The end of Motley Crue? The Final, final, final tour?

Gods, I hope so.

I was a huge Motley Crue fan. They seemed like a natural progression for me, from Ozzy, Alice Cooper and so forth. They were theatrical and pretty androgynous. All that make up, I remember more than a couple of people asking if they were male or female. This was before Marilyn Manson was on the scene to takeover that question. I was a long way from California, but these guys owned that energy.

I was twelve or thirteen. They were rebellious, raunchy and some of their earlier stuff actually was pretty heavy considering the music scene at the time. I had a total crush on Vince Neil (and I’m admitting this publicly) and wanted my hair to be just like his. I had a Motley Crue Aleister Fiend satin jacket that I wore and was repaired over and over by my very diligent mother who didn’t want me walking around with holes in my clothes. They were my first rock band I met – before they became really famous. I even got a kiss from my crush (which thinking back – ewww cooties! So glad it was on the cheek.)

I’m pretty loyal to the bands I follow. There are only a couple of bands in my history that I have stopped listening to: Metallica & Motley Crue; although for completely different reasons.

While there were many things that lead to my actual embarrassment of being their fan for so many years – I just think it got to be too much. After Theater of Pain, it seemed like it was actually causing me pain to listen to them. Silly as it sounds, the last time I saw them live was during the Dr. Feelgood tour in which the last song they played was “Don’t go away mad (Just go away)” and I admit I went away mad and never went back. (Yeah, yeah I know it was a popular song, but I took it personally!)

So there you go – a bit of a background of my own history of Motley Crue (Hey I didn’t even go into the whole history project I did on them in high school – I got 87% woohoo!).

The big news that this was their final tour, amused me. Surely, only 100 rock bands ahead of them have done the same thing. Announce a final tour, bank some big bucks and then get bored and do some more shows a few more years later. Rinse, repeat. I expect it will be the same for Motley Crue. I’ve never wished more for it to be true.

It made me sadder to see Alice Cooper open up for Motley Crue for most of the tour. Because you see, I still love Alice, but I wasn’t willing to spend the crazy amount of money required to see him as an opening group for Motley Crue. I am stubborn that way and quite frankly Alice outclasses Motley in every single damn thing he does – except maybe the hair.

The music lost it’s magic. Vince lost his voice. Nikki Sixx wrote a book about his heroine days – and magically remembered stuff that a sober person doesn’t remember. Tommy Lee wrote a book that talked through his penis (admittedly funny at first, but like most dicks they lose their charm after awhile) and Vince Neil’s book was so stupid, you know, because you know, all he did was you know, talk about blondes and boobs you know and whoever the hell proofread it should have removed about 2,000 “you knows” before they published the stupid thing and I threw it out the window. That book was like watching Napoleon Dynamite, you could feel your brain cells leaving your body but just like a train wreck you can’t look away.

Is it terrible of me to rejoice a little bit knowing they supposedly played their final concert on New Year’s Eve?

RIP Motley Crue – Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)

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2016: The Year I decide to write more.

I have plans on writing a book. A book about my travel experiences and following around the bands that I do. I love to write about the little details I always notice. But sometimes I don’t feel like writing, which gets me lazy and sometimes the task is daunting because holy crap – details are really my thing.

I will write more here. Daily in fact. There are too many things to pull apart. For instance why is it that the land in front of where I live, has a no dogs allowed sign and also that no one is allowed to put snow there?

I mean seriously – there is snow there now and paw prints on said snow.

Signs mean nothing. :P

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and positive energy-filled 2016!

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Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead Dies

It seemed almost impossible to believe the news. Lemmy is no longer with us. A man who was larger than life, indeed was “Killed by Death.” A man, a rock icon, the guy with the chops – that guy. The one who is considered synonymous with metal or rock or even punk. He defied the books, drank daily, smoked a crazy amount and from all accounts also enjoyed his daily drug fix if that wasn’t enough. Speaking of books, he was also an avid reader and quite the gentleman.

How can someone who claimed to have slept with over 1,000 women be so admired? How did he engage in such sexual acts without succumbing to some disease 20 years ago or more?

Lemmy was (and will always be) a legend. Not only was he iconic in his style, but staying true to his music and his own personal beliefs. His antics are legendary. Not because he got drunk and was snorting ants on the pavement. Because he was the real deal with a spirit so bright, there was no denying him. Those who even tried to judge him were left unsatisfied. He didn’t care what anyone thought of him, he lived on his own terms from the women, alcohol, drugs or a nazi memorabilia collection. He is the one that started the “mutton chop” craze in the 70s. Funny as that sounds, I didn’t see anyone making fun of him about those chops. How about the facial warts? He never claimed to be a pretty boy so why would he pretty himself up? What an amazing individual to be so carefree yet performing in front of so many fans year after year.

During the last couple of years, he had some health issues and was on the decline but he only stopped when he was forced to stop. He would only cancel shows when he just wasn’t able to do his job. We saw him a shade of pale that was not normal. He was gaunt and skinnier too – but he didn’t have any plans of stopping. Sadly he was mortal and a terrible disease got him and got quickly. So quickly that he only found out about it 2 days earlier. He was tired and maybe hearing that the inevitable was near he decided he was going out on his terms before all the pouring of sympathy rang his doorbell.

With his death, someone who seemed like nothing would ever be able to kill him…his spark is no longer with us. But the way he left us, was so very quick and caught us all by surprise. In his death, there is wisdom that will live on just like he will.

Live on your own terms, death is inevitable, don’t worry about death, just live.

We will miss you Lemmy. You were the real deal.

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