Motley Crue to split - and a contract shows they mean it


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Motley Crue has announced its final tour - and to guarantee that it really is, all four members of the metal rock band have signed a legal contract.

The Cessation Of Touring Agreement was signed at a press conference yesterday. It will come into effect when the tour - which kicks off in the US in July, before coming to the UK some time next year - finishes at the end of 2015.

The band says that after 33 years together and over 80 million albums sold, it's time to call it quits - although they won't hang up their instruments altogether. "I'll miss playing with the guys but I won't quit playing rock and roll," says vocalist Vince Neil. "I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley."

Motley Crue are hoping to avoid the familiar sight of once-big bands limping along with most of the old faces long gone. "Everything must come to an end," says band member Tommy Lee in a statement. "We always had a vision of going out with a big f*****g bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members."

Signing a contract is, to say the least, an unusual way for a band to break up.

"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," says the band's lawyer, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law.

Of course, there's nothing to stop the band members from tearing up the contract if all four choose to do so. But as well as preventing the band going out with a whimper, it also means fans can have more confidence that this really is a farewell tour. After all, The Who is currently planning a last-ever tour too - nearly thirty years after its first 'farewell'.

The Rolling Stones, too, gave what was certainly regarded as a farewell tour at the time in 1982 and are still going strong - as was Tina Turner, long after her 1999 farewell tour. Indeed, the phenomenon of multiple goodbyes has become so common that The Eagles actually titled their last tour 'Farewell Tour I'.