Mötley Crüe has had interesting past decade. The band announced their breakup in 2014 by signing a "cessation of touring agreement" and played their "final" show at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on December 31, 2015.
Then in 2018, Mötley Crüe reconvened to record four new songs for their biopic The Dirt. Rumors started circulating in 2019 that a reunited Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard would hit the road for a massive tour, which was eventually confirmed and began in 2022 thanks to COVID. More recently, Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars retired from the band as a touring member in 2022 and was replaced by John 5.
Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard are currently out on the road again, and bassist Nikki Sixx assures everyone that it's not a farewell tour. Far from it, actually. In an interview with A Rádio Rock conducted this past December (and uploaded on March 7), Sixx said he and the band would like to keep going until their 50th anniversary in 2031.
"We just did those four songs for The Dirt soundtrack," said Sixx. "We're pretty much locked down right now. We're having conversations beyond . So what's '24 look like for us in a touring capacity? As far as new music — I think new music always comes when the band is getting along. We get along so great right now. We've been having the best time. We spend time together. We go out to dinner.
"Tommy just had his 60th-birthday party [in October] down in Mexico, and he invited a small group of his very good friends. And I was there, and a bunch of cool Tommy's friends. All of our wives were there. John 5 came in. And it was just cool to be able to not talk business, be in rehearsal, get on the phone, talk about the photo shoot or the video. It was just hanging out, walking on the beach. And we had some sweet conversations.
"Me and Tommy and Vince had this conversation. I said, 'What are you guys doing for the next eight years?' And everybody's laughing: 'I don't know.' I said 'Why don't we just keep going? Let's just take it to 50 [years].' So this isn't a final tour. What does that look like? I have no idea. I'm just telling you, you have the band saying, 'We're having a blast. Why stop?'"
It's interesting that Sixx leaves the door open for change in the future, saying "What does [the future] look like? I have no idea." Though above all, and despite opinions circulating on the internet, if Mötley Crüe and the fans are enjoying themselves then go for it – stick around until 2031 or beyond. And for those who don't like what they're seeing or hearing, not going to a show or listening is an option too.