Motley Crue…Still Kickin’ Ass!
Of all the bands that have come and gone, Motley Crue is ‘still kickin’ ass!’ All four original members; Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and frontman Vince Neil have kept it together. There of course have been some rocky years, decades, etc. The nature of this band redefined rock and roll debauchery.
Even without the circus of sexy dancers, dangling half-naked from the ceiling of The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel that Wednesday, February 15th, the clowns on stilts and fake-Motley Crue little people running around, the band itself put on an awesome performance. My concern was that Neil wouldn’t sound the same. Neil may have been a little out of breath at times, but his vocal chords were pounding out the high notes.
“Shout! Shout! Shout! Shout at the devil!”
Looks That Kill
The last time I saw Motley Crue I was in college in Hartford, CT in the early 90’s. It was the Dr. Feelgood tour. My seats were so far away. This time my buddy, Andrew, hooked me up on the GA Floor. I could have been as close as I wanted to, but 10-15 feet was close enough.
So many memories growing up as a teenager, rebelling society with my Crue tee-shirts…and parachute pants. Yes, I was also into Run DMC too. For the rest of the world, that was weird. But I love music and whatever ‘Kickstarts’ my heart works for me. Nowadays you can’t recognize songs because they’re so mixed and mashed up. Whatever happened to the days of vinyl? I still have my “Looks That Kill” 45. On the flip side is “Piece of Your Action” which turned me on to Too Fast for Love. I loved that album so much I painted the cover on the back of my jean jacket of a man grabbing his crotch. Looking back it was somewhat startling for my very white-picked fence oriented small town in Armonk, NY. IBM would not approve.
On With the Show
Getting back to the concert, they kicked off the show with “Live Wire,” “Wild Side” and “Too Fast for Love.” Soon after that came “Shout at the Devil.” The middle of the show involved a sit-down acoustic set in a circular mini-stage about 20 feet in front of the stage where my date, Nancy, and I were. The stage spun slowly enhancing the songs (not necessarily ballads) “Without You,” “On With the Show,” and “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away.)”
A buxom female ringmaster dressed in black and red introduces Tommy Lee as the man ‘every single man wants to be.’ Tommy, sitting in his drum set, loops in a giant circle upside down and all around. Then as “Rollercoaster” comes on by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, a fan gets on stage and rides the contraption with Tommy. Very cool!
Home Sweet Home
In the middle mini-stage Tommy plays a piano as Vince Neil swings over the crowd from the opposite far corner, singing “Home Sweet Home.” It’s a fitting finale as The Joint is their home all this month of February, from the 3rd to the 19th. It’s also Vince Neil’s permanent residence.
There have been rumors that this could be the end. But then during the show the band hinted at coming back.