Heavy metal music would have a totally different look today if not for Motley Crue. Their California looks and flashy concerts brought in a whole new audience (mostly female) to discover heavy metal music. After 32 years and nine studio albums (six platinum) Motley Crue are nearing the end of their career together, but after seeing their performance last Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun arena I still cannot understand why. The band (Vince Neil, Nikki Six, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars) still put on an adrenaline pumping, energetic show, as if they were out to prove why they are considered one of the premier bands of heavy metal.
With the lights out and the band's new, modern introduction music blarring through the speakers, a countdown appeared on two giants clocks at the back of the stage. Then, appearing from the back of the arena was a "march of evil" as two females on the shoulders of a couple roadies held flags while a hooded drummer banged away as if leading their victims to a hanging. Once on stage, the hooded drummer was revealed as Tommy Lee as he ran to his drum set to kick-off the night with "Saints of Los Angeles." Only distracted for a moment by the female acrobats going on above the stage, all eyes were on the band as lead singer Vince Neil worked the stage running from end to end. Signature fist pumps signaled the beginning of "Shout At The Devil" as the band mixed in songs from their first couple album with their most popular hits, "Wild Side," "Same Ol' Situation" and "Dr. Feelgood."
The only slow part of the evening came when a piano was lowered from the ceiling as Tommy Lee and the band gathered around it for the beginning of "Home Sweet Home." As the spotlight remained on Lee he proceeded with a drum solo that had to been seen to appreciate as he flipped upside-down along a track while continously banging away to a DJ-style club beat. Guitarist Mick Mars followed with his eye-starring, jaw-dropping solo which lead into the audiences participation of "Live Wire."
Motley Crue finished their set with two of the band's most popular hits, "Girls, Girls, Girls" which had a couple of stripper poles being occupied by dancers, and the high-energy "Kickstart My Heart." During the song's performance, bassist Nikki Sixx would proceed to spit, what looked like a blood-like substance, into the front row of the audience, but that was nothing compared to the finish. Sections of the front row became drenched as buckets of the red liquid were thrown at the audience by Sixx and Lee.
While this current tour may be wrapping up soon, Motley Crue are looking forward to making their final studio album and then say farewell with a final world tour. Many of today's bands have a debt to owe to Motley Crue and their live performance can attest to the fact that they are one of the premier heavy metal bands of all time.
Setlist: Saints Of Los Angeles, Wild Side, Shout At The Devil, Piece Of You Action, Same Ol' Situation, Louder Than Hell, Sex, Don't Go Away Mad, MF Of The Year, Home Sweet Home, Live Wire, Too Fast For Love, Primal Scream, Dr. Feelgood, Girls Girls Girls, Kickstart My Heart