Motley Crue Says Goodbye To Sioux City
Motley Crue brought their “All Bad Things Must Come To An End” tour to the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday night and even though there were a few rough spots, it still was one hell of a fun rock show!
The first rough spot was before the show even started. Crue drummer Tommy Lee’s “Crucifly” drum kit roller coaster took a LOT longer to set up than they had anticipated which left the near capacity crowd on the streets of Sioux City and winding through the parking lots for an hour waiting to get in! The tickets said 7:00pm start. The doors finally opened at about 6:55 and the lines were moving very slow security was checking everyone as they came in and they had set up a beer ID station right inside the door manned by one very inexperienced person which slowed things even further.
A band called The Raskins from New York City opened the show, though we missed the entire set while still outside the venue. Luckily they finally sped up the process with extra security at the doors to get people in and we were in our seats by the time Alice Cooper hit the stage!
Cooper has never disappointed any of the times I’ve been fortunate enough to see him. I was a little disappointed on a couple of fronts last night however: Wednesday’s set could have been longer. And the sound mix was not great. Alice’s vocals were buried through most of his set. I kept waiting for the sound techs to get it dialed in and while I heard a little improvement during the show, it wasn’t enough for my tastes.Thankfully I know the songs well enough, but I wanted to hear him loud and proud since I know he can still sing!
After opening with ‘Hello Hooray’, the band tore through a hit-filled set from “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, to “I’m Eighteen”, “Under My Wheels”, “Billion Dollar Babie”, “Poison”, “School’s Out” which included the chorus from Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall” and even a bit of a surprise with “Feed My Frankenstein” made even more famous by being in the “Wayne’s World” movie.
It was the first time many of us had seen Nita Strauss, their new guitar player who recently replaced Orianthi in the band. The 27-year old shredder was best known for being in an all-girl Iron Maiden tribute band, the Iron Maidens. Strauss more then held her own with the boys last night as they gave us about 50 minutes of rocking memories and left many of us wanting MORE. If they would have done another half hour or so, I would have been happy with the show even if Motley Crue came out playing kazoos!
But there were no kazoos in the Crue’s set (thankfully) but plenty of pyro and f-bombs as you would expect from the band as they celebrate their 33rd (and final) year.
Opening with the title track from their last studio album, 2008’s “Saints of Los Angeles”, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars sounded great together, but there were a few technical issues with Vince Neil’s vocals throughout the show.
On many of the songs, Neil sounded as good as I’ve heard him in the past decade and on others, you couldn’t hear him at all. Let’s face it, we’re all a little worse for wear now than we were 33 years ago, so we all know that it wasn’t going to be the 20 year old frontman, but rather the 53-year old one, but after reading social media comments last night and this morning after the show, it seems I wasn’t the only one that thought he sounded winded on a few songs and seemed to mumble his way through a few more while asking the crowd to sing along. Again, let’s face it, outside of Nikki’s Sixx A.M. band, the rest of the members haven’t been playing regularly and this farewell tour is going to be a fairly grueling schedule as they played the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis Tuesday night. Just remember how YOU felt the day after you were at the Chip!
All nitpicking aside, the band still knows how to put on a fun rock show, from Tommy’s drum kit cruising over the audience, to Nikki’s flame throwing bass, to LOTS of pyro and explosions (watching my wife jump, yell and curse every time an explosion caught her off guard is ALWAYS a treat haha) the Crue played every hit I was hoping to hear and even threw in their cover of “Anarchy U.K.” for good measure.
Motley Crue is making the tour feel like a farewell, with their intro including the Beatles “Hello, Goodbye” and Rogers & Hammerstein’s “So Long, Farewell” before they hit the stage and Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” playing as they exit, so if this truly is goodbye, and honestly, I hope it is, then they are going out on a high note.
Here’s their set list from last night:
Saints of Los Angeles
Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
Looks That Kill
On With the Show
Too Fast for Love
Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room (Brownsville Station cover) (With “Rock and Roll (Part 2)”)
Anarchy in the U.K. (Sex Pistols cover)
T.N.T. (Terror ‘N Tinseltown)
In the Beginning
Shout at the Devil
Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Too Young to Fall in Love
Girls, Girls, Girls
Kickstart My Heart
Home Sweet Home
Alice Cooper’s setlist:
(Judy Collins cover)
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
Welcome to My Nightmare
Feed My Frankenstein
Ballad of Dwight Fry
I Love the Dead