It took a couple of decades, but another glam band bites the dust! Legendary '80s rock band Motley Crue is calling quits after their upcoming 72-date tour. And it's not just lip service with the chance that they'll change their tune and play a reunion tour someday. According to Rolling Stone, the band went so far as to sign a "cessation of touring agreement," which forbids the group from touring after "The Final Tour." The legal filing that will go into effect at the end of next year.
Drummer Tommy Lee, who always did have a way with words, said the band had always planned to go out with a bang, "not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members." The 51-year-old year rock star added, "Our job here is done."
While the band members are known for their wild onstage antics, the end of the Crue's touring days doesn't necessarily mean they won't entertain us in the future. In fact, some of our favorite Motley Crue moments have nothing to do with their music and everything to do with reality TV.
Tommy Lee is known for his reality TV resume. The drummer was a judge on "Rock Star: Supernova," and in 2005 he starred in the NBC reality show "Tommy Lee Goes to College," which took him to the University of Nebraska where he even tried out for the marching band.
The rocker told ESPN that while he did the marching band all throughout junior high and high school, doing it at the college level was a whole different thing. He also explained why he did the show, saying, "At 17, I signed a recording contract right out of high school, so I started touring and traveling the world. I sort of missed out on the college experience. When this opportunity came along, it sounded like a really cool thing to do."
Lead singer Vince Neil shacked up with fellow celebs on the first season of VH1's "The Surreal Life" (MC Hammer and Corey Feldman were just two of his roomies), but he really stepped outside of his comfort zone in 2010 when he competed on ABC's "Skating With the Stars." The rocker, who only lasted two weeks in the competition (soap star Rebecca Budig won the thing), told Billboard that rehearsals were "grueling." He even threw shade to those wimps over at "Dancing With the Stars."
"Y' know, I look at the 'Dancing With the Stars' thing and I'm like, 'How easy is that?'" Neil said, "You're not on ice. You're actually on your feet in a nice, warm environment. We're on ice, on a blade, trying to do things to dance on ice. It's a whole other ball game."
And in 2008, bass guitarist Nikki Sixx appeared on then-girlfriend Kat Von D's reality show "L.A. Ink," where the cameras followed him as he got a tattoo on his leg of band mate Mick Mars. According to Blabbermouth.net, Von D said, "At first, when Nikki brought the idea of getting this tattoo done, I thought how cool it would be to celebrate a friendship between two people over three decades!" She provided the ink, and Sixx later surprised Mars with his permanent portrait at the Los Angeles Crue Fest show.
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