MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee told the Reno Gazette-Journal in a new interview that he wanted he each show on band's "The Final Tour" — which kicked off on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan — to be like a wake.
"I always thought it was weird and cool, there's something very bizarre about going to a wake," Lee said. "I still find it so odd that after somebody's funeral, there's that thing where everybody gets together and has drinks and celebrates and parties. And you're like, 'This is f-ing weird.' But there's something real cool about it (too), because everybody's celebrating a life and death simultaneously, the beginning of something new and the end of something old. So I think we've figured out that's how we want this to play out, much like a happy funeral, a celebration."
Lee also spoke about CRÜE's over-the-top live show, which features a pair of scantily clad, dancing female backup singers as well as the usual dose of ear-splitting volume and eye-popping pyrotechnics.
"I think that's one of the awesome things about MÖTLEY CRÜE," he said. "I think people can blindly go buy a ticket knowing full well when they get there they're gong to be like 'Holy (crap), that was insane. And I think that's cool. That's one of the things that fans will probably miss because not a lot of guys in bands put on shows like we do, not very many that I know of. Just know that it will be mindblowing. That's for sure."
While announcing the first details of "The Final Tour" at a Los Angeles press conference in January, the four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner.
"This is definitely not something new. We've been talking about this for years," Lee told the Reno Gazette-Journal about the decision to stop touring. "We would constantly ask each other how do we want to, you know, end this thing? I know how we don't want to end it. We don't want to end it with one or two guys still out there touring with two other hired guys. That's just not how we ever envisioned it — ever. And so to prevent that, before anything bad could happen ... we're all still alive and everyone's healthy … maybe now is a good time."