This past New Years I attended the very last MOTLEY CRUE concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Sadly, it is the beginning of the end of the original 1980’s Heavy Metal movement.
Back in 1981-82 I saw Motley Crue on the Sunset Strip, in Hollywood. They were selling their sound next to the likes of Great White, Quiet Riot and RATT to name but a few. All these bands used to walk Sunset handing out fliers and stickers begging you to come inside to see their show. They also handed out their demo cassettes of which I still have from many many bands of the era including Motley’s.
In 1983 I saw them at the US Festival in San Bernadino alongside Quiet Riot, Ozzy Ozbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph, Scorpions and Van Halen with 350,000 screaming Metal Heads.
I saw them again on the Shout at the Devil, Theater of Pain, Girls-Girls-Girls and Dr. Feelgood tours at various venues in LA.
And now they have called it quits, back in their home town. There are no bands that I can think of that are still performing today, from that era with their full original line up. Most bands have had to replace members due to breakup or death, Slayer was one of the last, but are no longer the originals.
Motley Crue was it.
It’s a bummer that our hero’s have to grow old. I recently saw AC/DC at Dodger Stadium. They still sounded fantastic, but I know it is their last gasp. The same goes for all the bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. This is it. The last chance to see them before they fade away.
On December 28th, Lemmy from Motorhead died. He was one of the hero’s I got to meet many times and even performed with my band in front of as he was a regular at the Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood where I regularly performed. Kind of a strange thing, he saw me on stage at the Whiskey, I saw him on stage at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater along with Iron Maiden and Dio.
In February I will see Black Sabbath one last time on their “THE END” tour. I guess it all has to come to an end sooner or later.
I urge you to get out there and see these bands before it’s over.
Thank you Motley Crue, I had a blast!! \m/\m/