Mötley Crüe performed their final concert in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve. See the video highlights and photos of the legendary heavy metal band’s last stage performance, as they honored their “death pact” agreement to retire after their farewell tour.
Yes, it was the final concert of The Final Tour.
With much fanfare, nearly two years ago, Mötley Crüe had a press conference and announced they were calling it quits after nearly 35 years. Yes, it’s not every day that a band signs a legally binding “death pact” to disband as they sat at a table with fake tombstones and backdrop that said “All Bad Things Must Come to an End.”
Yes, we’re used to disbanding that’s a bit more haphazard and with much less artifice. But the original lineup — Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars — jointly announced their retirement with a legal document, a “Cessation Of Touring Agreement.”
At the time, Nikki Sixx said in part, “We want to leave a legacy and have some dignity.”
And it was on full display in Los Angeles at Staples Center. This after more than a year of touring, with their special guest, Alice Cooper, kicking off in July of 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and over the course of a year and a half, the band played arenas all over the U.S. and Canada and worldwide, with more than 160 concert dates in total.
According to Billboard, the last concert began with a recording of the famous ‘So Long Farewell’ song from ‘The Sound of Music’ being played via speakers and that soon after they began the set, lead vocalist Vince Neil addressed the audience, thanking the crew.
As you can see in the video below, and as Billboard notes, he was “visibly choked up” and after a pause, said, “Most of all, I want to thank you motherf—ers for coming out and spending New Year’s Eve with us. Now let’s get to the music.”
L.A. Times reports that Nikki Six also addressed the crowd, saying, “I feel very … grateful I’m alive, first of all…That’s an understatement. And that I’m up here with Tommy and Mick and Vince on this beautiful … night.”
Another notable moment in the concert — which you can see below — drummer Tommy Lee’s famous roller-coaster “Cruecifly” drum kit malfunctioned, leaving him suspended for a brief time.
The setlist for the final concert included just one single encore, “Home Sweet Home.” And with that, the band sailed off into rock music history.
In a recent interview, Nikki Sixx said, ““I’m proud we’re going out together and not in pieces like so many before us. I’m excited about the future and proud of our past. I’m excited for Tommy, Vince [Neil], and Mick [Mars], and wherever they may roam musically.”
For all who missed it and for whom YouTube videos are not enough — and after all, why leave the legacy to a few viral videos?! — yes, the entire final concert is going to be released as a full-length film, Entertainment Weekly reports. There are two directors; Christian Lamb for the concert performances and Jackass creator Jeff Tremaine for the documentary.
And until such time, you can see video highlights and photos of Mötley Crüe’s final concert performance below!
It was a privilege and honor to play with these guys! Rock On! pic.twitter.com/sg7K0yHdVV
— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) January 1, 2016