As Motley Crue enter the home stretch on their career as a live touring act, frontman Vince Neil says the only likely chance of the band reappearing would be to perform at their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame – if that were ever to happen.
When Motley Crue announced their farewell tour in January of 2014, the members signed a Cessation Of Touring Agreement which forbids the band to tour beyond 2015.
"Everybody keeps coming up with these loopholes for us to get back together and play again: 'So, this Arabian prince is throwing a party; how much money is it gonna take?',” Neil tells Rolling Stone. “It's not about that, you know? I think if we got in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that's probably the only way we'd get back together and play."
"I'm not one of these cranky guys about it," says bassist Nikki Sixx of the Rock Hall. "But I think if they got it a little bit righter, people would respect it a little bit more. Honestly, there are a lot of bands previous to Mötley Crüe that deserve to be in, if it's actually about influencing other musicians and making an impact on the planet.
“You know, the bands that have gotten in the last few years, it's cool; but let's go back and look at the people who curated this great music a little bit more. I mean, I'm a huge Mott the Hoople fan; if Mötley Crüe got in before Mott the Hoople, I'd snap! [Laughs] I'd be like, 'I'm sorry, but Ian Hunter, this is for you!'"
"I do give a s**t about it, because it's a time-stamp, it's the acknowledgement of your peers and fans and the music industry," explains drummer Tommy Lee. "But then again, there's a part of me that goes, 'If we don't, that's cool, too!' In my heart, I know that we came, we saw, we kicked its ass; I don't need a pat on the back, or an induction, or another platinum album or two."
"Honestly, I don't think it'll happen," adds guitarist Mick Mars of the group’s chances for induction. “I'd have to say, 80 percent no, 20 percent yeah. But it's like when you're a kid in kindergarten, and you take a nap and get a gold star as a reward. I don't need a few handful of people to say that I got a gold star, because I already got it from my fans. I see the crowds, I see the enthusiasm, I see all that stuff, and that's already satisfying enough for me."
Motley Crue will resume their farewell tour next month with shows in Australia and New Zealand, followed by appearances at three European festivals in June.
A North American summer run starts July 22 in Eugene, OR, and a newly-announced final leg kicks off October 5 in Hidalgo, TX.
Motley Crue will wrap up their live career with three shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, closing things out on New Year’s Eve.
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