Mötley Crüe’s Smash Hit Record “Dr. Feelgood” Turns 30 Years Old

With the movie adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s biography The Dirt released on Netflix this year and corresponding album, memories of famous Hair Metal band have flooded back to old fans. The bands’ best-selling, best-sounding album found them at the top of their game musically and at the possible height of their popularity was Dr. Feelgood (Elektra) released thirty years ago today. It certainly is the best selling album of their career and has the most music on one release that holds up the best outside of Shout At The Devil (also Elektra). Continue reading

FILM REVIEW: Mötley Crüe – The Dirt by Jeff Tremaine

We have heard the hype about The Dirt, the biopic about Mötley Crüe for a long time. They have tried to make this film for ages, while it languished in development hell, finally getting made and out now streaming on Netflix. By the bands’ own admission, much like the book, the film is full of exaggerated lurid rock star clichés and partially real stories about the band. It’s just so out there and real. Too real for most people, like the band was at times.  Continue reading

Mötley Crüe Streams Soundtrack For “The Dirt”, Film Releases Today

Mötley Crüe’s highly-anticipated Netflix biopic The Dirt, based on the best-selling book about their career is out today. While we wait for the film to hit Netflix, we can jam the soundtrack in the meantime! Packed with 18 songs, including ‘The Dirt’ featuring Machine Gun Kelly (portraying Tommy Lee in the film), their  Madonna cover of ‘Like A Virgin’,  and two other songs ‘Ride With The Devil’ and ‘Crash and Burn’. On a first listen, these songs are better than the previous two new songs, being much heavier and in line with classic Crue albums, such as Dr. Feelgood.  Pre-orders are also live at the link below. Continue reading

Mötley Crüe Shares New Video For “Home Sweet Home”, “The Dirt” Film Comes Out This Friday

Mötley Crüe’s highly-anticipated Netflix biopic The Dirt, based on the best-selling book about their career has shared their first new music in years. The band has released their new video with footage from the film from their classic track “Home Sweet Home”. The film releases this week, on 3/22 from Netflix. Pre-orders are also live at the link below. Continue reading

Mötley Crüe will Debut A Brand New Song from “The Dirt” film on Jonesy’s Jukebox” on 95.5 KLOS

As we previously reported, Mötley Crüe has recorded four new songs for the soundtrack to their upcoming biopic The Dirt, premiering on March 22 via Netflix. They will unveil a new song on the February 21 edition of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones’s radio show, Jonesy’s Jukebox, on the 95.5 KLOS station in Los Angeles. Bassist Nikki Sixx will sit down for an interview with Jones on the KLOS Subaru Live Stage. The track is a collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly, one of four new songs recorded with longtime producer Bob Rock. Kelly plays Crue drummer Tommy Lee in the film. The Dirt also stars Daniel Webber (The Punisher) as singer Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx and Iwan Rheon (Game Of Thrones) as guitarist Mick Mars. The film was directed by Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine. It was picked up by Netflix after being previously developed at Focus Features and before that at Paramount. Continue reading

Mötley Crüe’s Shout At The Devil Turns 35

Thirty-five years ago, 1980s glam rock and heavy metal leaders Mötley Crüe released their excellent second album Shout At The Devil (Elektra). Following up from their solid debut Too Fast For Love, this album has gone on to legend status over the years for breaking the band through to bigger audiences. It was definitely a commercial breakthrough and fan-favorite, although it was critically drubbed by some at the time. The next step in band mastermind Nikki Sixx’s plan for world domination (and to be the next KISS), it’s full of classic Crüe songs, memorable choruses, and some killer musical performances from the band. Continue reading

Nikki Sixx Confirms Mötley Crüe Is Recording New Music

Although “retired” for a few years now, bassist Nikki Sixx has confirmed that Mötley Crüe is recording four new songs for the film adaptation of the group’s biography, The Dirt – Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. The movie was picked up by Netflix after being previously developed at Focus Features and before that at Paramount. Directed by Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine, the film is expected to debut in 2019. Other Crüe members Vince Neil and Tommy Lee have been dropping hints to fans on social media about the new music. The band claims they will never tour again, but had not ruled out new music. As the band are executive producers of the movie, original music from the band in the form of their hits are expected to be in the film. Nikki termed the track, being recorded and produced in Hollywood by Bob Rock, as “ball busters’. Continue reading

Rocklahoma Announces Daily Lineups

Godsmack, by Originate Designs Photography

America’s second biggest rock and metal festival, Rocklahoma, has announced their daily lineups for the 2018 fest. The event takes place in Pryor, OK from May 25th-27th and features A Perfect Circle, The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, Godsmack, GhostPoison, Cheap Trick, Halestorm, I Prevail, Sevendust and many more! Continue reading

The 2018 Rocklahoma Lineup Features A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Poison, Ghost, And More!

The 2018 Rocklahoma festival will be taking place from May 25th-27th in Pryor, Oklahoma. Today the organizers have revealed the full lineup, and it’s got a little bit of everything. Continue reading

Download Festival: Day Three – Castle Donington, UK

Download lineup

The final day of a festival is often filled with many emotions: a wonderful weekend sadly coming to an end; another day spent celebrating brilliant innovative and life affirming music; hours spent trying to dry your tent out… So it again proved with Sunday at Download.

Leaden skies greet the hordes either nursing hangovers of epic proportions or gathering their belongings for the trudge back to cars and the dreaded long trip home. It’s cold on the field so a bit of warming up is required. Bacon rolls and coffee do part of the job but Dead Daisies do the rest in a punchy late morning slot that has a much bigger crowd than perhaps even they were expecting. Dead Daisies inhabit that strange world where it is perpetually 1986, eternally sun-soaked California and every band is the last gang in town, riding steel horses into sunsets or the arms of star crossed maidens. As you have probably guessed, I thought it was terrific and an object lesson in how to warm up a crowd.

Sweden’s h.e.a.t. have gathered plenty of plaudits for their two albums of 80’s inspired rock and from this performance it’s easy to see why – they are pumped full of energy and chutzpah and have a genuine love of big tunes and even bigger riffs. It may not be the most original sound of the day but it does the job very nicely indeed. Finland’s Von Hertzen Brothers finish the morning off in predictably brilliant fashion with vocalist Mikko Von Hertzen channelling his best John Travolta via a natty white suit that he does well not to get covered in the ubiquitous festival mud. The VHB brand of rock is so packed full of intelligence and hummable tunes, particularly the peerless ‘Flowers and Rust’, it does make you scratch your head as to why these guys aren’t absolutely massive but their time will come…..Please make it so.

Backyard Babies’ raucous and efficient cock rock gives way to the studied and equally efficient metal of Mark Tremonti who does Alter Bridge without the tunes (if you’re not a convert) and Alter Bridge with added metal (if you are).  I’m in the latter camp, as are most of an appreciative if slightly wet crowd on the main stage. The new songs from his second album, Cauterize seem to stand up equally well with the more familiar tunes from All I Was (both Fret12) too. Boxes ticked, job done.

Blackberry Smoke are the perfect band for a warm sunset, cold beers and a barbecue, so the presence of rain, wind, rain and some more rain probably didn’t help their cause but I found their performance compelling in an insouciant and entirely charming way. Billy Idol, by contrast, is a bit of a man for all seasons and you can tell why: he has an arsenal of hits that most bands would give their right arm for. You have to pinch yourself that this is 2015 and not 1985 but Idol turns in an effortless performance of crowd pleasers that you know and love- of course there’s ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Rebel Yell’ but it’s ‘Flesh for Fantasy’ and ‘Eyes Without a Face’ that are the standout tunes. Idol has this look of a man who won the lottery, the football pools and the EuroMillions over one weekend – he simply cannot quite believe that he is still the draw that he is – and, even more brilliant, no one in the crowd seems to begrudge him one iota of his considerable success. Bless him.

In much the same way that people gripe about Cavalera Conspiracy and how it’s not the REAL Sepultura (yawn, boring, get over it) so there is a similar constituency that seems to surround former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and his latest incarnation with Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge. Honestly, I don’t know what the problem is: what’s not to love about an artist playing a blinding set of classic song after classic song peppered with huge tune after huge tune from his latest solo records? I tell you what’s not to love: nothing. Slash clearly writes mega tunes in his sleep and his set is one hour of aural bliss. The 55,000 or so on the main field lap it up like a horde of very thirsty Pavlovian dogs. And rightly so.

Lamb of God, photo by Susanne A. Maathuis

Lamb of God, photo by Susanne A. Maathuis

Likewise, the same old situation (song pun entirely intended) for LA’s Motley Crue. Crue, midway through a thoroughly deserved and valedictory world tour to say farewell are another act that many can’t seem to wait to sneer at. “It would be better if Vince Neil could sing better”- kids, Vince Neil hasn’t been able to sing since 1981. This isn’t the point at all. Crue are about the glamour, the sleaze, the rock, the roll, the girls, girls, girls. They bring a show that is part rock opera, part vaudeville, all fire and brimstone. Of course they are absurd and ridiculous- THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT. It is absolutely silly and absolutely brilliant- all at the same time.

And so we come, finally, inexorably, to the self-styled hottest band in the world, Kiss. Arriving on site in a fully badged up Kiss-copter, the New York quartet turn this corner of a foreign field into a veritable circus of pomp, circumstance and old style rock n roll. There are stadium rock shows and then there is a Kiss show. There isn’t one second that passes by in this blistering set where there isn’t something going on – fireworks, drum risers, zip wires, crowd singalongs, flame throwing, blood vomiting all in glorious technicolour and all set to a soundtrack that you know and love. As an end to the best music festival I know, it is both fitting and invigorating.

I’ve booked my place for next year already.

 

MAT DAVIES