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Big Machine Records Announces Country Tribute To MÖTLEY CRÜE As Band Embarks On THE FINAL TOUR

January 28, 2014 By Band is first-ever to sign binding “Cessation of Touring” agreement to prevent future, unauthorized touring

After more than three decades together, iconic rock ‘n roll band MÖTLEY CRÜE announced today their Final Tour and the band’s ultimate retirement. The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles today. Celebrating the announcement of this Final Tour, the band will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live TONIGHT and will appear on CBS This Morning TOMORROW MORNING.

In conjunction with the tour, BIG MACHINE RECORDS, home to Country Superstars such as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts has teamed up in a joint venture with MÖTLEY RECORDS and ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC for the summer 2014 release of a Country Music Tribute To MÖTLEY CRÜE. Big Machine Label Group president and CEO, Scott Borchetta, is among the legion of Country Music fans who love MÖTLEY CRÜE. The country tribute album will show off the band’s quality songwriting with these fresh takes on their classic hit songs. Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album are LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope. More artists will be unveiled as the album nears a release date this summer. Borchetta says of the collaboration, "I have been a not-so-secret Crue fan from the beginning. When manager Chris Nilsson called with the idea for a tribute album on Big Machine Records it was an immediate 'yes' from me! Our album will highlight just how great the Motley Crue song catalog is. At the end of the day, that's what will stand the test of time."

Borchetta further noted that "The initial response from the announcement of this album has been overwhelming. The are a lot of artists asking to be included and we look forward to finalizing plans for the project over the next few weeks."

With over 80 million albums sold, MÖTLEY CRÜE has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 MÖTLEY CRÜE branded items sold in over 30 countries. MÖTLEY CRÜE has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different; Fans can expect to hear the catalogue of their chart- topping hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. “When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy,” explains Nikki Sixx (bass). “As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour.”

The Final Tour presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation will kick off in North America on July 2nd in Grand Rapids, MI and reach 72 markets before hitting international territories in 2015. To Live Nation MÖTLEY CRÜE tours are not only box office successes but artistically their shows have set the bar for production and entertainment value. "There's no arguing that Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll," says Rick Franks, Live Nation's Regional President of North America Concerts. "But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history. They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse. Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard working and extremely talented gentlemen. The music industry will never have another Motley Crue."

The Dodge brothers were a notorious duo, so it seemed only natural to partner with the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. "Whenever I talk to people about Motley Crue, the common thread is how cool and relevant the band remains even after 33 years," said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "This irreverent 'staying power' resonates deeply with the Dodge brand as we turn the corner on our 100 year anniversary. What better way to celebrate the band's final tour and the 25th anniversary of Kickstart My Heart than to do it together?"

Fans can look forward to Very Special Guest ALICE COOPER joining MÖTLEY CRÜE for an incredible package - Alice invented the genre and MÖTLEY CRÜE put steroids in it! "Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days," said Alice, continuing,"Motley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that's to blow the audience away. That's exactly how we do it. Putting Motley Crue and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really NEEDS. We're going to go out there and tear it up, and I can't wait to see Motley on stage. Motley Crue and Alice Cooper - A match made in... Armageddon?"

As documented in the Cessation Of Touring Agreement the band signed at the press conference today, the band will not tour after this Final Tour. Band Attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explains “Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is a mutual among all four original members and peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement.” Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars will go their separate ways after the lengthy 2-year touring cycle. Tommy Lee (drums) explains “Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with 1 or 2 original band members! Our job here is done!!!” Of the band’s tumultuous history, Mick Mars (guitar) adds "(It has been) more drama than ‘General Hospital’ it keeps 'em watchin’ and they keep comin’ back.” Vocalist, Vince Neil says of the Finality of the tour - “I'll miss playing with the guys but I won't quit playing rock and roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley.”

The Final Tour will coincide with the film made from MÖTLEY CRÜE’s NY Times Best-Selling book The Dirt. Jeff Tremaine (Bad Grandpa) has signed on to direct the opus that is set to debut in theaters globally in 2015, coinciding with The Final Tour. The Dirt is not only one of the best selling rock books of all time but also one of the greatest rock books of all time because of its brutal honesty, its unique voice, its multiple perspectives on the same events and its first-person inclusion of all members of the same band. Most rock memoirs are salacious mud-slinging accounts of a single person and MÖTLEY CRÜE was adamant to include the perspectives of all four of its members. Tremaine’s intention is to make, not just a great movie about a band, but a great movie about four misfits who, despite themselves and everyone else, band together to overcome the odds and change the history of Rock & Roll. "The Dirt' is a movie I've wanted to make ever since I read the book in 2002,” says Tremaine. “I relate to the story on so many levels; my whole professional career has been about boys behaving badly, so I have a real connection to the material. It's awesome to be working with the band at such an exciting time in Motley Crue’s history." The film will be produced by the members of MÖTLEY CRÜE, Rick Yorn, Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and 10th Street Entertainment.

MÖTLEY CRÜE Fan Club members will get the exclusive first crack at tickets and VIP Packages, via a unique code, beginning on Wednesday, January 29th starting at 10am local time. VIP ticket packages will be made available to the general public on Thursday, January 30th at 10am local time. The general public ticket on-sale for most shows is Friday, January 31st. All tickets and packages can be obtained via Ticketmaster.com http://www.ticketmaster.com/Motley-Crue-tickets/artist/910417, LiveNation.com http://www.livenation.com/artists/41479/motley-crue , or via MotleyVIP.com.

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 10/26/14 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 11/21/14 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

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