On January 28, 2014, rock and rollers Mötley Crüe announced that they would permanently dissolve the group after a final tour, going so far as to sign an agreement which will force the band into permanent retirement. Now however, band members have commented that the so-called “cessation of touring agreement” is simply that. In other words, the contract wouldn’t split the group up – it would simply prevent them from ever going on tour again. The agreement would also restrict the band’s ability to perform “one-off” concerts, such as celebrity birthday parties.
Still, lead singer Vince Neil was quick to state, “Mötley Crüe will still be around, we’re just not going to tour anymore. That’s really kind of it.” The band admitted that they would most likely continue to work on releasing new music and selling Crüe merchandise. It is currently unclear as to what the legal consequences would be (if any) should the band renege on the agreement and resume touring.
The strange move to draft the agreement was apparently the band’s attempt to preserve the band’s legacy rather than slowly fading into obscurity. Tommy Lee, the group’s drummer, stated “We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members.”
Despite the melodrama the band admitted that it would consider getting back together to tour under one circumstance. Neil commented, “If [we’re] inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, would [we] get back together? Probably so… But that would probably be it.”