So… remember when Mötley Crüe retired? Specifically with these words, from this man:
“Legally, we can’t play again,” bassist Nikki Sixx claimed to Rolling Stone backstage at a 2014 show in Denver. “The only loophole is if all four band members agreed to do it, we could override our own contract. But we know that will never happen. There are people in this band who will refuse to ever do it again, and you’re talking to one of them. There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again because I have such pride in how we’re ending it. If anybody ever — and I don’t believe anybody ever would — would call any other band members and say, ‘Hey, it’s been 10 years, let’s just do 10 shows. A million a pop,’ it could never happen unless all four band members agreed,” Sixx added. “And if we did agree, the way we’ve set it up — including this conversation right now — we’d have so much egg on our face. We have so much pride that that alone would stop it.” – Nikki Sixx
As of today, the band announced that – wait – they’re actually going to tour this next year. Nikki must love omelettes, because that is A LOT OF EGG. Not only that, it’s going to be a stadium tour with Def Leppard and Poison! (Am I in a fever 80’s hair metal dream?! Teenage Jenna is about ready to pass out right now.)
But, honestly, do I (as a massive, lifelong fan) care that the band broke their word? Am I upset about the money and time I spent pursuing their “final” concerts in 2015? As Tommy Lee would surely say, “Fuck NO, dude!” I regret nothing. Those shows were phenomenal, and I had a blast at every single one of them. (Seven – count ’em – seven times. No shame in this game!) The memories and feelings I got to experience during those moments are still so dear to me – it was like the most rockin’ time machine come to life. Hearing those songs, seeing those men, and being around fellow fans brought me back to my past – the best parts of it – while also calling forth my present and future me. The group has had an indelible impact on my life – a visceral reminder of me as a teen; a felt-sense that only they can invoke.
I cried at that “final” show on New Year’s Eve in L.A., but it was a happy cry. How many times in life do things end and we didn’t even know it was the last time we’d see someone, or something? But with that final tour, I knew I was saying goodbye; I got to experience and process all the emotions while being a part of something I dearly love. As an adult, I can tell you – that happens all too rarely.
Also rare is the opportunity to have something again that you thought was gone forever. It’s a gift, and I’m going to take it with open arms. Welcome back, Mötley Crüe! You guys may be dirtbags, but you’re my dirtbags. xo