August 7, 2014 at 1:00 am

Will Motley Crue's 'Final Tour' be just the beginning of the end?

Motley Crue's Vince Neil, left, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee may or may not be on their final tour, which stops at DTE Energy Music Theatre on Saturday. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

Motley Crue is going away. Forever. They promise.

If you’re skeptical of the band’s plans to hang things up for good after their “Final Tour” — which rolls through DTE Energy Music Theatre on Saturday — you have every reason to be. Many artists have used a “farewell tour” as a cash grab in the past, only to turn around and say hello again to fans for one more go-round. (The Crue didn’t exactly help their cause when after announcing the DTE show and putting it on sale, they announced a November concert at Joe Louis Arena. And there’s nothing in the band’s supposed retirement agreement barring them from continuing to add additional legs to the tour.)

Rockers are like professional wrestlers: They love to say goodbye but they hate to actually mean it. That’s why even after multiple “retirements,” Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan are never far from a squared circle.

Just as artists are never far from a stage. For perspective, here is a round-up of performers who have put on farewell outings in the past, and whether or not they’ve stuck to their guns. Spoiler alert: Most haven’t.

Artist: Cher

Tour: “Living Proof: The Farewell Tour”

Was it really the final tour? No. Cher’s supposed last outing included four local stops — in June and October 2002 at The Palace of Auburn Hills, in May 2003 at Joe Louis Arena and November 2004 at The Palace — but that wasn’t enough. After a three-year run in Las Vegas from 2008 to 2011, Cher returned to the road for her current “Dressed to Kill” tour, which played Joe Louis in April and drops by The Palace in October.

Artist: Kiss

Tour: “Kiss Farewell Tour”

Was it really the final tour? Far from it. This 2000 tour was to be the last stand of the costumed rock group, who never met a marketing gimmick it didn’t embrace. After the tour’s final bow, the band returned to the road for 2003’s “World Domination” tour, and again for the “Rock the Nation” tour in 2004, and so on, and so on, and so on. The band plays DTE with Def Leppard later this month.

Artist: Tina Turner

Tour: “Twenty Four Seven Tour”

Was it really the final tour? Nope. Turner’s 2000 outing — which followed her 1990 “Foreign Affair: The Farewell Tour” — was said to be her final big bang, though she’d continue to perform small venues and at awards shows. That didn’t last long; in 2008, she headed out on her “50th Anniversary Tour,” which included a concert at The Palace.

Artist: Ozzy Osbourne

Tour: “No More Tours”

Was it really the final tour? Hardly. This 1993 tour, which borrowed its name from Ozzy’s “No More Tears” album, was to be his final stand on the road, but two years later, he hit the stage on the “Retirement Sucks” tour. At least he’s got a sense of humor about it. He would continue to tour on his popular Ozzfest series, which ran from 1998-2007. In recent years, Osbourne has toured with Black Sabbath.

Artist: Judas Priest

Tour: “Epitaph World Tour”

Was it really the final tour? Suprisingly, no. Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford declared the tour would be the band’s last, saying at the time, “I think it’s time, you know,” but in a shocking turn of events, he went back on his word. Earlier this year, the group announced another tour; they’ll be at the Fox Theatre on Oct. 19.

Artist: Scorpions

Tour: “Final Sting World Tour”

Was it really the final tour? It was not! When the round of touring behind the group’s 2010 “Sting in the Tail” album wrapped, the German rockers announced a new tour: the “Rock N’ Roll Forever” tour, which has dates scheduled through the end of this year.

Artist: Glen Campbell

Tour: “Good Times — The Final Farewell Tour”

Was it really the final tour? Most likely. The Rhinestone Cowboy announced this tour as a companion piece to his 2011 album “Ghost on the Canvas,” which is meant to be his final album. Campbell’s debilitating health — he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 — forced him to stop touring.

Artist: George Strait

Tour: “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour”

Was it really the final tour? Supposedly, that’s it. The 62-year-old country icon brought along a slew of special guests for this 2014 jaunt, which was slated to be his final go, and he packed 104,000 people into the tour’s final stop in Arlington, Texas, in March. But there’s nothing that says he can’t say goodbye one more time ...

Motley Crue

7 p.m. Saturday

DTE Energy Music Theatre

7774 Sashabaw Road

Clarkston

Tickets $35-$121

(248) 377-0100

Ticketmaster.com

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Cher: 'Dressed 2 Kill' (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Strait: 'The Cowboy Rides Away' (Rick Diamond / Getty Images)
Turner: '50th Anniversary' (Detroit News file photo)