Drew Lane and Mike Clark of Detroit, Michigan’s WRIF 101.1 FM radio station recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee about the band’s announcement that they will become the first hard rock band to sign a short-term residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. You can now listen to the chat below.
The CRÜE will play a three-week series of four-night concerts a week at the off-Strip casino starting on February 3 and running through February 19.
2012’s Mötley Crüe In Sin City show is sure to leave the loud impression that what happens in Vegas will be heard around the world. Vocalist Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee have big plans for Mötley Crüe In Sin City to create a never-been-done-before and incredibly interactive Vegas experience. Exact details about the show — expected to supersede the band’s high standard of production — are being kept under wraps for now to keep an element of surprise for fans. The engagement falls during a holiday-packed time in the calendar year: Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day.
Said Vince Neil: “We’re the first hard rock band ever to have a residency [in Las Vegas]. There’s been bands like SANTANA and ELTON JOHN and these kinds of acts, but for us… MÖTLEY CRÜE, we’re all about theater and about over-the-top stage show, so it’s a perfect fit for us. So we’re really, really excited.”
“It’s not a traditional concert,” Neil said in a recent teleconference with journalists. “There’s going to be stuff around the whole venue that’s going to come up behind you, the side of you, above you and below you. This is a whole different thing.”
Added Tommy Lee, “When you think of The Joint, you see the stage and there’s the chairs, and we’re really going to change the appearance of that and perform from different areas. We really want the audience to be in the show, not watching the show.”
He continued, “We’ve gone to a lot of the big Vegas shows, and we’ve all talked about it many times, going, ‘Could you imagine if we could only get our hands on this kind of opportunity? What we could with it?’ This has been something that we’ve talked about for a long time.”
Neil said that if the run of shows is a success, the CRÜE could return for more dates in the future.
“We are very excited to announce our upcoming partnership with legendary rockers MÖTLEY CRÜE,” said Paul Davis, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel Casino. “The one-of-a-kind production will be the most unique, interactive, fan-driven concert experience the band has ever created. MÖTLEY CRÜE is a perfect fit for the Hard Rock and we can’t wait for this unforgettable residency to begin!”
Added Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking for AEG Live Las Vegas, “We’re thrilled that MÖTLEY CRÜE is creating their most notorious show ever and bringing it to the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in notorious Las Vegas. This concert experience is going to represent what the fans love most about MÖTLEY CRÜE, the Hard Rock and Las Vegas: good times, rock n’ roll and a stage show like no one has ever seen before!”
“I think it’d be nice for it to be as long as possible,” he said. “It’s easy on everybody, and the production part of it is just going to be so much more fun than the stuff that we have to haul around and build and tear down every single night (on tour). There’s much cooler stuff that we can do. I’d hate for it to go by quick.”
To purchase tickets, go to Ticketmaster.com.
Promotional clip for MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s Las Vegas residency: