Tonight is the last night for Motley Crue. They end their 30+ years as a band on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles. The four original members signed a legal document stating that they would not be touring as MOTLEY CRUE ever again. This is it. (Nor can any one member solely own the name, grab some other musicians and tour under the ban name...like Axl Rose does with GNR.)
For me, for my era, they were the band that personified sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll with a mix of danger. Sure, there were others that did the same. Sure, there were others before them, others with more critical acclaim, others to follow. But, for me, Motley will forever hold a special place in my rocker girl heart.
My first Motley Crue concert was during the Girls Girls Girls tour (I can't remember if it was 1987 or 1988), and I've seen them more times than I can count. I've been on the front row, in smaller venues, and at festivals. I've danced, I've sang, I've rocked, and I've had my finger sucked by Nikki Sixx.
I think Mick Mars is one of the most under-rated guitar players of his time. Tommy Lee is a consummate showman. Vince Neil...well...Vince is Vince...still a party boy through and through. Nikki Sixx is a genius (in my humble opinion).
There have been:
- Albums and Videos
- Tours and Parties
- Marriages and Divorces
- Fist fights and Jail terms
- Overdoses and Drunk-driving accidents
- Groupies and Wives
- Kids and Pets
- Band break-ups and Reunion tours
- Spandex and Leather
- Hairspray and Eyeliner
- Books and Documentaries
- Side projects and Solo albums
- Debauchery and Sobriety
- Illness and Loss
- Rotating drum kits and Guitars that shoot fire
- Back-up singers and Strippers
- Tattoos and Piercings
- Pyrotechnics and Acrobatics
- Reality shows and Talk of a movie
- Arguments and Brotherly love
Crash & burn they did. In good ways and bad. And, I will forever love those reckless maniacs from the streets of Los Angeles. Their music will forever be a major player in the soundtrack of my life. Take a bow, guys. Thanks for the memories.
Happy New Year!