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An Evening in Hell: Opening Night Review

My favorite band of all time is back!

Wednesday September 18 had been a date stuck in my head for months as it marks the opening night of Motley Crues second residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Of course I had to work that day, but the ever moving mobile billboards touting the show dates kept me focused on the task at hand: getting out of there in time to get ready for Crue!

The Hard Rock was completely abuzz by the time we rolled in about 7:15pm. Just enough time to grab a couple 2 for 1 cocktails and get in line for General Admission.

This is the only sore spot for me. I bought these tickets on American Express Presale and shelled out who knows how much in Ticketmaster fees to be the first to buy tickets. Bad mistake. I bought GA, based on the venue setup of the first residency. At those shows GA was right up front, exactly where it should be. This keeps the true, diehard, and dedicated right where we belong…in the front!

The current set up puts about 15 rows of Gold Circle seating up front, then some space and THEN General Admission behind the sound board. Sucks. This might be acceptable for some, but not for me. Not after last time right at the end of the stage. But, whatever. I learned this the hard way and my next 3 shows will be seen up close in Gold Circle seating.

I’m not sure why they changed the setup? Rumor is that the band wanted more money and they are able to charge more for the Gold Circle seats. If that’s the case they should’ve just charged $130 for GA and left it the way it was before. According to a Tweet some time ago from Tommy (@mrtommyland) this was not a band decision, but a promoter decision. That makes more sense to me. I happened to be surrounded by more than a few high rollers last time that were less than happy about their pricey suits being blood splattered (the blood was later ceased all together). These same cry babies probably didn’t want to stand either. Whatever. We were still in the very front of GA and the Joint isn’t that big so the show kicked ass regardless of the fact that I couldn’t look directly into Vince’s eyes. I did feel badly for the fans that were surprised by this though. I was the bearer of bad news to many in line about the set up change and none were pleased. These were all fans that had been at the previous residency so they really had no idea until I filled them in. For me I had a few months to become used to the idea. Also, I had 3 more shows coming up so cie la vie.

Sooo… on to the show! The ushers were dressed in a sort of flowy, gothic, gate keepers of hell attire. I love it. I seriously enjoy that during these Crue residencies their theme is detailed and carried through every aspect of the experience and every corner of the hotel.

Once our spot was secured and the countdown on my iphone had reached 0 days 0 hours 0 minutes and 0 seconds, the Crue exploded on stage about 10 min later.

They opened with Red Hot! Red Hot people! This is epic. The set list was made for the Crue fan that has been with the band from the get go. Red Hot turned into Wildside and Louder than Hell (are you catching on to the old school theme?). From here Saints of Los Angeles, Too Young to Fall in Love, Same Ol Situation, Looks that Kill, Don’t Go Away Mad, Livewire, In the Begining, Shout at the Devil, Motherfucker of the Year, Too Fast For Love, Primal Scream, Dr Feelgood, Girls, Girls, Girls…and then they said goodnight. Of course this couldn’t be the end though?! Tommy had to come back out and play a baby grand that was smoldering under flames and then the show finished up with the most appropriate Kickstart My Heart.

During this monstrous two hour set the stage lived up to the hype.

The show was inherently more stripped down than the previous residency. Gone are the aerialists, stilt walkers,the backup dancers and backing vocals. This show was the most stripped down I have ever seen Crue. It was gritty and fantastic. In the end what I want to see and hear is Crue and with this new, industrial look inside Hell, that is exactly what you get. Tommy was a bit lost in the hellfire and without the drum roller coaster of the past few years, or the overhead spinning drum sets of many, many, tours ago, and the immense amount of fire all over the entire stage as well as the air above it, visually Tommy was a little lost. Not sonically of course. Just not as visually present as I’m used to seeing him. Also, no drum solo!? In the 20 or more times I’ve seen Crue I cannot recall a time when there was not a drum solo. Not sure if this will remain the same throughout the remaining show? I had heard that there was initially supposed to be some sort of dancing robot situation happening that was nixed by the Clark County Fire Dept. Perhaps they hadn’t had time to develop something new? Perhaps Tommy said “Fuck you. If I can’t do what I want then I won’t do anything at all?” I don’t know. I’m guessing. Makes sense though. On that note, there wasn’t a guitar solo either. Weird. Like I said before: It was a stripped down Crue. It was awesome. The “Evening in Hell” moniker was right on point. There was certainly more fire than I’ve ever seen at a show. Ever. It was hot. It filled the room. I smelled like butane the next morning when I woke up. This is not merely marketing. My friend Monica who was with me that night even looked a bit afraid while she scanned the Joint for emergency exits just in case. I informed her to save herself if necessary. There are worse ways to go out then rocking out at a Motley Crue show. But truly it’s safe. The fire dept is on hand at each show. Don’t be afraid! Although at times the fire seemed to be breathing, it was apparent that things were under control. Twice it appeared that a few spots of fire (one on the drum riser and later one at the top of the back curtain) were not part of the show and they were quickly put out by stage hands. No harm done.

And that bass. Nikki debuted his bass that shoots flames last year. In this show that beast was put to some serious use. Flames were shot out of its neck of whenever Nikki got the chance. Killer!

All in all this show amazed as only the Crue can.

I’m looking forward to Sept 22, Sept 28, and October 5. Last time there were many elements added and deleted between Opening Night and Closing Night. The show evolved and I’m thinking that may remain true this time as well.

But even if nothing changes at all I’m happy with that.

Long live Motley Crue. See you on Sunday!

Concert Season is Here!

Even if you took Christmas, New Years Eve and every Sunday Funday of the year and mixed them all together you still couldn’t top the next two months of Concert Season in Las Vegas!

Sure we are technically on the downslope of 2013, but we’re goin’ out with a bang.

09/01/13  Black Sabbath-–  This Labor Day Weekend (the unofficial end of Summer) in true Metal fashion Black Sabbath will be taking over the MGM Grand Garden.  Truthfully speaking, the MGM Grand is my least favorite venue in town.  I’ve been spoiled by intimate venues like The Joint, Vinyl, HOB, and the Pearl.  But an arena band calls for a true arena and there’s no better  act than Black Sabbath to make the MGM Grand the ideal loacation for a rock show of this scale.  A perfect way to start off the season.

(Update: One of the BEST shows I’ve ever seen.)

09/06/13 The Cult-– Since they are performing the entire Electric album, it’s one of my husband’s favorite bands ever, and back in the late 90’s they broke up the night before I was supposed to see them, there’s no way I’m missing this one!  Hopefully the HOB won’t be quite as oversold as Slash was and we can just claim a space at the bar and take in the magic of the Cult’s Electric album in style!

(Update: Missed it…)

09/14/13 Sin City Sinners w/ Special Guest Sebastian Bach— My favorite local band the Sin City Sinners at my favorite local bar, Vamp’d with one of the most amazing lead singers in all of rock music Sebastian Bach!  I’ve seen this match up before and it does nothing but kick major ass!  On top of all this amazing, tickets are only $15.  What a way to keep the ball rolling from Sabbath and hold me over til Crue.  I feel blessed.

(Update: Totally amazing show. Bas was on point as usual vocally. Wasn’t a fan of the “fight” currently waging between Sebastian Bach and Nikki Sixx which was brought up repeatedly, but hey what are you gonna do? It’s Rock and Roll and sometimes it’s messy. Especially when memories are harbored in a haze of drugs and alcohol.)

09/15/13  Carnival of Madness In my attempt to keep current and abreast of new music, I’ll be taking in the Carnival of Madness tour when it comes to The Joint.  Headlined by Shinedown and Papa Roach, the tour will also feature Skillet, In This Moment, and We as human.  The only one I haven’t heard of is the last band, but hey why not?  I first saw Shinedown open for Van Halen, back when Sammy was still playing with them, and I was pretty impressed.  Since then I’ve only heard good things.  These bands area all on heavy rotation on Sirius XM Octane channel , so needless to say I’m pretty psyched to catch them live.  Especially in a general admission crowd at the most amazing mid size venue in town, The Joint!

(Update: It starts in about an hour and no way I can make it. Had too much fun last night at the Sinners show).

09/18/13 Motley Crue–  This is just THE BEST THING EVER!  As if catching 4 shows of the previous residency were not enough, CRUE is COMING BACK.  It’s really almost beyond words how exciting this is for me.  September 18 is the opening night of the tour so there’s no way in Hell I would miss this.  Only downside is that I have GA tickets.  I bought them on pre-sale because at the last residency we would just walk right up to the front of the stage and that was that.  I didn’t realize when I purchased these that they flipped it this time.  There is Gold Circle seating in the front, then GA behind that.  Sucks!  Especially since, had I know, I could’ve just bought the damn seats up front.  Whatever though.  I have 3 other shows where I have the Gold Circle seating.  The point is that it’s opening night and I’ll be there. Enough said.

(Update: Show starts in 3 days, 3 hours, 23 minutes, and 40 seconds).

09/21/13 iheartradio Village-  Every year that iheart radio festival comes I’m always sitting without tickets. Not that I really care to go…although I see they have now added Paul McCartney!  But mostly because it’s a combo of many acts taht my daughter really likes and I’m itching to get her to some live shows now that she’s almost 13.  Alas, tickets generally sell out in like 3 seconds and they are really expensive. This eyar though they are doing some sort of daytime parking lot show with Miley Cyrus, Avril Levigne, Neyo, Jason Derulo, The Wanted, The Band Perry, Twenty One Pilots, Krewella, Pete Tong, Awolnation.  Seems like a good time and after the whole Mileygate at the VMA’s who know what might go down?  Actually kinda looking forward to it.

09/22/13 Motley Crue—  This will be a most special Crue show for me as it is the first time I will get to take my soon to be 13 year old daughter to see them!  Of course she has been blessed with growing up with Crue tunes her whole life.  Even so, she hasn’t embraced them as a fan.  With this show I hope she finally does. At the very least she will get first hand knowledge of what a rock show should be.  She is really into bands like Black Veil Brides, whose are greatly influenced by the Crue.  She doesn’t believe me…probably becasue I am her Mother so I am not cool….after this show she will realize a few things 1) Her bands are most certainly influenced by mine 2) I am super cool.  The show is on a school night.  That’s rock and roll!

09/28/13 Motley Crue–  Another Crue show of a whole other level.  It’s a Saturday Night.  No work the next day. Nothing to do but Rock.  Just me, Kate, and whoever else wants to have the most fun you can have with Motley Crue, in Vegas, on a weekend.

10/02/13 Saxon/Fozzy—  I’ve never seen either of these bands, but I love Vamp’d and I’m a big fan of Chris Jericho (lead singer of Fozzy and ambassador of Rock and Roll, host of the Golden God Awards, former WWE wrestler and alum of Dancing with the Stars).  As for Saxon, Crue actually used to open for them, and they were at the forefront of the 80’s rock scene.  Must go to pay my respects.

10/04/13 The Winery Dogs–I was turned onto this band by Eddie Trunk, whose opinion on music I whole heartedly respect.  He talked these guys up so much on That Metal Show on VH1 Classic and his weekly radio show on Trunk Nation, Sirius XM Radio, that I had to check them out.  They rock.  Just real, straight forward rock played by professional and technical rock music geniuses.  It’s a 3 piece if you can believe that. Mike Portnoy (of Dream Theater)  on drums, Billy Sheehan (David Lee Rith, Steve Vail, Mr Big) on Bass and Ritchie Kotzen (Who’s basically played with anyone and everyone) on guitar and vocals.  I jsut really, really like these guys.  I’m excited for something new and they are playing at Vamp’d.  Awesome.  Again tickets are only $15…what a steal!

10/05/13 Motley Crue-–  The last  Saturday of the last weekend of the residency.  Super excited that my husband and one of our best friends in the world, the amazing Darren Weiler and his lovely girlfriend will be joining me for this final performance of “An Evening in Hell”, which Nikki Sixx assures will be intimate: “Last time our goal was to [be] theatrical …  giving [fans] more eye candy than your usual rock show. This time our feeling is to bring it back with the four band members and the songs,” Sixx said. This time around, “Everybody has a view of the band members and everybody can make eye contact with us.”  We are  moving into a suite at the Hard Rock for this show since I just can’t bear to leave when it’s over.  Lots of friends coming down for this one, so it’ll be rock and roll debauchery with a group of many.  Can’t wait!  It’ll be our last opportunity to absorb all things Crue!

And that’s that.

11 show in 35 days.

Starting now….see you on the other side!