December 31, 2015 brought about a monumental night of new beginnings, and old endings. One of the most significant glam metal bands ever decided that was the last time they would perform together. First, they traveled the world, working one more tour, and saying farewell to their fans. It all culminated with a final performance at The Staples Center, in Los Angeles, kicking serious ass in the process.
Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and last but certainly not least, Tommy Lee, take the stage. They formed this band in Los Angeles. The end coming where it all began is very fitting. Sound checks are long done and emotions are running high in the City of Angels. They knew it was going to happen, but didn’t know how hard it would be. The ravenous crowd awaits…the anticipation is so thick, you can cut it with a knife.
The moment is here:
NOW THAT IS HOW YOU OPEN A SHOW!
Reminder: this isn’t just any band. This group of guys is responsible for some of the sickest riffs to come out of the 80s, as well as many songs that can rock any stadium. That’s what made this group so special. They were all intensity, pyro, rock ‘n’ roll, and a drum stunt roller coaster. The visuals of their shows are what kept the people coming back, and most importantly, leaving happy.
Living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle (sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll) was obviously a huge influence on their music, with songs such as “Dr. Feelgood,” which is about heroin, and “Kickstart My Heart,” which is about Nikki Sixx overdosing, dying in the back of an ambulance, and the medical team bringing him back.
No Crue show would be complete if Tommy Lee didn’t do a ridiculous drum stunt that he called the Cruecifly, which was basically a roller coaster that his drum kit was the vehicle of. As if going up into this machine sideways and upside down wasn’t enough, he played kick ass solo after kick ass solo while it happened.
On this night in The Staples Center, it malfunctioned, leaving him stranded upside down over the crowd while the drum tech had to get him down – definitely a damper on the experience – as the successful Cruecifly was something to behold.
Quite simply: this band kicked ass, and it’s a shame they’ve decided to hang ’em up. Hopefully one day they may reconsider.
Until then, we can at least end this article on a high note: with my favorite Motley Crue jam, the aforementioned, “Dr. Feelgood.”
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