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Motley Crue @ Madison Square Garden (3/16/2009)

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Artist: Motley Crue
Venue: Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
Opener: The Last Vegas, Theory Of A Deadman, Hinder
Date: 3/16/2009
Label: 10th Street Entertainment

A last minute call from a member of the Metal Community granted me an available ticket to the evenings Motley Crue show at Madison Square Garden and it was an admittedly nice surprise after what had amounted to be a rather trying day. These insane economic times and the tribulations we are all facing seem to matter very little when you convene with your friends and peers at a Metal show so I happily took advantage of the offer to join in on the fun. The fact that the band was performing in the legendary MSG was also a part of the night’s appeal because I had personally seen so many memorable shows at this arena and could not resist the possibility of adding one more to the already long and legendary list. The night’s roster was a full one with three openers to enjoy before The Crue would hit the stage and it all began with The Last Vegas, would continue on with a set from Theory Of A Deadman and then Hinder who were actually considered the “co-headliner”. Here is how the night went down should you be one of those who missed it.
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“Saints of Los Angeles” by Motley Crue

Artist: Motley Crue
Title: “Saints of Los Angeles”
Label: Eleven Seven Music
Release Date: 6/24/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

Given the fact that 2008 was often being referred to as “the year of the comeback release”, it almost made sense that the four original members of Motley Crue would deliver their first studio album together in over a decade. The question that would be on everyone’s mind was could the release possibly capture the wild insanity that drew us all to Motley Crue so many years ago? Let’s examine that shall we? The album is called “Saints Of Los Angeles” or “SoLA” from this point on for the purpose of brevity and it comes to us care of Eleven Seven Music and as of this writing, Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is actually the president of the label but I digress. The recording starts off with and dramatic intro piece entitled “L.A.M.F.” and I found this to be an attempt to capture the initial excitement that we had hitting us on “Shout at The Devil” when that album opened with “In The Beginning”. Of course the times being different and myself a little older I found this intro didn’t set it up at all before the band broke into the rousing “Wango Tango” – oh wait a minute here, the song is actually called “Face Down In The Dirt” but there can be no mistaking that familiar Ted Nugent riff when it comes down to it. I’m sure this was coincidence more than a bite of Uncle Ted, but guys you should have thought this one through a little more. Otherwise the track is on the good side despite the one or two cheesy lyrical portions that I found.
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