With Mötley Crüe heading into the final stretch as a band, touring until the end of this year and then calling it quits, the band has offered plenty of insight into why they’re ending things.
In a recent interview the LA Times, Allen Kovac (the band’s manager) compared their situation to Led Zeppelin:
“No one has left more money on the table than Zeppelin, and yet they have one of the highest-selling catalogs and merchandising lines in the world because they didn’t go out and diminish the brand like so many bands have. Mötley Crüe recognized that part of the puzzle.”
The band owns their masters and publishing rights, too, so that’s a nice chunk of the puzzle as well. As for bassist Nikki Sixx, he said that it’s the full band or nothing for the ‘Crue:
“I mean, the Who is cool and all but, guys, really? They’re playing half-full places with just two guys left in the band. I get it. They’re entitled to that. But it’s just not for us.”
The band signed a “cessation of touring” agreement in early 2014, bound to never tour again under the Mötley Crüe name. They’re on the road now, and will tour right into December, with three final shows in Los Angeles, CA at the Staples Center.