As avid readers of Vie’s Verses know (yes, there are avid readers…), I recently attended the Kiss/Motley Crue concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel New Jersey. It would be my 10th time seeing Kiss perform live, and even though I have witnessed their spectacular show that many times, I was still giddy with anticipation as I drove down the Garden State Parkway toward the Arts Center. I was looking forward to all three bands on the bill (The Treatment was the opening act), but I was most looking forward to Kiss.
Unfortunately, thanks to friends who arrived late, walked slow, and forced me to wait in the port-a-potty line because they just COULD NOT make it to bathroom inside the amphitheater, I missed The Treatment. A couple of friends later informed me that The Treatment was not very good, but I still wanted to witness it for myself. These were also friends who had never heard of the band prior to that night. I however, am a lover of their debut album, and still steaming that I missed the band. Stupid small bladder people!
We did arrive just in time for Motley Crue to take the stage and for the food stand to run out of burgers. I only mention this because it was the oddest experience I’ve had at a concert (in relation to food, anyway). I mean, how does one simply run out of burgers before the main act has even taken the stage? That irritated me, because I was pretty hungry by that point and the cheeseburgers looked fabulous. I secretly cursed my friends again, knowing that if they walked a little faster, or learned how to hold their urine a little longer, I could have enjoyed a burger AND the opening act.
Motley Crue took the stage to “Saints Of Los Angeles,” which I thought was excellent. I hate it when bands ignore their newer material in order to play only their classic cuts. That set the concert off to a great start. The rest of the Crue’s performance would be solid, but not as grand as when they took the stage to “Saints Of Los Angeles.”
Motley Crue is putting on a festival with this current tour. It consisted of a cavalcade of strippers in a variety of outfits and poses. There were some in all leather, some in almost nothing at all, and there were even strippers on stilts. And while the only purpose they served was to look good, that was all right, because the men in the audience loved it, and secretly, some of the women may have liked it too. To me, it was just Motley Crue being Motley Crue, and it was what I had expected of the band.
During “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” my friend Dave poised a very poignant question. “Do you think we like this concert because it’s that good, or are we just nostalgic for that time period in our lives?” Damn good question. As I pondered it for a moment, I realized that the song playing was 23 years old and I could remember the first time I ever heard it after buying Dr. Feelgood on cassette tape the day of its release. I didn’t provide Dave with an answer, but he didn’t need one.
Tommy Lee took over the spotlight about halfway through the night. He did his drum solo in a circular roller coaster that sat at the back of the stage, and then performed it again, this time with a member of the audience strapped in next to him. And while I do not care for Tommy Lee at all, I thought it was quite cool to see a member of the audience strapped in next to him as he performed a roller coaster drum solo.
Vince Neil pulled his usual sing every third word, forget most of the lyrics, and hold the microphone out to the audience in the hopes that they will think it’s cool and not realize that he doesn’t know the lyrics to his own songs. And even that has become quaint. While it used to annoy me to see Vince huffing and puffing and singing “He’s…screaming….night….” I find it amusing now. Again, it’s to be expected. And while Vince was huffing and puffing, Mick Mars was still being the coolest guy on the stage. Here’s a guy that’s battling a spinal disease, is in immense pain just from standing, looks like a skeleton come to life, and he’s still the coolest being at the Arts Center. Mick Mars is a true Rock God!
Overall, Motley Crue did what I expected that Motley Crue would. They put on a hot, nostalgic, debauchery filled, hell of a good time, rock and roll show. How could anyone complain about that?
Kiss, too, would deliver exactly what I expected of them, although by the end of their set, I was wishing they had played longer. Yes, I understand it was a double bill and that each band was limited to twelve or thirteen songs. I didn’t care. I still wanted to see more Kiss before the night was through.
Kiss took the stage to the classic “Detroit Rock City” and the night was underway. Most of the songs performed were from 1978 or earlier. And with the exception of their brand new single, “Hell Or Hallelujah,” there wasn’t a song played that had been recorded after 1983. To some fans, this was heaven. To me, it was a cop out, and a put off. Kiss had just toured behind one of their best albums ever recorded and now they refuse to play at least one song from it? How disappointing.
The expected antics were all present and accounted for. Gene would breathe fire and spit blood. Paul Stanley would fly out to the audience and play “Love Gun” from a smaller stage. Tommy would shoot rockets out of his guitar. And even their newest trick was present and accounted for— Eric firing a bazooka at the end of Tommy’s guitar solo.
Tommy Thayer would take over the lead vocals for “Shock Me,” and this was another disappointing moment in the night. No, I don’t mind Tommy singing lead vocals for a song (or two), but why “Shock Me?” As mentioned, Kiss just toured behind Sonic Boom, which contained a fantastic song sung by Tommy Thayer, “When Lightning Strikes.” Why not have Tommy sing his own song? Or, if you must only perform the classics, then have him take over lead vocals for “Cold Gin.” Just don’t have him take Ace’s signature song and then steal Ace’s guitar solo. That has really bothered me a lot over the years.
The rest of the Kiss night was exactly what I’ve come to expect, and even though I have seen it multiple times, I still found myself smiling, laughing, singing along, and clapping my hands. I screamed for “I Love It Loud,” I pumped my fist like a good Kiss Army soldier during “War Machine,” and I jumped up and down like a little boy for “Shout It Out Loud.” Was it because the show was that good, or was nostalgia hitting me hard? Who knows? All that I know for sure is that I had a spectacular time. Kiss ended with “Rock And Roll All Nite,” as expected, complete with confetti bombs bursting and spraying the audience ad infinitum. And while I had seen that gag a million times as well, I still grinned and loved it. It was, after all, Kiss being Kiss, and that was a good thing.
All in all, both Motley Crue and Kiss put on a great show. If you’re going to catch the concert this fall, you’re in for a real treat. Don’t expect any deep cuts, don’t expect any outrageous surprises, just expect a good old-fashioned, rock and roll show, one that’s worth the price of admission. Can you really ask for more than that?
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Unless you’ve been living under a soft rock, there is no doubt that you’ve heard there is a huge, double-bill, rock and roll tour heading to a city near you this summer. Kiss will be teaming up with Motley Crue for what looks to be one of the hardest rocking double bills I’ve seen in years. I am looking forward to this amazing hard rock show when they roll into New Jersey this September. It’s going to be an awesome, late summer Friday night of fun and havoc!
Like I do with almost any concert that I attend, I’ve been thinking about what the setlists could be for each band this year. Will they stick to only the hits? Are they going to pull out some early classics? Will there be a surprise or two that no one expects? I’m always anxious to hear some deep cuts whenever I see either of these bands live, and this year is no exception. After giving it much thought, I’ve come up with a list of songs that would make me wet myself if they were performed live. Here are the five songs that I would love to hear from Motley Crue.
Sumthin’ For Nuthin’ (Girls, Girls, Girls)
Perhaps it’s because it reminds me of the summer before my Freshman year of high school where I played Motley’s Girls, Girls, Girls album nonstop, but “Sumthin’ For Nuthin’” is one of my all time favorite Motley Crue songs. Every time that I hear this song, I go berserker and just have to jump around, sing, dance, and scream. I have never seen Motley Crue perform this song live, and I am not even sure if they ever have performed this song live. It may be a deep pipe dream, but if “Sumthin’ For Nuthin’” gets played this summer, you are going to see one insanely happy fan.
Raise Your Hands To Rock (Theatre Of Pain)
Rarely played on the radio, almost never played live, and all but forgotten in the Motley Crue catalog, “Raise Your Hands To Rock” is one of the Crue’s most underrated songs. With a nifty acoustic intro, some hard pounding Tommy Lee drums, and a slick solo by the great Mick Mars, “Raise Your Hands To Rock” really is an excellent song. Why this song never got more love is beyond me. However, Motley Crue has a chance to fix that and bring this song to the forefront this summer by making it a staple in their show. How incredible would that be?
Without You (Dr. Feelgood)
Yes, I know that “Home Sweet Home” is the ballad that everyone is clamoring for. Yes, I know that “Home Sweet Home” will most likely be played in the encore of the show. Yes, I know that “Home Sweet Home” is a better ballad. Even with all of that being said, there is nothing wrong with the Crue performing two ballads on tour and dusting off “Without You” for a proper performance. I don’t think this song has been played since the Dr. Feelgood tour, and that is a real shame. If Vince can still hit the notes, “Without You” is one of the most powerful songs in the Crue catalog.
Afraid (Generation Swine)
With the exception of Saints Of Los Angeles, Motley Crue seems to have forgotten that they recorded music after Dr. Feelgood. I absolutely hate when bands do this. If you record new music, don’t be afraid to pull it out in concert every once in a while. And while Generation Swine wasn’t the best Crue album ever recorded (it may, in fact, be closer to one of their worst albums) it still contained a few gems. “Afraid” is one of those gems. When I first heard this song back in 1997 I was stoked. I felt that the old Crue was back together and really found their groove. And while the rest of Generation Swine made me re-think that statement, “Afraid” is still a fantastic song that needs to be performed every once in a while. This would be a great tour to make that happen.
New Tattoo (New Tattoo)
As stated above, Motley has forgotten about most songs post Dr. Feelgood. “New Tattoo” is one of those amazing songs that just never got the love it deserved. Yes, it made an appearance on the Red, White, And Crue greatest hits album, but other than that, it has been quite dormant. As a mid-tempo, moderate rock song, New Tattoo would be perfect for the middle of the set, perhaps after a blazing version of “Shout At The Devil” or “Kickstart My Heart.” It would provide the perfect way to let fans catch their breath and enjoy a rare Crue classic. Plus, seeing Mick Mars play slide guitar on this song would be worth the price of admission.
Those are five songs that I would love to see Motley Crue perform this summer. What are your thoughts? What songs would you like to see the Crue dust off for this tour?
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THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ROCK BANDS ON ONE STAGE
Rock ‘n Roll doesn’t get any bigger than this! KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE… On the same stage… On the same night. This spectacle of spectacles announced today, KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE are uniting to launch THE TOUR of 2012. The summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour will level 40+ cities nationwide starting July 20th. The Live Nation promoted tour will go on sale beginning Friday, March 23rd at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. The KISS Army Fan Club pre-sales begin Wednesday, March 21st at 10am.
With combined album sales of almost 200 million, KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE are more than just iconic; they remain today as the dominant powerhouses of rock music tallying 30+ chart-topping hits, countless sold out tours and awards and accolades from around the world. Known for their elaborate and spectacular stage shows, each band plans to give fans the ultimate summer concert experience with the most impressive lighting and sound production ever and their signature over-the-top pyrotechnics. This is the first time KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE will share a stage since 1982.
These veterans of the music business are still at the height of their popularity. KISS is the juggernaut of them all, with 3,000 licensed merchandise products, including the KISS golf course in Las Vegas and a new album. KISS has broken box office records set by The Beatles and Elvis. MÖTLEY CRÜE is the first rock band in history to have just completed an epic sold-out Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band is best known for continuing to reinvent not only their live show (with mind blowing elements such as Tommy Lee’s 360 drum roller coaster) and music (brand new song due out this spring), but remain on the cutting edge via social media interaction. MÖTLEY CRÜE’s New York Times bestselling book The Dirt is currently being adapted into a major motion picture. Last month, the band was featured in one of the highest rated Super Bowl ads of all time for the KIA Optima.
|July 6, 2012||Sonisphere Festival||Knebworth||ENDED||BUY NOW|
|July 20, 2012||Jiffy Lube Live||Bristow||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|July 21, 2012||Farm Bureau Live||Virginia Beach||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|July 22, 2012||Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion||Raleigh||3/21/12||3/12/12||3/24/12|
|July 24, 2012||Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood||Atlanta||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|July 25, 2012||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre||Charlotte||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|July 27, 2012||Cruzan Amphitheatre||West Palm Beach||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|July 28, 2012||1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater||Tampa||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|July 31, 2012||Oak Mountain Amphitheatre||Pelham||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|August 3, 2012||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion||Woodlands||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|August 4, 2012||Gexa Energy Paviliion||Dallas||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 7, 2012||Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion||Albuquerque||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 8, 2012||Comfort Dental Amphitheater||Englewood||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 10, 2012||Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion||Phoenix||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|August 11, 2012||Mandalay Bay Arena||Las Vegas||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 12, 2012||Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre||Chula Vista||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 14, 2012||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater||Irvine||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 16, 2012||Sleep Train Pavilion||Concord||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|August 18, 2012||White River Amphitheatre||Auburn||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 19, 2012||Sleep Country Amphitheater||Ridgefield||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 24, 2012||Rock Jam||Grand Junction||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 26, 2012||BOK Center||Tulsa||3/21/12||TBD||3/24/12|
|August 27, 2012||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre||Maryland Heights||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 29, 2012||Minnesota State Fair||Minneapolis||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 31, 2012||Riverbend Music Center||Cincinnati||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 1, 2012||Klipsch Music Center||Noblesville||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 2, 2012||First Niagara Pavilion||Burgettstown||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 4, 2012||Bridgestone Arena||Nashville||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 5, 2012||DTE Energy Music Theatre||Clarkston||3/12/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 7, 2012||First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre||Tinley Park||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 8, 2012||Alpine Valley Music Theater||East Troy||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 11, 2012||Allegan County Fair||Allegan||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 12, 2012||Blossom Music Center||Cuyahoga Falls||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 13, 2012||Molson Amphitheatre||Toronto||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 15, 2012||Darien Lake PAC||Darien Lake||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 16, 2012||Comcast Center||Mansfield||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 18, 2012||Toyota Pavilion||Scranton||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 19, 2012||Susquehanna Bank Center||Camden||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 21, 2012||PNC Bank Arts Center||Holmdel||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 22, 2012||Nikon at Jones Beach||Wantagh||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 23, 2012||Comcast Theater||Hartford||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
“MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY”
THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIOUS BAND LAUNCHES
LAS VEGAS’ FIRST-EVER HARD ROCK RESIDENCY
AT THE JOINT AT
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
WITH TWO SPECTACULAR SOLD-OUT SHOWS
JOINED BY SPECIAL GUEST
JACOBY SHADDIX OF PAPA ROACH
BAND FEATURED IN KIA SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL
Rolling into this past weekend’s Super Bowl festivities where they were featured in the KIA Optima commercial, the world’s most notorious band has taken the world’s most notorious city by storm. Mötley Crüe–vocalist VINCE NEIL, guitarist MICK MARS, bassist NIKKI SIXX and drummer TOMMY LEE—launched Las Vegas’ first-ever hard rock residency with MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with two rapturously received sold-out shows.
The MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY experience got underway this past weekend on Friday, February 3–also declared MÖTLEY CRÜE Day by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman–as The Joint transformed into a ro Of Los Angeles,” “Looks That Kill” and “Girls, Girls, Girls,” the band also dedicated a portion of the show to an acoustic performance.
High above the audience on a floating circular platform, they performed stunning renditions of “Without You,” “On With the Show,” “Bastard” and “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away).” Other songs in the set included rare live gems “Piece Of Your Action” and “Afraid,” which haven’t been performed live in over 10 years. VINCE NEIL sailed over the crowd on a giant cross, while singing the grand finale of “Home Sweet Home.”
On Saturday night (February 4), MÖTLEY was joined by their friend Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach who jumped on stage for “Smokin’ In the Boys Room.” Rumor has it there will be more guests jamming with MÖTLEY CRÜE throughout their residency.
“The MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY residency transformed the town, not only the Hard Rock Hotel,” states Paul Davis, Vice President of Entertainment, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “It’s never been done like this before.” Billboards on the world-famous Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and the 15 Interstate upon entering Vegas beckoned fans to the Hard Rock. Upon entering the casino lobby, VINCE NEIL’s custom 1932 Ford Coupe hot rod was displayed and poker players found themselves gaming on MÖTLEY CRÜE branded tables. Even maid service signs for hotel guest rooms indicated clean up for “Home Sweet Home.”
“For the first time, fans have a chance to be part of a limited engagement of the most notorious band in rock and roll in the greatest rock and roll club in the world: The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas,” said John Meglen President/Co-CEO of Concerts West/AEG Live. “And the Hard Rock has been transformed to a Motley shrine…wait until you see this spectacle!”
On Sunday, February 5, the quartet returned for the third night of the run which lasts through February 19. Leading up to it, fans experienced their current KIA automotive TV commercial during the third quarter of the Super Bowl. The 60-second spot, titled “Drive The Dream,” stars VINCE, MICK, NIKKI and TOMMY in a race car dream sequence performing their 1989 smash hit “Kickstart My Heart.” Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima, mixed martial arts legend Chuck Liddell and champion bull rider Judd Leffew are also featured in the commercial. A 90-second version of the spot can now be viewed online.
After starting out with two spectacular sold out shows, you can catch a behind the scenes look at opening weekend here:
Don’t miss “MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY” at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas now through February 19:
Wednesday, February 8
Friday, February 10
Saturday, February 11
Sunday, February 12
Tuesday, February 14
Wednesday, February 15
Friday, February 17
Saturday, February 18
Sunday, February 19
Tickets, starting at $45 (plus applicable service fees) are available at the Hard Rock Box Office: www.motley.com, www.thejointlasvegas.com, or www.ticketmaster.com. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is also offering ticket and room bundles via http://www.hardrockhotel.com/. The shows are produced by AEG Live.
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Mötley Crüe In Sin City
THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIOUS BAND LAUNCHES
LAS VEGAS’ FIRST-EVER HARD ROCK RESIDENCY
FEBRUARY 2012 AT THE JOINT AT
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
TICKETS ON-SALE TOMORROW,
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 10:00 AM PT
Three decades after beginning its iconic journey of debauchery and decadence, Mötley Crüe has announced plans to invade Las Vegas with the city’s first-ever hard rock residency: Mötley Crüe In Sin City. The world’s most notorious band will he heading to the world’s most notorious city where they will perform an extended run–starting February 3 through 19, 2012–at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, December 3 at www.motley.com, www.thejointlasvegas.com, www.ticketmaster.com and the venue box office. VIP seating and packages will also be available. The shows are produced by AEG Live.
2012’s MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY show is sure to leave the loud impression that what happens in Vegas will be heard around the world. Vocalist VINCE NEIL, guitarist MICK MARS, bassist NIKKI SIXX and drummer TOMMY LEE have big plans for MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY to create a never-been-done before and incredibly interactive Vegas experience. Exact details about the show—expected to supersede the band’s high standard of production—are being kept under wraps for now to keep an element of surprise for fans. The engagement falls during a holiday-packed time in the calendar year: Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day.
Last night the band officially announced the news on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.” Watch the full hour-long interview with Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars tonight at 9pmET/PT.
“It is a dream come true for me especially living in and loving Las Vegas,” says singer Vince Neil. “I am thrilled that a guy like Piers Morgan would help kick it off!” Adds drummer Tommy Lee, “I don’t know about you, but when I think of Mötley Crüe I think of filthy sex, drugs, a REALLY big show and way too much fun… sounds like Las Vegas doesn’t it? A match made in heaven!!!”
“We are very excited to announce our upcoming partnership with legendary rockers Mötley Crüe,” said Paul Davis, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “The one-of-a-kind production will be the most unique, interactive, fan-driven concert experience the band has ever created. Mötley Crüe is a perfect fit for the Hard Rock and we can’t wait for this unforgettable residency to begin!”
Adds Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking for AEG Live Las Vegas, “We’re thrilled that Mötley Crüe is creating their most notorious show ever and bringing it to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in notorious Las Vegas. This concert experience is going to represent what the fans love most about Mötley Crüe, the Hard Rock and Las Vegas: good times, rock n’ roll and a stage show like no one has ever seen before!”
Tickets, starting at $45 (plus applicable service fees) will be available Saturday at 10am at the Hard Rock Box Office, www.motley.com, www.thejointlasvegas.com, or www.ticketmaster.com. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is also offering ticket and room bundles via www.hardrockhotel.com.
“MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY” DATES at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas:
Friday, February 3
Saturday, February 4
Sunday, February 5
Wednesday, February 8
Friday, February 10
Saturday, February 11
Sunday, February 12
Tuesday, February 14
Wednesday, February 15
Friday, February 17
Saturday, February 18
Sunday, February 19
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About MÖTLEY CRÜE
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet—Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums)—has commandeered the rock pantheon for over 30 years. In that time, they have accumulated worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million, seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance, a New York Times bestselling memoir, and countless sold out gigs across the globe, playing to millions of fans.
About The Joint
The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a 4,000-person capacity venue that serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled destination. The Joint features seven Luxury Suites, a VIP Studio Level, state-of-the-art sound system, superior video system and a production package tailor-made for artist comfort. It has received numerous accolades including “Best Concert Venue” in Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards in 2010 and 2011, “No. 1 Hottest Club in America” award by Billboard Magazine in 2011, “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the 2010 Pollstar Awards, and “Best Live Music Venue” in AOL City’s Best 2010 awards. The Joint delivers unforgettable live music experiences with an ongoing roster of legendary artists taking its stage including the first rock ‘n’ roll residency in Las Vegas with Carlos Santana’s Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Arcade Fire, Motley Crüe, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, Paramore, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. In 2011, the venue welcomed Tiësto In Concert, a groundbreaking live show created exclusively for The Joint featuring the world’s No. 1 electronic DJ and producer Tiësto. For additional information, call 702.693.5583 or 702.693.5000. HardRockHotel.com / TheJointLasVegas.com. Keep up with the latest updates on The Joint via Facebook and Twitter.
About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Wisin & Yandel, Kenny Chesney, P!nk and Paul McCartney. The company is also currently producing residency shows in Las Vegas including Celine Dion and Rod Stewart, and beginning December 2012, Shania Twain at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace as well as Barry Manilow at Paris Las Vegas. Our exhibition portfolio boasts the most successful exhibition of all time, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, which has attracted more than 7 million visitors since 2005. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com
From USA Today:
Mötley Crüe has announced a three-week stint at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas starting Feb. 3 for four days a week. As the first hard-rock band to sign on for a Vegas residency, the group promises “over-the-top craziness,” says lead singer Vince Neil, 50.
Tickets for Mötley Crüein Sin City range from $65 to $179.50 and go on sale Saturday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT at motley.com, the Hard Rock website (thejointlasvegas.com) and Ticketmaster.
The stationary show is a new concept for the band that’s currently touring with Def Leppard in the U.K.
“When it doesn’t have to move around from city-to-city, day-by-day, options become incredible,” says drummer Tommy Lee, 49, who adds that the show will be an interactive experience where fans are “in the show, not watching the show.”
Though the guys are vague on details, they hint at naked Girls, Girls, Girls, some non-Crüe entertainers, a souped-up drum kit and sky-high production values. “You’re going to leave and say, ‘Dude, I can’t believe what just happened here,’ ” says Lee.
The band will be rocking together a decade after the release of autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. A lot has happened since then: Lee has been DJing electro-house music with DJ Aero, and Neil was a contestant on ABC’s Skating With the Stars and came out with his latest solo project last year, Tattoos & Tequila. Both said “the time was right” for the Vegas gig.
Neil, who is a Vegas resident, says he’s excited to perform for all the walks of life that visit his city. “It’s going to be everybody — a biker standing next to the attorney,” says Neil.
Attendees are “coming there to rip it, Vegas-style,” says Lee. “That’s why we signed up for this.”
UK Tour with Motley Crue – December 2011
With Special Guests Steel Panther
First Ever Live Album Out Now
Featuring three brand new studio tracks and bonus DVD
Available also on 3Lp gatefold sleeve
British Rock legends Def Leppard are set to embark on a UK tour with Motley Crue this December. The tour will see them play 6 UK dates with Steel Panther as special guest support.
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says, “I can’t tell you enough how thrilled I am to announce this tour !! … we always strive to make our shows an event & to have Motley Crue & Steel Panther along for the ride makes this an event that just can’t be missed for rock fans across the UK !! … come join us on what will be the event of the year !!
2011 has also seen the release of the band first ever live album, “Mirrorball” featuring classic tracks, three band new recordings and a bonus DVD and Leppard’s first coffee table book, titled “Def Leppard – The Definitive Visual History”. The album was also released on 3Lp gatefold sleeve.
Def Leppard remain one of the world’s biggest and most successful live acts. Before this year, the band last played the UK and Eire in 2009 – headlining Download festival that year after a hugely successful sold out UK Arena tour in 2008. June 2011 saw Def Leppard headline Download Festival for the second time in three years. The full UK December 2011 dates are as follows:
Tues 6th December 2011 Birmingham LG Arena
Thu 8th December 2011 Nottingham Arena
Fri 9th December 2011 Glasgow SECC
Sun 11th December 2011 Manchester MEN
Tue 13th December 2011 Sheffield Arena
Wed 14th December 2011 Wembley Arena
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 2nd September priced at £47.50 London / £45.00 regionally (subject to booking fee) and will be available from www.livenation.co.uk
With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards (Def Leppard are one of only five rock bands to have two consecutive 10 million plus selling albums in the U.S. The others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen) to their credit, Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums)— continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. Their epic live show and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry.
“Mirror Ball” is out now on Frontiers Records.
Will Mötley Crüe prove me wrong? The high price of concert tickets in 2011 has kept me from buying tickets to the New York Dolls, Poison and Mötley Crüe this year. The band released the press release below about the up and coming tour. The band will apparently play a bunch of songs they haven’t played in quite some time. Tommy Lee is going to unleash another of his crazy drum kits this year. I don’t think he has performed on one of his over the top drum kits since the Dr. Feelgood tour. Is this enough to merit spending 90 or more dollars on a ticket? I don’t know. After hearing today’s announcement, I am a little more interested in seeing Motley Crue perform.
I may have to suck it up and buy a ticket. Are you going to see Motley Crue this year?
Check out the press release below.
Mötley Crüe, one of the world’s most iconic rock bands, hosted a special gathering at Bamboozle last night revealing details about their summer tour. The unveiling included images and a description of their new set design, the set list decided by fans and a surprise announcement of Tommy Lee’s “360″ drum rollercoaster.
We’re looking forward to being together again and to a really special production. It will also be cool to sing some of these songs we haven’t performed together in almost 20 years,” said front man Vince Neil.
The band’s veteran production manager and set designer, Robert Long, presented graphic renderings of the new set design, which he described as “a hard-hitting Crüe rendition of a rock n’ roll burlesque theatre.” According to Long, the entire stage will be enveloped in red velvet drapery and a damask printed wall of guitar amps.
Continuing to integrate the input of their fans, Mötley Crüe conducted a survey by listing every song they have ever recorded. Fans voted at Mötley.com for the final set list, which includes tracks band hasn’t performed live together in almost 20 years.
Mötley Crüe’s drummer Tommy Lee shared that he will once again be thrill-seeking on the Crüe’s new “360″ drum rollercoaster. During his drum solo, Lee will be launched into multiple loops while continuing to perform.
The initial tour announcement by Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and New York Dolls’ David Johansen was made on the syndicated radio show, Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx Tuesday March 1st at 7:00pm local time (check www.sixxsense.com for a list of stations).
To view the tour announcement video, please visit:
For more information about Motley Crue, please visit: http://www.motley.com.
Motley Crue, Poison and New York Dolls Summer Tour Dates
7 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
9 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
10 Houston, TX Toyota Center
12 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Pavilion
14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
15 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
17 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
18 Las Vegas, NV Venue TBD
19 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
25 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
28 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheater
29 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
1 Tinley Park, IL FMB Amphitheater
2 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
3 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
5 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
6 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
8 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
9 Pelham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center (Motley Crue
& NY Dolls Only)
10 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
12 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
13 Hershey, PA Star Pavilion at Hershey Park
15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
16 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
19 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
20 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
22 Darien Center, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
24 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
27 Cheyenne, WY Frontier Days (Motley Crue Only)
29 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
30 Frederick, MD Outlaw Jam 2011
31 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
2 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
3 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
5 Tomah, WI Fort McCoy
6 Moline, IL iWireless Center
7 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
The unthinkable has happened. As reported here at Hard Rock Hideout last week, Motley Crue and Poison have announced a co-headlining tour with The New York Dolls. While I think this is going to be quite a concert, there are still several questions that remain unanswered. Most pressing of all is, “How in the world did this happen?” Both Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee said they would never tour with Poison. When Sixx was with Brides of Destruction, they had an opportunity to open for Kiss and declined, because Poison was part of that tour. Why the sudden change?
For Poison, the answer is easy. It is clearly about the money. The last couple of tours that Poison headlined had trouble selling out, in some cases there was trouble selling tickets at all. Plus, Poison is not touring behind any new material (not that the Crue are either, but at least they have a somewhat recent record to support) and they will most likely play the same tired setlist that a majority of fans have memorized.
As for Motley, I’m not sure why they agreed to do this tour. Their ticket sales have always done well and they are neither fans of nor friends with Poison. So what gives? Did management put them up to this? Did the concert promoters see dollar signs so big that they had to make this tour happen?
Unfortunately, I do not have the answers to any of these questions, but I do have a fun game we can play regarding this tour. It’s called Odds On (yeah, it’s a rip off of Pardon The Interruption’s “Odds Makers,” so sue me for lacking in originality). These are the chances that I think certain things will or will not happen during the Poison/Motley Crue summer tour.
Chances of this tour being completed
82%. Poison are dedicated professionals and Motley Crue always finish a tour regardless of how messed up they get. However, what could cause this tour to collapse is if the bands don’t get along. What will the chemistry be like? Will any pot shots be taken by the Crue at Poison? If Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee were forced into doing this tour, there is no telling what might happen as the summer progresses. Anger, resentment, and perhaps even jealousy may erupt from either or both of these hard core rockers. And past experience has shown us that professionalism is not one of Tommy Lee’s priorities. Good luck to the road crew!
Chances that the majority of these concerts sell out
61%. I saw the prices for this concert and they were about what I expected. The range is between $45 and $95 (before fees). While both of these bands sell well, the economy is still a little shaky and fans are carefully choosing which concerts they want to see. What help this tour is that it was announced early. I believe there is potential for this show to do well, especially in the northeast, but in other areas of the US, I’m not so sure.
Chances that Poison will go on stage last
3%. I know that this is billed as a co-headlining tour, but let’s be real. The last band to go on for the evening is the true headliner. The fact that Motley is doing this tour at all after Sixx and Lee said that would never happen means some egos had to be soothed. There is almost no chance that Motley would go on stage at any time but last. The 3% is up there, because maybe, just maybe, in Pittsburgh, Poison might be allowed to be the headliners (Poison is from PA). Other than that, it’s Motley coming out last every night.
Chances that Bret Michaels out performs Vince Neil
97%. Barring some miracle scenario where Vince goes to a performance coach prior to the launch of this tour, Brett Michaels is going to outperform Vince Neil at every stop. Brett is in better shape than Vince. Brett is a better vocalist than Vince. Brett is a better guitar player than Vince. Brett is a better entertainer than Vince. Plus, Brett sings all the words to his songs. Vince will give you every third word in between huffed panting because his overweight body can’t handle sprinting all over the stage for 90 minutes.
Chances that Poison and Motley Crue perform more than a one song encore
17%. I’ve seen a lot of co-headlining tours. I’ve seen a lot of co-headlining glam tours too. Almost always, there is the one song encore. On the last two Motley tours that I’ve seen, the Crue has done a one song encore. Every time that I’ve seen Poison (I believe it’s been a total of 7 times), they have performed a one song encore. I don’t see any reason for this to change.
Chances of an all star jam encore featuring members of all three bands
9%. While it would be a fan’s dream come true to see all the members of The New York Dolls, Poison, and Motley Crue jamming together to one of their favorite rock songs (a cover of a Led Zeppelin tune, perhaps), it just isn’t going to happen. Again, we’re not even sure how well the bands are going to get along. The chemistry required to pull off an all star jam is severely lacking. I think this is more a case of three separate bands performing for the fans, collecting their pay, and going home at the end of the summer. There’s no sharing of a tour bus, no hotel parties featuring all members of the band, and no back stage group hug amongst the different bands. This is clearly an every band for themselves tour. Perhaps they will prove me wrong, but I doubt it.
Chances of this tour happening again
0%. This is a once in a lifetime deal. If you want to see these two bands together, then you’d better be in front of your computer on March 18th when tickets go on sale.
Earlier this afternoon on SixxSense.com, the tour dates were announced for the 2011 tour featuring the New York Dolls, Poison and Motley Crue. Check below for dates!
|May 29, 2011||Pryor, OK||Rocklahoma|
|June 07, 2011||Dallas, TX||Gexa Energy Pavilion|
|June 09, 2011||San Antonio, TX||AT&T Center|
|June 10, 2011||Houston, TX||Toyota Center|
|June 12, 2011||Albuquerque, NM||Hard Rock Pavilion|
|June 14, 2011||Los Angeles, CA||Hollywood Bowl|
|June 15, 2011||San Francisco, CA||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
|June 17, 2011||Phoenix, AZ||Desert Sky Pavilion|
|June 18, 2011||Las Vegas, NV||Venue TBD|
|June 19, 2011||Salt Lake City, UT||USANA Amphitheatre|
|June 21, 2011||Kansas City, MO||Sprint Center|
|June 22, 2011||Maryland Heights, MO||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|June 24, 2011||Minneapolis, MN||Target Center|
|June 25, 2011||Milwaukee, WI||Bradley Center|
|June 26, 2011||Cincinnati, OH||Riverbend Music Center|
|June 28, 2011||Toronto, ON||Molson Amphitheatre|
|June 29, 2011||Clarkston, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|July 01, 2011||Tinley Park, IL||FMB Amphitheatre|
|July 02, 2011||Noblesville, IN||Verizon Wireless Music Center|
|July 03, 2011||Nashville, TN||Bridgestone Arena|
|July 05, 2011||Hollywood, FL||Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena|
|July 06, 2011||Tampa, FL||St. Pete Times Forum|
|July 08, 2011||Biloxi, MS||Mississippi Coast Coliseum|
|July 09, 2011 *||Pelham, AL||Verizon Wireless Music Center|
|July 10, 2011||Atlanta, GA||Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood|
|July 12, 2011||Charlotte, NC||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|July 13, 2011||Hershey, PA||Star Pavilion at Hersheypark|
|July 15, 2011||Uncasville, CT||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|July 16, 2011||Camden, NJ||Susquehannna Bank Center|
|July 19, 2011||Mansfield, MA||Comcast Center|
|July 20, 2011||Uniondale, NY||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|July 22, 2011||Darien Center, NY||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center|
|July 23, 2011||Saratoga Springs, NY||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|July 24, 2011||Pittsburgh, PA||Stage AE|
|July 27, 2011 **||Cheyenne, WY||Frontier Days|
|July 29, 2011||Youngstown, OH||Covelli Centre|
|July 30, 2011||Frederick, MD||Outlaw Jam 2011|
|July 31, 2011||Scranton, PA||Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain|
|August 5, 2011||Tomah, WI||Fort McCoy|
|* July 9 – Motley Crue and New York Dolls only
** July 27 – Motley Crue only
|Please note that there are a number of dates that will be added to the itinerary, to be confirmed at a later date.|
Rocker Bret Michaels, currently recuperating from heart surgery, will reunite with all original POISON band mates for a 25th Anniversary tour tentatively titled Glam – A – Gedon 25. For the first time ever Poison and MÖTLEY CRÜE will co-headline a select date summer tour with special guests the NEW YORK DOLLS. Although several controversial statements have been made in the press by certain members of Mötley Crüe vowing this tour would never happen, that is simply not the case. Fans of both bands have spoken and want the tour to happen and both Mötley Crüe and Poison have agreed. Concert promoters in these select cities state that the buzz is unbelievable for both the Poison dates as well as the Mötley Crüe / Poison tour. No doubt this will be the rock tour of the summer. Both Poison and Mötley Crüe have a long history of hit songs, bigger than life stage shows, no holds barred live energy not to mention the two bands combined have sold over 100 million records and have over 24 top 40 hits between them.
Tickets for the Mötley Crüe/Poison tour will go on sale March 18th.
Poison plan to kick off their 25th Anniversary Glam -A – Gedon 25 tour in Tupelo Mississippi at the Bancorp South Arena Wednesday May 25th. Michaels will then continue solo, playing Thursday May 26th in Ft. Walton Beach where he will perform for the fans and troops as he did last Memorial Day weekend. Michaels will rejoin Poison in Little Rock at the River Fest Amphitheater on Friday May 27th. Michaels will then perform solo at the Hard Rock in Biloxi on Saturday May 28th. Bret will rejoin Poison and Mötley Crüe Sunday May 29th at Rocklahoma. Poison will then continue on alone playing arenas from Memorial Day until rejoining Mötley Crüe in Dallas at the Starplex Amphitheater on Tuesday June 7th.
When reporters recently asked Bret Michaels if there was any bad blood between the bands, Michaels laughs “there may be some friendly competition but there is no bad blood at all on my part. Nikki and I have spoken several times on the phone recently and the conversations went great.” Michaels continues, “Music is a universal language and I am extremely excited that this tour has come together as are the fans, they are truly going to see a great show. Honestly, I could care less about all the mudslinging, it gets nobody nowhere, and after all I have been through health wise in the last year, I am going to try to focus on what does matter which is the show, the fans, fun and personally throwing a hell of a backstage party.”
Bret Michaels solo tour will start March 19th when he appears at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night alongside Kevin Costner, David Foster, Billy Crystal, Halle Berry and Reba McIntire and will continue up until the Mötley Crüe / Poison tour starts. The Get Your Rock On solo tour in support of the album of the same name will resume immediately following the select summer dates with Mötley Crüe and Poison.
TMZ.com is reporting:
Mötley Crüe is being sued over a sweatshirt … and it all stems from an iconic photo taken way back in 1981.
The Crüe and Live Nation are being sued by Ron Toma who claims he owns the copyright to the famous “belt buckle photo” …. taken by photog Michael Pinter back in 1981. The band used the photo on the cover of their hit album “Too Fast for Love.”
But according to Toma’s lawsuit, filed in Illinois Northern District Court, Crüe and Live Nation stole the image without permission and used it on some signature hoodies they’re selling on their websites.
Toma is asking a judge to step in ASAP to administer some justice — blocking MC and Live Nation from using the image without permission. Calls to Mötley Crüe weren’t returned.
More than 15 years after Ozzy Osbourne debuted OZZFest, the defining blueprint for hard rock tours and festivals returns this August in five American cities with an explosive bill co-headlines by OZZY and, in their first-ever OZZFest appearance, Motley Cure–touring together for the first time with OZZY since he invited the group on their now legendary 1984 arena tour. Expect the energy to go way off the carts at the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment.
The main stage will feature full sets from Ozzy, Motley Crue and Rob Halford (who last appeared on OZZfest in 2004 with Judas Priest and Fight. DevilDriver and Nonpoint will round out the main stage line=up. Second stage headliners and six-time OZZFest veterans Black Label Society will be Joines by Drowning Pool, Kingdom of Sorrow, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm.
“Tattoos and Tequila” out in Europe on June 4th
anticipated by the digital only release of the title track single on April 16th.
Napoli, April 2010 – MOTLEY CRUE singer Vince Neil upcoming solo album “Tattoos and Tequila” has been signed by Frontiers Records for release on June 4th in Europe. The album’s title track will be released as a digital download and will be available April 16th in Europe at all digital shops. The music video along with the single was made available for download on www.vinceneil.net earlier this year, but now it can also be seen on the Frontiers Records Youtube channel following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PfWPtAsIF8
Vince Neil recorded the new album in the winter of 2009 together with his band, formed by bassist Dana Strum, guitarist Jeff Blando (both of Slaughter) and drummer Zoltan Chaney. The album will include 2 new songs: “Tattoos and Tequila” and “Another Bad Day” both produced by Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard etc), plus a selection of classic cuts from some of the Rock giants that have influenced Vince Neil throughout his musical career. The cover songs were produced by Vince and Jack Blades (Damn Yankees, Night Ranger).
In a recent interview Vince Neil stated: “This album has nothing to do with Motley Crue, Tattoos and Tequila is basically my life” and definitely the new record shows a new, yet familiar side of Vince’s abilities.
“Tattoos and Tequila” tracklisting will include:
Tattoos & Tequila (Album Version); He’s A Whore (Cheap Trick); AC/DC (Sweet); Nobody’s Fault (Aerosmith); Another Bad Day; No Feelings (Sex Pistols); Long Cool Woman (The Hollies); Another Piece Of Meat (The Scorpions); Who Will Stop The Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival); Viva Las Vegas (Elvis Presley); Bitch Is Back (Elton John); Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (ZZ Top)*
* Bonus track available on first pressing in digipak
As frontman for Mötley Crüe, Vince Neil came to exemplify all things rock and roll: the sound, the look, the outrageous lifestyle. Neil’s unmistakable voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of this generation including “Shout At The Devil,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Same Ol Situation,” and the recent “Saints of Los Angeles,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in early 2009 for Best Hard Rock Performance.
As a solo artist, Vince’s Top 200 Billboard albums, Exposed (which reached number 13 on the Billboard Albums chart) and Carved In Stone have spurred the hits “You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come)” (co-written by Neil with Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw), “Can’t Have Your Cake” (co-written by Neil with Steve Stevens) and “Sister Of Pain” (co-written by Neil with Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw).
When he is not performing or raising money for charity (the foundation founded as a tribute to Vince’s daughter Skylar whom he lost to cancer in 1995, to date has raised over $2 million to help combat childhood cancer), Neil is also an accomplished businessman overseeing his latest entrepreneurial efforts which include Feelgoods Rock Bar and Grill in West Palm Beach and most recently in Las Vegas; Vince Neil Ink, a Las Vegas based body art shop; Tres Rios tequila and Vince Neil Aviation.
MOTLEY CRUE Confirmed Summer Dates in Europe
Jul 31, 2010 Knebworth Park (Sonisphere Festival) Knebworth, UK
Aug 7, 2010 Stora Skuggan (Sonisphere Festival) Stockholm, Sweden
Aug 8, 2010 Kirjurinluoto (Sonisphere Festival) Pori, Finland
If you ever play Six Degrees of Bruce Kulick, the former KISS/current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist’s résumé will keep you happily busy for hours. Having been tapped by artists as diverse as Meat Loaf and Kanye West, the veteran axeman’s boundless creative energy permeates his third solo LP, BK3. In the works for nearly six years and produced by Jeremy Rubolino, BK3 delivers explosive hard rock arrangements and addictive pop melodies that honor both Kulick’s singular past and bright future. And then there’s the jaw-dropping guest list, boasting members of KISS, the Knack, Toto, Mötley Crüe and more.
“Bruce was to KISS what Ronnie Wood is to the Stones,” says Rocket Science GM & Fanboy Enterprises A&R executive Ken Gullic. “The new guy to one generation, and the long standing stable horse to another.”
After getting his solo feet wet with 2001’s Audio Dog and 2003’s Transformer, Kulick—the often unheralded driving force on 12 years of classic KISS records, from 1984’s Animalize to 1992’s Revenge—assembled his own rock ‘n’ roll dream team. The roster: KISS icon Gene Simmons and up-and-coming son Nick (each vocally appearing separately), longtime friend John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Kulick’s own Union), Knack mainman Doug Fieger, Toto axe authoritarian Steve Lukather, Edguy power metal stalwart Tobias Sammet and even current KISS drummer Eric Singer.
“Many albums lack cohesion with different vocalists, but I know that my guitar playing is the glue on BK3,” Kulick says. “There was the clear goal of making absolutely the best record that I could put together. I feel like this is my Revenge.”
BK3 will be released February 16th on Twenty 4 Records /Rocket Science Ventures
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Originally issued on September 1, 1989, “Dr. Feelgood” reached #1 on the Billboard chart and went on to sell more than seven million copies worldwide. The title track reached No. 7 on the Hot 100 and earned the band their first two Grammy nominations (Best Hard Rock Performance: “Dr Feelgood” in 1989 and “Kickstart My Heart” in 1990). Twenty years later, the band was nominated for another Grammy Award and is celebrating its hit album “Saints of Los Angeles” on an arena tour of the U.S.
“Dr. Feelgood” will be released as a deluxe version incorporating two CDs. The original version of “Dr. Feelgood” on one CD, and on the other a smorgasbord of delights! — four original demos from the “Dr. Feelgood” sessions, four tracks recorded live when the band played in Russia, plus a remix of “Get It For Free”.
The complete track listing is as follows:
01. T.nT. (Terror in Tinseltown)
02. Dr. Feelgood
03. Slice of Your Pie
04. Rattlesnake Shake
05. Kickstart My Heart
06. Without You
07. Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
08. Sticky Sweet
09. She Goes Down
10. Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
11. Time for Change
01. Dr. Feelgood (demo)
02. Without You (demo)
03. Kickstart My Heart (demo)
04. Get It For Free (remix)
05. Time for Change (demo)
06. Girls Girls Girls (live version)
07. Red Hot (live version)
08. All In The Name Of Rock (live version)
09. Dr. Feelgood (live version)
Cruefest is arguably the biggest touring hard rock festival in 2009. To this avid concert goer, the best thing about Cruefest is, and always will be Motley Crue. You may not like the lineup of Cruefest 2. I don’t either. I am not sure if performing the entire Dr. Feelgood album is a great idea. There is no question that Motley Crue is band that is drawing me to Cruefest, and will continue to bring me back year after year!
Enjoy the video clips below!
I was grateful that the Download festival streamed the perfomances from the main stage last weekend. I enjoyed quite a few of the bands that I was able to watch. Several videos have been uploaded to Youtube over the last couple of days capturing some performances from this massive festival in Donington Park, England. Check out the clips of Motley Crue, Whitesnake and Def Leppard below!
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HDNet presents the premiere of “Motley Crue: Crue Fest One” on the HDNet Concert Series Sunday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Filmed in Toronto with thousands of screaming fans and a setting filled with pyrotechnics and fireworks, “Crue Fest One” is a fitting spectacle for this electrifying band.
The boys play “Dr. Feelgood,” “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away),” “Kickstart My Heart,” and “Same Ol’ Situation,” from their Dr. Feelgood disc. They also delve into some of their first hits like, “Shout at the Devil,” and “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and also perform music from their new album Saints of Los Angeles.
This concert captures all the decadence, energy, noise and sweat that was “Crue Fest One” – Motley Crue still can rock the house!
Sunday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET on HDNet.
For more information visit http://www.hd.net.
British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have issued the following update:
“We are proud to announce that we will be touring in the U.S. with WHITESNAKE for most of the dates. A few of the shows won’t be with them. Details to be announced!”
JUDAS PRIEST has announced the following North American shows so far:
Jul. 01 – The Family Arena – St. Charles, MO
Jul. 02 – Summerfest, Harley Davidson Stage – Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 03 – Taste Of Minnesota at Harriet Island – St. Paul, MN
Jul. 09 – Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
Jul. 11 – PNC Banks Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Jul. 12 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
Jul. 17 – Moondance Jam 18 – Walker, MN
Jul. 18 – Rockfest/Chippewa Valley Music – Cadott, WI
Aug. 02 – Gibson Amphitheatre – Universal City, CA
More dates will be announced soon.
PRIEST competed last month for a Grammy Award in the “Hard Rock” category for “Visions” and “Metal” category for “Nostradamus”, a pair of tunes from the band’s 16th studio album, “Nostradamus”.
According to Reuters/Billboard, JUDAS PRIEST’s Sony BMG label puts sales of “Nostradamus” at 500,000 units worldwide; that includes 100,000 logged by Nielsen SoundScan in the United States.
WHITESNAKE’s latest album, “Good To Be Bad”, was released through SPV/Steamhammer in Germany on April 18, 2008, the rest of Europe on April 21 and it came out in North America on April 22. In addition to the regular jewel-case version, a limited-edition two-disc set contains an extra CD in a cardboard sleeve, as well as a poster, photocard and sticker.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
Carrie Underwood may have won “American Idol,” and America’s hearts, with her country twang, but the singer tapped into her rock side to record the show’s new farewell theme. In keeping with the recent “home” theme of the tunes played as contestants are eliminated from “Idol,” Underwood recently tracked a countrified cover of Mötley Crüe’s bittersweet ballad “Home Sweet Home,” which will make its debut on Wednesday night (March 11) when this season’s first finalist is sent home.
The song will be available as a digital single exclusively on iTunes through March 16, after which it will be released on other online music retail sites. According to Underwood’s official site, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the United States.
“I’ve always loved this song,” Underwood said in a statement. “And besides being very fitting for ‘Idol,’ to me, the title is also very fitting with animal rescue and finding animals their own homes.”
Season-four winner Underwood joins a few other “Idol” alumni in providing the season’s farewell theme, including Daughtry, whose “Home” played as season-six singers took their final bow. Ruben Studdard’s cover of Kenny Loggins’ “Celebrate Me Home” did the honors last year, and Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” turned into a huge digital hit in 2006, when it was picked as the season walk-off tune.
The HRH Bowl is here! Four Bands are going for the best new video of 2008. You decide the winner with your votes!
The results of the HRH Playoffs has been decided!
In the Classic Hard Rock Division, Motley Crue’s Saints of Los Angeles Dominated AC/DC’s Rock in Roll Train 50 – 21.
In the New Rock Division, Airbourne defeated both Hinder and Shinedown 24 – 16.
In the Nineties Division, Disturbed edged Buckcherry 25 – 19.
In the Heavy Metal Division, Slipknot topped Metallica 30 – 24.
The following videos move to the Final Round in the HRH Bowl:
Your votes decide the winner! Vote now!! The Winner will be announced here during the halftime show of the Superbowl on Sunday February 1st, 2009.
When 2008 started if you would have told me that new releases would come out by Whitesnake, Motley Crue, AC/DC, Tesla, Judas Priest and Sammy Hagar, I probably would have looked at you like you were crazy. All of these bands put out new videos in 2008. Vote for your favorite band, and help push them to the HRH Bowl next Saturday.
Whitesnake – Lay Down Your Love
Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
AC/DC – Rock N Roll Train
Tesla – I Wanna Live
Judas Priest – War
Sammy Hagar - Cosmic Universal Fashion
It appears that the format on XM Radio’s Boneyard has definitely changed. Their new format is, “Classic Rock that is Hard and Heavy”. Over the last couple of days I have heard heavy cuts from Motley Crue, Metallica, Megadeth, Rush, Aerosmith, The Cult, Black Sabbath and more. I can’t say that I have heard anything that truly falls under the hair metal envelope, so that is one major change to the Boneyard.
Still no sign of the familiar “Bone Me” either.
The station seems to be a little heavier than it used to be, but I have heard no new songs on the Boneyard and that is a complete disappointment.
Hopefully, it will get better as time goes on, but it is definitely not the same.
According to Digitalspy.co.uk, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has implemented a new rule for anyone entering the rock band’s dressing room.
The 46-year-old told Playboy that he will allow people backstage on the proviso that they shed a layer of clothing.
“You must remove one article of clothing – your pants, your top – or else you are not allowed in my dressing room,” he said. “That gets the fucking party started so quick. Everyone’s walking around topless.”