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Rockers Motley Crue announce retirement tour

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Veteran US rockers Motley Crue announced their retirement on Tuesday, unveiling plans for one last tour before they thrash into the sunset next year.

The Los Angeles-based band, together for over three decades, will play 72 dates in North America starting in July before continuing the appropriately named Final Tour internationally next year.

"Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll," said Rick Franks of tour promoters Live Nation, announcing the tour with Alice Cooper as special guest.

"But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history," he said.

"The music industry will never have another Motley Crue."

The four-piece band -- singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee -- was formed in 1981, and they have sold over 80 albums globally, had six top 20 singles and three Grammy nominations.

Their last album, "Saints of Los Angeles," was released in 2008.

They theatrically signed a Cessation of Touring Agreement at a press conference Tuesday, effective at the end of 2015 -- but did not rule out solo plans.

"I'll miss playing with the guys but I won't quit playing rock and roll!" said Neil, adding: "I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley."

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