ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and the Motely Crue made their final appearance in Atlanta Aug. 16 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta. The “Farewell Tour” sponsored by Dodge and brought to you by ASO Presents, was a complete sellout with many groups of fans lining the berms outside with lawn chairs to catch this final performance by the Crue.
Backing Motley Crue on the tour here were the Raskins from New York and a longtime personal favorite of mine, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper. Aged like a fine wine, Motley Crue and Alice Cooper both put forth a high energy, electric show that left those in attendance cheering for more. At 66, Alice Cooper still has an amazing stage presence and he seems to have lost nothing after all of these years of singing. While I’m sure that most in attendance were there to see Motley Crue’s final act, Alice Cooper shined as well.
Motley Crue. Not much can be said about the Crue that has not been heard a thousand times over the years. Drugs, women, run-ins with the law, but the one other constant has been great glam rock and roll for the last 33 years. The stage exploded with lights and pyro all night and the crowd never sat. My personal favorite part of the show was when Nikki Sixx instructed everyone in the crowd to sit, plopped himself on the stage front and center and then proceeded to tell the story of the formation of Motley Crue in the middle of the show. It was a great break and a good time to catch your breath. Motley Crue have been a constant in many people’s growing years. As a group they will certainly find their own place in the Hall of Fame one day, and hopefully as individuals they will continue to produce great rock for many more years to come.