News Segment


February 13, 2006

Here’s what you get at a Motley Crue concert.

– A fan-cam (focused, of course, on women) and a bottle of Jagermeister passed from the band to the audience. Yeah, exactly.
– Scantily clad women climbing scaffolding, writhing in chains and midget whipping.
– A lot of cussing, especially when trying to get the crowd amped.
– Drunk people with hugs for people they spill beer on. (This reporter was hugged for nearly five minutes after his head and notebook were drenched.)
– Drummer Tommy Lee doing an aerial show between two platforms suspended from the rafters to the screams of “drop your pants.” (He didn’t.)

The No. 1 thing you get at a Crue show is a good time – just leave the kids at home.

Sunday night’s concert at the Colonial Center started an hour late because of stage issues, but that just gave more than 7,000 fans more time to drink.

From the opening chords of “Shout at the Devil,” you could feel this show was going to be remembered as decadent – even in Motley Crue lore. And when lead singer Vince Neil was cocked with a water bottle thrown from the audience, you knew the night was special.

“You don’t throw (expletive) at the band,” bassist Nikki Sixx said as the music ground to a halt. “Why don’t we find that guy and bring him backstage.”

Neil, who started the show in the No. 4 jersey of USC standout wide receiver Sidney Rice, threw his microphone into the audience only to return 15 minutes later to continue to rock carnage.

Neil’s wail is still crudely magnificent. The singalongs from the fans in tattoo-exposing cutoff T-shirts and low-cut tanks on songs such as “Wild Side,” “Primal Scream” and “Looks That Kill” were inspiring.

Of any show that I’ve been to at the Colonial Center, with the exception of Prince, this audience was the most jacked.

And nostalgic. The arena was lit up like a Shandon home during Christmas for “Home Sweet Home.” Milking the sweetness of the ballad, Neil had to chide the audience to “wait for me” while singing.

“Dr. Feelgood,” “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Same Ol’ Situation” were charming, but nothing spectacular.

The Crue’s interaction with the fans was spectacular, and unlike most performers today, the band made the audience feel like they were a part of the show.

And that’s when the best times are had at concerts.

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