Are “Final Tours” ever final? We’ve seen and heard the promises before, but is this truly the last time fans will ever see Motley Crue together as a band? Ten thousand skeptical yet engaged Idahoans showed up at Taco Bell Arena Tuesday night, many for their first (and possibly their last) Motley Crue show with what was sure to be one of the biggest, loudest, and hottest concerts they may ever witness.
Opening the evening was New York’s very own The Cringe, who blistered out a tight 30 minute set that finished up with a solid rendition of Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak.” Their impressive cover set the stage for what was about to come: a show to remember for the fans in attendance.
Many fans, ourselves included, were curious and eager to see the timeless shock rock icon Alice Cooper and we weren’t disappointed. The definitive rock frontman was backed by a talented lineup featuring the trio of guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen. Bass thumped out by Chuck Garric and the percussion skills of Glen Sobel cued the start of the show, which began in the grandeur fashion that’s become expected from Alice Cooper.
Complete with classic Cooper theatrics including a straight jacket, an electric chair and a guillotine, Cooper and the band played a thundering and entertaining 60 minute set featuring such staples as “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Poison,” “I’m Eighteen” and “Feed My Frankenstein.” His work onstage was concluded with every academy student’s end-of-term anthem, “School’s Out.”
As the members of Motley Crue have assured with their tour tagline, All Bad Things Must Come to an End, and their last Boise show started off with “Girls, Girls, Girls” from their 1987 album of the same name. This fan-favorite set was then backed by the anthemic “Wild Side,” also from their 1987 offering.
The nearly two-hour set covering Crue’s 35 year history included all the hits such as “Dr. Feelgood” and “Looks That Kill,” in addition to the seasoned covers “Smoking in the Boys Room” and “Anarchy in the UK.” Particularly when compared to the first leg of this farewell run, dedicated Crue fans were somewhat disappointed in the fact that only a single song from their 1981 debut ‘Too Fast For Love’ was brought out into the set; in this case, it was the high voltage rocker “Live Wire.”
A Motley Crue show wouldn’t be complete without pyrotechnics, explosions, confetti and of course an epic Tommy Lee drum solo. Spanning the length of the arena, Lee’s Crucible drum kit that was designed specifically for this tour rose high above the crowd and proceeded to travel along a roller coaster track across the venue. Lee could be seen completing mind blowing 360 degree spins while crushing his kit to a prerecorded medley of tracks.
Emotions were perhaps at their strongest during the band’s encore, which consisted solely of the piano ballad “Home, Sweet Home” on an intimate stage, again elevated, behind the soundboard at the end of the arena.
Motley Crue’s final tour has proven to be a visual feast for the fans. The band brought out all the hits and glam for their Boise show, which left the fans clamoring for more.
“Is this the last time we will see Motley Crue?” After two “farewell” tours, it’s hard to say. If this does prove to be the end of their live performances, walking off stage to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” seems like a fitting finale to an iconic career.
Motley Crue Setlist 7/28/15 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
Girls, Girls, Girls
Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Smokin’ in the Boys Room
Looks That Kill
Mutherfucker of the Year
Anarchy in the U.K.
In the Beginning/ Shout at the Devil
Louder Than Hell
Saints of Los Angeles
T.N.T. (Terror ‘n Tinseltown)/ Dr. Feelgood
Kickstart My Heart
Home Sweet Home