I preface this post as a lifelong Motley Crue fan, having seen the band multiple times with my first being at the US Festival in 1983, when the band was on absolute fire. I am and have been a Crue fanatic, with the band bringing so many memorable moments to my life and musical passion.
But on July 25th, Motley Crue had a show at the California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles, CA. that became a nightmare for the crowd (and I’m sure for the band as well). No pyro, no stage set, no vocals (Vince just can’t really do it anymore) and no great memory for a time stamp of what will probably be the last time seeing the Crue for a majority of the crowd in attendance.
While I understand the complexities of a Motley money grab to play as many shows as possible before the end of the Crue entity, when you schedule three shows in three different states on consecutive nights (regardless of proximity) and something goes wrong, somebody gets screwed, and this audience sure did.
The story was that while ready to take off from the Tacoma airport in route to San Luis Obispo Airport, a small hole was discovered in their plane, causing concern that the aircraft would not properly depressurize. The decision was made to deboard and unload, with another plane to be chartered flying in from Phoenix. This caused a delay of the show, which originally was slated to start with Alice Cooper’s set at 7:30pm. The doors didn’t end up opening until 8:30, with the start time announced to be 10pm.
The show eventually started at about 10:30pm, with the total pro Alice and his band ripping through a well received (but short) set of hits. Motley however, hit the stage at about 11pm and played a “stripped” down run through of tracks that lasted until midnight. The band seemed lethargic, possibly due to the day they had already dealt with, but there was no explanation on stage about exactly what happened, no apology, and no connection to their fans to appease the disgruntled rockers in the crowd. That was B.S., as was their set.
We already knew Vince can’t hit notes and half sings now, but this really took it to a new level. Not having the pyro and dynamic stage set up brought more attention to the band’s deficiencies and there were many that night.
The band made it to Billings, Montana for a show the next night, but had another incident just nights later in Salt Lake City.
As far as the “explanation” Nikki Sixx gave on his ‘Sixx Sense’ radio show some nights later about the Mid State Fair show, I don’t believe a 747 can fly into the small San Luis Obispo airport, but that is the spin they are going with on this debacle. Listen to the explanation here: www.sixxsense.com. Here’s a photo posted on Nikki’s Twitter showing the plane landing in San Luis Obispo. I can’t even tell if that is SLO Airport, and if that plane is a 747, it is the largest plane that has ever landed at that airport. I have found no record of that happening anywhere online, but I could be wrong.
This all being said, I am still glad Motley decided to play the show even though it sucked. But that is coming from someone that didn’t have to lay down over a $100 bucks for a ticket. Motley have announced another Central California show in Fresno this December at the Save Mart Center, but I haven’t decided if I will be going or not. To eliminate this last Motley memory for me, I just may have to.