After attending MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s August 10 concert at the Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion (formerly Cricket Pavilion) in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the band’s tour with KISS, a fan asked CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx why his group didn’t play an encore. Nikki replied, “We used to do the old encore schtick most bands still do but decided it was sorta a rip off to fans. Why not add more to the show and end it like a theatre production than go sit behind the amps and make people clap for us to come back out and play…? We prefer to give 100% from start to finish and end it with it with one big-ass bang… Make sense?”
Sixx previously addressed the encore issue during a June 2011 episode of his nationally syndicated “Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx” radio show. He explained at the time (hear audio below), “The reason we don’t do encores… A lot of people ask me that. We look at MÖTLEY CRÜE, our show, as a big production. When you go see a Broadway play, they don’t come out and do an encore. And I think that when you only have 90 minutes of time, and that’s all you’re allowed to play… Fans don’t know this, but if you go over, [you have to pay] something like $10,000 a minute [in fines]. So it gets really ridiculous, right?! So you have to go on stage on time A) for the fans, [and] B) it doesn’t make sense to not go on time. We [would] have to play a shorter show. And if you do an encore, what you do is you go sit behind the amps, eat up five minutes waiting for everybody to stroke your ego and then you come out and play a song. Why don’t you just play another song they love during that time and then end the show with the grand finale? And that’s why we do it that way.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS‘s co-headlining tour — dubbed simply “The Tour” — kicked off on July 20 in Bristow, Virginia and is currently scheduled to wrap on September 23 in Hartford, Connecticut. Although the bands are officially co-headlining the tour, MÖTLEY CRÜE is opening for KISS each night.
Last month, MÖTLEY CRÜE released “Sex”, the first studio track from the band since the June 2008 release of “Saints Of Los Angeles”. The song was recorded at CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee‘s studio called The Atrium in Calabasas, California.