and they bombed in a most spectacular D.O.A. train-wreck fashion unlike any mess I've ever seen.
Fire and Brimstone and Pure Disaster.
|Motley Crue The Final Tour T Shirt|
Here's a recap of the show, in my humble opinion...
Alice Cooper was phenomenal!
In a short opening set of just less than an hour, Alice ripped through hit after hit. He brought out his new guitarist and his snake. He looked great and sounded great. The band got a chance to show off, there was confetti, an electrocution and a beheading. All in a days work, Alice Cooper is the consummate showman and proved that Rock N' Roll is not dead. But perhaps I should re-phrase that...
The audience watched Alice die on stage TWICE last night.
Then we all watched in horror as the headliner died for real.
Its hard to put into words how horrible and unprofessional last evening's concert really was.
The show literally came to a GRINDING HALT three separate times.
The first stoppage came just three songs into the ridiculously loud set when Tommy Lee broke his bass drum. Well, that led to some Mick Mars noodling until he clearly got fed up and the entire band disappeared for about 10 minutes. "Tommy fucked that up!" said the team-player lead singer.
A few songs later, when the guitars went out Mick Mars screamed that he couldn't play because he had "no fucking ears" pointing to his malfunctioning earpiece monitor.
The band quickly lost the crowd during the third stoppage when it became apparent to all that this wasn't just a case of "first night jitters." After being set up in the Van Andel Arena for two weeks prior to this opening night, the show was clearly under-rehearsed and technically flawed. Again, I stress that Alice Cooper had ZERO problems with his set.
|Tommy Lee on the CruciFly|
Motley Crue may have bit off more than they can chew with this monster stage and overblown production, with a show that is as fat and bloated as the lead singer. And I'm sorry, but does Vince Neil even know the lyrics to his own songs anymore? We've all know for years that he can't hit the high notes, but he holds the microphone out to the crowd to back him up on EVERY FUCKING SONG. It's a travesty that a front man can be this insulting to a paying audience. He publicly blamed everyone but himself for the show's problems last night. But here's a thought...take a look in the mirror Vince, if you can fit your inflated reflection into one, and take some heat for this debacle yourself. Learn the words to your own hit songs and actually sing them. Is that too much to ask?!
"I need to pray that we get through this set..." - Nikki Sixx onstage last night.
"They didn't..." - Me last night.
|Motley Crue B Stage Encore|
The only redeeming quality to the entire night was the encore B-Stage performance of 'Home Sweet Home'. When the band actually stripped down the bombastic noise and played their instruments, they sounded great. Too bad the entire show couldn't be like this.
Will they right this ship and fix the mistakes by this weekend? Probably not. Sorry folks in Milwaukee, but you better prepare yourselves for an expensive let-down. Don't worry though, the fire and smoke bombs will probably work properly.
Kudos also to the un-billed first band, the Raskins, who came on prior to the ticket's start time of 7:00pm. Sorry boys, I missed the first part of your set but the kickass closing run through The Stooges' "Search and Destroy" was epic! Well Done!
"All Bad Thing Must Come To An End" is one of their own taglines to this end run
and from what I saw July 2nd, it's already over.
Here lies Motley Crue...
1981 - July 2, 2014.