Spoiler alert: If you plan to catch Mötley Crüe’s final tour, you may want to stop reading now.
Just like the song off their Saints of Los Angeles album, Mötley Crüe did, in fact, go out swinging.
I caught the Camden and Holmdel, New Jersey shows. The sound system played So Long, Farewell from The Sound of Music right before the Hollywood bad boys took the stage. The audience at both venues were treated to almost 2 hours of hits spanning 33 years, complete with dancing girls and pyrotechnics. At one point, bassist Nikki Sixx told the story of how the group met and formed on January 17, 1981. His tale lasted almost 10 minutes, and while the Camden crowd was receptive, the Holmdel audience was annoyed by the interruption in the music. After the brief band history, Mötley Crüe resumed playing their energetic set.
Absent from the Holmdel show was Tommy Lee’s Cruecifly, an apparatus that allows the drummer to play upside down, suspended in air. The Camden crowd enjoyed the spectacle, but his solo was skipped in Holmdel. I learned that not all venues are equipped to handle the Cruecifly, which explains why it will not appear at every show.
Mötley Crüe performed only one encore, Home Sweet Home. It was bittersweet; the boys were going home for good. To paraphrase Nikki Sixx, this wasn’t goodbye, as their music will haunt us until the day we die. R.I.P. Mötley Crüe, 1981-2015.