Motley Crue is calling it quits.

But, fortunately, not before Bay Area fans have the chance to hear "Girls, Girls, Girls" and other similarly subtle love tunes played live one more time.

The iconic hard rock band, which has sold over 80 million records during its three-decades-plus career, made its retirement plans official during a news conference on Tuesday in its hometown of Los Angeles. The group plans to say goodbye to fans during a lengthy North American trek, descriptively titled The Final Tour.

The farewell road show includes a stop on July 23 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. Motley Crue also performs July 29 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in the greater Sacramento area. Tickets for both shows -- ranging from $25 to $125 -- go on sale on Jan. 31 at www.livenation.com.

Pioneering shock-rocker Alice Cooper, who paved the way for Motley Crue and other glam-metal acts, opens the tour.

The Final Tour kicks off in early July in Michigan and currently stretches through a late-November date in Vancouver, BC. In all, the trek is slotted to reach over 70 markets in North America this year. The band expects to take the tour overseas in 2015.

Of course, with any so-called farewell tour now comes much fan skepticism. That's a product of fans being burned too many times by artists (like Cher and KISS), who have promoted their tours as farewell treks, only to go back on their word and tour again. There is a huge marketing value in selling a concert as "the last chance to see (insert big-name act here)," and artists have unfairly used it to the detriment of fans' bank accounts.


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Yet, the Motley Crue's farewell might be one that actually sticks.

The band has signed a "Cessation of Touring Agreement," which goes into effect at the end of 2015. Basically, it's an agreement that states that the band will not hit the road again after this Final Tour comes to a conclusion. It's a direct step toward protecting the band's legacy and name.

"Everything must come to an end," Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee said in the news release. "We always had a vision of going out with a big (expletive) bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members. Our job here is done."

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