Mötley Crüe - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - July 22, 2014

Categories: live review

John Gilhooley
Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

In the crowd for Mötley Crüe's last tour ever, it appeared that a huge slice of Orange County showed up for one last taste of the Sunset Strip circa 1985. Near the front of the stage, we waded through a sea of infatuated couples, pyro smoke and gray-haired fans sporting a '80s metalhead denim jackets. The Crüe's slogan for the Final Tour has been "All Things Bad Must Come to an End," and though we're sad to see 'em go, the 2-hour set they delivered was anything but terrible.

As memorable as encores are, the opening overture played a recording of the song "So Long, Farewell," most commonly heard in "The Sound of Music" musical that set the tone of the drawn out finale and inevitable retiring of the band. Founders Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Vince Neil opened with 2008's "Saints of Los Angeles," from their ninth and most current studio album.

Fans roared more as flames roared from pyrotechnic shooters, smoke circled, Sixx's pentagram microphone pierced loud with his backup vocals, dancers made their way to the stage during "Wild Side" and Mars pummeled on the guitar strings with authoritative attribution. Although some lyrics from Neil sounded mumbled or forgotten, "Primal Scream" and "Same Ol' Situation" wrangled back the showmanship.

Of course it wouldn't be a Crüe concert without classic rock staples "Too Fast for Love," "Looks That Kill," "On With the Show," "Smokin' in the Boys Room" and "Rock and Roll," which rounded up the first half of their set. The band also added a few of their top ballad's including "Without You," that turned the audience's energy lethargic and down into the seats.

Sixx treated fans to a bit of a Behind the Music session, asking the concertgoers to sit at one point while he reminisced and educated on the ideas, foundation and development of the band. The audience got to know the inside of the members' imaginations to the day the foursome helped pioneer glam rock on Jan. 17, 1981.

"Dr. Feelgood" and "Shout at the Devil" heated up the show as Sixx sent more flames into the air from a spout on his bass with a sense of overexerted masculinity. Mars' several guitar solo stints relished with skill as the standout musician, leading Lee's infamous upside down drum solo that featured his artistic escapades with DJ-ing and EDM.

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Not sure what concert the person who wrote this review was listening to but the show at Verizon was horrible and in fact I left early. This is the 3rd time seeing Motley Crue and I'm not sure who was to blame for this horrible show whether it be the band or the sound techs. The bass sound from the drums was so overpowering that you couldn't hear the rest of the band or most of the drums for that matter. This is not the way it was supposed to sound as I have seen Motley Crue before at Verizon and the only complaint from the previous show was Vince Neil forgetting the lyrics which can be overlooked because the talent of the rest of the band members make up for it.

Very disappointed!

On a happy note....it was the first time I had seen Alice Cooper and he ROCKED!!!!


Not sure what concert the person who wrote this review was watching but Motley Crue was horrible last night. It was my 3rd time seeing them and it wasn't supposed to be this bad. The bass from the drums was so overpowering that it was impossible to enjoy the show. The sound overpowered the rest of the band and the rest of the drums for that matter. I ended up leaving early and most people were complaining about the crappy sound. Not sure who to blame for this whether it be the drum tech, the sound crew or the band but it was terrible. Forgetting lyrics can be overlooked because the talent with the rest of the band makes up for it.

Very Disappointed!

On a happy note...I was seeing Alice Cooper for the first time and he ROCKED!!!!


@Gadgetgirl Wow...I had a good time! Completely enjoyed myself! I didn't notice any problems and I was seated center lodge, sounded fine from there. Great visuals, great memories...overall wonderful show. Yes Alice Cooper never fails to deliver. I was very pleased with the farewell tour show at Verizon. I went there to see and hear a rock show and that's just what I got. Sorry you left early. The band delivered their music as I remember, hard, loud, rude...and for a bunch of "old guys" ;-) not bad at all. Encore, Home Sweet Home, marvelous. :-* :-*

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