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Motley Crue: Epic Stage Show

Today's post is from our friend DJ. He saw Motley Crue over the summer and wanted to share this review with everyone. 

On July 29th, I headed off to the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City to catch Motley Crue and Alice Cooper for the second time on their "Final Tour." 

We waited three hours outside the arena after scheduled time due to short staff for the show. Organizers blamed Salt Lake City due to many events happening that night, they blamed the arena for "safety violations," and they also blamed the band because Tommy Lee had a solo show in some bar that night. Some guy outside the arena got arrested for being drunk and trying to start fights, and some guy kept yelling "this ain't GnR, this is the CRUE!" Sorry Gene, rock isn't dead!

Anyways when they let us in, Alice Cooper started about twenty minutes later and absolutely killed it. He opened with "Hello Hooray" and went straight into "No More Mr. Nice Guy" the band sounded really great and Alice brought his whole stage show. They played "Under My Wheels" which is one of my favorite songs by Alice Cooper and went right into "I'm Eighteen" everybody seemed to be getting into it. The next songs he played were "Billion Dollar Babies" and "Poison" most of his show consisted of his hits and he delivered, I could see Alice a hundred times and never get sick of it.He played "Dirty Diamonds" which was followed by a guitar solo and a drum solo. I have to say I was blown away watching his drummer, he did a phenomenal job, I just couldn't take my eyes off of him. "Welcome To My Nightmare" was the next song, and everybody got into it. He did the whole guillotine thing and the straight jacket, which he always does, and what makes him such a Glam icon, perfecting the image part of the show, in my opinion that man is the godfather of theatrics and he has perfected it for many generations to copy. Sorry again Gene!

He did "Feed My Frankenstein" next and I couldn't help but sing along, he brought out the huge Frankenstein monster and I had the whole Wayne's World feeling "that I wasn't worthy." To tell you the truth, I wasn't and nobody in the arena was either of seeing Alice, because like I said before, he is a LEGEND. He finished the set with "Ballad Of Dwight Fry," "Killer," and "I Love The Dead" which is also one of my favorites. The finale was "School's Out" a song that everybody knows, and he did the medley with Pink Floyd "Another Brick In The Wall' which I still think is great. 

Motley was up next and they played "All Bad Things" and "So Long Farewell" over the speakers until they opened with "Girls Girls Girls" and they went right into "Wild Side" which I really loved. The next song, my favorite song of all time was "Primal Scream." I can't really say anything about that because I was so caught up in the song I hit my head on the rail in front of me. That part was amazing, I don't care what anyone says about Motley, I would go and see them play a two hour loop of that song! "Same 'Ol Situation" and "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" was next, two huge hits made for an arena. My least favorite Motley song "Smokin' In The Boys Room" was next. I don't hate it, I just think it is a cheesy song, but I enjoyed it live. "Looks That Kill' was next, which I've never seen them not play. There was lots of energy in it. But the energy slowed down when they played "Muther---er Of The Year." Do not get me wrong, I love the song, and I really love the lyrics, it just seems that they lost energy and were not really feeling it when they played it. After that Vince said "And now one of the baddest motherf---ers I know, Nikki Sixx!" Nikki gave his knife speech, and I do not know if you have heard it, but I really loved it, he talked about jamming a knife into your arm and never forgetting the pain it gave you, and compared it to the first moment you heard and fell in love with rock n' roll. I have to say, I didn't really expect it, but he kind of owns up to it saying stuff like "Be The Knife" and I have to say it was really true, how he said it. He then thanked us for "Letting Motley Crue be that knife for over thirty years."

The band then went into "Anarchy In The UK" which was a big highlight of the show for me. The stage then went dark and two pentagrams went up on the two giant screens and the intro for "In The Beginning" started. I got really excited, and then they went into "Shout At The Devil." Nikki's bass had the flamethrower again and that was really cool, when the song kicked in, the huge pentagram they have at the back of the stage lit up with fire, and he did the flamethrower at the end of the song again, that was honestly one of the best moments of the show.

I was suprised when they went into "Louder Than Hell" as it was a cool new addition to the show. Tommy Lee did his drum solo next, which I was really looking forward to, now like I have said before I am not a fan of dubstep, but the roller coaster made up for some of the shit music he drummed along to... I do admit there was more rock influence in it at least. Tommy drummed along to Sabbath, Zeppelin, and Beastie Boys. I think there was a snippet of "Hooligan's Holiday" but I do not remember. He went upside down and there were huge explosions, that was amazing. Mick's guitar solo was next and the stage went dark, all you saw was Mick playing this distorted bluesy solo, the whole place started shouting "MICK MICK MICK!" They went into "Live Wire" with lots of energy and I couldn't help but sing along. The very first song they did as a band, and it still holds up thirty four years later. "Saints Of Los Angeles" seemed to lack energy, but I did love how the whole mood of the show changed for it, everything went blue, and it was a cool approach to play it. They played "TNT" over the loud speakers and went right into "Dr. Feelgood." I love that song because it has such a dirty groove to it.

The finale was hands down the best part of the show and the best I have seen live ever. They went into "Kickstart My Heart," (a song I want played at my funeral) and after the part where Vince says "Years go by, I say we kicked some ass!" he and Nikki got onto two giant arms that carried them around the arena, and Mick went onto this middle platform that rose up and there were giant bombs going off at the end stretch of the song, and went the last note was played confetti dropped and about five of those bombs went off in a row, the lights went on and you could see and smell all the smoke.

"Home Sweet home'' was the last song played on that second stage, and it was sad again seeing them play it. I love "Home Sweet Home" and it sounded great. All in all, the stage show was the best I have ever seen and was ten times better than last year, but I still think they sounded tighter back in 2011.

Leaving the arena you could still see the smoke and smell it. It was one of the most over the top stage show I have ever seen. If this show comes anywhere near you, in my opinion, you should go see it just for the stage show and cool songs. 

Mike Portnoy Can Play Anything

Seriously, Mike Portnoy really is a great drummer. He recently proved his virtuosity by playing a lot of classic metal tunes... on a Hello Kitty child's set. The video below is pretty darn funny.


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Billboard is still trying to find the next SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOW for 2016 and they want you the fans to choose the...

Posted by WARRANT on Monday, October 5, 2015

The New Winery Dogs Album Is Out

Happy Monday. Let's try to ease back into the work week (this weekend seemed to go really fast). Monday is a good day to check out new tunes and The Winery Dogs just released Hot Streak. I'm pumped for this because I'm a Richie Kotzen fanatic. Here's the press release I was sent about the new album. 


October 2, 2015 – In 2013, three of rock music’s preeminent musicians—Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan—joined forces to release their self-titled, self-produced debut album. Two years later, the trio known as THE WINERY DOGS is back with their second album, proving the immense critical acclaim, Top Ten chart positions and numerous sold-out shows worldwide wasn’t a fluke.
HOT STREAK is THE WINERY DOGS’ appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, which came out today on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It was preceded by the first single, “Oblivion,” which was released to radio August 25 and quickly made its way onto the Top 30 of the Billboard “Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart.  A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out November 13.
As of October 1, HOT STREAK was sitting at #7 on iTunes’ Pre-Order Rock Albums chart, as well as many of Amazon’s top pre-order lists, including:
#1         Amazon BestSellers – Hard Rock
#5         Amazon BestSellers – Rock
#9         Amazon BestSellers – Pop
#9         Amazon BestSellers – All Music
#1         Amazon Pre-Orders – Hard Rock Albums
#2         Amazon Pre-Orders By Price ($9.99)
#3         Amazon Pre-Orders – Rock Albums
#5         Amazon Pre-Orders – Pop Albums
#6         Amazon Pre-Orders – CD / All Music
#6         Amazon Customer Top 20 Picks
Last week, Eddie Trunk—who was instrumental in introducing Kotzen to Portnoy and Sheehan in 2012 when the band was first forming—premiered two songs, “Captain Love” and “Hot Streak,” on his weekly “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” SiriusXM radio show. “THE WINERY DOGS have taken the incredible precedent for songs and performance set on their debut to the next level with HOT STREAK,” Trunk says. “More brilliant stuff from what is easily my favorite new band.” 


A Little More Than A Lyric Video

Def Leppard just released the official lyric video for their track "Let's Go." Usually this means just a bunch of words swirling around and not much going on in the background. I guess since Def Leppard collectively have more money than God, they were able to put forth a little more effort. The video below is kind of cool. You already know I love the song. I have high hopes for the new Def Leppard album, which is due out at the end of the month.


'There Isn't Money In Science Either'

We'll claim him as one of ours. In one of the biggest stories of the week, 25 year old Lujendra "Luju" Ojha discovered water on Mars. Clearly this guy is awesome and a genius... it should come as no surprise he's a metalhead too. In fact, he even has a metal band called Gorkha. Ojha decided to give up his dream of a music career to focus on science because he wasn't making enough money doing the metal thing. Turns out Ojha says the money sucks in science, too. Still, big congrats!



Iron Maiden Announce US Dates For 2016 Tour

YES. Happy Friday. It doesn't get any better - or more metal - than this.

Maiden will open The Book Of Souls World Tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 24 February 2016, playing nine shows in...

Posted by Iron Maiden on Thursday, October 1, 2015