Monday, January 12, 2015

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 4: MOTLEY CRUE

As part of the 2014 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the site is counting down the Top 10 Rock News Artists of the year.

Finalists for the 5th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: winners are determined by the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

The 2014 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be announced on Thursday, January 15.

2014 hennemusic Rock News Artist Of The Year – Top 10

08 – QUEEN
07 – AC/DC
06 – KISS

hennemusic Rock News Artist of The Year No. 4 – MOTLEY CRUE

Motley Crue opened 2014 with news of a pending farewell tour announcement, and made things official at a Los Angeles press conference on January 28: the 2-year trek would open in July and hit 72 cities across North America – with special guest Alice Cooper – before playing international dates in 2015.

Drummer Tommy Lee announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend, Sofia "Sofi" Toufa, on February 24 and, on March 15, bassist Nikki Sixx married model Courtney Bingham at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.

In March, guitarist Mick Mars revealed the band will release a new single in sync with the farewell, whose title, “All Bad Things Must Come To An End”, was confirmed in April.

The following month, Lee said the tune would be included in a new greatest hits package – their 6th, for those who are counting – that would be issued during the tour.

Motley Crue launched their farewell tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 2; video surfaced of a performance of “All Bad Things Must Come To An End” in Milwaukee on July 4 and a preview of the studio version appeared in a tour promo a few days later.

On August 15, a truck carrying equipment for the farewell tour was involved in a fatal collision in Jefferson County, Alabama when the driver of a vehicle died after a crash with the 18-wheeler.

The Crue accepted Alice Cooper’s invitation and took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge onstage in Virginia Beach on August 20 and donated $10,000 to the cause while helping raising awareness of the health issue.

The same month saw "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Motley Crue" – a collection featuring country music artists performing tracks by the classic rockers – land a US top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.

The band wrapped up the summer leg of the farewell tour in Buffalo on August 31 and, a few days later, Sixx underwent a double hernia operation after performing with pain during the summer shows.

In early September, Neil was awarded an expansion team in Las Vegas by the Arena Football League and, two weeks later, the singer revealed the location of the final show of the farewell tour.

The Crue opened the second North American leg of the tour in Oklahoma City on October 10, with those dates wrapping up in late November.

The group will resume their farewell tour next month with a 5-date Japanese tour, following which they are expected to tour Europe – three festival dates have already been announced – and revisit the U.S. before playing a final series of shows in Los Angeles in early 2016.

See also:

2014 hennemusic Rock News Awards announced
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Van Halen dominate the 2012 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen win two hennemusic Rock News Awards
Guns N’ Roses named hennemusic’s Rock News Artist of The Year
Jimmy Page’s 2011 plans named hennemusic’s Rock News Story Of The Year