MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Final Tour", which kicked off last year, will end New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after one more round of North American gigs.
Speaking to Clubhead TV about what he plans to do once the CRÜE has retired from the road, drummer Tommy Lee said (hear audio below): "Right now, I haven't really told anybody about my future plans, but just know that I've got plans, and I've been writing a bunch of music and kind of putting aside. I think I'm gonna take a little break, first of all, when we get down with the tour, 'cause this will be, by the time we're done with it, close to a two-year tour with MÖTLEY. So I'll take a little bit of time off, but, knowing me, I won't be able to sit around very long. I'm gonna start getting it together for some time in 2016. Just know that I've got a whole brand new thing planned that I've got going."
Asked if he will be embarking on another DJ tour or if he will incorporate more live performance into his next project, Tommy said: "It will definitely [be] more live performance-driven, but it will be super-heavy electronics and what have you. But, yeah, definitely it will be something visual, for sure. That's really important and I just feel like it's missing in the sport of electronic music — it's missing terribly — so I'll try to bring some new shit to the party."
While announcing the first details of "The Final Tour" at a Los Angeles press conference in January 2014, 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.
Asked what the main reason was that MÖTLEY CRÜE decided to call it quits, Lee told Newsday.com: "We have musical peers that we've watched fade out by playing in clubs and county fairs. There was no way we were going to let this band hobble around on three legs. We chose the route that every professional actor, athlete and musician should do — leave the legend intact and bow out at the top. It's such a respectful way to do it. This way you leave all your fans with great memories. It's been such a crazy tour so far. Everywhere we are playing it's been maxed out to the rafters. I got perma-grin; it's insane."