Released: 2016, Eagle Vision
Reviewer: Robert Williams
On December 31st, 2015, legendary hard rock icons Motley Crue performed the final concert of their storied 35 year career at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, California a mere 10 miles from where they started in the nightclubs off the Sunset Strip.
Motley Crue having left an indelible mark on the scene with their jaw dropping visuals left little to be desired on this night with assloads of pyro and bassist Nikki Sixx shooting flames over thirty feet into the air with his flamethrower bass, drummer Tommy Lee's insane "Cruecify" branded drum roller coaster (last time you ever see him do that) and vocalist Vince Neil's heartfelt "thank you" speech and the encore performance of "Kickstart My Heart" and "Home Sweet Home" that saw the band elevated on risers that boost them all the way to the nosebleed section as thousands of balloons rain down upon the audience.
The set list was comprised almost entirely of the band's first ten years, with virtually nothing performed from the "Generation Swine" and "New Tattoo" albums, although two tracks from their latest studio album "Saints of Los Angeles" made the final cut ("Saints of Los Angeles" & "Motherfucker Of The Year"). In comparison, the band's previous 2006 live album "Carnival of Sins Live" had a far superior collection of classics. I mean, was anyone in attendance really that stoked that they played "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" or "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" when they could have played "Too Young To Fall In Love" or "All In The Name Of..." at their final concert?
The CD/DVD set is housed in a deluxe gatefold digipak. The accompanying booklet is surprisingly simple with double panel inlays of each band member and album credits. No liner notes or essay from one of rock's leading historians on what made Motley Crue so endearing to hard rock and heavy metal fans for so many years. Like I said, surprisingly simple booklet. DVD bonus features include interviews with the band, a closer look at Nikki's flamethrower bass and Tommy's drum rig.
This CD/DVD collection is a must have for die hard Crue fans. Is this a good starting point for new fans? That is to be disputed. Vince Neil sings every third word live a'la cabaret style. Always has and probably always will. I would recommend "Too Fast For Love" or "Shout At The Devil" to the as yet un-corrupted youth of today. However, if you've been a Crue branded "Rock N Roll Junkie" for years upon years, this collection is sure to "Kickstart Your Heart".