After ages of speculation, ’80s metal fans’ holiday wishes have finally been confirmed: Motley Crue are indeed preparing to embark on a 2005 tour. The outing will be the original four’s first tour since 1999.
The Motley Better Live Than Dead Tour will take the band throughout the United States and will also include a load of overseas dates, but for now, there are only two Canadian shows on the schedule. The band will hit Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on February 23 and Ottawa’s Corel Centre on February 27. Tickets for both gigs go on sale this Friday (December 10) at the venues or Ticketmaster (for T.O.) and CapitalTickets.ca (for Ottawa). Tickets for both shows are going for $59.50, with a limited number of Gold Circle Tickets available for the Toronto show for $84.50.
It’s been widely speculated that this will be the last go for the Crue. After their surprisingly entertaining autobiography, The Dirt, was released a few years back, there’s been a renewed interest in the band, but with some bad blood between members (and guitarist Mick Mars recently needing a new hip), it’s been hard for the band to get back on the road together. The new tour is seen by many as a chance for the fellas to end their lengthy career on a positive note.
Of course, no world tour is complete without a new record to promote. Motley Crue will release a new Greatest Hits album, Red, White & Crue on February 1. In addition to their golden oldies, the disc will feature the new song “If I Die Tomorrow.”