Los Angeles hard-rock legends Motley Crue are heading to Vegas. They have announced that the band will stage a 12 date residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in February 2012. Curiously, the group made the announcement during an hour-long interview on CNN program "Piers Morgan Tonight", where the band seemed delighted to recount their myriad tales of excess for the viewing audience.
Motley Crue have been notorious for more than twenty years for their riotous live performances. A spectacle of immense proportions, pyrotechnics are not enough for the famously debauched foursome. Past tours have seen drummer Tommy Lee suspended in a steel cage over the audience, often playing upside down. As teenagers playing club shows on the world-famous Sunset Strip, the group were well-known for setting bassist Nikki Sixx's pants on fire during encores.
"Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the bands that are out there today put on their jeans and sneakers and just go out there and play. That’s not very visual or interesting. So, there’s not a whole lot of bands that could pull it off," lead singer Vince Neil told Rolling Stone.
The band first gained notoriety in the early 1980's glam rock scene, quickly becoming poster children for bad rockstar behavior. Their escapades, including everything from cocaine and heroin abuse to vandalism and manslaughter, have been well documented. The group collectively wrote a memoir, "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band", released in 2001.
The group famously quit drugs and alcohol in the early 90's, though when asked by Piers Morgan if they were all still clean and sober, Vince Neil admitted that he still has an alcohol problem. The troubled lead singer has been arrested for DUI twice in the last few years. In 1984, he was driving his Italian sports car to a liquor store with Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley of Finnish metal band Hanoi Rocks when he lost control of the vehicle, hitting another car. Razzle was killed and the two occupants of the other car were severely injured. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly .17 percent, more than twice the legal limit at the time.
Neil was enthusiastic about the upcoming residency, however, telling reporters that he hoped the show would break new ground for hard rock bands. Las Vegas casinos have predominantly played host to more family-friendly acts like Elton John and Celine Dion.
"I think it really opens the doors for the casino owners and managers to say, 'Wow, this really works and this could be something,'" he said. "And they can get in some other way cool bands and start doing the residencies also. So it’s going to open a lot of doors for bands in this city."