Ahh, the delight of aging rock stars. They may wear bedazzled pants and grow stringy long hair, but they can sell tickets … especially when we’re talking about one of the biggest bands to come out of 1980s hair metal. Case in point, Mötley Crüe sold 8,800 tickets to their June 18 show at Red Rock Resort’s newly constructed amphitheater.
The sold-out show was more for nostalgia than any sort of musical epiphany, but nostalgia can be fun and so can seeing Mötley Crüe rip through “Girls, Girls, Girls” while backup dancers slink on stripper poles. With Vince Neil sounding astoundingly like he did in his glory years, the Crüe played 90 minutes worth of top hits, even managing to fit in Cee Lo’s “Fuck You” in the chorus of “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” and working in the title track off their 2008 album, Saints of Los Angeles.
Drummer Tommy Lee, who is also a DJ, stole the spotlight by playing drums to a dubstep beat while strapped to a 360-degree-rotating drum set. The beat didn’t exactly fit into the tone of the show, but when you’re at a Mötley Crüe concert in 2011, things don’t need to make sense. He even strapped a lucky fan into an additional chair on the custom drum kit, allowing him to share the ride.
A scratch-your-head moment came after they closed with a rousing rendition of “Kickstart My Heart”: While in the middle of taking their bows, the band doused the front rows with fake blood sending everyone home soaking wet—bizarre, to say the least.
In case you missed the trip down memory lane, which included the New York Dolls and Poison as openers, bassist Nikki Sixx assured the crowd that Mötley Crüe has at least 10 to 30 years left together. Whew!