Alice Cooper & Motley Crue-Sun., Aug. 10th, 2014 @Molson Amphitheatre

by Bill Kwan

Alice Cooper opened for Motley Crue with Hello Hooray and kept the show rolling with his roster of hits including; Million Dollar Babies, Welcome to My Nightmare and Eighteen. With his usual flair for theatrics, Cooper delivered with his signature python routine, the guillotine and transforming into Frankenstein! It was a stellar performance for Alice who even to this day knows how to shock, rock, and work the crowd, ending the performance with School’s Out. As co-headliner he could have easily done 3 hours of his legendary theatrics and songs. Maybe next time around!

The incredible anticipation for Motley Crue’s final world tour was palpable as the band rolled onto the stage with The Saints of Los Angeles, rolling right on time to the background music of So Long, Farewell (Rogers & Hammerstein song), and continued on with fan favourites such as Girls Girls Girls.

Each member of the band had their shining moment. Mick Mars delivered with a loud guitar solo, while Tommy Lee performed his upside down drum solo via his Roller Coaster setup, installed from the last few tours, where he pounded the skins to capacity. Nikki Sixx held the attention of the crowd, retelling how it all began in 1981 with the four of them meeting in L.A. And with a propane tank attached to his bass guitar, the audience was treated to a pyrotechnic marvel of stage fireworks. Vince supercharged the stage with his volcanic energy, running from side to side and giving the crowd his frontman showmanship!

Motley Crue’s show reached its nerve shattering climax with All Bad Things Must Come to an End, resonating with a series of explosive smoke, light bombs, confetti, and flames shooting up into the sky!

The band left the stage ending the regular portion of the show, but fans weren’t disappointed as they reappeared for an encore. They returned on a raised platform in the center of the Molson Amphitheatre, performing the great tune, Home Sweet Home, with Tommy Lee playing the piano surrounded by the rest of the band. The platform descended to the ground and the band departed.

Will this really be the final tour? We would like to think it will be as each member has their own separate side projects and ongoing solo careers. We’ll have to wait and see. Tommy Lee will be DJ’ing and doing Methods of Mayhem, Nikki with his band Sixx A.M., as well as pursuing photography and his radio show. Vince is coming out with his new album, his tattoo parlor, and his other side projects. With Mick’s health issues, it’ll be interesting to see what comes next for him. It was an “explosive” show and it went out with a total “Bang”. The”Crue” lived the Rock n’ Roll lifestyle! But as they mentioned “All Bad Things Must Come To An End”!

The Set List:
Alice Cooper:
The Underture
Hello Hooray
(Judy Collins cover)
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
I’m Eighteen
Billion Dollar Babies
Dirty Diamonds
Welcome to My Nightmare
Feed My Frankenstein
Ballad of Dwight Fry
I Love the Dead
School’s Out
(with snippet of “Another … more
Motley Crue:
So Long, Farewell
(Rodgers & Hammerstein song)
Saints of Los Angeles
Wild Side
Primal Scream
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)
Without You
Mutherfucker of the Year
Anarchy in the U.K.
(Sex Pistols cover)
T.N.T. (Terror ‘N Tinseltown)
Dr. Feelgood
In the Beginning
Shout at the Devil
Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Drum Solo
Guitar Solo
Live Wire
Too Young to Fall in Love
Girls, Girls, Girls
Kickstart My Heart
Home Sweet Home