According to Mötley Crüe’s manager, Allen Kovac, he says that reason the band has decided to reunite, and rescind their agreement to never tour again, was a renewed interest in the band thanks to the success of the Netflix biopic The Dirt.

“The most relevant statement is that global film, with a global internet and global streaming, is the future,” Kovac told Fox Business. “When I go to Amazon, I can see a Mötley Crüe book, I can see a Mötley Crüe documentary, I can see a Mötley Crüe live show, I can see the fact that they got a film, they got CDs out and they got streaming and they’re selling merchandise. So to me, managers and artists should move into 2020 and out of 1999, and so should record companies. You can’t make music in quarters. You can’t develop an artist in a quarter. It takes a couple of years, sometimes a lot more.”

Kovac also addressed the criticisms of  singer Vince Neil for his reported diminished singing ability and weight gain. He also discussed the health status of guitarist Mick Mars, who has been dealing with a chronic form of arthritis that led him to undergo a hip replacement.

“They’ve never canceled a show. If you’ve never canceled a show, you have a Triple A insurance rating.

Some of [the band members] are working with a trainer, some of them are working with a nutritionist to make themselves the best they can be,” Kovac continued to explain to Fox Business. “The greatest insecurity for an artist is: Is anyone going to care about my music? Is anyone going to buy a ticket? We were in November when the discussions were happening, and these guys were already into regimens of how they get ready for a tour.”

Speaking specifically about Neil, Kovac stated, “Let’s see what Vince sings like and looks like when the tour goes out.”

[When it comes to business decisions] the smartest move for Motley Crue might have been foregoing a jaw-dropping sum to own the masters to its catalog – a hot-button issue now as pop star Taylor Swift feuds publicly with her record label.

“When you look at Motley Crue, they’re one of a unique set of artists that own their own masters,” Kovac says. “They decided they would agree with me as opposed to their lawyers and business managers and pay their former record label back $10 million of the $12 million they were owed so they can own their masters and use their masters with books, tickets and films to broaden their base globally. It takes courage to give up eight-figures. It takes courage to try new things.

Taylor Swift is very upset she doesn’t own her masters… Did she buy those masters? No. ‘I’m Taylor Swift and I deserve my masters,’ and the media is not really covering that. She’s also selling a lot of music because she’s talking about a business deal. Her audience doesn’t want to hear about a very rich and successful artist upset that she doesn’t own her copyrights. That should have been a business transaction. Either her advisers gave her bad advice or she didn’t listen…”

As previously reported, Mötley Crüe will be joined on tour by Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. When the summer dates were announced, a third of them sold out, and six more shows will be announced soon, possibly next week, Kovac says.

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14 Responses

  1. I think the health that matters most is that of Mick Mars as he continues to battle his bone disease. Hopefully he continues to stay strong in order to perform on stage in front of the fans, which I believe is a form of “therapy” that keeps him motivated through his health challenges.

  2. Whoa, Dana, I have no sympathy for Taylor Swift. I just like her first two albums and think she is a good songwriter. And yes, despite her privilege, it wasn’t enough to prevent signing a bad deal like many young artists do. I definitely believe an intoxicated Nikki Sixx is smarter than most musicians, especially Taylor Swift. Having two daughters, I have come to appreciate Taylor’s talent, but I totally believe she comes off now as arrogant, whiney, and non sympathetic.

    1. I apologize, I thought your were defending Ms.Swift, and her whole, “Oh, woe is me” act. I completely agree with your last sentence starting from “but…”

  3. D7, I too, enjoy Taylor Swift. Of today’s pop artists, she is my absolute favorite. And, like you, I have no sympathy for her related to her not owning her music. She signed a deal very similar to other artists. She has made her situation very public about not owning her own music. And I think a naïve public buys into her story because, on the surface, it appears the artist has been “wronged” since the artist doesn’t own the music created by the artist. And I think she’s using the perception that she was “wronged” in order to get pity from a sympathetic public that may provide some influence/pressure in order for her to obtain her music from Ithaca Holdings, who now owns the label.

    While I don’t understand the music business, the deal Taylor Swift signed appears to be a “best business practice” in the music industry…..maybe not morally right, but a practice nonetheless. She needs to put on her “big girl” pants, take responsibility for the deal she inked, and move forward. IMO, she’s coming off like a crybaby….but I still love her. :o)

    1. This Tyler Swift sounds like nothing but pure BUBBLE GUM! Just another factory made fake plastic brain dead airhead! Probably the female version of Justin Beaver, or are they the same person? Either way, WHO CARES?!?!?!

    2. Bravo! Bravo! Rattlehead. Extremely insightful and well articulated. You said it way better than me. Thank you, sir!

    3. Nothing at all! Because Quiet Riot’s music is NOT bubble gum!! Unlike that little Tyler Swift, yuk!!!

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