As I posted yesterday, Robin Leach reports on his blog that Motley Crue are the recipients of some major cash. A new 10 year, Live Nation deal is worth 100 million bucks. As part of that deal, the band has agreed to release three new albums and jaunt off on just as many world tours.
Of course, this goes back to the whole "why now" question I asked here just a few weeks ago.
Does this mean the world is clamoring for more Motley Crue...or is Live Nation bilking die hard fans for cash?
I would say it's a little of both.
Some fans - like me - will pay multiple times to see Motley. Others will skip the ticket premiums, figuring they've already seen the show and would "prefer to remember the band the way they once were."
Well, "once were and now is" are two totally different things, and I'd rather live in the moment than skip a tour because I've already seen the band. I digress.
Live Nation makes a lot of money on their concert deals. As the group continues to purchase sheds all across the country, it's going to be virtually impossible to see an act that's not under some sort of Live Nation agreement.
Motley must still be a heck of a draw to get a 100 million dollar deal these days. As the music industry continues to evolve, look for more deals just like this one. Like any contractual agreement, this deal can be both good and bad for the band. They may lose some creative control, but at this point I don't know how much Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee or Mick Mars care about innovation.
The fans can surely last three more Motley tours and albums - that's a no brainer. The real question here is...can the band? Is Mick healthy enough to perform off and on for ten years? Will the rest of the band get along well enough to make this venture both profitable and enjoyable? I guess only time will tell.
I do find it curious that neither Live Nation nor Motley Crue has officially announced this massive deal. I hope it's not some sick joke. I plan on traveling a lot this summer to see the Crue multiple times.
On a side note, I wonder what all this means for SIXX: AM? The band has a small tour planned for the spring. I had guessed they would do another album, but it seems Motley really is working on some new material. That's not to say Nikki can't write and record two albums at one time, but I think it's doubtful. I mean, at this stage in the game, why bother, unless to Bring Back Glam?
Like some of you have posted below, Motley Crue founder Nikki Sixx is now denying this big deal.
Here's his statement, forwarded to me from 10th Street Entertainment:
"Motley Crue has not signed any deals. Any information reported to the contrary is false and misleading."
I said I was skeptical, but at this point, I do believe there is some truth to this rumor. Motley Crue are excellent at still being able to excite fans and manipulate the media.
Take it all for what you will.