MOTLEY CRUE with very special guest ALICE COOPER – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NYC

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MOTLEY CRUE w/ ALICE COOPER

28’th of October 2014
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NYC

REVIEW AND ALICE COOPER PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Motley Crue’s highly anticipated FINAL TOUR arrived in New York on late October. The tour was announced in January and it also feature a very special guest Alice Cooper. The tour has been a great success and so far all the dates have been sold out including this one in the legendary Madison Square Garden.


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The legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper opened the event and pulled out all the classic Cooper tricks that never get old. The guillotine, the straitjacket, the Frankenstein and the giant constrictor.  Cooper, at 66, is still top form both vocally and physically and the backing band is one of the best in business. It plays a very strict and disciplined. The newest member of the band was a young hot female guitarist Nita Strauss, who impressed especially the male audience. The set list consisted mainly of early Cooper classics – “I’m Eighteen”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, “Billion Dollar Babies” and “School’s Out” – mixed with a few late 80’s hits “Poison” and “Feed My Frankestein”. “Dirty Diamonds” (2005) was the only song presenting the 2000’s. 50 minute set was, of course, far too short, but even in this time limit the band was able to produce a fine and intense show.

Hello Hooray
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
I’m Eighteen
Billion Dollar Babies
Poison
Dirty Diamonds
Welcome to My Nightmare
Feed My Frankenstein
Ballad of Dwight Fry
Killer
I Love the Dead
School’s Out

Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper

MOTLEY CRUE

From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars, of Motley Crue, are seen in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2014. The heavy-metal band says it will retire after performing 72 goodbye concerts. (AP Photo/Invision/ Richard Shotwell)
From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars, of Motley Crue, are seen in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2014. The heavy-metal band says it will retire after performing 72 goodbye concerts. (AP Photo/Invision/ Richard Shotwell)

On Tuesday night, the Crue played what could be its last show ever in legendary Madison Square Garden. And the band was in fine form. The show was a loud rock spectacle with lots of explosions, fire, pentagrams, confetti, hot girls and spectacular drum effects. The original band reunited in late 2004 and since then Crue has been performing pretty much the same set list year after year. This time the band opened with the more recent “Saints of Los Angeles” and then quickly went back to classics like “Wild Side,” Without You”, “Too Fast for Love” and “Shout at the Devil” during which bassist Nikki Sixx blew fire from a torch attached to his instrument. Blond haired lead singer Vince Neil certainly isn’t the pretty boy of heavy metal anymore what he was back in ’84. Neil’s vocals have been criticized a lot during the past few years, and for a reason, but he worked hard on stage and looked cool with his gold and black costumes. Sixx had the crowd calm down a moment when he did his speaking and told many stories of the band, including how they loved early 70’s stuff and punk bands and, not so surprisingly, the story led into energetic version of the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK”.

Motley Crue has never been known of its musical virtuosity but the best part of the show was still the band’s musicianship – specifically the guitar work of Mick Mars and drumming of Tommy Lee. Mars is still a distinctive guitarist. His solos and licks were far more complex and imaginative than you’d expect and even his extra length guitar solo was both interesting and spooky. Tommy Lee’s slamming drumming style is always recognizable and it definitely adds the needed kick for the Crue songs. I remember seeing videos from the past when Crue used some other drummers and it just never did sound right without Tommy. One of the show highlights was Mr. Lee’s spectacular drum solo which was just amazing as his drum kit was transported above the crowd in a rollercoaster-looking contraption that spun him upside down and carried him back-and-forth across the venue. Lee’s a showman, always smiling, always looking as if he’s having the time of his life. After thunderous version on “Kickstart of My Heart” the four members wrapped their arms over each other’s shoulders at stage and took a bow, walked off stage and the lights faded. A few minutes later the band came out into the audience with flashlights beaming out among the smoke. They hopped up on a small platform in the middle of the crowd and, as the famous notes of the “Home Sweet Home” echoed from the grand piano out among the crowd, the platform rose high in the air. The band performed a beautiful and emotional version of the song and when the platform lowered back down, the show was over and the band was gone.

All in all this was a great event. Both bands put out a great shows and a set lists which made the audience happy for sure. No surprises, no fillers but a good time and much to see. It seems that Alice might continue forever but if this really was the final tour of Motley Crue then it can be said that the band went out for good.

Saints of Los Angeles
Wild Side
Primal Scream
Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
Looks That Kill
On With the Show
Too Fast for Love
Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room
Without You
Mutherfucker of the Year
Anarchy in the U.K.
T.N.T. (Terror ‘N Tinseltown)
Dr. Feelgood
Shout at the Devil
Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Live Wire
Too Young to Fall in Love
Girls, Girls, Girls
Kickstart My Heart
Home Sweet Home

(DUE TO RESTRICTIONS ARRANGED BY MOTLEY CRUE MANAGEMENT NO MOTLEY PHOTOS CAN’T BE PUBLISHED IN THIS ARTICLE)

ALICE COOPER PHOTOS FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SHOW

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