Motley Crue bid final farewell to Milwaukee

The Final Tour is finally here. After years of toying with a farewell tour and rumors of Mötley Crüe being in their final days, it’s actually here. “The Final Tour” is a lengthy one, hitting cities Crue hasn’t headlined in for quite a while in North America and Europe, eventually wrapping with three shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at the end of the year.

In a way though, Mötley Crüe has been done for awhile. Their last studio album Saints of Los Angeles was released in 2008 and with no sign of anything but touring since then, it might be time. This last tour seemed especially hard for Nikki Sixx, addressing the crowd and drawing a metaphor to discover the band as what it would feel like to drive a knife through your arm – you’ll never forget the feeling.

While many of their most well-known music lie in the 80s era of albums, Mötley Crüe still made it a point to sample from Saints of Los Angeles on this tour, however skipped much of the 90s and on. The setlist has been the same for “The Final Tour” on most dates, with Mötley Crüe sticking primairy to albums Theatre of Pain, Dr. Feelgood, Shout at the Devil, and Girls Girls Girls. Though, for a final tour it would have been fitting to hear something from each era, and even songs that haven’t been played in awhile. 

Mötley Crüe weren’t going out without a bang. Pyro and fireworks filled their performance as Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx often traded ends of the stage. 

“Milwaukee we always love playing here, rowdy motherfuc*ers” “tonight we’re gonna celebrate 35 years of Mötley Crüe music!” shouted Neil early in the show. Neil’s vocals were spot on for some songs and a little iffy for others like “Mutherfucker of the Year”. 

A cover of “Anarchy in the U.K. sported crew members in orange jump suits taking the stage and drenching the crowd with super soakers. This quickly escalated as the band transitioned into “Shout at the Devil”, Nikki Sixx attaching a flamethrower to his bass and torching his pentagram mic stand.

While Sixx may have had a flamethrower, it seemed drummer Tommy Lee needed to top that by riding his drum set on a roller coaster above the crowd – at times upside down. An audible gasp then cheering from fans could be heard as the first full rotation of the set came about – the entire drum solo ordeal taking a good 8 minutes to travel to soundboard and back. It was by far the most interesting drum solo I’d ever seen.

Very fittingly, Mötley Crüe closed their show before a quick “Home Sweet Home” encore with “Kickstart My Heart” which I can’t help but notice the lyrics “years gone by I’d say we’ve kicked some ass…”. And to the band that must mean a lot on their final tour. 

Setlist: Girls, Girls, Girls – Wild Side – Primal Scream – Same Ol’ Situation – Don’t Go Away Mad – Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room – Looks That Kill – Mutherfucker of the Year – Anarchy in the U.K. – Shout at the Devil – Louder Than Hell – Drum Solo – Guitar Solo – Saints of Los Angeles – Live Wire – Dr. Feelgood – Kickstart My Heart – Home Sweet Home

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