In the world of rock and metal, it’s not often that classic bands reunite. From legal disputes, fall outs and money problems, to certain members taking the rock star life too far and losing it in the process, seeing the original lineup performing together again is certainly a rarity. But last year, heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath took the world by storm and produced a sell-out tour and album, ’13’, which was their first record to reach number one in America and was their first UK number one since 1970’s ‘Paranoid’, a record-breaking feat. Despite the sad news that drummer Bill Ward would not be joining the reunion, the other three original members, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, proved they still had the unique magic that made them legends.
And music fans around the world were again rejoicing yesterday when glam metal veterans, Motley Crue, announced that they would be embarking on the final tour of their career. The band, made up of frontman Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars, and drummer Tommy Lee, have earned the reputation of the world’s most notorious rock band due to their outrageous and often death-defying antics. They’ve had their share of problems over the years, as well as a number of line-up changes, but the band looked more united than ever as they made their announcement in typical theatrical style. At the press conference in Los Angeles, each member was represented by a small gravestone bearing their names, and they were outspoken about what a final tour should really mean.
‘We don’t want to be one of those bands where there’s one guy left, or somebody’s brother,’ Vince Neil stated. ‘We want to go out with the four founding members of Motley Crue, and go out on top.’ Sixx later added, ‘There’s a lot of bands out there that don’t go out with dignity. It’s pretty embarrassing because so many of them are ripping their fans off. And we’re not gonna do that.’
So far, only dates for North America and Canada have been confirmed, beginning with Michigan on July 2nd. However, they will be venturing overseas in 2015, so fans all over the world will have the chance to see the band go out with a bang. It will certainly be a spectacle for those of us who are keen to dig out our leopard-print spandex, go overboard on the make-up, and spray our hair to gravity-defying volumes, in order to relive the glory days when music was truly fun.