Mötley Crüe/Poison/Dolls

I have loved Mötley Crüe since I first discovered them in 1986 when I bought the “Shout at the Devil” cassette tape solely based on the album cover and name.  I had no idea who they were and no idea that they would change my world of music forever.

Poison was awesome when they stepped into the limelight in 1986 with their debut album Look What the Cat Dragged In.  The radio hit off of the album was “Talk Dirty to Me.”

Don't Need Nothing.. But A Good Time!

I went to see these two bands perform live at the Susquehanna Bank center in Camden on July 16, 2011.  Now, I saw Mötley Crüe before, but never Poison.

Neither band disappointed.

Before I go any further, I think it is fair to mention that the New York Dolls were the opening band, but my friends wanted to tailgate in the parking lot, so we missed them.  I heard they were great though.  My pal Katie was upset that she missed The Dolls… we were hanging in the parking lot and taking pictures.  Katie took two pictures of me in front of Nikki Sixx’s Sixx Sense tour bus.

Brett Michaels sounded awesome as he hopped around on stage belting out lyrics to “Fallen Angel” and “Ride the Wind”.  The band also did “Something to Believe In” and the very popular “Unskinny Bop.”  My friend Katie hates that song!  But she managed through it.  They did “Nothing but a Good Time” which I still seem to know every word to, surprisingly!

Ooh, and they did “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” – a total classic 80’s ballad!  Lighters unite!  Well, these days it is cell phones… but I saw a few people getting old school with lighters, and yes, I was one of the old schoolers!

Poison wrapped it up.  I was definitely impressed with their performance.  Could Mötley Crüe really top them?

They could… and they would.

They opened with Kings of Los Angeles, which we missed.  Grr.  Katie, was upset.  Again.  Poor gal.

They played a bunch of other spectacular songs like “Shout at the Devil” and then…

Tommy Lee did an amazing drum feat.  There was a giant ring at the back of the stage that Lee’s drum kit seemed to be centered in.  Well, all of a sudden there is a light show of sorts on the back drop behind the drum kit and them Lee’s drum kit starts swinging from side to side.  Wicked!  As if that wasn’t spectacular in itself, the damn thing starts spinning and then stops upside down!!

Then they called this guy upon the stage to go on the drum kit with Tommy.  I thought that Tommy just picked a random dude named Tony, turns out the guy won the contest on WMMR.


There were fireworks and I have to say the weather was so perfect.  It was definitely worth the traffic and the $20.00 parking!

Let The Light Shine!

In the end, Mötley Crüe rocked so hard they blew the sound system.  My guess is that they didn’t do an encore for that reason.

Oh!  One of the best parts!  Katie took a picture of me in front of the Sixx Sense tour bus (Nikki’s Sixx’s bus) and I must say, I looked pretty alright.   We got inside and saw an email address to send fan photos too, and Katie did just that.

Oh yeah.. me and the Sixx Machine!

While the band played “Home Sweet Home”  they flashed the photos up on the screen in the back I was one of the fans!

A truly epic evening.


Come On Down!

Ahh… the game shows!  How much fun were they?  I remember sitting with my grandmother and watching many game shows.

If I asked you to name ten game shows from the 80’s, could you?

I sat down on a slow day at work last week and listed the first ten that popped in my head.

Drum roll please…..

Hollywood Squares – Nine famous (some more than others) people in a big box answering trivia questions and cracking jokes.  Kind of like Tic Tac Toe with people.

Tic Tac Dough – Nine squares with different categories.  Get three in a line and you win!  Kind of reminds me of Jeopardy.

Press Your Luck – Big Bucks!  Big Bucks!  No Whammy!

The Price Is Right started in 1972 and continues today with Drew Carrey.

Wheel Of Fortune in the 80’s the winnings were used to buy prizes (lame!).

TPIR and WOF are the longest running game shows in U.S. television history.

The Newlywed Game  ran until 1980.  Was re-done with Paul Rodriguez in 1988.

Family Feud started in 1975 ended in 1985.

Love Connection  The first reality dating show?

Let’s Make A Deal (The All New) – Hosted by Monte Hall, audience members dressed in crazy costumes to increase their chance of selection to the stage.

Win, Lose or Draw was kind of like Pictionary and almost as lame.  Viki Lawrence hosted this show and that was the only good thing about it.

When I watch re-runs of these shows I snap back to simple days of cherry Kool-Aid and not being bombarded by cellphone calls or text messages.

C’mon!  Which ones did I miss? Were there any you loved? Hated?