not want to see Mötley Crüe performing when they’re way into their senior citizen years? A: "I don’t think so. This band is not one to point at other bands and say, “You guys aren’t doing it the right way.” I think it’s right for this band. I don’t necessarily think age is a contributing factor because these guys are all creative in their own right. They all have other things that they do. I think they will all continue to be creative. But I’m not in the band. I can’t really say. There’s a myriad of reasons for a decision like this but it’s certainly not because they don’t feel they can’t get up on stage any more. To the contrary – they’re as good a band as they’ve ever been." Read the complete interview at this location. Just days after tickets for The Final Tour went on sale, eight shows sold out. The band has also added a November 8th date at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. due to overwhelming demand. Tickets for the Joe Louis Arena show will go on sale Saturday, February 15th at 10 AM, local time.
The sold out shows are: August 9 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre 10 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amp October 7 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live 25 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Events Center 26 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena November 15 - St. Paul, MN - XCEL Energy Center 16 - Fargo, ND - FargoDome 18 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place 19 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome Mötley Crüe announced The Final Tour and the band’s ultimate retirement, solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles on Janruary 28th. Celebrating the announcement of The Final Tour, the band performed on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live later that night and appeared on CBS This Morning on January 29th. With over 80 million albums sold, Mötley Crüe has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 Mötley Crüe branded items, sold in over 30 countries. Mötley Crüe has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different. Fans can expect to hear the catalogue of their chart-topping hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. “When it comes to putting together a new show, we always push the envelope and that’s part of Mötley Crüe’s legacy,” explains Nikki Sixx (bass). “As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch The Final Tour.”
The Final Tour, presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation, will kick off in North America on July 2nd in Grand Rapids, MI and reach 73 markets before hitting international territories in 2015. To Live Nation,Mötley Crüe tours are not only box office successes but artistically have set the bar for production and entertainment value. “There’s no arguing that Mötley Crüe have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock ’n’ roll,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation’s regional president of North America concerts. “But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history. They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse. Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard-working and extremely talented gentlemen. The music industry will never have another Mötley Crüe.” The Dodge Brothers were a notorious duo, so it seemed only natural to partner with the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. “Whenever I talk to people about Mötley Crüe, the common thread is how cool and relevant the band remains, even after 33 years,” said Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO, Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This irreverent ‘staying power’ resonates deeply with the Dodge brand as we turn the corner on our 100-year anniversary. What better way to celebrate the band’s final tour and the 25th anniversary of Kickstart My Heart than to do it together?” Fans can look forward to very special guest ALICE COOPER joining Mötley Crüe for an incredible package; Alice invented the rock ‘n’ roll genre and Mötley Crüe put steroids in it! “Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days,” said Alice. “Mötley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that’s to blow the audience away. That’s exactly how we do it. Putting Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really NEEDS. We’re going to go out there and tear it up, and I can’t wait to see Mötley on stage. Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper—a match made in…Armageddon?”
As documented in the Cessation Of Touring Agreement the band signed at the Janruary 28th press conference, the band will not tour after this final tour. Band attorney Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law explains: “Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is mutual among all four original members and a peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement.” Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars will go their separate ways after the lengthy two-year touring cycle. Tommy Lee (drums) explains: “Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big f***king bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members! Our job here is done!!!” Of the band’s tumultuous history, Mick Mars (guitar) adds: “(It has been) more drama than ‘General Hospital;’ it keeps ‘em watchin’ and they keep comin’ back.” Vocalist, Vince Neil says of the Finality of the tour: “I’ll miss playing with the guys, but I won’t quit playing rock ‘n’ roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Mötley.”
Tour dates: July 2 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena 4 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest 5 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center 6 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center 8 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center 9 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 11 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena 12 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena 13 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 15 - Cedar Park, TX - Cedar Park Center 16 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion 18 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater 19 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl 22 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 23 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre 25 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center 26 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep County Amphitheater 27 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre 29 - Wheatland, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre 30 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre August 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre 2 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center 3 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center 5 - Sturgis, SD - Sturgis Buffalo Chip 6 - Sioux City, IA - Tyson Events Center 8 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 9 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre 10 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 12 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center 13 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion 15 - Pelham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 16 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood 17 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre 19 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion 20 - VA Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 22 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live 23 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center 24 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center 26 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center 27 - Allentown, PA - Great Allentown Fair 29 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 30 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center 31 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center October 10 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena 11 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 12 - Bossier City, LA - CenturyLink Center 14 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center 15 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena 17 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock 19 - Jacksonville, FL - Veterans Memorial Arena 21 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Wellness Arena 22 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum 25 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Events Center 26 - Montville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 29 - Syracuse, NY - The OnCenter November 5 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum 6 - Southaven, MS - Landers Center 8 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena 9 - Moline, IL - iWireless Center 11 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center 12 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center 13 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center 15 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center 16 - Fargo, ND - FargoDome 18 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place 19 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome 21 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena

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