This past January legendary rock band Motley Crue officially called it a career when it wrapped up its farewell tour in its hometown of Los Angeles, California. The concert, which started on New Year’s Eve 2015 and ended on New Year’s Day on January 1, 2016 was a big event for the band and its fans, needless to say. Now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, fans and audiences around the world can experience the band’s final live show for themselves in the form of the band’s new live recording The End. It is difficult to know where to begin analyzing this recording because there is so much to say to the positive about its presentation. A safe starting point would be the concert’s set list. The 17-song set features some of the band’s most beloved compositions and runs just over two hours long. That will be discussed shortly. The band’s collective performance and stage show are just as important to note here as the show’s set list. The recording’s editing rounds out the most important of its elements, but is hardly the last of its positives. One could also discuss the varied platforms on which the concert is available and its packaging in examining the recording’s positives, too. All things considered, this concert is an outstanding farewell from one of rock’s greatest acts.
Motley Crue’s new live recording The End is an outstanding final farewell from one of rock’s greatest acts. While it may be the final farewell from the legendary rock band, it is a recording that will make Motley Crue live on for fans around the world. That is due in no small part to the show’s set list. The set list features 16 of the band’s most beloved songs including ‘Kickstart My Heart,’ ‘Girls, Girls, Girls,’ ‘Shout At The Devil,’ and a cover of Gary Glitter’s ‘Rock and Roll Part II.’ The set list reaches all the way back to the band’s 1981 debut record Too Fast For Love and all the way up to its 2008 album Saints of Los Angeles. Interestingly enough To Fast For Love is represented with only one song, ‘Live Wire.’ The band’s most heavily represented album is its 1989 album Dr. Feelgood. It is represented by five songs. The Gary Glitter cover included in the band’s set is none other than the world-renowned ‘Rock and Roll Part II’ (a.k.a ‘The Hey Song’). Not every one of the band’s nine studio recordings is represented in this record. Even with that in mind, the set list that is featured in this show keeps the energy flowing from beginning to end and will keep home viewers just as entertained as those who were in attendance at the concert during its recording. While the concert’s set list is clearly important to the recording’s overall presentation, it is not the only element that should be discussed in examining said presentation. The band’s collective performance and stage show are just as important to discuss as the songs that the band performs.
The set list that was chosen for Motley Crue’s last-ever live performance is a key element to the concert’s presentation. Given it isn’t necessarily career-spanning since not every one of its albums are represented in that list. Regardless, the set list that is featured here keep the energy flowing from beginning to end. Considering that, it is clear that it is still quite important to the concert’s overall presentation. It isn’t the only important element to discuss, though. The band’s collective performance and its stage show are just as important to discuss as the songs that the band performs. From front man Vince Neil’s nonstop energy and rapport with the audience and his band mates is incredible to see. He makes it clear that he is putting his heart into every single song as do his band mates. Tommy Lee is just as enjoyable to watch as he keeps time. Audiences will enjoy seeing Lee’s reaction as his drum rig gets stuck at the end of its run across the Staples Arena. Rather than get angry and react negatively, he just goes with the flow and makes plenty of proverbial lemonade out of the lemon that was that situation. Bassist Nikki Sixx captures everything that has always made Motley Crue a fan favorite both as he works his way through each song and as he discusses chasing one’s dreams with the audience in an equally powerful moment. Then there’s guitarist Mick Mars. Mars looks like he could play Dracula, the way that the light hits him throughout the show. Yet even as unassuming as he seems throughout the show, he still presents so much power in his playing. It is quite the juxtaposition to note. Neil’s tears at the show’s end (not to give away too much, by the way) are real. Those are not crocodile tears. The passion that he presents as the band’s last-ever show comes to an end is a beautiful and powerful final statement. It’s one more way in which the band shows the importance of its performance throughout this concert and hardly the last way in which said performance proves important, too. Considering that, the band’s stage show should not be ignored here. It is just as important to the concert as the band’s performance.
While the band gives its all to its audience (and vice versa) its performance only goes so far for audiences. The band’s stage show works hand-in-hand with its performance to make the concert even more outstanding and memorable. There’s pyro. There are lights. There is Tommy Lee’s arena-spanning drum rig and so much more. Each element of the band’s stage show plays its own important part to the band’s stage show. What makes them really stand out is the timing of their use. Audiences will note the timing in the use of each element. The pyro isn’t used in every song nor are the fast-paced flashing lights or other elements. It is obvious that a lot of thought and time was put into each element’s use. Because so much time and thought was put into each element’s use, those elements couple with the band’s performance to give the concert experience in whole a very positive aesthetic. Keeping all of this in mind, the band’s performance and stage show–while clearly just as important to this recording’s presentation as the songs that are performed–are collectively only part of the recording’s presentation. The editing that was used in the program’s presentation is just as important to note as the previously discussed elements.
The set list featured in The End and the band’s collective performance and stage show are both important elements in the recording’s presentation. That has already been made clear. As important as those elements are to the recording’s presentation, they are not its only important elements to discuss. The recording’s editing is just as important to discuss as those elements. That is because, as audiences will see, the editing makes this not just another run-of-the-mill live recording. There are moments throughout the show where the cameras’ frame rates are slowed to fully capture the emotion of the moments. The editing of the camera crew’s shots fully captures the immensity of the moment. From the close up shots of the band on-stage to the views from high above the arena to all the shots in-between, the end result of the editing gives viewers at home the best seat in the house. The sound editing is just as important to note here as the video editing. Those behind the mixing boards are to be commended for fully capturing the size of the Staples Center. The sound is not some spit-shined production here. Audiences actually feel, in watching the concert’s Blu-ray recording that they are actually there without it sounding like some bootleg recorded on a smartphone. There is a lot to be said of that. On a side note, audiences would do well to watch the recording on DVD and Blu-ray before listening to it on CD. That is because watching it before hearing it will create more appreciation for it on its CD presentation. When the overall editing of this concert is joined with the band’s performance and stage show, and the show’s set list, all three elements make wholly clear together that while The End may mark the end of Motley Crue as a band, the band will live on in the annals of rock forever. They show also why this recording is a moving farewell for one of rock’s greatest acts. It is a recording that every Motley Crue fans should have in his or her music library.
Motley Crue’s new live recording The End is an outstanding final farewell from one of rock’s greatest acts. While it may be the final farewell from the legendary rock band, it is a recording that will make Motley Crue live on for fans around the world. That is evidenced through the concert’s extensive set list. While not necessarily career-spanning (since not every one of the band’s nine albums are represented here), a good portion of the band’s body of work is represented here. What’s more, the songs that are featured are some of the band’s most beloved hits. The band’s collective performance and stage show are just as important to note. They work quite well in themselves, and even better together. The concert’s editing rounds out its most important elements. It makes the recording a work that is anything but another run-of-the-mill live recording. That is because of the amount of time and thought that was put into the concert’s editing. It makes this concert a truly full experience for audiences and fans alike, yet still is not the last of the recording’s positives. One could also argue that the varied platforms on which the recording is available could be discussed as well as the packaging for each physical platform. The bonus material that is included in the recording is just as notable, too. All things considered, it is safe to say that while The End may mark the end for Motley Crue, it is, again, a recording that will make this legendary band live on forever. It is a recording that is a moving and fitting farewell from one of rock’s greatest acts and is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:
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