It may come as a shock to some, but '80s metal band Motley Crue is still alive and kicking after all these years. Determined to go out on their own terms, band members have announced that they will retire after the end of the appropriately named Final Tour, which makes a stop in Houston on Oct. 11 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.
The tour, which starts on July 2, will hit 72 different cities across North America, including Cedar Park (just outside of Austin) on July 15 and Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas on July 16. The Final Tour will feature special guest Alice Cooper, who has no plans to retire despite an even longer career.
In case you were skeptical that this will indeed be Motley Crue's final tour, the band has even signed a formal Cessation of Touring agreement, meaning none of the four band members — Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars — can attempt to tour as a facsimile of the band at any future point following the end of the world tour in 2015.
The band gave no specific reason why it was choosing now to break up, but given that each of them is now at least 50 years old, maintaining the metal lifestyle has got to be more than a little draining.
Motley Crue hasn't put out an album since 2008's Saints of Los Angeles, and today's announcement did not reveal any plans for another final album. They will, however, be making a film based on their book, The Dirt, which will coincide with the end of the tour.
There are also plans to release an album full of country music tributes to the band later in 2014, including performances by Rascal Flatts and Florida Georgia Line.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public Friday, Jan. 31. Motley Crue Fan Club members can buy tickets and VIP packages starting on Jan. 29, and VIP packages can be purchased by the general public on Jan. 30.