Motley In Vegas

So, we moved to Las Vegas, had a 4th child (another boy, so 2 girls, 2 boys), and then everything changed.

I won’t get into the details or place too much blame, but my wife and I had outgrown each other and decided to get divorced.

As most of you reading know, I got custody of the kids but I didn’t raise them alone, because I met Sassy (she worked with me at Tower Records). Sassy was an angel sent straight from heaven, my soul mate, best friend, and with out her I don’t know what would have happened, an angel sent straight from heaven.

And guess what… Vince got back with Motley Crue!

Yep, Vince rejoined the band and the result was Generation Swine:

Generation swine frontal

In my list of favorite Motley albums, this one comes in second, right after the first album Too Fast For Love.

As usual, my first taste of it was a video:

What a freaking cool video! What a freaking cool song! And the fact that Hustler Magazine creator Larry Flint being in the video was a lot like when they did the Clockwork Orange thing. No need to elaborate there, I don’t think.

For the first time, I had the internet to see what people thought of the new album, and most hated it. They said it was one of the worst. Really? Fucking haters. This album was way ahead of its time. And once again, people did not like Motley changing with the times. Well. People other than me. I love this album! One listen to the updated Shout At The Devil and you knew Crue was back and they were playing for keeps:

So when they came to Vegas, I was there. This time I would be taking a lot of people for their first Motley concert. My future wife Sassy had never seen them, that needed to be fixed. My sister was in town visiting, so I got her a ticket for her first Motley experience. Two of Sassy’s close friends also came with us to see Motley Crue for the first time. This would also be the first Motley Crue show for one of my kids. Well, first one that wasn’t in  utero.

My oldest who was now 10 years old came along for her first concert and just like mine, it was Motley Crue!

So me, Sassy, my daughter, my sister, and two good friends all in August of 1997 all went to see if Motley still had it.

I should point out that they were playing at the Aladdin Casino which was being closed down and remodeled. So this was the last show to be played there before it shut down:

And let me tell you, it was one of the wildest shows I have ever seen. First off Live Wire definitely returned to the best song of the night but it was joined by a couple new ones. Right before Vince had left the Crue, they had released a greatest hits album to celebrate 10 years together and on it was a remake of Sex Pistol’s Anarchy in The U.K. and a new song called Primal Scream. Many consider Primal Scream their favorite Motley song and with good reason, the song is the shit! It came out, as I said right before Vince was gone, so I had only heard it live with John Corabi, and I have to admit it just wasn’t right. But now with Vince back it could become what it was meant to be live. Which is awesome!

Yes. that song is the shit!

Together with the Anarchy cover, the show we saw that night was very punk rock. My roots, and I fucking loved it!

Towards the end of the show the band said since it was the last night of the theater being opened that maybe some destruction was needed. They told everyone to come down to the front. We were pretty far back, and it was my 10-year-old daughters first concert so we stayed back. Well most of us did. Sassy’s friends wanted to head down and I said to them, “What are you waiting for?”

They went down and we watched as most of the theater crowed to the front of the stage and begin to rip out chairs, passing them aside making a standing room only floor where it was all seated theater just moments before.

It was madness and the boys in the band were encouraging all of it!

It didn’t stop after the show either. That place was out of control, everyone trying to tear the place down. When I came out of the bathroom two girl were dragging a pay phone across the floor. At closer look, I realized it was Sassy and her friend. A security guard quickly came up and told them to leave it alone. And just for the record someone else had pulled it from the wall, Sassy and her friend just started dragging it after it was on the ground.

There were cops lined up at the front ready to come in if needed, but over all everyone kept their cool, no one was hurt and no real riot broke out.

Just a side note here… a few years later Motley Crue returned to Vegas and did find themselves in trouble for inciting a riot:

http://www.mtv.com/news/1432369/nikki-sixx-and-crue-crew-arrested-in-las-vegas/

Unfortunately I was not at that show, and I want tot stress, that all though the Aladdin show got a little out of hand, my daughter was never in danger. It was a fun night and EVERYONE had the time of their lives. I still have a “no smoking” sign that I took from the theater  hanging in my bathroom.

And all those who came with me to the show now understood what a big deal a Motley Crue show was.

Dr. Feelgood

By the time 1987 came around with Motley’s  fourth album “Girls. Girls. Girls” A lot had changed in my life. A lot for just 2 short years at least. I had moved from Perris, California to live in Lake Elsinore, California with my dad (my mom and step dad were getting back together and it was for the best that I go live with my dad). And then not long after that I got my girlfriend pregnant and we were now living in our own studio apartment (with a Murphy bed that came right out of the wall like Tommy’s drum set from that first concert).

The album came out and a concert followed. First the opening band was Whitesnake. But that didn’t last because David Coverdale is such an egomaniac, dick. Can you believe he was saying his band was bringing all the girls to the concert. Yea fuck him, lol. The next band to join the tour was Guns N Roses. You don’t know how bad I wanted to go to that show. But as I said my girlfriend was pregnant. And when the Crue rolled into town she was like 8 months pregnant.  To make things worse my ex girlfriend, who had moved away the year before showed up with 2 tickets to the show and wanted to take me. There was no way I could leave my pregnant girlfriend and go to a concert with my ex girlfriend, no matter how bad I wanted to, there was just no way. So I missed that show and I missed Tommy’s drum solo where he went in a complete 360. Luckily the video for Wild Side captured it for me:

Man, I can’t believe I missed that concert.

The next time Motley came around wouldn’t be till 1990. My life had changed a lot again in those years and yet also things were very similar. I was now married with a daughter and living in Covina (which is where Motley Crue formed, by the way). I was working as a manager of a video store  when tickets went on sale for the February 13th show at the Forum with opening band Faster Pussycat (another one of my favorite bands). February 13th was the day before our first wedding anniversary (yes, I married my first wife on Valentines Day, I don’t recommend it). I had to get tickets. The only thing was, just like last time Motley Crue was on tour, my then girlfriend, now wife, was pregnant again.

But it didn’t seem to be a problem, she was due the week before. LOL.

The newest Crue album had come out the year before and from the first time I heard the title track Dr. Feelgood, (which I had heard on the radio a few weeks before the album came out. We didn’t have an internet to chase down songs before the albums were out. So that first single was all you got to go by) I knew that album was going to be great. And it was, so yes, tickets had to be bought:

I couldn’t wait to see Motley Crue for a second time. I had been to a few shows in between that first one in ’85 and this one in ’90, Iron Maiden, Guns n Roses with Aerosmith, in fact just a few months earlier I had won tickets to go see Guns n Roses with The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Yes, just a few months before this Motley Crue show I had gone and seen Guns n Roses open for The Rolling Stones. What a great show, but due to the fact I didn’t take my wife, then a few months pregnant, not my decision alone, but it was a bad one, sort of, I guess, lol. It caused lots of problems but that’s all you get about the Guns N Roses/Rolling Stones concert for now, no one here is ready for that story!

Still because I didn’t take my wife to the Rolling Stones, because we didn’t see the Girls, Girls, Girls show, because the following day was our first wedding anniversary, you might be able to understand the decisions made that day February 13th, 1990.

I remember waking up in a really great mood. Everyone else was already up (we had 2 roommates at the time and they were both in the kitchen with my wife, both roommates were female, not that it matters, but just thought I’d point that out, keep Dorothy on the right track when she tries to use it to fit in her craziness). I went to the kitchen to see how my wife was. The past few days had been spent questioning the upcoming show. She had not had the baby yet and was very, very pregnant, due any day.

Everyone was smiling, which worried me, but she said she was felling fine. She said not to worry everything would be fine. Now I don’t want to sound like the worlds biggest dick here (you can go read many other posts to see that) but I was worried and had been for a few days. It had been obvious the baby was not coming soon enough for my wife to go to the show. That time had come and gone. In fact  if she had gone in to labor before the show, I most likely wasn’t going either. I know what a thing to worry about, but it was Motley Crue!

Well all that was past now anyways, the day was here and the only question was, did my wife feel up to going to the show. She said she was and my day got even brighter. Go ahead judge me, but again it was Motley Crue.

Alright, I was still nervous, but as the song says “On With The Show”! I put all four Motley CDs in the CD changer and got ready for the show. Another thing that had changed, tapes to CDs… I know, neither one matter anymore. Technology is a bitch.

So we got ready, kissed our daughter good-bye and headed for L.A. (about a 20 minute drive with out traffic).

We had a bottle of champagne that we were saving for our first anniversary (which remember, was the following day) and once we got to the Forum’s parking lot, we opened it up and had a glass, toasting our anniversary (and Motley Crue). Into the show we went.

I can’t tell you what it was like to be 9 months pregnant at a Motley Crue show, but I can say, I kept asking my wife how she was, and she kept replying she was fine.

Faster Pussycat came on and were awesome! When the lights went down and the arena was filled with lighters (a practice long gone, replaced now by cell phones) and they did House Of Pain:

Powerful… powerful!

Pussycat was done and it was time for The Crue to take the stage. We were way at the back, not like the 8th roll I was in the first time, but I didn’t care I was here again, and I was ready!

Green lasers took to the front of the stage creating images. First a pentagram, then the theatrical masks one smiling, the other with one a tear of blood, that quickly became a motorcycle. All along a booming voice was telling us about the trip we had made so far. But now it was time for the Doctor and with that  Allister Fiend, the lovable werewolf mascot of Motley Crue appeared in the green laser show dressed as a Doctor… as the booming voice announced it was time to “come play with Doctor Feelgood”

feelgood

That was when the first set of pyro went off shaking my pregnant wife next to me. Again, I asked if she was alright, she yes, she was fine. And with that Motley raged into a loud a furious Kickstart My Heart!

Tommy had started the drum beat (at first he was the only one on stage) then with another loud expostion the rest of the guys came flying out of the ground and onto the stage. Once again, I was in sensory overload.

The set list went on like this:

Red Hot

Rattlesnake Shake

Too Young to Fall In Love

Shout At The Devil

Live Wire

Same Ol’ Situation

Slice Of You Pie

Enough to take me back to that first show, while plenty of new to make it a different experience. I definitely think the performance of Live Wire was once again, the song of the night. Get use to me saying that.

Mick then did a guitar solo. It was a slide guitar where he broke into parts of Without You, a song from the new album they did not do that night. But it made its way into the solo, and Mick is a guitar god!

Tommy’s drum solo was next, and if I thought his first one was cool, if I thought what he did on the Girl, Girls, Girls tour was incredible, I was in for a shock.

Tommy started to beat on that kit like no one else can and as he did so his drum set began to rise into the sky, high into the sky. Once it had risen to the top of the arena he stopped bangin’ on the drum long enough to say this:

“You know, people are always asking me how I’m gonna top my last drum solo on the “Girls” tour”, I’m paraphrasing, remember this was 25 years ago, “And they keep asking ‘what are you gonna do, how can you top it?’ and I tell them… this!”
And with that his drum set started moving along a track across the top of the arena ceiling. As it moved from the front of the arena to the back, Tommy played the drum part of other bands, songs from Kiss, Van Halen, Queen, etc. All the great anthems and the crowd below him sang each song out for him.

Once again, this was like nothing I had ever seen before and by the time he reached the back (right above where we sat) I was again up on the highest clouds. This was just too amazing, it had to be the coolest thing I had ever seen. Tommy stopped playing again and stood up leaning over the edge of his drum platform, hanging right there in front of all of us way at the back of this big arena. He leaned over, took a big breath, and said, “Now I’m back here with all of you with the good weed!”

The place went crazy! He sat back down playing more drum beats from crowd favorites, everyone singing all the words as the drum set made its way across the sky, back to the front of the Forum. Once there he jumped from the set, falling towards the crowd below, only to bounce back up from an attached bungee cord. Again, the place went crazy.

I looked at my wife and she to was enjoying the show. And as the rest of the songs played out she was singing along with everyone else in the place.

The set list continued on:

Looks That Kill

Smokin’ In The Boys Room

Wild Side

Girls, Girls, Girls

Home Sweet Home

Dr. Feelgood

Jailhouse Rock

Now, although my wife kept saying she was fine, and seemed to be having a good time, I could tell that each pyro explosion had an effect on her, and there were lots of them. So I have to admit, I was relieved when the Elvis Presley cover started, I knew that would be the last song, so I turned to my wife and said, we should head out to get ahead of everyone. “That’s a good idea,” she said smiling but not quite genuinely, “I’m in labor.”

We have to take a step back 3 years to when I was 16 and in the delivery room waiting for my first child to be born. We were at the hospital for about 24 hours before my daughter finally came. It was scary, I was a kid, and the experience was the most confusing, magical experience of my life. I was a little older but the moment my wife said those words, “I’m in labor” confusion and magic all over again.

As we raced to are car, I questioned her, “are you serious?”, “why didn’t you say anything?” She didn’t really answer, she just gave me a look. “I’ve been in labor since I woke up, this morning.” I knew those smiles were suspicious. Everyone at my house knew but didn’t say anything, not wanting to ruin the show. Really? Really?

Was I upset they didn’t tell me, or happy I got to go to the show?  I’m still not gonna try to answer that question, but at the time I was still full of adrenalin from the show and my mind was racing. We got to the car. My wife explains the reason she suggested the champagne toast was because she knew it would slow down the labor.

“How close are you?” I asked.

“Close,” she said. Now let me once again take us back 3 years, to our first-born. My wife, then girlfriend, had though it was time many times before it actually was. We were at the hospital twice before they actually admitted her the 3rd time, and as I said, after that we were still in the hospital for a 24 hour period before she gave birth. Luckily I wasn’t thinking about any of this, my mind was just trying to come to grips with everything, I was in shock of some sort, but I sprang into action.

As we drove out of the parking lot heading for the freeway, it began to rain. I looked over at my wife who was breathing heavily obviously going through a contraction. This was insane, I mean WTF?!?

I got us from L.A. to Covina in record time even with the rain. Went straight to my mom’s house. We rushed in, my wife was very calm, so I started to think everything was not as serious as that drive home-made it out to be. But once inside my mom timed the contractions and they were under 10 minutes apart. and they were getting stronger. So right back into the car we went and headed for the hospital.

Again I can’t stress enough how 3 years earlier everything to move so slowly, painfully slow at times. There was time to be scared, there was time to worry. Not this time.

We got to the hospital, were admitted, and in the elevator ride up to a room it was decided to go straight to the delivery room. During the elevator ride we told the nurses where we had just came from, they thought it was great, it was the first of many times that the story would be told, and we were the talk of the hospital. Not just because of the Motley Crue show, but it was now like two in the morning, Valentines Day, our first wedding anniversary.

My second child was born right after we got off that elevator and into the delivery room. the whole thing was such a blur. The feelings experienced that night are not easily put into words. I mean one moment I’m watching Motley Crue and the next I’m holding my daughter (yes, another girl). Beautiful and healthy and she had already been to her first concert.

Motley Crue!

Theater Of Pain

So, in 1983 I first hear the band Motley Crue, and by 1984 they are my favorite band. Then in 1985 I see them at my first concert, cementing it for life.
In the summer of ’85 Motley Crue’s version of “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” was all over the radio. And I was impatiently awaiting the release of their third studio album Theater Of Pain from which the song was from.

I guess I should give a little back ground to this summer. As a teen I took off from home a lot. I guess you could call me a runaway. I didn’t have a bad childhood or home life. But my parents were divorced when I was in third grade. It was  hard on me, as I guess it would be for most 3rd graders. To top it off, when my mom remarried, I did not get along with my step father. When I was in 5th grade and we were going to be moving in with my step father to be. That meant leaving my grandparents in Torrance where we had been since the divorce where I had all sorts of friends and moving to South Central L.A.

I guess it didn’t help that my grandmother had given me Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn arround this time. I fantasized about running away like they did in the book. My best friend at the time, Jeremy ( I think I mentioned him before, he’s the one with the pot head parents who worked with rock bands. Jeremy was also the one who gave me my AC DC albums I mentioned in the post before this, “For Those About To rock” and “Dirty Deeds”) we came up with an idea that we would run away to his uncle’s house in Gardena.

So after school we went to his house grabbed some food and headed out. But my sister had run home and told my grandparents of our plan and he caught up with us before we were even out of the neighborhood.

A year later though, now living in L.A., the idea of running away struck me again. My step dads apartment was small, I shared a room with my 2 brothers, and I just didn’t like my step dad or his family. They treated us like we were step kids and not family, I never liked that feeling.  I was only in 6th grade, but I just wanted to just get out into the world already. Yes, 6th grade.

I went to take the trash out, but had a back pack of clothes as well and I just took off. I won’t get into all the details (a blog for another day, we need to get back to Motley Crue) but I went to a friend’s house and spent the night under a bed. It tore my mom up bad. There were flyers everywhere. My grandparents drove up from Torrance. It was pretty bad. And I was only gone for 24 hours.

My mom had come by the friend’s house I was at, at from under the bed I heard everything that was going on and how upset and sad she was. So the next day I called home to talk to her, she started crying and begging me to come home. So I went home. Funny how quickly a parents sadness turns to anger when they realize I was safe all night while everyone worried and searched for me. (I should mention it rained that night). Yea she was pissed. But really my home life wasn’t that bad and my mom was a great mom, my step dad on the other hand (again a blog for another day), so I didn’t runaway again until the following year, 7th grade. A friend and I skipped school and hung out all night in a park. My second 24 hour runaway and again, it didn’t make my mom to happy.

My mom and step dad eventually separated and we moved to Perris, California. I really came of age the Summer of  ’84, right before the move (I’ve talked a little of that summer before, it was an awesome summer), which I spent most of the time staying at my uncle’s in Torrance catching up with all my old friends. But it is nothing compared to the summer of  ’85.

When we moved to Perris I was ready for more freedom, and if my mom said I couldn’t go somewhere or would try to ground me, I’d just take off for a while. I know, what a little spoiled shit, what can I say, I had that runaway bug in me and I had tasted freedom.

It was during the summer of ’85, waiting for the new Motley Crue album to come out that I took off one Friday night and headed to Riverside. I would go to Tyler Mall and Castle Park most weekends, usually with friends, but sometimes by myself. Like this time. I’d usually see someone I knew or just scam on the chicks.

Well I had spent the day and night playing video games and hanging out, but once everything closed up I had to make a decision on what to do. I wasn’t supposed to go out that night, so I wasn’t going home, plus I didn’t feel like making that long trip (busses had stopped running at that point, and it was a good 20 mile walk). So I started to walk around Riverside when I came across a girl and her brother. I told them I was 16 though I was only 14. I also told them I was looking for a place to crash (I had slept in an apartment laundry room the last time I had done this). Of course they didn’t believe me at first, but as it turns out, she was 16 too (lol) and had a boyfriend who was 19 and she would talk to him so I could crash at his house. There’s a lot more to this story, but I really got to get to Motley Crue.

So, long story not so long (defiantly not long story short) her boyfriend did let me stay at his house. I stayed there for 2 weeks and it was a blast. The girl’s boyfriend had a brother, Chuck,  who was 17 or 18 I think,  he and his friends had just graduated so they took me in as a sort of mascot (thinking I was 16 though again, I was only 14). We went to the beach, a senior back yard beer party, time of my life!

And it was on June 21, 1985 while I was still at this house in Corona (that’s where they lived with their mom, I’m not sure what she thought of me staying there, but she was cool about it) I was eating cereal, when the girl who lived across the street came running in. She was 17 if I remember right and very cute but my attention was pulled away from her quickly to what she held in her hand:

TheatreofPain

She had the new Motley Crue album! It had just come out that day and there it was right in front of me. It was a record so it seemed so big and beautiful to me (it was much like the time I first saw the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album). It just sat there glowing like a red-hot flame. She opened it up and I remember what Chuck had said when we saw the boys on the inside:

motley-crue-theatre-of-pain

“I think Nikki might have taken it too far this time”. That’s what he said, and I get it, but to me, it was the most awesome thing I had ever seen. This was the shit!

I went home that day, lol. Had to go get my own copy and blast it in my own room. I played that tape over and over again. I couldn’t get enough of it. Some of my friends thought it was too glam, but the music was just as hard as their other stuff. I think they didn’t realize how poppy the first 2 albums really were. I remember one friend saying Theater Of Pain sucked because it had a ballad on it (Home Sweet Home). I told him that was shit. Too Fast For Love (the first album) had 2 ballads on it, Merry-Go-Round and On With The Show and Shout At the Devil (the second album) had a ballad called Danger. The problem most people had was that Home Sweet Home was such a popular ballad. Lots of fans hate it when their band goes “mainstream”. I’ve never understood this. I get the whole “oh they sold out”, but that only applies to Metalica in my book. LOL, only kidding, sort of. it just makes sense, if a band is good, people are gonna listen to it.

Like I said, I played the fuck out of that album and I remember the first time saw this video:

Friday Night Videos, it was like 2 in the morning when they finally played it (I did not have MTV). Yes, it is very glammy. But let’s not forget, that year even Ozzy and Judas Priest sported the glitter!

Let’s skip ahead to October of 1985. A  friend of mine was having a Halloween party and I was going as Nikki Sixx. The guy giving the party was going as Mick Mars and another friend of mine (Mike, yes Mike) was going as Tommy Lee. Mike was another huge Motley Crue fan and his sister and aunt had already taken him to see the Theater Of Pain show earlier in the tour. He told me all about it and I was so jealous. I had never been to a concert, and I wanted badly to go see Motley Crue on this tour.

Well it turned out Mike’s sister (who was dressing as Vince for Halloween) and aunt had gotten 3 more tickets for when Motley Crue was playing in Long Beach on November 27th. They were going to take Mike again, but during one of my runaway weeks I had spent time at Mike’s aunts house, and they (aunt and sister) thought I should go to the show with them since Mike had already gone and since I was such a huge Crue fan they knew how much I would appreciate it!

Now I just had to get my mom to say I could go. I know that sounds funny. But even though I took off a lot, I couldn’t do it every time. I did respect my mom (believe it or not) and wanted her to let me go. Would I have still had gone if she said no? Duh, of course I would have, but luckily my mom could see how much it meant to me and my mom is one of the coolest, she said yes. Plus my birthday was coming up, you know I threw that in.

So it was set, I was going to see Motley Crue live!  And just a week before the show I saw this video:

You know I was ready!

The night started off with me walking over to Mike’s aunts house. It wasn’t really a house, it was a trailer out by the gypsy camp. yes Perris had gypsies back then… I swear!

Once I was there we got ready for the show, I had brought my Motley tapes over and we were listening to them while we got ready, a tradition I still do before every concert. Mike’s aunt had asked someone she knew to give us a ride for some gas money and he agreed. The only problem was, that this guy had a little 2 seater sports car. My friend’s sister and I had to had to lay on each other across the area where there should have been a back seat. No place for our feet, we just scrunched up together for the ride to Long Beach. I wasn’t complaining though, my friend’s sister was 17 and pretty hot, plus I was on my way to Motley Crue!

We got to the stadium and the guy said he would park and wait. I couldn’t believe he was just gonna sit in his car for 3 hours while we went to the show, but I didn’t care, I was walking around like the king of the world. There were people everywhere, many dressed in Motley Crue shirts (as was I). Remember I was 14, this was my first concert and it was a Motley Crue show. There was so many hot chicks dressed in the tightest, skimpiest outfits. (Did I just say hot chicks?) It was heaven all around me.

We got into the show, 8th row tickets, hell yes! I remember when we first got there a couple of girls were talking to a guy at the stage who looked a lot like Tommy Lee. back then when Tommy and Nikki were out of makeup they were very hard to tell apart, and as I started to say “Hey that looks like Tommy Lee”, I realized my mistake and what came out was “Hey, that’s Nikki Sixx!” I jumped from my seat and ran for the stage, I was too late, he was already heading back stage. I had missed a chance at meeting my hero. That’s OK, when I returned to school the following week, that story was changed to me meeting Nikki Sixx and it was almost like I had. And don’t come down on me about lying, I was in 9th grade and besides, I finally came clean, right.

Alright, I missed Nikki Sixx, but the night was just getting started. When Mike had seen the Crue with his aunt and sister the band Loudness had opened for them:

loudness

They were a Japanese  metal band. Really good band, and I was a little disappointed they were not playing at our show. Instead we got Autograph:

autograph

Yes, I was a little disappointed.

We did stand up for “Girls In Black Cars” and “Turn Up The Radio”:

It was the least we could do since most everyone else was out getting beers and snacks while they played.

Which reminds me, we didn’t have any money, but the girls did have some weed and they sold some to the people behind us so we could get nachos and a drink. The whole thing was just a fantastic blur to me. And when  that curtain came down and the Crue took the stage I was reborn.

Tommy’s drum set came down like a draw bridge and they blasted into Looks That Kill. Nikki looked like a God to me up on that stage. I was having sensory overload!

Use It Or Lose It was next, my favorite track off Theater Of Pain. I was up in my folding chair, fist high above me, singing every word!

Third song was Shout At The Devil and everyone in the stadium was up on their seats “devil horns” pumping into the electric air.

And it went on…

Fight For Your Rights, Ten Seconds To Love, Piece Of Your Action, Home Sweet Home, Red Hot, and then an amazing guitar solo from Mick Mars leading into Keep You Eye On The Money.

Followed by Louder Than Hell (and it did get louder than hell in there). Then I saw my first Tommy Lee drum solo. If you have never seen one, that is too bad, because they are unbelievable! That night his drum kit that had unfolded like a draw bridge was now  going up the opposite way till it was straight up and down with Tommy strapped in with seat belts. As the drums slowly raised to that 90 degree level Tommy played faster and faster till at the top he stopped, opened a beer, took a big drink, and threw it out into the audience, yelling “This Buds for you!”

Everyone went crazy, I went crazy! I really wanted to catch that beer.

The night went on as they screeched into Too Young To Fall In Love followed by the best 2 songs of the night in my opinion, Knock ’em dead Kid and Live Wire. Knock ’em Dead had special meaning for me which we’ll get to in a future post I’m sure. And Live Wire, well I would learn over the next few years and many more Crue shows, that Live Wire was always one of the best songs of the night! They finished the show with Smokin’ In The Boys Room and City Boy Blues. Well you might think that if you have never been to a concert before, because then came the encore!

They came back out and did a cover of The Beatles Helter Skelter… you know I was on the highest cloud at that point. What a fucking show! What a fucking night! All through it there were pyro explosions and sparks and fire.

Then to top it all off Vince Neil announced they were recording the next song live for their next album. And with that they closed with another cover… Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock. They rocked it and the night was complete. A couple of years later when Motley’s next album “Girls, Girls, Girls” came out, sure enough my first concert was immortalized there on the final track. But that’s later. For that night, 30 years in the past, we headed out of the stadium, my ears ringing, again people everywhere. We found the guy waiting for us in his little sports car, and I climbed into the non back seat, wrapping around my friend’s older sister because we had to but also to stay warm (that trip home was cold for some reason, don’t know if the top was down or just the windows, but I remember it was cold), with the biggest grin on my face. That grin returns now as I remember it all like it was yesterday!

All Bad Things Must Come To An End

Earlier this year I mentioned my favorite band of all time was doing a final tour. Motley Crue would be no more. Any one who knows me, knows that calling Motley Crue my favorite band is quite an understatement. As Dorothy has pointed out, I obsess on things. Nothing shows that more than my obsession with Motley Crue. And it all started when a girl wrote something on the hand ball wall.
The year was 1983. I was in 7th grade. And for those of you that don’t know what a hand ball wall is, it’s just that, a big wall that you played handball on with a big red rubber ball. It was on one of these walls that my then girl friend wrote down:

crue

I had no idea what she had just written down and asked her, “What’s a motley crue?” I pronounced it “mote-lee cru”. She laughed, corrected me, and told me it was a new group.

Not long after that I saw this video:

So that was Motley Crue. It was like nothing I had seen before. I was listening to things like Billy Idol (my first idol before Nikki took his place). I also had a couple AC DC albums, but this seemed to take the whole rock/punk/pop sound to a whole new level for me.

A year later Shout At The Devil would come out and my next look at Motley Crue:

I saw this video and that was it, Motley Crue was my favorite band, and it hasn’t changed since then. Sure other bands have come along and sat along the top, Guns N Roses, NOFX, Marylin Manson. Lots of good bands that I love and count as my favorites. But no one tops Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, and Vince Neil.

Motley Crue was my first concert. 1985 on their Theater Of Pain tour. And in the years since I was lucky enough to see them live 10 times at last count. Last summer I even got to go to San Diego and see one of the shows in the final tour:

Yes, I was there, I saw this show live. It was such a great show and I had one of the best times ever. Just like all the other times I saw Motley Crue, great show, great time, and quite a few interesting tales.

So in honor of the best band ever’s last show coming up on New Years Eve, I thought I’d tell my stories of all the Motley Crue shows I’ve been to that led up to this final show.

This is gonna be a fun trip down memory lane for me, hope others enjoy it too!