Cruefest returned to Cincinnati on August 14th. This concert took place on a hot and sunny Friday evening, and as a result the seats and lawn of Riverbend Music Center were packed.
Charm City Devils took the stage early. Their set started at 4:45. I thought this was kind of crappy for the folks that got there at five and didn’t get to see their full set. The Cruefest tickets said start time 5:00 P.M. Those that got there really early saw local band and contest winner Calloused play on the second stage in the PNC Pavillion. I didn’t make it in time to catch their set,and got to Riverbend just as Charm City Devils was starting.
Charm City Devils were pretty good, and their songs sounded just like their CD. Some of the songs played were “Burn Baby Burn”, “Pour Me” and “Lets Rock-N-Roll”. Their set was way too short (only thirty minutes). I ran into John Allen after the set out by the merchandise counter. He is one cool guy. If you check out one new band this year, give Charm City Devils a chance.
Check out “Pour Me” below.
A quick thirty minutes later, Drowning Pool took the stage, and blasted out a cool set of tunes including”Enemy”, “Step Up”, “37 Stitches”, and the crowd pleasing closer, “Bodies”. Drowning Pool brought a lot of energy to the stage, and I enjoyed their short set. I must admit that Drowing Pool is one of the bands at Cruefest I wasn’t very excited about, but I can’t deny that they were one of the better bands at the festival.
Check out “Bodies” below.
I skipped the Theory of a Deadman set, and caught a few minutes of Cavo’s set over on stage two. I saw them perform their new single “Champagne”. The band would like you to call your radio station every day for the rest of your life to request this song. At least this is what Cavo’s lead singer, Casey Walker announced to the audience. I don’t know why, but that struck me as funny.
Back on the main stage, Godsmack performed a tight set including the songs “Voodoo” and “I Stand Alone”. Unfortunately, I missed a lot of their set, but I liked the few songs that I did see. There was a really cool drum solo that had both Shannon Larkin and Sully Ena playing on two separate drum kits. Godsmack had the crowd revved up and ready for Motley Crue.
Motley Crue opened up their show with “Dr. Feelgood”, and their set opened with the band playing in a padded cell. This was a pretty cool opening, but I quickly noticed that Tommy Lee was missing. I wasn’t surprised by this, as a friend told me prior to the show, that Tommy Lee would not be performing with Motley Crue tonight. I was pretty
disappointed by this news, and the visions of Samantha Maloney haunted my mind. Tommy Lee burned his hand and was unable to perform.
The band called in Morgan Rose from Sevendust to fill in for Tommy, and much to my surprise, he didn’t miss a beat. In fact, Morgan Rose was the least of Motley Crue’s problems for this show. It almost seemed as if Mick Mars guitar was out of tune in Dr. Feelgood. His guitar intro, just sounded a little off to me. He got better as the night went on, but Dr. Feelgood was a little rough, to kick things off.
After “Dr. Feelgood”, Vince brought Tommy Lee out to explain the situation why he wasn’t playing. Tommy basically admitted to being a bonehead for burning his had, and was quite thankful for Morgan Rose coming in to save the day.
It wouldn’t be a Motley Crue show if Vince Neil didn’t skip a lyric or two. He has been notorious for this, the last few times I have seen Motley, and tonight was no exception. It sounded like he mumbled his way through “Dr. Feelgood”. (See the clip below.) I was laugh when Vince breaks out his guitar. It seems more like a shoulder ornament, than an instrument when he has it. He definitely doesn’t play it very much. Later in Motley’s set, the band played the song “Wildside”, and the backup singers totally messed the songs up. Vince looked at the crowd in disbelief.
Aside from a few botched lyrics, and miscues, Motley Crue pulled off another great show. This show had everything you would expect including a massive light show, plenty of Pyro, and some great rock and roll to go along with it. Motley played Dr. Feelgood in its entirety, and with the exception of a song or two, I liked seeing these songs played in a live setting.
Motley’s set included: “Dr. Feelgood”, “Slice of Your Pie”, “Rattlesnake Shake”, “Kickstart My Heart”, “Without You”, “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)”, “Sticky Sweet”, “She Goes Down”, “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)”, “Time for a Change”, “Saints of Los Angeles, “Shout at the Devil”, “Wildside”, “Home Sweet Home” and “Girls, Girls Girls”.
Even though Tommy Lee didn’t play the drums, he did his best to make his presence felt with a couple of appearances during the show. The most important of which was his playing the piano of one of the closing songs, “Home Sweet Home”.
Overall, I thought Cruefest 2 was pretty good. Sure there were some bands I would have changed for this festival, but Motley Crue delivered the goods, and they were the reason that I came to Cruefest 2. I enjoyed this night of great rock and good friends at Cruefest 2. I am looking forward to the next one in 2011!
Check out the clips of “Dr. Feelgood”, “Same Ol’ Situation” and “Don’t Go Away Mad” below:
Cavo’s hotly anticipated major-label debut, Bright Nights * Dark Days is out TODAY. Produced by David Bendeth (Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, All Time Low), the album includes the tracks “Let It Go” from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack, and “Champagne,” their chart-topping debut single. For a preview, listen to the album in its entirety here.
Cavo, which is singer Casey Walker, guitarist Chris Hobbs, drummer Chad La Roy, and bassist Brian Smith, have been on the road all summer performing at Motley Crue’s hard-rock extravaganza Crue Fest 2, which wraps August 30th in Charlotte, NC. Cavo will then hit the road for a fall tour with Shinedown and Sick Puppies through October. See below for all tour dates, and visit their Myspace for more info. Make sure to pick up your copy of Bright Nights * Dark Days in stores now!!
CAVO with Shinedown and Sick Puppies:
9/14 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre
9/18 Boise, ID The Knitting Factory
9/19 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort
9/21 Medford, OR Medford Armory
9/22 Seattle, WA Seattle Showbox SODO
9/24 Blackfoot, ID El Rey Events Center
9/25 Magna, UT The Great Salt Air
9/28 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
9/29 Modesto, CA Center Plaza
9/30 San Diego, CA House of Blues 1
10/05 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater W/ TBD
10/07 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station
10/09 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Love ’em or hate ’em, you can’t deny that Godsmack is a major part of Cruefest 2 this year. Check out the f0ur video clips below! Enjoy!
Theory of A Deadman is the 3rd band to hit the stage in Cruefest 2 this year. While I still think this slot on Cruefest makes as much sense as Trapt did last year, I can not deny the hit singles that the band has had. Check out the videos for “Bad Girlfriend”, “Not Meant To Be” & “Make Up Your Mind” below.
Drowning Pool has the second slot on the Cruefest 2 bill. Check out their videos, “Enemy”, ‘Soldiers” & “Step Up”.
Crüe Fest 2 has announced a partnership with Monster Energy to add an additional stage at this year’s festival.
The new Monster Energy Stage doubles the entertainment value at Crüe Fest 2 with five extra bands showcasing the next generation of rock, including one local band in each tour market. The performances on the Monster Energy Stage will be staggered between main stage acts creating a non-stop music event and adding to the overall festival atmosphere. With no change in ticket prices, rock fans will be given the opportunity to see ten great rock bands for the price of one.
A local band will be chosen by the presenting radio station in each market contributing to the legacy of rock bands on the tour. The chosen band will open the Monster Energy Stage for a dedicated and Crüe Fest 2 sized crowd.
“It’s always been in our hearts to turn our fans onto new rock music. A 2nd stage seems to be just what the doctor ordered for Crüe Fest 2 and gives loyal Crüe and rock fans more for their hard earned money. See ya there,” said Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Tommy Lee.
Monster Energy has dedicated its brand to live music over the years as part of major National and International festivals, specialty concert tours and substantial one-offs, in both core sponsor and associate sponsor categories utilizing on-site activation through multiple avenues. The partnership with Crüe Fest 2 marks the first time Monster Energy will have a mobile stage dedicated entirely to their brand.
“Mötley Crüe is such an iconic band with the most loyal fans in the world. In a time where it seems everything is being cut back, Mötley Crüe is giving more to its fans and at the same time giving up and coming bands exposure. Monster Energy is proud to be a part of the havoc that will be wreaked across the nation this summer,” says Brent Hamilton of Monster Energy.
The main stage at the Live Nation produced Crüe Fest 2 stars Mötley Crüe and features GODSMACK, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, DROWING POOL, and introduces CHARM CITY DEVILS. The sequel to last summer’s most successful touring festival begins its North American trek in Camden, NJ on July 19th and comes to an end on September 5th in Darien Lake, NY.
Crue Fest 2: The White Trash Circus dates:
19 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
21 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
22 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
24 – Minot, ND – North Dakota State Fair (Mötley Crüe only)
27 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
28 – Portland, OR – The Amphitheater at Clark County
30 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
31 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
1 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
3 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
4 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
5 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
7 – Spring, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8 – Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center
9 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
11 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St. Louis
12 – Indianapolis, IN – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
14 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
15 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
19 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
21 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
22 – Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion
23 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
29 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
30 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
1 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
3 – Syracuse, NY – New York State Fair (Mötley Crüe only)
4 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
5 – Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
MÖTLEY CRÜE announced the lineup today for their second annual summer festival tour, Crüe Fest 2, at the Fuse TV studio in New York City. The trek will feature performances by the following artists:
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
CHARM CITY DEVILS
In addition to announcing the lineup, the CRÜE debuted a new music video featuring members of all five Crüe Fest 2 bands performing the single “White Trash Circus”. During the announcement, MÖTLEY CRÜE was joined on stage by Sully Erna of GODSMACK, Tyler Connolly of THEORY OF A DEADMAN, Ryan McCombs ofDROWNING POOL and John Allen of CHARM CITY DEVILS. The single of this track featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE with these vocalists is available to radio today.
Crüe Fest 2, produced by Live Nation and kicking off on July 19 in Camden, NJ tours across North America and concludes on September 5 in Darien Lake, NY. Select dates go on sale to the public on March 20, the remainder go on sale March 21.
MÖTLEY CRÜE’s Nikki Sixx says, “This is what we imagined when we came up with the idea of Crüe Fest last summer — putting together the most kick-ass bands on one bill for a day of rock. All of the bands on this tour compliment the others — musically, theatrically and passionately.”
To kick off the press conference, MÖTLEY CRÜE stopped lunch-hour traffic in New York City arriving at Fuse in a “Dr. Feelgood”-era ambulance accompanied by scantily clad nurses. As previously announced, the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first #1 album by playing “Dr. Feelgood” from beginning to end every night of Crüe Fest 2. In addition, fans can expect MÖTLEY CRÜE to bring out hits from their entire catalog through their latest hit, “Saints of Los Angeles”.
Fuse is gearing up for a full-hour of programming dedicated to Crüe Fest 2 starting Monday, March 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with a special edition of “Loaded: Crüe Fest”, featuring exclusive press conference coverage and a block of videos from the festival’s artists as well as “Loaded: Mötley Crüe”, filled with a selection of videos that have made the CRÜE rock legends. Also, don’t miss an inside look at the brand new DVD of “Crüe Fest 1” featuring performances from MÖTLEY CRÜE, BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH, SIXX: A.M. and TRAPT. “Crüe Fest 1” premieres Thursday, March 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fuse TV.
Fans can see a special live, network premiere performance of the CRÜE and the Crüe Fest 2 lead vocalists performing “White Trash Circus” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Friday, March 20 on ABC TV at 12:05 a.m./11:05c.
Imeem will be the online partner for Crüe Fest 2, starting on March 17 with heavy promotion on imeem.com, and constant information updated on http://www.imeem.com/cruefest2. Once a week, brand new content from the tour will debut on Imeem, including playlist, video, and audio content, and will be cross promoted across Imeem and band-branded assets.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
HRH Comment: Only one change from the previously leaked lineup. Charm City Devils takes the place of Saving Abel. While I like the fact that I haven’t seen 3 of the bands in this lineup, I am not so sure that this a better group than last year.
Do you remember the endless debauchery and rock-n-roll madness at Crüe Fest ’08? We sure do and that’s why we are doing it again. If you missed Crüe Fest last summer, don’t make the same mistake twice and come party with us at Crüe Fest 2. This is the baddest rock-n-roll show around and we promise to not disappoint.
Crüe Fest 2 will kick off Sunday, July 19 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ and only Motley.com has your hook-up for early access to Presale Tickets.
Click here or on the city below to get details on this exclusive presale.
|Sun. Jul 19||Camden, NJ||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|Tue. Jul 21||Cuyahoga Falls, OH||Blossom Music Center|
|Wed. Jul 22||Tinley Park, IL||First Midwest Bank Amphitheater|
|Mon. Jul 27||Auburn, WA||White River Amphitheater|
|Tue. Jul 28||Portland, OR||Clark County Amphitheater|
|Thu. Jul 30||Mountain View, CA||Shoreline Amphitheater|
|Fri. Jul 31||San Bernardino, CA||San Manuel Ampitheater|
|Sat. Aug 01||Las Vegas, NV||The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino|
|Mon. Aug 03||Salt Lake City, UT||USANA Amphitheatre|
|Tue. Aug 04||Englewood, CO||Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater|
|Wed. Aug 05||Albuquerque, NM||Hournal Pavilion|
|Fri. Aug 07||Houston, TX||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|Sat. Aug 08||Dallas, TX||Superpages.com Center|
|Sun. Aug 09||Kansas City, MO||Sprint Center|
|Tue. Aug 11||Maryland Heights, MO||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|Wed. Aug 12||Indianapolis, IN||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|Fri. Aug 14||Cincinnati, OH||Riverbend Music Center|
|Sat. Aug 15||Clarkston, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|Sun. Aug 16||Pittsburgh, PA||Post-Gazette Pavilion|
|Wed. Aug 19||Mansfield, MA||Comcast Center|
|Fri. Aug 21||Virginia Beach, VA||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|Sat. Aug 22||Bristow, VA||Nissan Pavilion|
|Sun. Aug 23||Raleigh, NC||TWC Music Pavilion|
|Sat. Aug 29||Atlanta, GA||Lakewood Amphitheatre|
|Sun. Aug 30||Charlotte, NC||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|Tue. Sep 01||Saratoga Springs, NY||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|Fri. Sep 04||Scranton, PA||Toyota Pavilion|
|Sat. Sep 05||Darien Lake, NY||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center|
PLEASE NOTE – All Fan Club presales begin Wednesday, February 25th at 10:00 AM (local time)