Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx says the band’s farewell tour is all about the issue of credibility to the band and not the money involved.
"It started with the idea of pride and it started with the idea of us not wanting to be what we've seen before us, which is people kinda hobbling off into the sunset," Sixx tells For Bass Players Only. "We watch it in boxing, and I've seen some of my favorite football players who should've gone away a couple seasons before. It's human nature to want to keep going, but you have to fight against the 'I'm just gonna keep doing it' when you know the possibility of not looking great on the way out. It's better to pull it in a couple years too early, and that's really what we're doing."
The Crue are roughly half way through The Final Tour, and Sixx maintains there is no chance of the band reconsidering its plans to stop touring at the end of 2015.
"For me, no, never,” explains the bassist. “Every version of that question has been asked and there's all the trick questions: 'Would you do it for $100 million for five shows in Dubai?' Y'know, let's just get to the core of it: Do you want us to renege on our word? We don't want to.
“I don't need to name the bands that have. It's obvious. It's okay if they want to do that, and it's okay if their fans accept it. For us, we didn't want to do that. Plus, I have less years in front of me than I have behind me, and it's the same for all my band members. There's a track record of what we've done together, and I think we each individually want to go out and do some other stuff.
“If it was just about money, it would be different. But it's not about money. It's about credibility. And, you know, the next day after we take our final bow, I'm gonna look at my band members and say, 'Wow, dudes, everything we said the first day we got together, the very first band rehearsal, we did it.' And then I'm right back at it.
“I've got my fingers in many pies and I'm very excited about creating stuff and watching it blossom and bloom and harvest it and get on with the next thing. I think it's a very exciting thing to look forward to as well."
Motley Crue recently completed a 5-date tour of Japan and announced a series of Australian concert dates in May. They’ll play three European festivals in June before launching the final North American leg on July 22 in Eugene, OR.
The band will wrap up their performing career with three shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, playing their last show on December 31.
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