The inaugural concert of the 2013 Waterfront Concert season was a big, bright, loud, flashy affair — Motley Crue rolled into Bangor, and Motley Crue doesn’t just play a concert. They put on a show. A near-capacity crowd filled the newly redesigned Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion to hear classics both new and old from the iconic Los Angeles metal band.
Concert-goers from all over Maine, New England and eastern Canada came out to see Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee play monster hits like “Shout at the Devil,” “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Saints of Los Angeles.” Charlotte and Troy Winger from Trenton saw them back in 1989 on the Dr. Feelgood World Tour at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, and they made sure to see them again when they heard the Crue were coming back to Maine.
“We drove down from Presque Isle in a falling-apart car, with two tickets and four people,” said Troy Winger, who owns Winger Welding in Trenton. “We’re reliving our teenage high school years. We’ve been together 23 years and that concert was one of our best memories. We had to see them again.”
“We saw Toby Keith here [at the Waterfront] and we saw Lynyrd Skynyrd,” said Charlotte. “We’ve always had a great time. The new design looks great. I just hope the beer lines get shorter.”
The stage setup for their Bangor show featured lasers, stilt-walking acrobats, scantily clad women dancing on poles and dangling from wires, and drummer Tommy Lee’s much-vaunted “drum coaster” — which allows the infamous rocker to spin 360 degrees while playing.
Motley Crue are a rock band for the ages — they’ve been through prison time, alcoholism and drug addiction, thousands of women and multitudes of scandals, garnering them the nickname “the world’s most notorious rock band.” The band has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, though Sixx said back in March that after the band’s next album, due in the next year, and subsequent world tour, Motley Crue will retire.
“They’re just awesome,” said Jay Austin, who attended the concert with his wife, Jennifer. “We walked in and bought tickets right up front. I’ve seen them twice, and one time Vince Neil solo. They are definitely one of my favorites.”
The next concert coming up in the Waterfront Concert series is a little over a month away — Sting’s “Back to Bass” tour will make a Bangor stop on June 20, followed by a country concert featuring Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer on June 21. For tickets to all Waterfront Concerts, visit waterfrontconcerts.com, any Ticketmaster outlet, Mark’s Music in Brewer, the Bangor or Brewer Walmarts, or call 800-745-3000.