Motley Crue Taps Producer James Michael for 'Final Song'

The band is getting ready to hit the road for the last time.

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Motley Crue held a press conference on January 28 at Hotel Roosevelt in Los Angeles where they announced that the band will launch its "Final Tour" later this year, with the group planning to play 72 shows in North America in 2014 and more overseas in 2015.

Making it official, the four members of the band had their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the Motley Crue banner.

As Blabbermouth reports, no mention was made of whether the Crue will record a new album to go along with the tour, although the group hinted at the possibility.

Speaking to Artisan News at yesterday's (Wednesday, April 23) Revolver Golden Gods event at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, producer James Michael - who sings for Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's Sixx: A.M. project - revealed that he has been tapped to helm what may very well turn out to be the Crue's final song.

"As we know, the Crue is getting ready to hang it up. And we discussed for a while doing a final song," James said. "And that's a tall order. There was a lot of pressure on us to make sure that we did it right and that we celebrated everything that they were known for. So I think we've done it. I'm actually tracking drums with Tommy [Lee] tomorrow. And it's an outstanding song. I think it's gonna be an absolutely amazing way to go out swinging."

During an appearance on the March 3 edition of Eddie Trunk's show "Trunk Nation" on SiriusXM's Hair Nation, Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars revealed: "I just wrote a new song with Nikki, and we're gonna be finishing it up, like, within the next couple of months. There'll be a new single [released in time for the upcoming tour]."

Sixx in January said that that it's unlikely that the band will release another full-length album of new material and will instead make select tracks available via special projects in order to maximize their impact.

"My take on it right now and the way that things work is very much reverted back to the '60s where people buy singles," Mars told Trunk. "I don't want an album full of fillers. And that's why I said I would release [a solo] EP or singles."

Sixx told the Rapid City, South Dakota radio station 95.1 KSKY: "We have music written, [but] it's not put together yet."

He added: "It's hard, to be honest with you, to spend six [or] nine months to write eleven songs - all those lyrics ... everything ... the vocals, the guitars, the bass, the sonics, the mixing, the mastering, the artwork ... You put it out and nothing [happens], because now people cherry-pick songs. So we go, 'Why don't we write songs and find vehicles to get one, two or four songs to ten million people rather than eleven songs to a hundred thousand people. That's how we're thinking. I don't know if it's right or wrong, but that's how we're thinking."

Motley Crue in 2012 released a brand new song called "Sex" to coincide with the launch of the band's North American co-headlining tour with KISS.

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    What if this was all an elaborate scheme for them to just change their name since the contract clearly states that the contract "prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the Motley Crue banner ." Would be kinda funny.
    The Crue have always been a big part of my music listening and Micks guitar playing has always been a major influence for my own style of play. I was saddened to hear of their departure from the tour although I do understand the premise's. They are getting older and Sixx is right on the mark about the songs. The biggest fact of this story I believe is the releasing of the three or four songs and the point that Nikki doesn't know whether or not it's right or wrong, he's still going to do it on his own terms. His done that his entire life and the same can be said for the other guys as well. Hopefully I can score another ticket the next time they come Down Under. I'd really like to finally have the chance to meet the fellas before it's over.
    Monday's news headline: "Motley Crue coming out of retirement, announce new tour"
    The sooner they wrap up the train wreck they call a career the better.
    Look beyond the "glam rock" image. The music was pretty amazing for the era they lived through. Some of the best licks and songs came from the Crue.
    pls not be like s.e.x. we want some same old sht stuff,crank it up Mick!