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Top 5: Reasons to see Mötley Crüe in Tampa

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Motley Crue AP 2014

From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars seen at Motley Crue Press Conference, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. The band's final tour includes a Tampa date. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Well, Vince Neil didn't lie when I talked to him in April. After three decades of decadence, Mötley Crüe really is calling it quits. Fortunately, the final tour, with awesome opener Alice Cooper, visit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on August 17 with tickets on sale Friday.

"Next year will probably be our farewell tour,"  Vince Neil told me for this Ticket cover story.  "It doesn't really matter. I'm going to miss playing with Mötley but I love playing with my solo band and me going on stage will never change."

There are many reasons to see Crüe perform in Tampa. Several coming to mind aren't fit for this kind of family-friendly publication. Here are five that are.

1. Kickstart rock's heart
Did you notice at the Grammys that rock is pretty much dead? That's right and it makes many of us want to weep. And now we're losing Mötley Crüe, which happens to put on one of the greatest rock shows you will ever witness. Even if you think you're too cool for Crüe — which, for the record, is just silly — you will want to be at the amphitheatre in Tampa on that hot August night just to witness the historic end of a totally rad era. The venue holds 20,000. A decade from now, 500,000 people will swear they were there. Don't be that guy.

2. Last chance to walk on the wild side
Kiss, The Who and numerous other rock bands have cashed in with a "farewell tour" only to resurface several years later with a worldwide "reunion tour." Not Mötley Crüe. At a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles the band members signed a "cessation of touring agreement" that will go into effect at the end of 2015. "We always had a vision of going out with a big(expletive) bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members," drummer Tommy Lee said in a statement. "Our job here is done."

3. All the saints of Los Angeles
Another problem with farewell tours is that the band usually doesn't have all the original members, either because of death (The Who) or greed (Kiss). Not so with Crüe. On stage, probably joined by a small army of Tampa's finest strippers, will be Crüe originals Lee, Neil, guitarist Mick Mars and bassist/chief songwriter Nikki Sixx.

4.  Keep your eye on the money
OK, the Associated Press story running everywhere says "prices starting at $15." Alas, click on the Tampa "tix" link from Crüe's official website and you'll land on the Live Nation page. The price range, with "fees," is $33-$143. Not as sweet as $15, sure, but still a great deal to see Mötley Crüe, let alone the band's finale. And don't forget the opener happens to be Alice Cooper, a rock legend who can still out rock most rockers half his age.

5. Neil still has his primal scream
If the lead singer's voice is shot all those jaw-dropping guitar and drum solos won't do much to save the show. Luckily, the last time I heard Neil perform he rocked Ribfest in Palmetto less then a year ago with his solo band. Sure, the 52-year-old might not sound like he did on "Theatre of Pain" but Neil hit all the right notes on Crüe classics like “Looks that Kill,” “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.),” “Dr. Feelgood,” "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" and “Home Sweet Home.” Read my review.



Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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