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Home / Artist Spotlight / Motley Crue and Alice Cooper at the Tacoma Dome
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By John Lill on July 27, 2015
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Motley Crue perform at the Tacoma Dome. (Photo: John Lill)
Mötley Crüe are synonymous with debauchery and excess. On Friday night they lived up to that reputation with
showmanship that had a sold-out Tacoma Dome “Shouting at the Devil” well into the night.
Special guest Alice Cooper opened the evening, and the godfather of shock-rock delivered the goods. A bit of w
choose Cooper as an opening act at your own risk. With four decades of performing under his belt, Cooper still
have inspired many performers throughout the years. Surely Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson owe part of their
shock-rocker.
Cooper has never posed as a sex symbol or taken himself as seriously as the Crue. He’s always been a horror fi
in a magnificent shroud of hooks and power chords. Still in fine voice at age 67, Cooper commanded the stage w
crutch like a bayonet, and stroking a live boa constrictor wrapped around his neck during “Welcome to My Nightm
were there too; the straightjacket, the gurney, the guillotine that chops off his head and even Frankenstein.
Cooper has a magnetism that simply demands attention, and the crowd was mesmerized as he and his rockin b
out) ran through note-perfect versions of “Department of Youth,” “No More Mr Nice Guy,” “Poison,” and “Welcom
by accident, and every vocal inflection, hand gesture, prop change or explosion was used to accentuate rather th
much so, that even the most over-the-top theatrical moments like the sparking contraption that turned Cooper in
Frankenstein” seemed completely appropriate.
Cooper’s set was a testament to the one thing that often gets lost when discussing his legacy as a performer – t
great rock songs. Closing with the iconic “Schools Out” (complete with a section of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”), Co
theatrical and entertaining rock shows around.
As “So Long, Farewell” (from “The Sound of Music”) bled out from the speakers, Mötley Crüe took the stage lo
stars they are, launching immediately into a spirited opening trifecta of “Girls,Girls,Girls,” “Wild Side,” and “Prima
memorable two-hour journey through their back catalog of classic rock radio staples.
As vocalist Vince Neil prowled the stage and Mick Mars kept the riffs coming, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee lived
entertaining the crowd with a variety of antics as they moved through killer versions of “Looks that Kill,” “Smokin’
Love.”
Featuring more pyro than a Kiss concert, an endless array of pyrotechnics, fire and confetti brought a sense of b
particular wall-of-fire effect early in the show had people looking around to determine the nearest exit, but soon
part of the show.
Lee remains a hard-hitter. His nearly nine minute mid-set solo (performed upside down from aboard his roller co
Crucify”), proved to be one of the night’s most memorable performances. Only Lee would dare combine perform
Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine, and various techno hits along with Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick” into
but it worked magnificently.
Certainly, it wouldn’t be a Mötley Crüe show without some skin. The scantily clad backing singers that accompan
factor. They also provided cover on high notes that Neil can no longer reach.
Of course, everybody knew “Home Sweet Home” would be the last song Motley Crue would perform on their far
anticipation. With smoke from the pyro still hanging in the air, the group marched through the crowd to a smaller
Dome, carrying large flashlights with beams that cut through the thick air. As the small stage rose up towards the
the band soaked in the love from the crowd. It actually succeeded in being a real moment, rather than a calculat
As the foursome walked off to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” with a skip in their step and plenty of high fives from the
dramatic and tasteful effect, and a nice way to show camaraderie with the fans. Let’s just hope they don’t give A
early.
Alice Cooper Setlist:
Hello Hooray (Judy Collins cover)
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
I’m Eighteen
Billion Dollar Babies
Poison
Dirty Diamonds
Welcome to My Nightmare
Feed My Frankenstein
Ballad of Dwight Fry
Killer
I Love the Dead
School’s Out
Motley Crue Setlist:
Girls, Girls, Girls
Wild Side
Primal Scream
Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
Looks That Kill
Louder Than Hell
Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room (Brownsville Station cover)
Mutherfucker of the Year
Anarchy in the U.K. (Sex Pistols cover)
T.N.T. (Terror ‘n Tinseltown)
Dr. Feelgood
In the Beginning
Shout at the Devil
Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Drum Solo
Guitar Solo
Live Wire
Saints of Los Angeles
Too Young to Fall in Love
Kickstart My Heart
Encore:
Home Sweet Home
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John Lill is one of our most seasoned photojournalists at SMI. He has worked as a
professional photographer for over twenty years in varied assignments all around the
world including a three year assignment at the White House under the Bush and
Obama administrations as a White House staff photographer. John is a bit of a triple
threat when it comes to the music scene. In addition to his uncanny ability for always
capturing the epic photos and writing about the moment, he’s also an experienced
guitarist, which gives him a deeper appreciation and understanding of his subjects.
John’s work has been seen globally in many concert tour programs for artists such as
U2, Sammy Hagar and Heart. John currently resides in Seattle, WA serving as a Public
Affairs Officer for the Navy and contributes to Seattle Music Insider, Seattle Weekly,
The Photo Brigade and UPI.
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