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Last month Motley Crue announced plans for a 72-show final tour in North America with overseas dates to follow in 2015. But the rock veterans will not be hitting the road with any new songs with Nikki Sixx casting doubt on the worth of any band in their position making an album in todays climate, citing the difficulty of getting radio play as the main barrier preventing bands reaching an audience.

Nikki Sixx tells Classic Rock in an interview printed in full next issue, “We’ve written some songs. But this is difficult to say and probably harder to hear: when you spend nine months working on an album, all the work that goes into it and recording it, mixing it, mastering it, then you release it and it falls on deaf ears. Radio is so fuckin’ formatted, if you don’t have a banjo and a beard they’re not playing you over here. If you’re this kind of band at this stage of your career you can’t be played on Active Rock; if you’ve been around for more than fifteen years you’re classic rock, but classic rock radio doesn’t play new music. You just think, “Fuck, man, this sucks. I have the belief that I would rather have less music reach more people through different opportunities, whether it be through movies, through sponsorships or co-sponsorships through integrated marketing with other types of companies that want to use your song specifically to reach tens of millions of people. I’d rather work on two songs under that plan than do eleven songs that only reach 100,000 people.”

Mick Mars echoed Sixx’s sentiments to Artisan News stating, “I don’t know … maybe I’m retarded or something, but I like to put a lot of effort into this last, farewell tour…”

Watch Artisan News‘ interview with Mick Mars and Tommy Lee below.


34 Responses

  1. Isn’t it obvious? This is about the last cash grab that Motley can get before they retire the Crue. The expenses of a record that will unlikely be a hit will take away some of those profits. None of them will as single entities will make more than Motley will on this last tour.

    Been a Crue fan all my life. For once i’d love these guys to forget about the money completely and focus on making a record (the last one they will ever do together) where they are doing it for the love of music.

  2. Love the music from that era! Would rather have old bands like Motley putting out new music than a lot of the new crap.So in that regard I guess In disappointed to hear that the Crue wont put out a new album.So what if only 100,000 people hear it.Those that do will love it!Recent albums by old bands even who have had lineup changes are great! I play the shit out of them.They sound good and its good to see how they have evolved.And yes-all radio sucks!dont like how it has evolved.

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