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Interview:
Motley Crue brings "The End" to the big screen
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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While skeptics might expect otherwise, the members of Motley Crue promise that they're finished as a touring act -- which makes "The End," filmed at the group's final show on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles and screening worldwide on Tuesday, June 14, the last chance to see it "live."

"There's no way, man. We're done -- really. It's The End," drummer Tommy Lee says by phone from Los Angeles. "But it was actually really cool to watch something so...rad end -- for real, y'know?" And bassist Nikki Sixx feels the same way.

"It's beautifully done," notes Sixx, 57. "That was a trip to sit in my couch and watch the band I've put 35 years into play its last show."

The Staples center concert concluded a year and a half of global touring that began during July of 2015 in Grand Rapids and brought the Crue saga to an end after nine studio albums that have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The tour of itself -- which featured a pyrotechnics-laded show and a "roller coaster" that took Lee over the heads of the audience during his drum solo -- played nearly 170 shows in 72 markets, grossing $100 million.

And for Lee, 53, it was a satisfying finish.

"It was a really cool way to do it," he says. "You can walk away from something like that proud, knowing that you didn't (mess) our fans over by claiming to do some farewell tour and then show up five years from now. That was honorable.

"And it's actually probably one of the most enjoyable tours that we had together as a band. Knowing there was an actual end in sight, everybody was just cool. There was no drama, not typical silly (stuff) that happens. Everyone realized, 'Hey man, this is the last one. Let's enjoy this (stuff). Let's make it...memorable and walk away going, 'Wow, we did it. We (expletive) did it!' And we're still alive!"

Lee does have one lingering memory that's not so pleasant, however.

"We had a super, super crazy afterparty, but none of the other guys came to it," says Lee -- who, of course, was one of the ringmasters. "It was interesting. I asked around, like, 'Hey, where are the guys at?' and they're like, 'Oh, they left.' 'Whoa! OK...' Very disappointed.

"But in the same breath I kinda knew that was gonna happen, so I was prepared for it, y'know? And after a nearly two-year-long tour, I didn't blame them for wanting to just get... out of there and go home. It's all good."

"The End" film also includes behind-the-scenes footage and revealing interviews with the band and crew members. The Crue, meanwhile, has gone their separate ways; Sixx to his band Sixx A.M.; frontman Vince Neil to his solo career; and guitarist Mick Mars to a new project with onetime Crue singer John Corabi, while Lee is just starting to work on his own new music.

The band isn't completely over, however. As Sixx notes, "There's a long list of things that are important for us to keep our legacy alive," including an expected home video release of "The End" as well as the long-awaited film adaptation of the 2001 band memoir "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band." What the Crue gets into beyond those, however is anybody's guess.

"There won't be any new music or anything like that," Lee says. "It's clear that at some point the band just stopped making new music, and what are you supposed to do? Keep going around the country playing the same old songs? No way.

"So there was nowhere to go, really, except to stop."

"Motley Crue: The End"

7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14.

For theaters and showtimes, visit FathomEvents.com.




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