Motley Crue Play Final Show: Tommy Lee’s Drum Coaster Breaks, Video, Setlist
After decades of decadence and millions of records sold, Mötley Crüe brought what's being billed as their last tour to a close, Dec. 31, playing to a packed hometown crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The video of their last song, "Home Sweet Home," is embedded above and the setlist can be found below.
But it didn't go off without a hitch. Tommy Lee's "Crüecifly" drum roller coaster got stuck shortly after taking off. You can check out the video below, but it took a few minutes -- which involved much swearing and Lee asking women to expose themselves -- for the roadies to rescue him and bring the contraption back down to safety.
As you can see below, during his remarks to the crowd before "S.O.S. (Same Old Situation)," Vince Neil teared up. "This is the last time you're going to be seeing the four of us together on stage," he said before talking about their earliest days. From there he thanked their entire crew, many of whom have worked with the band for years, and he was overcome with emotion and had to take a few seconds to recover.
Neil, Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx each expressed some thoughts on the conclusion of their time together via social media. Neil tweeted a photo of the four of them saying goodbye with the caption "It was a privilege and honor to play with these guys! Rock On!" Lee revealed that comedian George Lopez had sent them a bottle of 1999 vintage Dom Perignon champagne. But Sixx was the most succinct, posting a picture on Facebook of a typewriter spelling out the words "The End."
The group announced its Final Tour in Jan. 2014 with a press conference that started with the band members arriving in a hearse and included a "cessation of touring" agreement prohibiting any and all future live engagements under the Mötley Crüe banner — unless, of course, they all agree to undo it.
What started as a 72-date run of shows eventually expanded to include more than 164 concerts across five continents, giving each of the band members plenty of opportunities to field questions regarding whether that loophole would ever be exploited — and to a man, they all vowed they'll never go back on their word. Most recently, bassist Nikki Sixx threatened that "all hell would rain down" on anyone involved in trying to pull off a Crüe reunion show.
"We wanted to go out on top," explained Neil in another recent interview, adding that unlike certain other veteran bands who limp along with replacement members, they wanted to say goodbye on their own terms, "with people saying, ‘Yeah, man, I saw the last concert. It was awesome!’"
To that end, Mötley Crüe stepped up their career-long quest for unforgettable stage presentation during the Final Tour, devoting extra attention to special effects and unveiling a new, souped-up version of Lee's death-defying Crüecifly kit.
All that extra effort paid off to the tune of more than $100 million in grosses and an added burst of merchandising revenue — all of which leads into what's shaping up to be a multimedia victory lap for the band, with plans to release multiple posthumous projects, including a long-awaited film adaptation of their The Dirt memoir.
While not every fan was able to make it out to the Final Tour — and obviously, far fewer could fit into the Staples Center for the last show — Crüe faithful can look forward to a theatrical and home video release of a concert film/documentary hybrid commemoration of the farewell concert, due sometime in 2016. And of course, while the band members might be going their separate ways for now, they'll all be busy with individual projects for the foreseeable future.
Motley Crue, Dec. 31, 2015, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif. Setlist
1. "Girls, Girls, Girls"
2. "Wild Side"
3. "Primal Scream"
4. "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"
5. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
6. "Smokin' in the Boys' Room"
7. "Looks That Kill"
8. "Mutherf---er of the Year"
9. "Anarchy in the U.K."
10. "Shout at the Devil"
11. "Louder Than Hell"
12. Drum Solo
13. Guitar Solo
14. "Saints of Los Angeles"
15. "Live Wire"
16. "Dr. Feelgood"
17. "Kickstart My Heart"
18. "Home Sweet Home"
Watch Tommy Lee's Drum Roller Coaster Get Stuck
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