Paul Barclay

Review: Mötley Crüe at Metro Radio Arena

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Since 1981, the self proclaimed Saints of Los Angeles, Mötley Crüe have been rocking all over the world with their brand of sleaze filled, occasionally glammed up rock 'n' roll. But now, after 34 years, it is coming to an end.

(From the left) Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue announce their final European tour at a press conference held at the Law Society in London.

(From the left) Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue. Picture by: Ian West / PA Wire/Press Association Images

After embarking on a final world tour which ends on New Years Eve in Los Angeles, the band will then be calling it quits and having a very well deserved rest. So, with this in mind, do they still rock live? Before we find out, we first have the theatrics of Alice Cooper.

Watching some bands is just like watching some people play songs. With Alice Cooper, it is a show, a real performance. It is a theatrical experience filled with costume changes, fireworks and extras in costume. It is also filled with some very strong music and performances from all involved.

Despite being 64-years-old, Alice Cooper can still deliver performances that are up there with the best of them. Playing a 50 minute set that includes favourites such as Poison, Feed My Frankenstein and No More Mr. Nice Guy, Cooper gets the crowd singing along to every word and warms them up nicely for the main event. Finishing with his customary on stage decapitation and then School’s Out, Alice Cooper delivered a fantastic set that left people wanting more.

Now, on to the Crüe. Coming out to So Long, Farewell from The Sound of Music, it is clear that even if the band are older, they won’t let that hold them back. Launching into Girls, Girls, Girls, the noise erupts and leads to fist-pumping and air-guitaring all through the sold out crowd. This will continue throughout their 2 hour set. Modern songs such as Saints of Los Angeles are played alongside classics such as Dr. Feelgood, Shout at the Devil and Kickstart my Heart.

All the members of the band sound fantastic and are point for the whole show. Vince Neil’s vocals held up very well for the most part. Only once or twice did it shake slightly, but after 34 years, he can be forgiven. Mick Mars still shreds on guitar despite suffering with ankylosing spondylitis, an disease that is like arthritis and mainly attacks the spine and pelvis. He may not be moving as much as the rest of his band, but his guitar work is still exemplary. Nikki Sixx on bass is still amazing and delivers a short story about himself which leads to him telling people to never give up and always to go for their dreams. Last, but by no means least is drummer Tommy Lee who delivers one the sets many highlights with his drum solo. While performing this, his drum kit rises up and flies out over the audience while also flipping him over so at he is playing upside down at times. It is a stunning sight to behold.

After there stunning set, they finished by playing ballad Home Sweet Home from the sound booth in the middle of the crowd, giving everyone a last opportunity to be close to one of the greatest rock bands ever. It is a fitting end to the show, and when they play their last show, it will be a fitting end to their career. They have been through highs and lows but have always attempted to put on a show for their fans. This concert was no different. They were amazing and they will be missed, as the hashtag they have been using says, RIP Mötley Crüe.