So this is it. The last go-round for the gloriously grimy quartet of Los Angeles pop-metal pretty boys – er, well, they were pretty at one time, anyway – known as Motley Crue.
It has indeed been a wild, ribald and decidedly substance-addled ride for the band that melded the influence of ’70s sleaze-glam icons like Starz and Sweet to the macho swagger and androgynous strut of ’80s hard rock, in the process birthing the genre that came to be known as hair metal. Motley Crue’s story bears all the markings of an effective TV docudrama – drugs, girls, infighting, arrests, girls, more drugs, interesting “home videos,” girls, flying drum risers, drugs and the loss of at least one spouse to Kid Rock. This could all make for a great movie someday. Perhaps Donny Wahlberg will be cast as Crue drummer Tommy Lee. Just a thought.
In the meantime, the Crue is in the midst of its official farewell tour – so official, in fact, that the original members (singer Vince Neil, drummer Lee, bassist and primary songwriter Nikki Sixx, and guitarist Mick Mars) signed contractual agreements ending their existence as a band immediately following the tour conclusion.
For the farewell jaunt, the Crue has pulled out all the stops, theatricality wise, and concocted a killer set list comprised of all the songs you would want to hear – plus, probably, “Home Sweet Home” – with which to bid the Crue-devout a final adieu. They’ve also enlisted the help of the guy who actually invented glammy shock-rock in the first place, Alice Cooper, to handle the opening act duties.
Motley Crue and Alice Cooper perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 for general admission lawn and $49.50-$125 for reserved seats.
- Jeff Miers