In a week where we have seen the tragic demise of Motörhead, tonight sees the end of the bad boys of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Mötley Crüe, fortunately by choice unlike Motörhead.
I did actually try to snag tickets for tonight’s curtain call at the Staples Center, but to no avail. It would have been interesting to see how I would have afforded the flights to Los Angeles, but that was a bridge I didn’t have to cross.
I’m surprised a live feed isn’t available tonight so that the Crüe heads worldwide can experience their last outing with the lucky 19,000 in the arena, but it was announced yesterday that a DVD was being shot. That roller coaster in glorious technicolor…
I’m sure there will be more Crüe on this blog in the future, but here’s a track from their break through second album and genre defining release, Shout At The Devil, to “celebrate” the end. Who would have thought back in 1984 four guys wearing makeup and spandex would court so much controversy with a pentagram on their album cover (job done in my book then!)
All the members are going their own way at midnight – if they survive the rumoured guillotine supplied by Alice Cooper – and I’m looking forward to seeing Nikki Sixx bring his latest band Sixx:AM to British shores in the very near future.
BIRMINGHAM GENTING ARENA
4th November 2015
When Chris Rea released the single The Road To Hell in 1989 everyone could relate that to a stretch of road close to them. But, as I found out yet again on Wednesday night, the road to hell is indeed the M6 South!
Leaving home 61 miles away from our destination in plenty of time we arrived at what will forever be know as the NEC Arena part way through Dirty Diamonds – just over halfway through their set! We did get to see some of the theatrics that the band is renowned for, a giant Frankenstein monster being created during Feed My Frankenstein, Madame Guillotine made its appearance before the ticker tape and confetti fell for set closer Schools Out.
After 34 years Mötley Crüe are calling it quits. Tonight’s show is the penultimate show on British soil and they have pulled out all the stops for their send off.
With no record to promote tonight is purely a greatest hits set. The lights go down after a rendition of So Long, Farewell and the band kick in with a double of Girls, Girls, Girls and Wild Side.
Straight from the start you can hear Vince Neil struggling with the vocals, missing lyrics here and there and the falsetto parts not even attempted, but the stage show and the near faultless band detract from the fact. Some of the “tricky” vocals are handled by the two backing singers who pad out the vocals well when used.
The negatives from tonight – an unnecessary Nikki Sixx monologue, a rather boring Mick Mars guitar solo – are soon put to the back of the memory banks when the flame throwing bass sets the stage on fire and the pentagram above Sixx is on fire!
And then there’s that drum solo!! By no means the greatest drum solo ever performed, but it’s not every night the drummer is hanging upside down from the rafters behind his drum kit that is also on a roller coaster!
The main set is wrapped up with Dr. Feelgood and Kickstart My Heart – where Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil perform on mechanical arms sweeping over the front of crowd, before the quartet make their way to the small satellite stage for an encore of Home Sweet Home to bring their love affair with Birmingham to an end.
More positives than negatives overall and an event worth seeing for one last time.
Uuugggghhhhhh. Anyone want a head cold? Already had to duck out of the Bane show last night, but there’s no way I’m missing tomorrow’s trip to see Mötley Crüe for one last time. And the tickets weren’t exactly cheap!
I adore the first five albums. They went a bit so so in between, had a bit of a band members revolving door policy at the time. But their last album Saints Of Los Angeles is a belter.
Liking thrash metal and glam metal was a bit of a no no in the mid to late 80’s, but who cares? If it catches my attention then I’ll give it a go. Too many people miss so much by sticking with their tunnel vision views of what the deem to be acceptable and what isn’t allowed.
After tomorrow I’ve only seen them four times, the first one being as recent as 2005. I wish I’d got to see them earlier at the height of their glory years, but visits to these shores were few and far between after the Dr Feelgood tour in 1989. I’d liked to have witnessed Vince Neil 25 years ago to see if he’s ever been able to do it live!! He’s never come across to me as the greatest live vocalist I’ve seen, but an outstanding frontman who has the crowd in the palm of his hand every night.
Having said that though I didn’t hesitate to get the wife and I tickets as it will be a complete OTT night of fire, explosions and roller coasters (hopefully!) With a lot of great tunes to attempt to wheeze my way through!
So this weeks on stage viewing may consist of these three gigs. As it stands now though I’m not sure about tonight as I’m currently battling “man flu”!!
Monday – Manchester Gorilla.
Massachusetts hardcore band Bane are playing Manchester on their farewell show, calling it quits on a 20 year career. In tow is Pennsylvania hardcore band Code Orange (now they’ve dropped the Kids part!)
Wednesday – Birmingham Genting Arena.
“All bad things must come to an end. The final tour”
Calling it quits on December 31st this year are Mötley Crüe after nearly 35 years of ups and downs and even more downs. Their support is the ever youthful Alice Cooper – the first tour I saw in this venue in 1989 on the Trash tour. This is going to be quite a spectacle.
Saturday – Leeds University.
The annual Damnation festival now in its 11th cycle. From its humble beginnings of Raging Speedhorn and Entombed at the now defunct Jillys Rockworld in Manchester, to Bolt Thrower and Cannibal Corpse last year this indoor festival has grown from strength to strength. I wait years to see Asphyx – now they play the UK twice in one year!!