Just between you and me, this
band gets my vote for the band Iíd most like to party with. Some
say Motley Crue helped define rock music and lifestyle in the MTV generation.
One thing can definitely be said about them, these
guys don't believe in doing anything half way. They have been, and
still are one of the best rock & roll shows of our time. In keeping
with that theme, the "Maximum Rock Tour" was launched in June of this year,
and the Crue took to the road with the Scorpions and without Tommy Lee
(but that's another story).
are you with the Crue?
boys are back in black (leather) and as wild as ever! They've got
the moves, the grooves and the explosives to guarantee you 90 minutes of
unbridled musical ecstasy. Vince paces the stage, singing in a voice
that has weathered over the years but can always punch through the scream
of the guitars. In songs like Dr. Feelgood and
Holiday he has the mosh pit in a frenzy. All around there
is smoke and confetti - just another day at work for this party dude. Nikki
is always the rebel, griping between songs about the Back Street Boys and
the lack of hard rock on the air waves these days. What would a Crue
concert be without Nikki starting his own wet t-shirt contest by throwing
cups and bottles of water out into the audience? (This reporter/photographer
was doused while narrowly escaping the destruction of her camera lens -
anything for you guys!). Mick
Mars is ever the silent, dark guitar shredder. He plows through head
banging solos or sinks deep into a beautiful 12 string acoustic intro to
Sweet Home as if he is in an alternate universe - one where guitar
The newest member of the
Crue, Randy Castillo had some pretty big shoes to step into when he began
the tour with the others. Let's face it, Tommy Lee is regarded as
one of the best drummers in the hard rock/heavy metal genre. His
antics on and off stage have gained him a very high profile and cemented
him in the pages of the rock & roll history books. For reasons
we may never know or understand,
Tommy decided in April of 1999 that he would take a break from touring
for a while and concentrate on different directions in music. The
Crue has wished him well and support him in his decision. Randy Castillo
was drafted by the Crue because of his skills and his body of work, including
his ten years with none other than The Ozzman! Baby, if you can hang
with Ozzy, you can hang with the best. Randy is a hard driving drummer
who left no beat unturned and didn't lead the band into un-Motley territory.
Congrats to Randy for coming into a hard place and giving an excellent
Oh yeah, the lesbian strippers.
I almost forgot to mention this non-musical addition to the show.
These lovely ladies are said to be one of the
contributing factors to our man Nikki spending the night in the pokey after
the Las Vegas stop of the tour. Of course all details of that incident
are sealed for legal reasons, but all will be told when Nikki is good and
ready. Suffice to say these ladies provide some added color and a
new dimension to the stage show.
This year the Crue re-released
all of their albums after having regained the rights to their catalogue
from Electra. Titled Crucial Crue, these releases have been digitally
remastered with rare bonus tracks and new liner notes on each album, where
band members reflect on the original works and the extra tracks.
"We wanted to share with our fans the stories behind what was going on
in our lives and how these
times were reflected in our music," says Nikki Sixx. All controversy
and colorful life styles aside, Crucial Crue offers some valuable insight
into the musicians that sometimes gets lost in the excitement of a video
or a live concert. A good example of this can be found on the Theatre
of Pain re-release. It includes a demo of the bandís signature ballad
Sweet Home that reminds you these guys are serious musicians.
The track is an instrumental version that could be thought of as the birth
of this unforgettable song. Allow yourself to drop out of warp drive
for a minute and get lost in the addictive riffs that Mick Mars threads
through the power chords.
Perhaps the best buy of this
set of eight albums is the eighth in the series, "Supersonic and Demonic
Relics." This is an entirely new collection of Motley Crue rarities.
The 15 track collection includes re-mastered tracks from the Decade
of Decadence album, Quarternary sessions, a live version of "Dr.
Feelgood," an 11-minute industrial mix of "Hooliganís Holiday"
and unreleased tracks and demos dating back to 1983.
Motley Crue and the Scorpions
made their way across the US this summer and do a brief tour in Japan before
getting back into the studio to work on their next album. Nikki
and Mick are already hard at work writing material for this next project
and canít wait to start laying down tracks at Nikkiís Ranch recording studio.
Motley fans will also want to keep their ear to the ground for the release
of the bandís first live album in late November 1999. It promises
to be a screaming scrapbook of Motley adventures in the rock n world.
Let your imagination take
you to uncharted territory for a while! The concert is over and you
have been asked by Rock N World to snag an exclusive interview with the
Crue . . . You have your press pass and your security escort motions for
you to follow him back stage. Your legs are a little weak.
You can hear your heart pounding in your ears but you have to get the goods
for the fans who are counting on you!
Nowís your chance . . . remember,
you are asking for all of us. Who do you talk to first, and what
do you want to ask?
You never know, dreams can
come true . . . in the rock n world!