For more than 10 years, the event known as “Crüefest” has promoted bands that follow in the spirit of the rock band Motley Crüe. The charity events are held throughout the year at various locations around the world to spotlight these bands and to raise money for the Skylar Neil Foundation.
In 1995, Motley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil lost his daughter Skylar to cancer. Since that time, he has tried to do everything he can do to help raise awareness and much needed funding for children’s illnesses. Vince is so humbled by the response the Crüefest events have received.
To date, Crüefest charity events across the world have helped Vince raise nearly two million dollars to fund research to combat cancer, AIDS, and leukemia. Vince knows that Skylar would be proud of the work that we’ve done, and couldn’t think of a better way to honor her memory.
English Nick of 97.1 The River will host the third annual Cruefest Atlanta charity event, set to take place June 1, 2012 at the 10 High Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Scheduled performers include THE UNSATISFIED, HELLYEN, CITIZEN ICON, DURTY ROCKSTAR (featuring former GYPSY PISTOLERO bassist Aaron “ANGEL” Lee), a one night only reunion of THE LIVING ABORTIONS and MOTLEY CRUE tribute band DR. FEELGOOD OF ATLANTA.
Attendees are asked to come celebrate the miracle of life with us and help raise funds to continue the fight against childhood diseases. The highlight of Crüefest Atlanta is the opportunity for Motley Crüe fans to come together and have a great time while raising money for a worthy cause.
All proceeds will be donated directly to the Skylar Neil Foundation. Our last 2 events raised over $7,000 for charity through ticket sales and drawings for merchandise donated by our generous sponsors. This year we hope to raise even more!
The bands make this an event to remember by donating their talent, and businesses can help make the event a success with financial contributions and donating merchandise to be used in our drawings. If you would like to donate an item to our gift bags, auction or raffle, please send an email to CRUEFESTATLANTA@HOTMAIL.COM or or send us a message at https://www.facebook.com/cruefestatlanta!
* The band members of Motley Crüe have no affiliation with this event and are not liable for any transactions that take place at this event or for any actions that occur after the event. This charity event is not part of Motley Crüe’s summer tour known as “Crüe Fest”.
Rev Theory (formerly Revelation Theory) is easily the biggest band on stage two at Cruefest this year. Check out their video clips below.
In front of a capacity crowd at the world-famous Whisky A-Go-Go, complete with music industry tastemakers, Guitar Center and MÖTLEY CRÜE selected THE LAST VEGAS from Chicago, Illinois as the winner of Guitar Center On-Stage last night.
Over the past eight weeks, bands across the United States submitted their music at makerockhistory.com. From close to 8,000 submissions, 30 semi-finalists were selected, which were then narrowed down to the six top undiscovered bands in the country, with THE LAST VEGAS prevailing as the one band chosen for the ultimate, career altering opportunity — the chance to open on tour for rock icons MÖTLEY CRÜE.
In addition to the slot on MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s 2009 “Saints Of Los Angeles” U.S. tour (dates to be announced on Friday, November 14), THE LAST VEGAS also takes home $25,000 cash, $20,000 in exclusive new gear from Gibson Guitars, management from Tenth Street Entertainment, and a recording deal from Eleven Seven Music. In true CRÜE fashion, THE LAST VEGAS also found out that their career is literally going from “0” to “60” overnight and will be opening for the notorious rockers at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles this Friday, November 14. The band will record its first single immediately. It will be available as a stream on AOL on November 24 and as a download on iTunes by November 25.
Guitar Center On-Stage is a revolutionary platform for organically scouting and launching upcoming, unsigned artists in the music industry. The six final bands each performed three songs live for their potential tour mates and mentors, MÖTLEY CRÜE. However, it was THE LAST VEGAS that truly stole the night.
“The overall talent and energy of THE LAST VEGAS surpassed our expectations,” said MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s Vince Neil. “MÖTLEY CRÜE is excited to pass the torch on to these amazing musicians, just as Ozzy did for us over 25 years ago.”
Norman Hajjar, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Guitar Center noted, “We are thrilled with the outcome of the debut of the Guitar Center On-Stage initiative. The proof is in the amount of fans and bands that showed their support on the makerockhistory.com site — with over 500,000 unique visitors per month. Not only was this our most ambitious program to date, but also so fulfilling to provide a platform that discovers up and coming bands from across the nation, and now for THE LAST VEGAS. On-Stage marks a major milestone in Guitar Center‘s history for supporting aspiring artists.”
“From the label and management perspective,” said Allen Kovac, CEO and Founder of Tenth Street Entertainment and Eleven Seven Music, “We are looking forward to supporting THE LAST VEGAS, and taking the next steps to further launch their career and support them with innovative marketing, radio promotion, public relations and of course preparing them for the tour of their lives — with MÖTLEY CRÜE!”
Chad Cherry, lead singer of THE LAST VEGAS, said, “Guitar Center On-Stage has been an amazing journey so far and we are just getting started. It is hard to grasp right now, but we know our lives are going to completely change. Now we are ready to put on a killer live show and are ready to rock at the Hollywood Palladium.”
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.
Guitar Center and Motley Crue announced today the six finalists for the Guitar Center On-Stage: Your Chance To Make Rock History. The final six bands were chosen from a pool of 30 semi-finalists over a period of two days as each semi- finalist performed one song live in front of a panel of industry experts at Guitar Center’s legendary Sunset Boulevard location. The final six bands will continue onto the finals to perform live for Motley Crue at the world famous Whisky A Go-Go on November 10th in Hollywood.
The top six bands were chosen by influential leaders in the music industry, including President of FUSE TV, Eric Sherman; Producer and Front man of Sixx:A.M., James Michael; Music Director of Los Angeles radio station 98.7, Julie Pilat; Chris Nilsson of Tenth St. Entertainment and General Manager of Eleven Seven Music, Frank Woodworth.
Sixx:A.M. front man and producer, James Michael shares, “I was amazed by the talent I saw over the past few days. Rarely do I get to see so many great bands play one after another. The “Guitar Center On Stage” program has already proven effective in finding America’s best up and coming rock bands.”
The finalists who are just one step closer to being official rock stars include:
— The Spittin’ Cobras (Seattle, WA)
Since launching the search for the next great American rock band in August, Guitar Center and Motley Crue have had a staggering 7,930 bands register and close to 175,000 online votes cast at the program’s web site — makerockhistory.com. The site also garnered nearly one million unique visitors since its launch on August 1st.
Motley Crue’s Mick Mars notes, “Our partnership with Guitar Center gives us the opportunity to help an up-and-coming band by giving them every element needed to succeed. Like Ozzy did for us when he took an unknown band called Motley Crue on the road, we too are looking for the next generation’s great rock band.”
Continuing its support of aspiring artists, Guitar Center and the world’s most notorious rock band will provide one up-and-coming band the ultimate, career-altering opportunity — the chance to open on tour for rock icons, Motley Crue. The winning band will also receive $25,000 cash, $20,000 in exclusive new gear from Gibson Guitar, management from Tenth St. Entertainment, and a recording deal from Eleven Seven Music, Motley’s management and record label.
“Guitar Center On-Stage is our most revolutionary program yet, and we are truly amazed with the quality of talent that will go onto perform for Motley at the finals,” said Norman Hajjar, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Guitar Center. “Guitar Center invests millions every year behind programs that are dedicated to helping striving artists realize their musical dreams and this initiative is literally going to make rock history.”
The Guitar Center On-Stage finals, which are free to the public, will be held November 10th at the world famous Whisky A-Go-Go at 7 p.m., where each of the bands will perform live for Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Mick Mars of Motley Crue who will select the top band and winner of Guitar Center On-Stage.
Allen Kovac, CEO and Founder of Tenth Street Entertainment and Eleven Seven Music said, “From the performances that we have witnessed over the duration of this initiative, it’s apparent that Guitar Center On-Stage is an innovative platform that helps find fresh and groundbreaking new artists, whom would otherwise not have a chance to tour with the likes of Motley Crue. The winning band will not only have the chance of a lifetime to open for the notorious rockers, but they will have the support of the record label, management, credibility from Guitar Center and marketing to launch them into the competitive music industry to jump start a long and successful career.”
To check out the audio and videos of the final six bands or for more information about the finals at the Whisky A-Go-Go on November 10th, please go to http://www.makerockhistory.com.
Who should win the Opening slot of Cruefest 2009? Vote below!
Cruefest ’08 is now over and has been deemed a success.
If you could pick your own Cruefest bill for 2009, what 4 bands would you
choose to open for Motley Crue?
My Four choices are:
Also, if they want to turn this into a true festival environment, how about adding a second stage for 3 or 4 bands to play on?
Who would you pick for Cruefest 2009?
Before Mötley Crüe started their set, the winners of the Rock Band competition performed/played Bang Camaro’s Push Push (Lady Lightning). They screens of the game being played showed up on the giant screens on the left and right hand side of the stage. It had to be cool for these kids to be on stage in front of thousands of people.
Mötley Crüe’s stage opened up with an angelic looking image glowing though the black curtain that kept the stage hidden, this image was followed up with a Devil complete with pitchfork. I don’t think anyone knew what to expect before the curtain dropped.
Mötley Crüe has been known to put on a huge stage production and Cruefest ’08 is no exception. The stage has the huge steel letters Los Angeles in Reverse. The light show and sound were fantastic.
Mötley Crüe’s set list included the songs “Shout at the Devil”, “Kickstart My Heart”, “Dr. Feelgood”, “Live Wire”, “Don’t Go Away Mad” “Sick Love Song”, “Same Ol’ Situation”, “Primal Scream”, “Looks that Kill”, “Girls Girls Girls” and new songs “Saints of Los Angeles” and “Mother Fucker of the year” and an encore of “Home Sweet Home”.
I don’t know how Mick Mars manages to perform to the level he does on stage. His battles with ankylosing spondylitis has him in a lot of pain. Regardless if he is overwhelmed with pain, he plays to the best of his ability. He was great in Cincinnati. He played a bunch of solos including one that he borrowed from Jimi Hendrix. Awesome!
I thought Mötley Crüe as a whole sounded great, and if they didn’t I would gladly say so. My wife didn’t think Vince Neil was singing all the words, but I though he sounded pretty good for the most part. There was a part of “Mother Fucker of the Year“, where he looked like he forgot a lyric. You can see it in the video below. He recovered pretty quickly though.
“Saints of Los Angeles” was pretty cool. The song closed out with the gang vocals of James Michael, Jacob Shaddix, Chris Brown and Josh Todd.
It seems that the Mötley Crüe Tittycam (or Tit E. Cam if you prefer) has taken the place of Tommy Lee’s drum solo which there was none. One of the things you could always count on at a live Motley Crue show was an over the top drum solo by Tommy Lee. I was disappointed that he didn’t do something special this year. This was about my only disappointment with this show.
Motley Crue’s set was great, as was Cruefest’ 08. I can’t wait to see what the Crüe has in store for us on Cruefest ’09! I will definitely be there!
I have included some of my favorite pictures from the Mötley Crüe set, and a couple of video clips as well. Enjoy!
Buckcherry was one of the bands at Cruefest that I was looking forward to almost as much as Motley Crue. I have heard by quite a few folks that Buckcherry puts on a great show, but I never caught them live until Cruefest.
Buckcherry’s set list included the songs, “Lit up”, “Next To you”, “Everything”, “Broken glass”, “Sorry”, “Too Drunk” and an over 13 minute version of “Crazy Bitch” to close the show out. “Crazy Bitch” was one of the songs that I was looking forward to. I thought this extended version was a little bit too over the top, and way too long. Buckcherry could have added two more songs to their set by the time they got done with this one. I would have loved to have heard a couple more of their older tunes.
Aside from the “Crazy Bitch” performance, I thought Buckcherry was very good. Josh Todd is a very good front man, and the band is very tight. I never put much thought into Buckcherry’s guitarists, but both Keith Nelson and Stevie D. were very good. Their performance wasn’t quite as athletic as Papa Roach’s, but they were fun to watch nonetheless. They are definitely one of the better bands on the Cruefest bill.
I am hoping to catch Buckcherry again in September at X-Fest in Dayton, Ohio with Avenged Sevenfold. Hopefully, they will do a normal version of Crazy Bitch the next time around.
You can watch the edited Crazy Bitch video here. (I cut out the 3 minute monologue at the beginning of the song).
Nikki Sixx posted the following on his blog this afternoon:
HEY ALL,BEEN SWAMPED,TOURING TWO BANDS,OUR OWN FESTIVAL,ROYAL UNDERGROUND,FAMILY,PRESS,RECORDING NEW MUSIC,WORKING WITH NEW BANDS AT 11-7,DOING PHOTOGRAPHY,TRYING TO SEE KATHERINE AND TRAVELING NON STOP….SO SWAMPED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT BUT NOT A COMPLAINT.
WERE SHOOTING A LIVE DVD OF CRUE FEST TOMORROW IN TORONTO AND IM AT THE AIRPORT WAITING FOR MY RED EYE( AND YES THEY ARE TOO)….
4 MORE SHOWS AND CRUE FEST >ONE< IS OVER…IT WENT SO FAST,AND NEXT YEAR IS APPROACHING EVEN QUICKER….
DONT HAVE MUCH TO REPORT,REALLY JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU ALL FOR A KILLER SUMMER.
LOVE AND ROCK N ROLL
One thing that was pretty amazing at Cruefest, was how fast they tore down and set up the stage for the next band. If you were late getting to Cruefest, chances are you missed Trapt, and Sixx A.M. Luckily, I was there right at 5 for Cruefest, and I didn’t miss a minute of the action.
Sixx A.M. took the stage, and myself by surprise. I have listened to the Heroin Diaries several times since its release, so I am pretty familiar with all of the songs, but I have never seen singer James Michael, or guitarist DJ Ashba live.
Sixx A.M. didn’t have the longest set, but the played all of the popular songs off The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack including, “Tomorrow”, “Accidents Can Happen”, “Pray For Me”, and closed out their set with “Life Is Beautiful”. I knew they would be good, but I didn’t expect to like them as much as I did. Sixx A.M. was excellent live, so good in fact that Nikki Sixx may have to do a second album with this group.
Nikki Sixx is obviously the star in this band. At no point did he try to upstage Michael or Ashba, in fact, I thought for Sixx A.M. being a side project that they appeared to have pretty good chemistry as a band. I would definitely pay to see these guys again! Sixx A.M. was certainly a highlight in Cruefest.
The following clip is Sixx A.M. performing “Life is Beautiful“. Enjoy!
Cruefest came to Cincinnati on Tuesday August 19th. Trapt took the stage shortly after 5 P.M. and played a collection of songs including “Headstrong”, “Still Frame”, “Stand Up”, “I Believe” and their new single, “Who’s Going Home with You Tonight”.
I thought Trapt was good, but their music is more on the alternative rock side, than hard rock. Out of all of the bands on the Cruefest bill, I thought Trapt seemed a little out of place. They were the least heavy act in Cruefest. Their sound wasn’t the only thing that seemed to greatly differ from the other acts on Cruefest.
The members of Sixx A.M. Papa Roach, Buckcherry and Motley Crue, have more tattoos on their skin than most bands I have seen live. Trapt looked like a clean cut bunch of corporate rockers. Their image has nothing to do with their sound. They were good live, but when comparing them to the rest of the acts on the Cruefest bill, they were nothing more than an o.k. warm up act. They didn’t have the energy of the other bands on this bill. I was glad that I got to see them, and I did enjoy hearing a couple of their songs. Their live performance wouldn’t draw me to another show.
From a business perspective, putting Trapt on this bill makes sense. The band has a solid fan base, and have sold a ton of albums. I hope for Cruefest 2009, they pick some bands that better fit the hard rock genre.
The slideshow below are some of the pictures I took during the Trapt set. Enjoy!
This Tour is being billed at The Loudest Show on Earth.
Motley Crue is releasing their new single, Saints of Los Angeles, as a download for the game Rockband for XBox 360 and Playstation 3.
A second stage will be set up at Cruefest, where fans can compete in the game Rockband.
Motley Crue’s new Album, The Dirt, will be released on June 17th.
Motley Crue’s new video, Saints of Lost Angeles premiered during the announcement. The first part of the tour will have 60 U.S dates. They have not decided if they are going to take the tour to Europe or South America, yet.
Here are the tour dates for the 2008 Crue Fest!
Members of Motley Crue’s S.I.N. Club can preorder tickets now!
Jul 01, 2008 West Palm Beach FL US Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jul 03, 2008 Tampa FL US Ford Center
Jul 05, 2008 Charlotte NC US Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 06, 2008 Virginia Beach VA US Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Jul 08, 2008 Wantagh NY US Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul 09, 2008 Buffalo NY US Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul 12, 2008 Philadelphia PA US Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul 13, 2008 Washington DC US Nissan Pavilion Coming Soon
Jul 15, 2008 Detroit MI US DTE Energy Music Theater
Jul 16, 2008 Chicago IL US First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Jul 18, 2008 Indianapolis IN US Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul 19, 2008 Milwaukee WI US Marcus Amphitheater
Jul 20, 2008 St. Louis MO US Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 22, 2008 Houston TX US Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jul 23, 2008 San Antonio TX US Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 24, 2008 Dallas TX US Superpages.com center
Jul 26, 2008 Albuquerque NM US Journal Pavilion
Jul 27, 2008 Denver CO US Coors Amphitheater at Fiddler’s Green
Jul 29, 2008 Salt Lake City UT US USANA Amphitheater
Aug 01, 2008 Phoenix AZ US Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Aug 02, 2008 Los Angeles CA US Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Haven
Aug 05, 2008 Sacramento CA US Sleep Train Amphitheater
Aug 06, 2008 San Francisco CA US Shoreline Amphitheater at Mountain View
Aug 08, 2008 Seattle WA US White River Amphitheater
Aug 09, 2008 Portland OR US Rose Garden Arena
Aug 11, 2008 Vancouver BC CA GM Place
Aug 13, 2008 Edmonton AB CA Rexall Place
Aug 14, 2008 Calgary AB CA Pengrowth Saddledome
Aug 15, 2008 Saskatoon SK CA Credit Union Centre
Aug 17, 2008 Winnipeg MB CA MTS Centre
Aug 19, 2008 Cincinnati OH US Riverbend Music Center
Aug 20, 2008 Cleveland OH US Blossom Music Center
Aug 22, 2008 Boston MA US Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 23, 2008 Holmdel NJ US PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 24, 2008 Uncasville CT US Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug 28, 2008 Toronto ON CA Molson Amphitheatre
Aug 29, 2008 Albany NY US Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug 30, 2008 Scranton PA US Toyota Pavilion
Aug 31, 2008 Pittsburgh PA US Post-Gazette Pavilion
Motley Crue is going to make their “Colossal” announcement tonight at 7 P.M.
They will kick off Cruefest, in support of their new album, The Dirt with the bands Buckcherry, Trapt, Sixx A.M. and Papa Roach. One date in Tampa, Florida, has already been confirmed by Live Nation.
It has been a while since Motley Crue, has released any new tunes. 2005 to be exact, when the band released 2 new songs, and a cover tune, on their Red, White & Crue compiliation.
Here is the video for Sick Love Song!
and here is a preview of the new Motley Crue song, Saints of Los Angeles.
What do you think of the new Crue tunes?
DON’T FORGET TO WATCH MOTLEY CRUE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, TONIGHT AT 12:05 A.M. EST!!!
ASPHALT VALENTINE is the first confirmed band for Cruefest Atlanta, set to take place April 4, 2008 at the 10 High Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.
Around for more than five years, the association known collectively as “Cruefest” has promoted bands that follow in the MÖTLEY CRÜE spirit. Events are held at various locations around the world throughout the year to spotlight these bands and to raise money for the Skylar Neil Memorial Fund, Nikki Sixx‘s Running Wild in the Night foundation, Tommy Lee‘s charity of choice St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Mick Mars‘ charity Spondylitis Association of America.
Event sponsors donate money and merchandise while the bands donate their talent. The highlight of Cruefest Atlanta is the opportunity for MÖTLEY CRÜE fans to get together and raise money for charities. The benefit features the bands as well as the free merchandise, auctions and raffles.
The Skylar Neil Memorial Fund was founded by MÖTLEY CRÜE lead singer Vince Neil in honor of his daughter Skylar who died at age 4 from cancer in 1995. The Skylar Neil Memorial Fund donates exclusively to the T.J. Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer, and aids research. The Skylar Neil Memorial Fund has raised over $1,000,000 to date.
MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx founded the Running Wild in the Night foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds for Covenant House. Covenant House is the largest privately funded childcare agency in the United States providing shelter and service to homeless and runaway youth.
Last year, Cruefests across the world raised over $25,000 for charity. Cruefest hopes to raise even more in 2008.
You can visit the Cruefest Atlanta MySpace page at this location.
A promotional video for the event can be viewed at this location.