Suddenly the last day of Sweden Rock Festival arrived (last Saturday). So far it had been great and since Mötley Crüe were suppose to close the fest, I was of course very excited. Also the sun stopped by Sölvesborg and the weather was great. During the day there were some good bands playing as well, like Girlschool, Electric Boys and Crucified Barbara, but just as the days before it was mainly about the last gig. At least for me.
When Lynyrd Skynyrd finished playing at the main stage it was two and a half hours left to the Mötley show, which for me meant it was time to start crowding. I got a spot by the fence right in front of Mick Mars' side of the stage and then there was waiting, although everyone was in a good mood and time actually went by quite fast. Before we knew it, it was time and Mötley got on stage and kicked it off with ”Wild Side.”
As always with Mötley Crüe, you get a great show. I’ve seen them three times before, last time in London in December with Def Leppard and Steel Panther, so I know what to expect. Funny thing about them is that after every show I’ve seen, I’ve been telling myself nothing can beat that – but they prove me wrong every time. Especially the two last times I’ve seen them. This time it didn’t even matter that it was pretty much the same show that I saw six months ago: it’s still Mötley bringing it and they’re great. Maybe it’s hard for me to be objective since it’s my favorite band, but still. Also I think they were a bit more on fire this time than in London.
Lot of reviews afterward dhon’t agree with me. Other writers are calling Crüe lazy, nonchalant and saying the band’s "all about business." And yes, Vince Neil isn’t a great singer anymore. He is not able to sing everything as he used to and takes a lot of help from the audience. But the high notes are still there. And yes, the setlist is a bit too predictable. It would be fun if they could mix it up, but at the same time they play the songs most people want to hear. I know I wouldn’t appreciate if they didn’t play ”Kickstart My Heart” next time I go see them, even if I’ve heard the song live four times before. To call them lazy and nonchalant because of that? Well, I don’t agree.
The show kept on going, the crowd was going crazy (at least where I was standing) and of course one of the peaks was Tommy Lee's drum solo. Doesn’t matter if you’ve seen it before, it’s so cool. This time a girl named Veronica got the chance to join him and I couldn’t be more jealous. Maybe that should be my new goal in life, to get a ride with Tommy in the Drum Coaster. Although I don’t get why he’s playing to that kind of music, some electro style, but I guess that’s his new thing?
Since Too Fast For Love is my favorite album, I was very happy when they suddenly played ”Piece Of Your Action.” Never heard that one live before and that was probably the highlight for me. As I said, the setlist could use some imagination. Which songs would you want to hear live?
Mötley Crüe setlist:
Too Fast For Love
Saints Of Los Angeles
Shout At The Devil
Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
Looks That Kill
Piece Of Your Action
Smokin’ In The Boys Room
Girls, Girls, Girls
Home Sweet Home
Kickstart My Heart
So, to sum it all up, this year’s fest was really great! Since I’m a huge fan of Glam, obviously, this year’s Sweden Rock suited me perfectly. Hopefully they will have just as many Glam and sleaze band next year as well. The promoters need to add Crashdïet and Hardcore Superstar to the lineup. It feels weird being at a rock fest in Sweden without those guys. And yes, I was right when I said the best gig was played the second day. Doesn’t matter how big of a Crüe fan I am, the highlight of the festival was without doubt Sebastian Bach. I’m still laughing when I’m thinking about him singing ”Quack ack ack” and nobody understood what he was doing until after a while. Or when Dee Snider joined him on stage and the band just started to play ”We’re Not Gonna Take It” as an intro, but they ended up playing the whole song with both Bach and Dee on vocals. And then of course the finish with ”Youth Gone Wild,” one of my absolute favorite songs. Amazing!