Motley Crue call it quits (again), announce gigantic farewell tour

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They say there are only two retirements that never stick: Rock stars and professional wrestlers.

OK, nobody actually says that, but it’s more or less true. The call of the road and the brightness of the lights is often too much to keep aging stars away, which is why we’re still watching Ozzy Osbourne play Black Sabbath songs and Ric Flair deliver chops.

The latest band to declare retirement is Motley Crue, who just announced that they were hanging it up following a massive farewell tour that is scheduled to kick off July 2 and run on and off for the next two years. Dubbed The Final Tour, the trek is signed in blood (kind of): Earlier today in Los Angeles, the group — Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee — signed a formal “Cessation of Touring Agreement” that says they are officially forbidden from hitting the road as of the end of 2015. “Everything must come to an end,” Lee said at the press conference announcing the tour. “We always had a vision of going out with a big f—ing bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members. Our job here is done!”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Motley Crue have called it quits. Neil left the band and was replaced by John Corabi in 1992, which marked the first time the original lineup came to a close. He came back in 1997, but Lee ducked out in 1999 to work on Methods of Mayhem, and the band was completely dormant from 2001 to 2004. But this certainly feels like an agreed-upon decision among all four original members, and though they’ve had a tremendous amount of success in the past few years (especially with a well-received Las Vegas show), the end is near.

The first batch of tour dates is below. Alice Cooper will join them on the road. Will you check out the show, and more importantly, will you miss the Crue?

Motley Crue’s The Final Tour dates:

7/2/2014; Grand Rapids, MI; Van Andel Arena

7/4/2014; Milwaukee, WI; Summerfest

7/5/2014; Noblesville, IN; Klipsch Music Center

7/6/2014; Cincinnati, OH; Riverbend Music Center

7/8/2014; Columbus, OH; Schottenstein Center

7/9/2014; Maryland Heights, MO; Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

7/11/2014; Des Moines, IA;  Wells Fargo Arena

7/12/2014; Wichita, KS; INTRUST Bank Arena

7/13/2014; Tulsa, OK; BOK Center

7/15/2014; Cedar Park, TX; Cedar Park Center

7/16/2014; Dallas, TX; Gexa Energy Pavilion

7/18/2014; Albuquerque, NM; Isleta Amphitheater

7/19/2014; Phoenix, AZ; Ak-Chin Pavilion

7/21/2014; Los Angeles, CA; Hollywood Bowl

7/22/2014; Irvine, CA; Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

7/23/2014; Mountain View, CA; Shoreline Amphitheatre

7/25/2014; Reno, NV; Reno Events Center

7/26/2014; Ridgefield, WA; Sleep County Amphitheatre

7/27/2014; Auburn, WA; White River Amphitheatre

7/29/2014; Wheatland, CA; Sleep Train Amphitheatre

7/30/2014; Chula Vista, CA; Sleep Train Amphitheatre

8/1/2014; Salt Lake City, UT; USANA Amphitheatre

8/2/2014; Denver, CO; Pepsi Center

8/3/2014; Kansas City, MO; Sprint Center

8/5/2014; Sturgis, SD; Sturgis Buffalo Chip

8/6/2014; Sioux City, IA; Tyson Events Center

8/8/2014; Tinley Park, IL; First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

8/9/2014; Clarkston, MI; DTE Energy Music Theatre

8/10/2014; Toronto, ON; Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

8/12/2014; Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Blossom Music Center

8/13/2014; Burgettstown, PA; First Niagara Pavilion

8/15/2014; Pelham, AL; Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

8/16/2014; Alpharetta, GA; Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

8/17/2014; Tampa, FL; MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

8/19/2014; Charlotte, NC; PNC Music Pavilion

8/20/2014; Virginia Beach, VA; Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

8/22/2014; Bristow, VA; Jiffy Lube Live

8/23/2014; Camden, NJ; Susquehanna Bank Center

8/24/2014; Mansfield, MA; Xfinity Center

8/26/2014; Saratoga Springs, NY; Saratoga Perf. Arts Center

8/27/2014; Allentown, PA; Great Allentown Fair

8/29/2014; Wantagh, NY; Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

8/30/2014; Holmdel, NJ; PNC Bank Arts Center

8/31/2014; Darien Center, NY; Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center

10/10/2014; Oklahoma City, OK; Chesapeake Arena

10/11/2014; The Woodlands, TX; Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion

10/12/2014; Bossier City, LA; CenturyLink Center

10/14/2014; Louisville, KY; KFC Yum! Center

10/15/2014; Nashville, TN; Bridgestone Arena

10/17/2014; Hollywood, FL; Seminole Hard Rock Live

10/19/2014; Jacksonville, FL; Veterans Memorial Arena

10/21/2014; Greenville, SC; Bon Secours Wellness Arena

10/22/2014; Greensboro, NC; Greensboro Coliseum

10/25/2014; Atlantic City, NJ; Borgata Event Center

10/26/2014; Montville, CT; Mohegan Sun Arena

10/29/2014; Syracuse, NY; The OnCenter Complex

11/5/2014; Biloxi, MS; Mississippi Coast Coliseum

11/6/2014; Southaven, MS; Landers Center

11/9/2014; Moline, IL; iWireless Center

11/11/2014; Green Bay, WI; Resch Center

11/12/2014; Madison, WI; Alliant Energy Center

11/13/2014; Omaha, NE; CenturyLink Center

11/15/2014; St. Paul, MN; Xcel Energy Center

11/16/2014; Fargo, ND; FargoDome

11/18/2014; Edmonton, AB; Rexall Place

11/19/2014; Calgary, AB; Scotiabank Saddledome

11/21/2014; Vancouver, BC; Rogers Arena

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