The Dude on the Right
A Concert Review
Vince Neil. Some of you are probably saying, "who the hell is
Vince Neil?" Well, to refresh your memory, do you recall Motley
Crue? Well, he was the lead singer for the Crue. He's out on his own
now, working on completing a two year tour, which brought him to The
Metro in Chicago on December 27th, a rescheduled date due to a
throat ailment that cancelled his show a week earlier. The show
helped me remember much of the earlier Crue songs I knew and loved,
but forgot about over the years.
With a talented band cruising around with him, this was
definitely a song for his older fans. If I picked it out right,
there were only about two songs that are from his solo album, with
the rest being Motley Crue classics. "Kickstart" got the
crowd into it, and the hits kept coming. "Girls, Girls,
Girls" into "Same Ol' Situation," Wild Side,"
"Looks That Kill." Yep, a cool show it was. He played
"Home Sweet Home," that song that every piano player who
wants to be in a metal band knows at least the opening chords, and
the encore kicked the crowd out with LiveWire and Dr. Feelgood.
It was kinda sad, though, the show being all ages at Metro. See,
the Metro has an early curfew. I was hoping for a little longer
show, with some more originals mixed in, that is what he should be
about now. But I suppose the curfew, and his throat may have kept
the show a little short. Yep, it appeared his throat was still
bothering him a bit, as many times during songs the band jumped into
extended solos while Vince Neil departed off stage, possibly to suck
on a box of Sucrets or something.
All in all, sore throat and all, Vince Neil put on one hell of a
show. The classics played showed he still has the talent that
brought Motely Crue around, and the hint of originals showed some
promise. But, like I said, I would have liked a few more originals
mixed in. But, I'm not going to let that bring him down, his show
rocked and I'm giving Vince Neil TWO THUMBS UP! It was close, and
I'm tempted not to, but the power of the show, combined with the
throat ailment, kept him on top.
Opening the show was a local band called Sphynx. A metal band,
they surprised me. The lyrics were clear, showing a surprisingly
polished songwriting ability, the lead singer spit his gum into the
crowd, and they played well to some of their own fans. The band
sorta reminded me of Candlebox, but with a slightly heavier edge.
I'll give them ONE THUMB UP!! They just didn't quite get the Vince
Neil crowd going, but I was impressed at their musical ability.
And that wraps it up for this edition. Party Smart, and as
always, Rellim Reeb, Rellim Reeb!!
The Dude on the Left
Happy New Year everybody. I hope you've all recovered from those New
Year's hang-overs, I'm still not sure if I have yet, but as Jimmy
Buffet would say, it's my own damn fault. Sometime during the drunken
blur that was my Christmas vacation, we saw Vince Neil.
Yep Motley Crue, 80's wuss metal, that Vince Neil. The show was
postponed once to let Vince rest his aching vocal cords, and you
could just tell they were still bothering him. His screams just
weren't as solid, and he had to leave the stage several times during
the guitar jams, to down a box of throat lozingers(sp.) no doubt,
but he went out and rocked just the same. He did a cool mix of older
Crue tunes like Red Hot, some newer Dr. Feelgood stuff as well as
some originals. His band sounded good, and at times they could make
you forget it wasn't a Crue show. About the only thing missing was
the big stage show with the drum set floating out over the crowd,
and all the other smoke and mirrors. That was the great thing about
this show, it proved that the music was cool enough to be the show.
I particularly liked the Girls, Girls, Girls into Same Ol'
Situation. Two very cool Go-Go bar songs, so I'm told.
I give Vince Neil one thumb up, I hate to admit it, but I was a big Crue head in the early 80's and the show kind of took me back in
time. Until next time Hang Loose and Peace Out!