The band have been talking about their imminent demise for months, with both Neil and bassist Nikki Sixx saying it’s likely they’ll wind down in 2015 after one more album and a movie based on their book The Dirt.
Now Neil tells The Oakland Press: “It’s definitely for real. We want to go out on top – we don’t want to be one of those bands where people are like, ‘They’re playing a little club now.’
“We still sell out arenas and do stadium shows and stuff like that, and that’s how we want to be remembered.”
Guitarist Mick Mars’ lifelong health problems are another factor. “Touring is tough on him,” Neil says.
“I’m sure in five or ten years’ time we’ll probably do something together again – but it’s not going to be like a Kiss farewell to the farewell to the farewell tour. We’re not going to be like that.”
Meanwhile, The Scream guitarist Bruce Bouillet has recalled the moment he realised his band were going to lost singer John Corabi to Motley Crue.
He was hired in 1992 after Neil was fired, then rendered suicidal after he was dismissed in favour of Neil’s return three years after the recording of 1994′s self-titled album.
Bouillet tells BraveWords: “We were driving to what would have been one of our last shows. I’m with the bass player, Juan, and we hear on the radio that Vince Neil is out of Motley Crue, and we’re like, ‘Wow – that is pretty big news.’
“We get to the gig and there is this big commotion out in the audience. We look out and it see Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx.
“I remember Alderete and I looked at each other and said ‘We think we know what’s going on.’
“We wished John all the luck – those guys are icons and they did an amazing album.”
-Classic Rock Magazine