Farewell Tours By Rock Bands Are a Hoax in Every Way Imaginable

Categories: Metal

John Gilhooley
Vince Neil of Motley Crue
By: Andrew Bansal

In what has increasingly become a trend over the years, veteran rock bands that have existed for the past three decades announce their farewell tour, advertise it as the very last one they would ever do, and promise to deliver their best for fans one final time. But this entire ideology is flawed and wrong, for several reasons. Let's delve

As an automatic consequence of the farewell tag, promoters and venues have a field day with such a tour announcement and in most cases, ticket prices skyrocket. While a majority of fans are content with meeting these exorbitant prices to see their favorite band's supposed final performance in their town, it's wrong mainly because as we've seen time and again, nearly every band has lied about it. Classic examples from rock history are Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tours tour followed by the Retirement Sucks tour and KISS' 1998 farewell tour after which they've done several tours and still continue to do so. More recent examples of false farewells are Judas Priest's 2011 Epitaph tour and Scorpions' 2010-12 Final Sting. A lot of these bands still put on great shows and the issue is not that they're still touring, but the fact that they either blatantly lied about the farewell in the first place or made a U-turn afterwards.

It's certainly categorized as false advertising, and for a genuine fan, the delusional experience of seeing a band for the last possible time is rendered as a whole lot of wasted investment, both financially and emotionally. And then there's the other side of the coin wherein the retiring band is simply no longer capable of putting on good live performances and the farewell ticket price comes across as even more unjust in these cases with the band only succeeding in ruining their legacy, Mötley Crüe's horrendous shows on their ongoing 'Final' tour being the freshest example of it.

The only exception in recent times has been Steel Panther, who ended their two-decade long Hollywood residency with three final shows at the House of Blues Sunset Strip last April without ever saying so and only said goodbye to their hometown fans on stage at the end of the third show. The other one worth mentioning is Black Sabbath, whose recent headline appearance at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, England was apparently their final gig according to guitarist Tony Iommi, who only hinted at it two months prior to the show and even so, wasn't completely rigid about the band's farewell possibility.

Farewell tours are nothing but a glorified cash grab, and even though thankfully there's a growing section of people that are smart enough to understand that, it's really up to the bands to put an end to this practice by not attaching such tours to their retirements. The modern world still awaits the first rock band with the integrity and the abstinence to announce retirement after their real final tour rather than before a possibly false one.

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sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

so many health issues that IF said bands tour again, it wont be with the lineup your currently seeing

tony has health issues

malcom has health issues

mick mars etc

the stones never said it was a "final tour"  

and Keef is a walking health issue :)

a cash grab??

if they put on the show that is of their level

you got your moneys worth

Josh English
Josh English

In the case of Motley Crue, I believe it. Mick Mars' health has been in jeopardy for quite some time. They could possibly still make studio records, but I don't see anymore tours from them.


So you're saying the 6 Who farewell tours I attended weren't really the last? (KIDDING! It was a JOKE and that's when I caught on to that little scam.) GREAT article!

Hillary Jacobson
Hillary Jacobson

Otis Denim I can't comment back on the Mondo Video A-go-go...the future...

Donna Gaugenmaier
Donna Gaugenmaier

Mick Mars said he will not be touring with Motley anymore on That Metl Show.

Otis Denim
Otis Denim

Hillary Jacobson , I played their "last show" in 1997 .


how can we miss you if you won't go away?

Monica Buelna
Monica Buelna

Love the Crue, but I refused to pay $150 for ONE ticket to a tour that will probably happen again in 5 yrs

Frank Acosta
Frank Acosta

Bwahahahaha!!!! Vince Neil for sure can use the money! He lives in Vegas and drives a shitty corvette


Agreed. This was touched upon in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. Cher is also a major 'offender.' It's all about the mighty dollar.

JGlanton topcommenter

OC Weekly should announce their final print issue, sell it as a collector's item for $5 each, then declare the paper so well loved that they've decided to keep printing it. You could do it every year.


Hasn't affected me, because I've never had the least desire to see my favorite bands at that stage, ergo all old and bloated and sober.

Forgive me for saying, but my favorite music from bands that I followed came when they were young, full of angst and heroin.

Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

One of the things that isn't a hoax is the money those bands are raking in. Happens in sports too.

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