Motley Crue and The Scorpions

July 6 1999, Tweeter Center Mansfield Ma


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MAXIMUM ROCK - The Scorpions & Motley Crue

With Vince out of the band and then back in and now Tommy out and Nikki and Tommy seeming to be on the verge of a major battle I was headed into last nights show kinda hoping the Crue would just pack it in after this tour. But screw that! They rocked too good and too hard last night to let them drift off into the sunset. This is the fifth time I've seen them since Vince is back in and they have gotten so tight and reliable live - I could see them every night.

I blew off the openers Flash Bastard, then The Scorpions took the stage for a 90 minute set. Never been a huge Scorps fan. Saw them once before on Monsters of Rock Tour - but they were pretty good. Lots of live rock clichés and poses - but they sounded as good as they ever did. They played three or four new songs plus all their old hits like "The Zoo" (which I loved), "Still Loving You", "Big City Nights" "Blackout", No One Like You" and of course "Rock You Like A Hurricane", which was very fitting because it was night of very sick storms and massive amounts of lightning all night long.
The crowd was filling up through their whole set so it was definitely more of a Motley crowd.

Finally the lights go down and the fog machine kicks into overdrive as "In the Beginning" cranks over the pa.  As the first strains of "Shout At The Devil" began the place just ERUPTED!!! Everybody was on their feet, fists in the air, screaming out every "shout" as the lightning lit up the sky all around the amphitheater.

Vince has gotten a lot of flack for being fat in last few years, but he looked great. He's definitely lost weight his face still looks heavy but must just be age and the motley lifestyle taking its toll. His voice was strong and he hit all the right notes .. but a couple times him mic failed on him.

I'm not a drummer and I don't go to shows looking for mistakes - but I didn't notice any drop-off with Randy in the band. I'd rather have more songs than solos any day. I've been of fan of his since seeing him live with Lita Ford back in 84 in some field in New Hampshire. Tommy wasn't mentioned by name ever and Randy got a decent ovation when he was introduced to the crowd. Mick Mars looks more like death everytime I see him -- but he still plays like a mad man.

I was 15 rows back from my own personal Jesus Nikki Sixx  - who was just in ferocious form - he never let up or stopped moving and the whole band looked like they were having a blast. He was really into the whole show and interacted alot with Vince and Randy. He did a nice tirade about hip hop and rap and rock being written off every few years before SOS. Seemed like it was directed at Tommy Lee a little - who knows is working on rap/hip hop music.

The show was just none stop hits and the whole crowd was insane from start to finish. Set included "Shout At The Devil", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "All In The Name Of..", "Wildside", "Red Hot" (Yeah - its been awhile for this one), "Live Wire", "Looks That Kill", "Don't Go Away Mad", "Home Sweet Home", "Same Ol Situation", "Primal Scream", and "Kickstart My Heart". They encored with "Dr. Feelgood", "Teaser", and "Anarchy". The also featured a couple of dancing sluts who got in trouble the first night of tour for getting nude - so they just pranced and teased.

I just love it when I can't hear or speak in the morning - sure sign of a sick show.

AF Grant

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