This needs no further explanation.
When you talk about luck, you are likely not discussing musician James Steele.
His bio will explain that nicely without it being repeated here. Besides here is the place to put focus on what is going on with Steele present and future. Not in the past.
Steele recently became an official artist of Dean Guitars. That’s gotta be a good thing…
And with names such as Billy Sheehan (Mr Big) and Brad Gillis (Nightranger) on side for his new music venture, Steele is proving that with a little persistence and a boat load of patience, luck can change.
Some Of These Days is still in production, but if you are a fan of no bullshit, guitar lead, straight up rock n roll, this one is well worth a listen.
Good Day to Die will immediately conjure up memories of LA Guns, Motley Crue and Judas Preist. Heavy Metal is here. No messing.
Don’t Cry me a River will ignite a vision of early Alice Cooper, simple opening riffs and heavy ass vocals.
Rule Brittania opens It Goes to Eleven. A nicely paid spoof homage, to a spoof rock star. If you have heard of Nigel Tufnel you’ll get it, and it’s likely to make you chuckle. This Steele fella has a very wry sense of humor, and his guitar chops are fairly fucking fantastic too.
Not to mention guitar chops, this guy is the vocalist on all these tracks, and he can belt it out, no doubt there.
The opening bars of Can It be The Same (feat Brad Gillis) will perhaps spark memories of the haunting voice, and oh so perfect form that was 80’s Mark Slaughter with The Vinnie Vincent Invasion on the song Love Kills….. and a little further in you’ll get hints of any given Dokken tune.
For those of you that still want to listen to the great music of your youth, this is your segway. It’s fresh and new, but it’s hair is still long, and it’s leather pants still give you that great outline of a great ass!
Great memories, making new memories.
No luck needed here Mr Steele
Karen G Headbangerwoman June 17 2015
When Nikki Sixx chose opening band; The Cringe, from New York, USA to warm up the crowd at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on November 18, 2014, he was likely hedging his bets. But a sure thing was going to be this; The Cringe were going to be far worse than anything the following acts were going to do, and the choice of band name was very, erm, apt. Vocalist John Cusimano was bordering on certifiable with his vocal delivery of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. Larry the Lamb would have given a better performance. Climbing into the security barrier, and then struggling to get back around to the side of the stage while performing, as an opener, that very few people are watching, is not going to gain you brownie points, and attempting to cover Jailbreak, by Thin Lizzy, is really not the greatest idea either. While the sound quality from the musicians was very good, the vocal sounded like it was stopping and starting, and while the intention was good, the crowd were not appreciative.
Alice Cooper however, is on a whole different level. Naturally! It seemed as if the capacity crowd was almost all in attendance, just for the very special guest.
Of course, this man has been performing his musical theatre for over fifty years. He is now in his late 60’s, and still shakes his snake hips on stage like a 20-year-old. Cooper is revered, and rightly so. Starting his set with Hello Hooray, a Judy Collins cover, Cooper then ran through the hits, but not randomly. No, the set was done with finesse, timing, and professionalism. When he hit song six; Poison, which was a massive hit the world over in 1989, during the MTV age, the crowd went fucking crazy. Hardly surprising, as the average age of attendees, upon glancing around the arena, was 48!
Replacing his former female lead guitarist Orianthi, with the very talented Nita Strauss, who also plays guitar with The Iron Maidens and Femme Fatale, did the man Alice no damage. Strauss is a powerful musician, and held her own in a stunning manner, through many instrument changes and a killer solo.
Dirty Diamonds saw the maestro throw strings of faux diamonds into the crowd, causing a mini frenzy on the floor.
Feed My Frankenstein, Ballad of Dwight Fry, Killer and I Love The Dead gave way to the real theatrical element of the show, with an electrocution, a straight jacket and a guillotine, added to the mix.
Of course the closing song was Schools Out, but it could have been Happy Birthday, for all the audience cared. Cooper had them hooked from the get go, and they would have probably been happy just to see him stand on stage, and crack whips all night. If you only went to the show to see the special guest, the only downfall was that the set was far too short.
When a headlining band starts playing songs from The Sound of Music as their intro, you know shit is up! So Long, Farewell, was that song, and in this particular case, it is very fitting. After going hard for 30 years, the gig (well the touring side of it) is up for Motley Crue. A contract was signed by all four members in January 2014, which prevents them from touring as a band ever again. The kicker is that residencies, and one-off appearances, are not mentioned within that contract. So, there is still a chance you may get to see the boys play live again!
It doesn’t matter about the set list at a show like this. Everyone has a different favorite, Home Sweet Home is the guaranteed finale, and Looks That Kill, Shout At The Devil, Dr Feelgood, Smokin’ In The Boys Room,On WIth The Show, and Girl Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) are a given.
When the lights go up nothing has really changed since the last time that the band were through Edmonton, in April 2013. Vocalist Vince Neil, did look to be wearing a Victorian era dress on first glance, but as the light changed it became apparent that it was indeed just a very long jacket. Neils reasoning for the bands longevity was that “we drank and took drugs every day, for years.” A little flawed, when you consider he is the only one that drinks any more, and has been for quite a number of years!
Throughout the set, Neils vocal was sketchy. He seemed to miss words out, whether from breathlessness, or whether he was forgetting them , was not apparent. But it is a fact, that the best years of Neils vocals are certainly behind him. However, when he hits it right, he is STILL the voice of Motley Crue.
Mick Mars still hammers it out on the guitar, despite his obvious physical illness, he doesn’t miss a beat, and there was even a smile from the man, as Nikki Sixx gave his spiel on decision making, and introduced his band mates, half way through the set. A nice, personal touch, from the main man behind the band, and a little guiding hand for those in the audience who are not sure about life, and choices.
Sixx told the story of how the band evolved on the streets of Hollywood, and how girls were “taking their pussies out of their pants and throwing them at Vince, who was catching them with his teeth,” at the show where the four were to finally meet. What a visual. What a story!
Tommy Lee appeared to have a crotch cam going on! There were no shots of his face on the big screen for at least the first six songs! However, there was more to see as Lee took to the “Cruecify” roller coaster for his drum solo. Those watching closely would be left trying to figure out how he was drumming, as it looked as if his hands were moving in reverse. Sick, twisted, motherfucker, never fails to amaze!
Of course Motley Crue is now pure nostalgia. Most of those in attendance grew up with this band. No-one is expecting perfection, they just want the music and the memories. They got them, in heaps. Along with some incredible pyro! Thank you for the memories.
Motley Crue … On With The Show.
Karen G Nov 19 2014
MÖTLEY CRÜE Announces THE FINAL TOUR
Presented by Dodge
Band is first-ever to sign binding “Cessation of Touring” agreement to prevent future, unauthorized touring
Last Chance To Ever See The Band Perform Live
TWEET IT: #RIPMotleyCrue – @MotleyCrue announces #TheFinalTour, Country tribute album, “The Dirt” movie & more! Full details at motley.com
Los Angeles, CA (January 28, 2014) – After more than three decades together, iconic rock ‘n roll band MÖTLEY CRÜE announced today their Final Tour and the band’s ultimate retirement. The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles today. Celebrating the announcement of this Final Tour, the band will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live TONIGHT and will appear on CBS This Morning TOMORROW MORNING.
With over 80 million albums sold, MÖTLEY CRÜE has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 MÖTLEY CRÜE branded items sold in over 30 countries. MÖTLEY CRÜE has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different; Fans can expect to hear the catalogue of their chart- topping hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. “When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy,” explains Nikki Sixx (bass). “As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour.”
The Final Tour presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation will kick off in North America on July 2nd in Grand Rapids, MI and reach 72 markets before hitting international territories in 2015. To Live Nation MÖTLEY CRÜE tours are not only box office successes but artistically their shows have set the bar for production and entertainment value. “There’s no arguing that Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation’s Regional President of North America Concerts. “But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history. They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse. Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard working and extremely talented gentlemen. The music industry will never have another Motley Crue.”
The Dodge brothers were a notorious duo, so it seemed only natural to partner with the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. “Whenever I talk to people about Motley Crue, the common thread is how cool and relevant the band remains even after 33 years,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This irreverent ‘staying power’ resonates deeply with the Dodge brand as we turn the corner on our 100 year anniversary. What better way to celebrate the band’s final tour and the 25th anniversary of Kickstart My Heart than to do it together?”
Fans can look forward to Very Special Guest ALICE COOPER joining MÖTLEY CRÜE for an incredible package – Alice invented the genre and MÖTLEY CRÜE put steroids in it! “Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days,” said Alice, continuing,”Motley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that’s to blow the audience away. That’s exactly how we do it. Putting Motley Crue and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really NEEDS. We’re going to go out there and tear it up, and I can’t wait to see Motley on stage. Motley Crue and Alice Cooper – A match made in… Armageddon?”
As documented in the Cessation Of Touring Agreement the band signed at the press conference today, the band will not tour after this Final Tour. Band Attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explains “Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is a mutual among all four original members and peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement.” Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars will go their separate ways after the lengthy 2-year touring cycle. Tommy Lee (drums) explains “Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with 1 or 2 original band members! Our job here is done!!!” Of the band’s tumultuous history, Mick Mars (guitar) adds “(It has been) more drama than ‘General Hospital’ it keeps ‘em watchin’ and they keep comin’ back.” Vocalist, Vince Neil says of the Finality of the tour – “I’ll miss playing with the guys but I won’t quit playing rock and roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley.”
The Final Tour will coincide with the film made from MÖTLEY CRÜE’s NY Times Best-Selling book The Dirt. Jeff Tremaine (Bad Grandpa) has signed on to direct the opus that is set to debut in theaters globally in 2015, coinciding with The Final Tour. The Dirt is not only one of the best selling rock books of all time but also one of the greatest rock books of all time because of its brutal honesty, its unique voice, its multiple perspectives on the same events and its first-person inclusion of all members of the same band. Most rock memoirs are salacious mud-slinging accounts of a single person and MÖTLEY CRÜE was adamant to include the perspectives of all four of its members. Tremaine’s intention is to make, not just a great movie about a band, but a great movie about four misfits who, despite themselves and everyone else, band together to overcome the odds and change the history of Rock & Roll. “The Dirt’ is a movie I’ve wanted to make ever since I read the book in 2002,” says Tremaine. “I relate to the story on so many levels; my whole professional career has been about boys behaving badly, so I have a real connection to the material. It’s awesome to be working with the band at such an exciting time in Motley Crue’s history.” The film will be produced by the members of MÖTLEY CRÜE, Rick Yorn, Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and 10th Street Entertainment.
BIG MACHINE RECORDS, home to Country Superstars such as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw has teamed up in a joint venture with MÖTLEY RECORDS and ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC for the summer 2014 release of a Country Music Tribute To MÖTLEY CRÜE. BIG MACHINE founder and CEO, Scott Borchetta, is among the legion of Country Music fans who love MÖTLEY CRÜE. The country tribute album will show off the band’s quality songwriting with these fresh takes on their classic hit songs. Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album is Florida Georgia Line. Borchetta says of the collaboration, “I have been a not-so-secret Crue fan from the beggining. When manager Chris Nilsson called with the idea for a tribute album on Big Machine Records it was an immediate ‘yes’ from me! Our album will highlight just how great the Motley Crue song catalog is. At the end of the day, that’s what will stand the test of time.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE Fan Club members will get the exclusive first crack at tickets and VIP Packages, via a unique code, beginning on Wednesday, January 29th starting at 10am local time. VIP ticket packages will be made available to the general public on Thursday, January 30th at 10am local time. The general public ticket on-sale for most shows is Friday, January 31st. All tickets and packages can be obtained via Ticketmaster.com,LiveNation.com, or via MotleyVIP.com.
And So it all begins…to end!