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Interview:
Motley Crue isn't going away sad, it's just going away
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The end is near for Motley Crue.

But frontman Vince Neil isn't expecting any tears to fall until the final bows on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles -- if then, even.

"It's not really gonna hit anybody really hard until that last week, when we're really saying goodbye in Los Angeles" where the band formed in 1981, Neil (nee Wharton), 54, says by phone from his home in Las Vegas. But he acknowledges that there have been some moments during the worldwide Final Tour that began last July when the reality is sinking in.

"Saying goodbye in Tokyo after a couple nights there, it was like, 'Wow, I'm never gonna be back on this stage doing this with Motley again,'" Neil recalls. "There's a finality there. Or Madison Square Garden; I got a little choked up because I know I'm not gonna play Madison Square Garden with Motley Crue again.

"But, y'know, we're still on tour. There's still another city to go and play the next day. There's a lot of places we've still got to go."

The Crue has made a few changes to its Final Tour show since its start; on this leg, for instance, it's added the Crue's Nest, a platform that rises at the end of the show as the group performs "Home Sweet Home." But the quartet has elected not to ad its new single, "All Bad Things," to the shows, instead sticking with a selection of 16 proven hits, from "Shout at the Devil" to "Saints of Los Angeles."

The group has not determined exactly what will happen during the final shows in Los Angeles, though Alice Cooper, who's been the special guest throughout he run, has offered to bring out his guillotine for the very last concert to help put the proverbial final nail in the coffin.

"I still think they should get their heads chopped off at the end of it," says Cooper, who will be releasing his own new album, "The Hollywood Vampires," on Sept. 11. "When I said that, everybody laughed -- and Tommy (Lee) went, 'Hmmm...not a bad idea.' So we'll see."

But whether or not he and his bandmates lose their heads, Neil says the Crue's resolve to bring down the curtain on the group's touring career. "This is it," he says. "This is gonna be a big year, ending it with three days at the Staples Center, and saying goodbye on New Year's. That'll be it. We wanted to go out on top, and we're doing that."

It won't be the last we hear from the Crue, however. The group has been recording and filming the Final Tour shows for a likely release next year, and it's also been working on the film adaptation of the 2001 band autobiography "The Dirt" -- which will be directed by Jeff Tremaine of "Jackass" fame and distributed by Focus Features.

"We've never said we were breaking up; We just said we're not touring anymore," says Neil, who plans to ramp up his solo career and his chain of restaurants . "We're gonna be definitely making more music together for different projects and stuff. But right now we're really just focused on doing these shows this year and finishing with a bang."

Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and The Cringe

7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9.

The Palace, Sashabaw Road at I-75, Auburn Hills.

Tickets are $20-$125.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.


Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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