Motley Crue became the first group to receive a double gYg Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame gig of the year award when their farewell tour gig at the Newcastle Metro Arena was picked as the concert of the year in the greenYgrey world.
Motley Crue Farewell Tour
Motley Crue had been supporting Def Leppard when receiving their first award, and this was the last chance to see them, so it well deserved the nomination. The concert was predictably brilliant, and also had a few nice surprises. There were female backing singers; the drum kit rode a rollercoaster-type-track over the crowd, with Tommy Lee sometimes playing upside-down; and they ended with a piano-accoustic version of Home Sweet Home in the middle of the arena.
I first saw Motley at the Monsters of Rock festival in 1984, thirty-one years ago, so it was kind of poignant to see it end. I’m sure it’ll be 100 times more so for Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee when they end the tour in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. Good luck to everybody involved for their retirement from Crue tours.
Alice Cooper and The One Hundred
Alice Cooper was also excellent, and his show would have deserved a gYg of the year award on his own, having been a rock legend for over forty years; especially as he had a full stage-set of monster-horror special effects and costumes.
The One Hundred opened the concert with an energetic set full of great musicianship.
The gYg gig list of honour has now been updated:
- 2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd
- 2010: Guns N’ Roses and Skid Row
- 2011: Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Steel Panther
- 2012: W.A.S.P.
- 2013: Alice in Chains, Ghost and Walking Papers
- 2014: The Pretty Reckless, Heaven’s Basement and Nothing More
- 2015: Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and The One Hundred