Motley Crue ‘The End: Live in Los Angeles’ – DVD & CD Review 

One of the great things in the Motley Crue Box Set ‘The End’ is the live concert CD & DVD of the final Motley show in Los Angeles on December 31st of 2015.  It is a lot a money to spend for the DVD & CD of the show which thankfully, you can buy separately if that is all you want to buy.  For the casual fan, that is definitely the way to go.  Sadly, I am not the casual fan.  I had to have it all.

First up was the CD version.  The track list is as follows:

1.) Intro
2.) Girls, Girls, Girls
3.) Wild Side
4.) Primal Scream
5.) Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
6.) Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
7.) Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room
8.) Looks That Kill
9.) Mutherf***** Of The Year
10.) Shout At The Devil
11.) Louder Than Hell
12.) Saints Of Los Angeles
13.) Live Wire
14.) Dr. Feelgood
15.) Kickstart My Heart
16.) Home Sweet Home

I popped the CD in while I was in my car on my commute into the office and I won’t spend a lot of time talking about as my focus will be on the DVD.  The songs were great, but I had issue with the vocals. I had a hard time understanding what Vince was saying or wasn’t sure if Vince was even saying the right words.  It was also lacking the spectacle of a Motley Crue show.

For me, the CD was not overly enjoyable until I saw the DVD of the show. It was than I knew what was going and now going back and listening again, I really enjoy it the CD.  I definitely recommend watching the video first. Then you can visualize the whole thing better while driving down the road with the CD cranked up to 10 (or 11 if you are feeling Spinal Tap).

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The DVD of the Live show was well worth it.  I could visually see what I was hearing on the CD and it now all made more sense.  What a show it was and oh, how I wish I would have been there for the final moments. The track list is longer and includes the solos and a moment with Nikki Sixx that you don’t get on the CD.

The track list is as follows:

1.) Intro
2.) Girls, Girls, Girls
3.) Wild Side
4.) Primal Scream
5.) Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S)
6.) Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
7.) Rock N Roll Part II / Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room
8.) Looks That Kill
9.) Mutherf***** Of The Year
10.) In The Beginning / Shout At The Devil
11.) Louder Than Hell
12.) Drum Solo
13.) Guitar Solo
14.) Saints Of Los Angeles
15.) Live Wire
16.) T.N.T (Terror ‘N Tinseltown) / Dr. Feelgood
17.) Kickstart My Heart
18.) Home Sweet Home
19.) My Way (Credits)

imgresYou know you have a huge catalogue of music when you open with “Girls, Girls, Girls”. This used to be a closing song.  To go from that straight into “Wild Side” really gets you pumped and excited about what is to come.  While you are riding high, why not go higher with “Primal Scream” which is one of my all time favorite Crue songs.

The band kicks through several more well know songs and then they hit a nice surprise for me by including “Mutherf##ker of the Year” off the Saints of Los Angeles album.  After this song, Nikki takes the microphone and starts talking about life and his freaky ass knife.  This is omitted from the CD.  After this speech you hear “In the Beginning” and you know that “Shout at the Devil” is up next.  During “Shout at the Devil”, Nikiki’s bass has a flamethrower attached and he shoots it all around the stage including lighting up his microphone on fire.  It was really cool.

The band goes into “Louder Than Hell” and then goes into Tommy’s drum solo. Tommy’s drum solo has an industrial / electronics sound and was awesome.  The drum kit rolled around like a roller coaster taking him out amongst the crowd. He keeps taking the drum solo someplace different every tour and this one was extreme.   When I first saw them in the 80’s his drum set just rose a little and spun.  Now it does that and more. The roller coaster actually gets stuck and they have to go up and get him down.

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They then immediately kick in to Mick’s solo.  Mick was looking so frail, like a skeleton, but he delivered through the show.  He played the same guitar all night long. It was one beat up as shit Fender, but he obviously loves that guitar since it looks like it has been played for centuries.  Mick was always a very underrated guitar player and never got the attention he deserved which is hard to get when you are band mates with those other three guys.  Mick was always the quiet one.

Vince sounded good during the show.  There were at times I couldn’t understand what he was saying and maybe he forgot the words and just spoke like the teacher in the Peanuts cartoons.  He definitely redeemed himself on the last song they played.

They came out and picked up with “Saints of Los Angeles” and played more favorites like “Live Wire” and “Dr. Feelgood”.  They ended the show with an encore of “Home Sweet Home”.  They went out to a little stage in the middle of the crowd.  There sat a piano and a drum kit.  Tommy jumped on the piano and the played the last song they would play again as a band.  It was emotional.  Vince sounded great on this song.  It was a fitting way to end the show and their career as Motley Crue.  “Home Sweet Home” was played at home for them in Los Angeles.  Perfect!!

While the credits rolled, you were serenaded by Mr. Frank Sinatra singing his classic song “My Way” which was appropriate as Motley Crue did things their way and succeeded.  They never listened to critics, they only listened to the fans and their hearts and that is how every band should do it.

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The bonus material consisted of “Interviews” with the band.  The discussed various topics and it lasted for about 45 minutes.  One interesting fact is that the band signed a contract about ending Motley Crue and the band can not ever get back together.  Also, no two members can ever team up and play again.  They did allow for individual members to be able to play Motley Crue songs if they toured and Vince Neil is already taking advantage of that clause.  What they were trying to stop from happening, like what is happening with Ratt and happened with Great White & Queensryche and so many other bands, is they didn’t want someone going around with the name Motley Crue and only having one original member and they didn’t want any legal battles over the name either.  Which I agree is kind of sad and not worth going to see a show that isn’t the full band or a major majority of the band.

They also speak with Nikki Sixx about his flame throwing Bass as well as Tommy Lee about his “Roller Coaster Drum Kit”.  See the video and you will know what those are and how cool they were.

The overall DVD & CD were exceptional and I am so glad I have this piece of Motley Crue in my collection.  It is something I will enjoy for years to come especially since I will never get to see them live again.  Go grab a copy and check it out.  You don’t need to buy the box set, you can get the concert separately.

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16 thoughts on “Motley Crue ‘The End: Live in Los Angeles’ – DVD & CD Review 

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    1. I think on first listen I got so wrapped up in the fact I couldn’t understand Vince and thought he was mumbling or even forgetting the lyrics, it was hard to enjoy. Now listening back on it, I do enjoy it a lot more because now I am listening for enjoyment and not writing a review.

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