Vince Neil Reveals The Reason For Cancelling Mötley Crüe’s Retirement

During a recent interview on SiriusXM’s ‘Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,’ Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil was questioned about his feelings regarding returning from retirement to perform once again.

Discussing the success of the 2019 Netflix biopic ‘The Dirt,’ depicting the band’s early years, the rocker was questioned about whether he believed it was unavoidable for Mötley Crüe to reunite, considering the movie’s success. Neil, pointing out to the fact that he ‘did not think twice,’ shared:

“I didn’t even think about it. I didn’t even think about Mötley at all. I thought the movie was great, and a lot of people liked it. And I guess it was inevitable. Because you get so many fans watching the movies, and at stadiums you can tell, because there’s kids with their dads and their grandpas — a young kid, like six, seven, eight years old, to 68 years old. It’s a lot of fun. It’s good to see those little kids out there doing the devil horns and stuff.”

Mötley Crüe’s Decision To Unretire

Mötley Crüe officially signed their Cessation of Touring agreement on January 28, 2014, and concluded their farewell tour with a final show at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 31, 2015. However, the band reconvened in 2018 to record several new songs for the release of their 2019 biopic, ‘The Dirt.’ Later in the same year, they dismantled their Cessation of Touring agreement.

Although the band was originally scheduled to kick off their reunion tour alongside Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett, the tour was subsequently postponed to 2021.

So, what caused the unretirement decision? The drummer, Tommy Lee, explained that the primary reason for the reunion after only four years of being disbanded was the opportunity to embark on a stadium tour. Given the fact that the band had never undertaken such a large-scale tour throughout their career, the prospect of a stadium tour was too enticing to pass up.

Despite The Unretirement, Mick Mars Retired Anyways

The announcement of Mick Mars’ retirement came just days after the band revealed another leg of their co-headlining tour with Def Leppard, spanning Latin America and Europe from February through July 2023. The two bands had recently completed a North American tour.

Initially declaring a ‘farewell’ tour in 2014 and performing what was billed as a final show on December 31, 2015, the band surprised fans in 2019 by announcing a reunion for another tour the following year. However, this tour faced a few postponements before eventually taking place.

Mars has been grappling with a health condition since his late teens. At one time in his career, the guitarist had to stop playing guitar in order to recover properly. Still, he thinks the recovery process helped him become a better guitar player:

“I kept getting worse and worse, and I just stopped playing guitar for almost two years. Nowadays, it’s not so bad, but back then when I was high on all that stuff and Motley were having a break, I knew if I didn’t stop I was gonna die. In the end, I had to go to a neuro-psychiatrist to straighten me up and he said to me, ‘Just hold the guitar for an hour a day – don’t play it, just hold it.’ It was pretty bizarre but I got through it, and in the end I think I’m actually a better player because of it.”