Mötley Crüe

Live concert photo of Mötley Crüe performing in Basel (photo by professional rock photographer Katrin Bretscher from Zurich, Switzerland)

Mötley Crüe live in Basel, Switzerland

In my last post, I got all started about the 80ies, and looks, and hair, and how hair and looks and sound should all together be awesome to make a great show. If anything, Mötley Crüe still seem to have their hair.

Tommy Lee (center in the above photo), of fame for his 360° spinning-over-the-fans drumkit stunts, sat behind what appeared to be a drumkit on a zero-shaped rollercoaster. I write “appeared” because there were tons of loops and electronic stuff – given his recent activities, maybe he should just have been DJing his part in. I’m sure you can strap a Macbook to a rollercoaster and pretend you’re still the daredevil. Looks: 75%, sound… well depends if you like the electronic stuff.

Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil with a background singer live in Basel (photo by professional rock photographer Katrin Bretscher from Zurich, Switzerland)

Vince Neil with a background singer during Mötley Crüe’s show in Basel, Switzerland

Then, there’s singer Vince Neil – I have no idea how I’m supposed to write a neutral review about someone who appeared on Skating With The Stars and has teeth so bright that they’re even blown-out white on an otherwise severely underexposed photo, so let’s move on to the rest of the Crüe.

Mötley Crüe's guitarist Mick Mars live in Basel, Switzerland (photo by professional rock photographer Katrin Bretscher from Zurich)

Mick Mars gets sound *and* looks right at Mötley Crüe’s show in Basel, Switzerland

Mick Mars! Now here’s someone that despite being physically and biologically unable to move much, put on a great show *and* played well! Maybe it is because he’s limited to three more or less simple tasks (standing there, playing his part, and wearing his makeup) that allows him to get most of it right.

Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe live on stage in Basel (concert photo by professional rock photographer Katrin Bretscher)

Nikki Sixx during Mötley Crüe’s concert in Basel, Switzerland

And of course, (in)famous Nikki Sixx. Probably the only Crüe guy that’s active outside of the band that hasn’t managed to make a total fool of himself (staying away from ice skating helps, I guess). His band Sixx:AM plays great stuff, and he put on a believably good show with the Crüe. Including his trademark spiky hair: I like!

Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil live in Basel, Switzerland (photo by professional rock photographer Katrin Bretscher from Zurich)

Vince Neil during Mötley Crüe’s show in Basel, Switzerland

PS: Photos were all shot from FOH with a 2x teleconverter on my 70-200mm f/2.8 (which cut it down to a f/5.6). Thankfully, the show was lit well, so I could live with the smaller minimum aperture. Ungratefully, we had to shoot from in-front-of-FOH. At least we were allowed to stand on the barricades – else we wouldn’t have managed to shoot anything but people’s backs.

About katrin

i'm a professional photographer specialising in live concert, band, portrait, and other music and stage related photography. i'm based in zurich, switzerland, and available to go on tour, for one-off shows, or taking photos for you on location and in the studio.
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