Motley Crue, a name synonymous with rock n’roll debauchery, has been around for over three decades. There is probably not a single fan of rock and metal who doesn’t know who Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Tommy Lee are. With all the ups and downs that shook up the band’s existence over 34 years, these four rockers leave with a very successful and lucrative final tour and only good memories from the fans. If someone tries to deny that, five final shows in Southern California that packed arenas in the last two weeks of 2015 are proof that Motley Crue is not only relevant right now, but will stay relevant for years to come… despite the fact the band members will never again play together under the Motley Crue moniker.
Here is what you might want to know about what happened at the Staples Center last night… if you were not there.
While productions of this magnitude are usually finely tuned and planned, it was only appropriate that there was a glaring malfunction during the band’s final show. Tommy Lee’s Cruecifly drum solo roller-coaster stunt is one of the most memorable visuals of recent Motley Crue shows; his enthusiasm and powerful beats attract thousands of people mainly because today some of us are wondering ‘How is he doing it after all these years?’
Shortly before midnight, things seemed to go haywire. When Lee was about to complete the first loop, the platform with the drum set got stuck in the air, which required some technical assistance from 3 roadies who climbed up the contraction and flipped it right side up. Whether it was the biggest prank of the year, a calculated indication of Lee finally giving up the Cruecifly, or it was a real malfunction, it was hard to say at the moment. Many fans left the show under the impression it was all part of the final show. It should be interesting to see a DVD of this performance. Will the performance be edited with clips from previous shows on the tour?
The Cruecifly malfunction seemed to have a ripple effect on the show. The New Year’s Eve countdown actually occurred around 12:06 a.m., or as Vince Neil put it, “We’re on our own (expletive) time schedule here!”
To describe the Cruecifly incident as putting a damper on the night though couldn’t possibly be more wrong! As the band ripped through classics such as “Girls, Girls, Girls”, “Wild Side” and “Primal Scream,” there was a palpable feeling that each one of those performances would be the last time ever these four would ever perform them together ever again. While most band members kept it together, Vince Neil almost dropped a tear as he thanked the crew, his fellow band members, and most of all the fans. The packed crowd roared back their appreciation and thanks.
“Looks That Kill” opened up a whole different dimension for the show – with pyro going of, and thousands of fist pumps going up in the air, it was obvious the crowd was ready to rock the New Year. The burning smell started quickly filling up the venue as the clouds of fire and fireworks were going off on stage. Any perceptible loss of vocal range or lost beat was drown in a sea of flames and smoke… much to the fans’ delight.
With all the health issues that Mick Mars had throughout his life, it seems to have had no effects on his guitar solos. However, even on the final night, as usual, he was the lone member to not utter a word. For those who think the band will renege on their promise and return in a few years, it bears mentioning that Mick’s health will be something to consider down the line should all four of these guys be needed for a true Motley Crue reunion.
The culmination of the main set featuring the last performance of “Kickstart My Heart” with balloons and confetti flying through the arena was sure worth the wait. It was notable since, the song itself is quite upbeat and fast, yet it was combined with an eerie sadness filling the arena at the same time…
As is tradition, Motley Crue relocated to the center of the arena for the encore “Home Sweet Home.” As they rose above the crowd and then were lowered back for the last time, it was obvious half the crowd was recording this historic moment on their phones. Not only was it the last act for Motley Crue, but it was also a curtain call for one of the few remaining arena rock bands.