Crue Fest is a Motley Crue's tour that has commenced on July 1 2008. It consists of Motley Crue, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Trapt, and Sixx:A.M. The traveling festival, which the bands have dubbed "the loudest show on earth", has started in West Palm Beach, Florida and will conclude in Pittsburgh on August 31.
Motley is an American glam metal band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. The band was founded by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by guitarist Mick Mars and singer Vince Neil. Motley Crue has sold over 80 million album copies worldwide.
Origin of Crue Fest
The tour was first formulated in January 2008, by Sixx. Shortly afterwards, the idea was formed to do a tour with both of the bands that he is a member of. The idea of Crue Fest was created, with Motley Crue's intention of bringing a new touring festival of 'bands that embody the spirit of rock and roll'in the same vein as Ozzfest. The official 'new look' Motley Crue website , had promised a special announcement and on April 15, 2008, Motley Crue hosted a press conference, where the intentions of the Crue Fest tour were announced and the band premiered their 'Saints Of Los Angeles' video, as well as performing 'Kickstart My Heart' and 'S.O.L.A.'.
The Inaugural Cruefest 2008
If you find an opportunity to go and attend any of the programmes of Cruefest this year, you will find, in addition to the Crue, the other bands like Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx AM and Trapt. The performance of all the bands at the Charlotte, North Carolina show on July 5, 2008 was simply stunning.
Trapt and Sixx AM
Being the opening band in a festival of this size is a big disadvantage. The lines at security to get into the venue were really long, so a lot of people who wanted to see Trapt didn't get inside in time. By the time Sixx AM hit the stage, much more of the crowd had filtered in. Their live performance was excellent. Vocalist James Michael has a great set of pipes, and for a guy that's worked behind the scenes as a producer for a long time has a lot of stage presence and charisma. DJ Ashba is a very good guitarist, and Nikki Sixx stood over to the side and let the rest of the band take the spotlight.
Papa Roach and Buckcherry
Their early stuff was rap metal But these days they are more of a modern rock band. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix is very energetic, and actually jumped into the pit and interacted with the fans. Overall, the crowd was very impressed with their performance. As the crowd was much more into Papa Roach so very less attention awaited Buckcherry. Buckcherry finally got the audience going when they launched into "Crazy Bitch."
After four hours of music, the crowd was pumped and primed and ready for the Crue. The tour is in support of their new CD Saints Of Los Angeles, and the set incorporated a giant Los Angeles sign similar to the Hollywood sign. They launched the show with "Kickstart My Heart" and immediately the crowd was in frenzy. All the typical Motley elements like pyro and racy pictures on the big screens were there.
The set included their biggest hits along with two songs from the new CD. In a festival setting they can't play as long, but they made the most out of the time they had. Vince Neil's voice was in good form. He was able to hit the high notes, and although he let the crowd do quite a bit of singing, he sounded better than when I last saw him a couple of years ago.
Tommy Lee didn't do his trademark drum solo, which was disappointing, but he did break out his video camera to showcase certain body parts of females in the crowd. Mick Mars is also a great guitarist and he moved around on stage a lot more than he has in the past.
The launch of the inaugural Crue Fest as expected was exceptional, which will hit 41 North American cities during this summer. Overall, Cruefest will be a great success. The bands are good, the crowd huge, and it looks like it will become an annual event.
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