Former Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil played his first solo show in the WNY area since 2004.  Even with the retirement of Motley Crue, Neil still stays active and does many solo dates trying to keep the music of Motley Crue alive. Neil has surrounded himself with the band Slaughter (minus Mark Slaughter of course). That band consists of Dana Strum on bass, Jeff “Blando” Bland and Zoltan Chaney.

The band took the stage at exactly 9:29pm as Chaney pounded the first few skins for” Dr. Feelgood.” Once the song was in motion, Neil joined the band  and the crowd seemed revved up.  Asking the crowd, “Are fuckin’ with me?” After singing the first few notes, Neil looked side stage motioning that he couldn’t hear his in ear monitors. He continued singing and exited the stage towards the end of the song to get them adjusted. Neil came back out and seemed to keep the crowd interested and at one point, held the mic over the crowd so they can sing “Looks That Kill.” Even though Neil was the center of attention, it was his band that carried him throughout this performance. The dynamic drumming of Chaney with the consistent playing of both Blando and Strum were the highlights during the entire show.  Neil seemed to struggle keeping up with the pace of the band at times. In fact, he even exited and the band did a Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath song. After about 12 minutes, Neil returned to finish the rest of the show.

With it being a day after a holiday may have hurt crowd attendance as it was about 70% full.  Neil also was pissed that two people refused to get up with the rest of the audience at the end and called them out on it saying it was a rock show and they should stand the fuck up. Not sure if they had a disability or not but he should have focused on the ones who did stand instead  the two that didn’t. The entire show last a tad over an hour and only consisted of 9 Motley Crue songs and the two covers I mentioned earlier. Neil has a few solo gems like “You’re Invited but Your Friend Can’t Come” and “Sister of Pain” that haven’t seen the light of day in years. He should consider putting those back into his set along with extending out to possibly to an hour and 20 to an hour of 30 minutes (with at least 15 songs). Without his backing band’s terrific performance, a lot was left to be desired for Neil’s return to WNY.

 

Setlist:

Dr. Feelgood (Motley Crue song)

Shout at the Devil (Motley Crue song)

Looks That Kill (Motley Crue song)

Home Sweet Home (Motley Crue song)

Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) (Motley Crue song)

Same Ol’  Situation (Motley Crue song)

Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)/Heaven and Hell (Black sabbath cover) [Band without Vince Neil]

Kickstart my Heart (Motley Crue song)

Girls Girls Girls (Motley Crue song)

Wilde Side (Motley Crue song)

 

 

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We would like to thank David Fillenwartgh from the Riviera Theatre for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.