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Motley Crue past their prime: Live, Scotiabank Place, May 14, 2013

What happens to a band 20 years past their prime that blew a good chunk of their goodwill just as they were on the cusp of superstardom?

In 1989, Motley Crue were poised to become the biggest and the greatest rock band on the planet with the release of Dr. Feelgood and its subsequent tour. The title track and lead-off single showed off the band with a crisp, clear, driving sound. Nikki Sixx’s bass lines propelled the music forward while Mick Mars provided atmospheric guitar lines, solid rhythm and a blistering guitar solo. Vince’s lyrics and voice were in top form as he sang about the rise and fall of a young drug dealer in LA.

The band was on its way to superstardom and critical respect, an enviable position to be in for a group of guys who had lived their lives as junkies and whoremongers. They attracted larger and larger audiences and were even invited to play the Moscow Music Peace Festival in 1989 with such major and established stars as Ozzy Osbourne.

Then, Vince Neil decided he wanted to leave the band to race cars and have sex with pornstars who specialized in lesbian-only videos. Tommy Lee followed not long after, becoming a tabloid sensation with then hottest-girl-on-the-planet Pamela Anderson, and following up with a few lame solo albums and some even worse reality TV shows.

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