Motley Crue announces retirement, final tour


Motley Crue will be performing 72 concerts before retiring, with Alice Cooper touring with the group. In the Southland, the band will be at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 21 and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine on July 22. Tickets for "The Final Tour" go on sale Friday.

"When it comes to putting together a new show, we always push the envelope and that's part of Motley Crue's legacy," said Nikki Sixx, bass guitarist, in a statement.

But Sixx wouldn't let on about what kind of surprises they have in store for fans.

"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,'" Sixx said.

Lead singer Vince Neil revealed he will still work on "projects" during retirement.

"I'll missing playing with the guys, but I won't quit playing rock and roll," he said in a statement.

The band will perform on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday night.

Since forming in 1981, the band has had seven platinum or multi-platinum albums. Their latest studio album, "Saints of Los Angeles," was released in 2008. "The Final Tour" will coincide with a film made from the band's 2002 book "The Dirt."

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