Maximum Rock 'n' Roll
Motley Crue & Megadeth, Molson Amphitheatre,
Reviewed & Photographed by Waspman
Concert Rating: 5/5
Finally, the Crue have come back…to Toronto. It has been a long, long time since the rock 'n roll express that is Motley Crue last played in Toronto, so needless to say, I was dying to see Vince and the boys in action. I was kind of disappointed to find out that Anthrax would not be on the bill, but I figured that with the Crue and Megadeth each getting to play longer sets, it wouldn't be all that bad.
Somewhere around 7:30, the 'Deth took to the stage, blistering into "Holy Wars" and the sizable crowd of punters went crazy! Mustaine commanded the mic like a pro (albeit an egotistical one) and the song perfectly set the tone for what was to follow. "Hanger 18", "Peace Sells", "Trust", "Sweating Bullets", "Reckoning Day"; the classics flowed like a sweet wine. Ellefson presence was almost like it is on the albums - barely noticeable. He was clearly into the music, but he looked like he was holding back from going truly crazy. DeGrasso easily handled Nick Menza's drum parts, hopefully proving that Menza's loss will not be severe. Al Pitrelli? Well, those of you who are into Savatage and TSO already know that he is an awesome guitarist. He was more than capable of filling in Marty "I Wanna Play Pop Music" Friedman. As for Mustaine…well, let's just say that the man really needs to tone down his ego (still!). For whatever reason, the band always left the stage after each song so that King Dave could have his time alone in the spotlight. What a load of shit. Don't even get me started on his bitching at the crowd for, gasp!, singing along to the songs. Dave, you're a great musician, but please, lighten the hell up!
After playing about 20 minutes of classics, the band broke out their two new songs - "Kill The King" and "Return To Hanger 18". Anyone who was worried about the band after the horrible bloody abortion that was
Risk, fear not! Both songs are scorching returns to form! While they may be a little too derivative of Rust In Peace, they are indeed a welcome addition to the Megadeth catalogue. If they are any indication, the new album is going to kick copious amounts of ass! So needless to say, Megadeth played an awesome, energetic set, that had most of the crowd begging for an encore (we did get one). Oh yeah, and a huge thanks to the women in the audience who were apparently too hot to keep their shirts on. Haha!
After about a 20-minute break, the house lights once again dimmed down. Man, was the crowd ever ready for the Crue. Even though the band didn't come on for another 15 minutes or so, the entire audience of about 6,000 was shouting and screaming the entire time. When the Crue finally did come on, tearing into "Kickstart My Heart" I thought the place was going to come down. The Crue may be older (and damn do they look it!), but they can still rock with the best of 'em! Special mention has to go to fill-in drummer Samantha (from Hole). Damn, that girl can play! She was the backbone of the entire show, keeping the band together and sounding great.
The whole show was basically a "best of" show with new songs from New
Tattoo thrown in for good measure. "Home Sweet Home", "10 Seconds To Love", "Girls Girls Girls", "Wildside", "Dr. Feelgood", the list went on an on. Mixed in were some of the better songs off of the new album, like "Punched In The Teeth By Love", "Treat Me Like The Dog I Am" and of course "Hell On High
Naturally, no Motley Crue show would be complete without an overabundance of special effects. There was fire, explosions, giant blown up lips smoking a giant blown up cigar, trashcans, all of the excesses that the Crue is known for. Naturally, the Crue had their beautiful "backup singers", who were more there for eyecandy than anything else. But hey, it's the Crue, what do ya expect? Of course, the Crue didn't really play it in a sexist way, the girls were just another part of the giant joke that the band was playing on the crowd. I mean, the Crue knows their place in the musical world. They know that they'll probably never be taken as a serious band (and don't want to!), so they just go out and have as much fun as possible. If the crowd gets into it (which they did) then great, if not, then at least the boys in the band had fun. My guess is that 6,000 fans did too.
Kickstart My Heart
Same Ol' Situation
Punched IN The Teeth By Love
10 Seconds To Love
Home Sweet Home
Don't Go Away Mad
Piece Of Your Action
Treat Me Like The Dog I Am
Hell On High Heels
Looks That Kill
Too Young To Fall In Love
Shout At The Devil