With a 72 city North American tour coming this summer, it would seem that the band Motley Crue isn’t ready to call it quits just yet, but that’s exactly what they’re doing after a 30 year career together. Interestingly, they also now have a legally binding agreement that says that, in the future, none of the four members of the group will be allowed to tour using the Motley Crue name.
Alice Cooper will actually be opening their upcoming shows, which start on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and take them all over the country before it ends in Vancouver, British Columbia on 21 November. On July 21 they’ll be going back to their hometown and giving a concert there at the Hollywood Bowl as well, but after the tour ends they’ve promised to “call it quits” and don’t have any future plans to tour together.
At a recent interview at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, bassist Nikki Sixx said that “we’ve talked about this for years,” adding that "It’s because we are on top, holding it together. We wanted to leave a legacy (and) we feel there are a lot of bands that don’t have dignity. We want to call it a day and be proud." Their lead singer, Vince Neil, added that "We don’t want to be one of those bands where one guy is left. We wanted to go out with the four founding members and go out on top."
Their actual conversation about ending their touring days started a few years back after the band had finished doing the Sunset Strip Music Festival. Their attorney, Doug Mark, came up with the idea of having the group sign a legal document that would keep them from using the band’s name in any other way besides when they were all four together as a group, something that is unique in the music industry.
Mark said that "We’ve all seen too many diluted trademarks," and went on to say that "We had to come up with a methodology for these four guys, joined at the hip, to do something that other bands haven’t done."
In an interview with Billboard magazine, both guitarist Mick Mars and drummer Tommy Lee said that the four group members own the name Motley Crew as well as the master recordings of all of their songs together, and that any future decisions regarding the group will now, legally, have to be made by all four of them.
The group started in the early 1980s when Nikki Sixx, who was already a successful bassist for London, a Los Angeles metal band, decided that he wanted to put his own band together. With Tommy Lee they formed the group Christmas and soon, through a classified ad that read “loud rude aggressive guitarist available” they found Mick Mars. Singer Vince Neil was actually touring with a Cheap Trick cover band at the time and was actually a member who came up with their memorable name. The group’s first album, Too Fast for Love, was released by Electric Records in 1983 and was a huge hit.