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Band rocks farewell at Van Andel Arena

January 29, 2014
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Band rocks farewell at Van Andel Arena
Motley Crue has sold more than 80-million albums. Photo via

A quintessential ‘80s hair band will kick off its farewell tour at Van Andel Arena.

Motley Crue opens its 67 date North American tour, The Final Tour, on July 2 at the arena.

The band also will play at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston on Aug. 9.

Detroit-native Alice Cooper has been signed on to be the opener throughout the tour.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, with prices between $29.50 and $125.

The tour was announced via an online press conference.

Tour "surprises" 

The band’s members — Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx — said they’ll put on three-hour shows at each stop.

"When it comes to putting together a new show, we always push the envelope, and that's part of Motley Crue's legacy," bassist Sixx said. "As far as letting on to what we're doing, that would be like finding out what you're getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we'd like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch The Final Tour."

The band also said it signed a “cessation of touring agreement,” which starts after the tour.

Global stars

Motely Crue has sold more than 80-million albums in its 30-plus years together, including 22 top 40 rock hits, six top 20 pop singles and three Grammy nominations.

After the North American tour, the band will spend 2015 saying goodbye internationally.

"There's no arguing that Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock 'n' roll," said Rick Franks, Live Nation regional president of North America concerts. "But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history. They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse. Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard working and extremely talented gentlemen. The music industry will never have another Motley Crue."  

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