LOS ANGELES, Jan 1 — Bad boy rockers Motley Crue are retiring with the end of 2015 — but plan to return in the new year with a film version of their final blowout.
The glam metal band, known for its unabashed celebration of hedonism, has declared its nearly 35-year career over with a “Crue Years Eve” concert yesterday night at the Staples Centre in hometown Los Angeles.
Ahead of the concert, Motley Crue announced in a statement that the final concert will be turned into a film “to celebrate their mark in rock music’s history and in honour of their devoted fans”.
The film, to be released in cinemas and in home formats in 2016, will also feature a documentary segment directed by Jeff Tremaine, best known as the creator of the slapstick reality television series “Jackass”.
Motley Crue also played the Staples Centre on Monday and Wednesday, capping a year and a half of shows on five continents as part of the final tour.
Lest fans think that the final swing was merely a promotional trick, the band theatrically signed a “cessation of touring agreement” that forbids Motley Crue from playing again after 2015.
Motley Crue emerged in the early 1980s in then-seedy Hollywood and the band members became legendary for their decadent lifestyles and anthem-like hard rock on albums such as “Shout at the Devil”, “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr Feelgood”.
Belying the unbridled masculinity in much of the lyricism, Motley Crue took on androgynous appearances as they sported spandex, teased hair and make-up.
Motley Crue’s stage performances became famous for their showmanship, especially through a “drum coaster” in which Tommy Lee plays his percussion as it races on an elevated track through the venue.
The band, which says it has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, played many of its final dates with glam metal pioneer Alice Cooper.
Despite the string of sold-out dates and high interest in Motley Crue’s finale on social media tickets were going for as little as US$24 (RM103) on resale sites hours before the show. — AFP