Evelyn McDonnell of The Miami Herald reviewed the opening show on MÖTLEY CRÜE's "Red, White, and Crüe 2005...Better Live Than Dead" North American tour.
"MÖTLEY CRÜE has built its career on blow-dried metal riffs, recycled theatrics, bad-boy antics and a tractor-trailerfull of infamy," she wrote. "They're SPINAL TAP for real, with touches of tragedy.
"At the reunited '80s metal band's show at Sunrise's Office Depot Center Thursday, the first night of their 'Red, White and Crüe: Better Live Than Dead' tour, the mere fact they were there, together, was ample cause for celebration for the more than 7,500 rapturous fans. That they powered through the two-hour show with no punches thrown or major mishaps — with hugs and affection even — was a triumph, pathos intended.
"'I've got three f---ing words for you all,' Tommy Lee said after a drum solo that saw him flying between two 30-feet-high drum risers: 'I love you.'
"These are four middle-aged musicians who can't get through a sentence without swearing. 'We're MÖTLEY f---ing CRÜE!' singer Vince Neil, wearing a hockey blazer emblazoned with the number 69, crowed at the show's end. Then, 'God bless.'
"The gang was . . . seemingly fit and happy, although Lee's powdered face looked weirdly ghostly. Neil embarrassingly slipped and fell at one point; 'oops,' he said, and swigged a beer. Barely a half-hour into the show, they somewhat inexplicably took an intermission, stalling the momentum and indicating that their stamina isn't what it once was. Before they first came on and during the break, they showed parts of a film featuring them as cartoon claymation figures. The CRÜE understands they're a bit of a joke." Read more (free registration required)