MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil says that there aren’t enough bands investing in flashier special effects at their concerts, including explosions, lasers and pyrotechnics.
“When we started getting bigger and were headlining arenas and all the other bands in the eighties were coming out and ‘arena rock’ was kinda being born, we really took pride in putting shows together,” he tells Maxim. “We put a lot into the entertainment value of fans coming out to watch a show. And that was really only a handful of bands, like us, who went out of their way to give fans a great show. And there’s only a handful left.”
As to which bands he thinks still bother to go the extra mile when putting their shows together, Vince says: “It’s like us, OZZY [OSBOURNE], ALICE COOPER and KISS. That’s it. When we’re all gone, I don’t see anyone else carrying the torch of wanting to put together a great show with pyro and lights and fire, along with the songs. It’s just kinda sad that that’s all kinda disappeared. Hopefully there’s someone out there right now in their garage rehearsing, lighting themselves on fire.”
Back in 2012, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons stated that too many musicians in today’s rock bands look like “garbage collectors.” He said: “There are a lot of bands that have something. What’s missing is stardom. The ability to get up on stage and rule, bigger than life. There are no stars. There’s no Elvis, there’s no… even Prince. Stage presence — none of the bands have it, they look like garbage collectors. They look worse than the audience that comes to see them.”
Simmons’s KISS bandmate Paul Stanley agreed. “Musicians who look like the delivery boy… don’t realize that there’s more,” he said. “When big bands go on stage, they deliver their goods. That’s why we’ve been around 40 years, because people know when they come to see us, they’re going to get their money’s worth and they’re going to be entertained. We are proud to be entertainers and a hell of a rock band.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE’s “The Final Tour” kicked off last year and will end New Year’s Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
MÖTLEY CRÜE first announced plans for their two-year “Final Tour” by signing a Cessation Of Touring Agreement at a press conference in Los Angeles in January 2014, solidifying the end of their touring career with their last show ever on New Year’s Eve at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles. Since the announcement the band has been touring tirelessly to say goodbye to fans around the world.
The 2014 leg of “The Final Tour” was one of last year’s top-grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million.