Review and photos by Stuart Blythe
The Brisbane Entertainment Centre was packed to the rafters with eager fans coming out to farewell MOTLEY CRUE on their last ever stop in Brisbane as part of ‘The Final Tour’. And opening for Motley Crue was none other than the master of macabre theatrical rock ALICE COOPER.
With a cut down set time of only 50 minutes, Alice and his band waste no time kicking off their set with gritty anthemic classics Department of Youth and No More Mr. Nice Guy. By the time we hit the third song Under My Wheels the crowd is singing, jumping and primed for more.
Notably, the band is tight. Three guitarists led by the exceptional Nita Strauss and drummer Glen Sobel pumping out a blistering drum solo, one of the best we’ve witnessed in quite some time.
During the second half of the performance we see Alice wrapped in an enormous black headed python; being electrified on an operating table and turned into a twelve foot tall Frankenstein; strapped in a straight-jacket for Ballad of Dwight Fry; and eventually dragged to the guillotine and decapitated… everything we’ve come to love and expect.
Even with the smaller stage and shorter set Alice Cooper truly delivers a larger than life rock show.
With sirens blaring, lights flashing and the crowd screaming, Motley Crue take to the stage for their last ever appearance in Brisbane. For 35 years Motley Crue have been living the Rock & Roll lifestyle bigger, badder and better than probably anyone else. And tonight Vince Neil explains that “35 years in Rock & Roll is a long f..ing time!”
Pumping through their classics such as Primal Scream, Smokin’ in the Boys Room and Dr. Feelgood then throwing in a cover of Anarchy in the U.K. (Sex Pistols), the packed crowds excitement escalated with each song.
During Shout at the Devil Nikki Sixx set the stage on fire, literally! Using a flamethrower attached to his guitar he sprayed fire into the air setting alight an inverted pentagon.
A technical issues stopped the much publicised “Cruecifly” from actually flying, much to the disappointment of fans and obvious frustration of Tommy Lee who was stuck about three metres off the platform. Mick Mars saves the moment by taking the stage performing a scene stealing guitar solo and wall of sound which revved up the crowd. In fact, Micks’ shredding guitar throughout the show was nothing short of flawless.
Finishing out the set with Girls, Girls, Girls and Kickstart My Heart, the stage was literally ablaze with turrets of fire, explosions, smoke, streamers and lights. Motley left the stage to a cheering crowd. After an extended wait and chants for more, the band came back on for a final song, Home Sweet Home. Playing the song from a smaller elevated stage in the middle of the arena and video footage of the band in their heyday being displayed, it was a fitting ending to the show.
Set List Below…
Alice Cooper Set List:
Department of Youth
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
Billion Dollar Babies
(With drum solo)
Welcome to My Nightmare
Feed My Frankenstein
Ballad of Dwight Fry
I Love the Dead
Motley Crue Set List:
Saints of Los Angeles
Same Ol’ Situation
Looks That Kill
On With the Show
Too Fast for Love
Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room
Mutherfucker of the Year
Anarchy in the U.K. (Sex Pistols cover)
Shout at the Devil
Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
(Crüecifly Had Technical Difficulty)
Too Young to Fall in Love
Girls, Girls, Girls
Kickstart My Heart
Home Sweet Home
Band: Mötley Crüe – www.facebook.com/MotleyCrue
Venue: Brisbane Entertainment Centre – www.brisent.com.au
Date: May 19, 2015