Motley Crue Interview

Rockin’ Roller Coaster at Barclays

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How do you “mark your territory” – as stated in Mötley Crüe’s “Sick Love Song”? Well a 200-foot roller coaster going 200 feet into the audience and sixty feet in the air is one way. Mötley Crüe’s farewell tour will be anything but the “Same Ol’ Situation” when it smashes down at Barclays Center August 12, joined by special guest Alice Cooper. The Los Angeles heavy metal band’s final act promises to be more extravagant than ever before with select areas of seating elevating during the show, lifting 40 feet into the air. The band has pyrotechnics so strong that the band members are required to wear protective gear. The fearsome foursome signed a “death pact” in early 2014 stating they would never perform Mötley Crüe songs together again as a band, so this is it folks, get ’em while they’re still hot…on fire.

Before hanging up their guitars (and hairpieces), Mötley Crüe will celebrate three final shows with hometown fans at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, including the grand finale on New Year’s Eve. Nearly 35 years after forming and more than 100 million records sold worldwide, it’s been a blustery adventure from “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” to “Girls, Girls, Girls” to “Dr. Feelgood.” Mötley Crüe’s final single “All Bad Things Must End” is the perfect bookend to lead singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee’s epic rock story, winding down after decades of explosive live performances, constant bad boy behavior and an iconic songbook that has inspired rock and music fans from LA’s Sunset Strip to New York’s Studio 54. Frontman Vince Neil talked all about New York City past and present with NYC Monthly, revealed details on the high production value of Mötley Crüe’s farewell world tour and looked to the future, discussing his business ventures with the Las Vegas Outlaws Arena Football team and his Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina at Circus Circus in his adopted home, Las Vegas.

NYC Monthly: Vince, what bad things are you most proud of in your career, whether in building a fanbase, getting noticed or creating memorable moments that have made Mötley Crüe rock icons?

Vince Neil: Well I mean, we never set out to be the bad guys but we just ended up being the bad guys. In the early 80s things were crazy, you know? Everything in the 80s, like the 70s and like the 60s, had its own aura. It’s kind of non-existent in the 90s and 2000s. We were just us, and MTV was brand new. We set things in motion for being the bad boys in rock.

NYCM: Mötley Crüe already played Madison Square Garden and Jones Beach last year, with your upcoming New York show set for Barclays Center. What is different about your shows now and what is the same?

VN: We are doing a lot of shows. We sold out so many places so fast that a lot of the fans were not able to come to the shows. The show is basically the same but we’re changing it up enough so that people that saw it get something different. It’s still big and crazy. Every tour has been completely different. It’s always bigger and better than the last. More lights, more pyro, more smoke, the “Cruecifly” – Tommy Lee’s drum stunt.

NYCM: What areas in New York have been the most interesting for you to visit while in the city for either live music, leisure, walking around, food or something else?

VN: There’s so many really cool places to go. It’s sad that when we go there we don’t really have a whole lot of time, it makes it tough. I mean, the whole vibe of New York, I mean it’s New York. When we go there to play the fans are always amazing. Whatever we do before the show, obviously great food, great everything.

NYCM: What are some memories of New York City, why do you keep coming back, what are the fans like in New York?

VN: Fans are – you only really see the fans when you are doing “David Letterman” or somewhere with crowds waiting for you. We just don’t spend a lot of time in the city cause we’re playing all the time, in addition to The Garden and Jones Beach we also played PNC in New Jersey. I remember on our first trip to New York as Mötley Crüe, we’d go to some places and be gone all night long and into the next morning, wandering the streets. Those times you get outta your system. We went to Studio 54 and that was pretty crazy. It was probably the same year they closed down, ’82 or ’83.

NYCM: Your new single “All Bad Things Must End” sounds as raw and as “Mötley Crüe” as ever. How did the concept for this song come about? It’s a solid closing to a great rock story.

VN: Well, the “Saints of Los Angeles” album was a compilation of songs that tell the story of Motely Crue and this song would fit very easily into that record. It’s a great finishing song.

NYCM: As you are getting ready to wind down with Mötley Crüe, what do you hope your band’s legacy will be in rock and heavy metal music?

VN: I think the legacy is actually seeing the show and thinking these guys have been doing this for 35 years and we’ve never really faltered in giving the fans a great stage show. We’ve always been about the entertainment factor which a lot of bands have forgotten about.

NYCM: What are some recent favorite songs of yours that you feel even begin to stand up to Mötley’s catalog?

VN: I’m kind of stuck in the past, I listen to classic rock stations. AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith. Bad Company, Deep Purple, that’s where my roots were, are.

NYCM: What are your plans following the world tour? Will you be traveling, moving away somewhere, focusing on family, writing a book, starting a TV show, going solo?

VN: We spent so much time with Mötley Crüe it’s hard to focus on other stuff. I’ve had the same solo band for 9, 10 years – when Motley doesn’t tour we always play. I put out some new music with my solo band. I have that football team in Las Vegas [Las Vegas Outlaws], Arena football, that’s going to be a lot of fun in the future. Also a restaurant [Vince Neil’s Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina] so my plate is full.

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