The Crüe made a big deal about all the spectacular things they could do with their Hard Rock residency (which runs through Feb. 19) that they couldn’t do when lugging sets on tour. So did they deliver? Sort of.
The aerial silk performers were cool; the pyrotechnics were plenty; Tommy Lee’s much-vaunted drumcoaster was neat (although they’d managed to lug a similar one on their last tour); and it was fun to see Vince Neil swoop in from the balcony (kind of like what Cher did back at the Colosseum). But for all this talk of “taking on Sin City,” I expected more.
Call me a lush, but I wanted to see more than a handful of girls onstage during “Girls, Girls, Girls.” (Hell, I saw more girls on their Kia commercial cameo during the Super Bowl.) Additionally, the balloons and confetti that fell from the ceiling never came my way, and I could only catch quick glances of the performing midgets (ironically, because I was too short to see them). The Hard Rock has hired all these awesome freak-show clowns and stilt-walkers to wander the casino and give out Mötley Crüe fliers. Why not put them in the show?
As for the Crüe’s musical performance, it wasn’t all that different from the last time we reviewed them (when they played Red Rock, in our June 23 issue). A major exception being the short acoustic set they played while hovering above the audience in a metal UFO-type thingy. So, if your fondness for Mötley Crüe reaches beyond their hits (which they play), go see them. Otherwise, you’ll have more fun at Steel Panther. ★★☆☆☆