September 21, 2008

Motley Crue Set to Rock Lion City

By Lin Mei Zhen

MOTLEY Crue will be performing in Singapore this October. LIN MEI ZHEN looks at the band's colourful career.

The 80s gave us everything - from badly-colour coordinated clothes, Cold War scares, rise of Molly Ringwald-led teen films and colourful flamboyant rock like we've never seen since.

One of that era's biggest acts, Motley Crue, will be in Singapore on Oct 16, performing at the outdoors Fort Canning Park.

Motley Crue was massive in the 80s thanks to a string of big rock anthems such as Dr Feelgood, Home Sweet Home, Girls, Girls, Girls and Kickstart My Heart. In many ways, the group's long roster of songs have helped to form the blueprint of what hard rock sounds like today.

The group's profile dipped in the 90s due to changing music taste, but the band carried on releasing albums every few years.

In the past few years, Motley Crue has been experiencing a resurgence in interest starting with a very successful tour in 2005 to back up its double-disc greatest hits release, Red, White & Crue. Following that, the group has managed to elevate itself into one of the undisputed legends in rock.

What makes this particular show special is that you'll get to see the band's original lineup of singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee and bassist Nikki Sixx.

Motley Crue went through numerous member changes in the 90s before all the original members decided to put all differences aside earlier this decade.

While the band has a huge catalogue of music spanning nine albums, starting with the 1981 debut, Motley Crue is not interested in being a nostalgia act. It recently released a new album called Saints Of Los Angeles. Songs for this album were inspired by the band's official biography book, The Dirt.

Both the book and album looks back at Motley Crue's turbulent rise and excess during its heyday. The Dirt went on to become a New York Times best-seller.

Bassist Sixx was later inspired to release his own personal autobiography called Heroine Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star, that shared the harrowing cautionary tale of his addiction to drugs. Sixx's book also went on to be a major seller too.

Sixx isn't the only member of motley Crue staying active beyond the group. Drummer Lee is a celebrity in his own right being in reality tV shows Tommy Lee Goes To College and Rockstar: Supernova.

Singer Vince Neil also appeared in reality TV on The Surreal Life and Remaking Vince Neil.

Guitarist mick mars is the most reclusive of the lot, but with the amount of attention motley Crue already gets, who can blame mars?

This show is the band's only stop in southeast Asia.

* Catch Motley Crue on Oct 26 at Fort Canning Park, presented by LAMC. Any purchase of five or more tickets in a single purchase reduces each ticket to S$125. Tickets otherwise are S$150 (pre- show). Visit

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