By Ruben Mosqueda // Mötley Crüe called it a career at the tail end of 2015 right where things started in 1981 on their home turf Los Angeles.
Mötley Crüe called it a career at the tail end of 2015 right where things started in 1981 on their home turf Los Angeles; The Staples Center to be exact. There’s no question that Mötley Crüe are a lock for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame it’s just simply a matter of time before they get a nomination. Mötley Crüe’s influence was seen in the countless Mötley clones that popped up in the mid-80s through the early 90s. Mötley Crüe has become a new generation’s classic rock. Who could have imagined that?
As stated; Mötley Crüe wrapped up their ‘farewell tour’ or ‘The End’ as they dubbed it on New Year’s Eve of 2015. Mötley Crüe captured their final performance ever [I still don’t think it’s ‘it’ but that’s what they’re sticking to] on a new DVD/Blu Ray/CD set titled ‘The End Live In Los Angeles’ issued by Eagle Rock Entertainment. You get the good, the bad and the ugly with ‘The End Live In Los Angeles;’ a Mötley Crüe show has grown to become just as big of an attraction as the band’s catalog. To close this thing out [drummer] Tommy Lee went all out to top the drum solo to ‘end’ all drum solos. Lee set his drum kit on rails and thrilled fans on his roller coaster drum kit. The kit stalled on him midway through the solo and brought the solo to an abrupt end. It’s interesting to note that the band shot footage from multiple nights but elected to keep it as is. Somewhat admirable, considering Mötley Crüe has been piping in performance enhancing tracks for years..
Guitarist Mick Mars looks past ‘worse for wear’ but still remains the only 'virtuoso' in the band. I’m still in awe at the number of riffs Mars has been responsible for. Nikki Sixx the primary songwriter has evolved into a showman rather than a musician; if the ‘blow torch bass’ isn’t evidence of this I don’t know what is? Vocalist Vince Neil has seen better days; Neil is the only singer that I have ever witnessed that has made ‘an art’ of fumbling through his own lyrics. Neil’s performance on ‘The End’ continues that tradition. ‘The End’ features all the Mötley Crüe hits that you would assume would be in there; "Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Wild Side,” “Primal Scream.” “Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.),” “Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away),” “Smokin' in the Boys Room,” Looks That Kill,” “Shout at the Devil,” “Saints of Los Angeles,” Live Wire,” “Dr. Feelgood” and "Kickstart My Heart." The only deep cut in the set being "Louder Than Hell" and the questionable moment being "Mutherfucker of the Year."
‘The End Live in Los Angeles” is an accurate depiction of what Mötley Crüe was at the tail end of their career; a spotty live act with a vast catalog of hits that put on a spectacular visual show. 'The End Live in Los Angeles' comes right in time for the holidays and would serve as a good souvenir for diehard and casual fans alike.