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Motley Crue, Poison And The New York Dolls Rock Aaron’s On Sunday Night


Vince Neil and Motley Crue shown performing Sunday night at Aaron’s Amphitheatre on the Glam-A-Geddon Tour. Mötley Crüe is an American hard rock/ glam metal band formed in Los Angeles in 1981. The group was founded by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil. Mötley Crüe has sold more than 80 million album copies worldwide, including 25 million in the U.S.

Poison was formed in Mechanicsburg, PA in 1983, and consisted of lead vocalist Bret Michaels, guitarist Matt Smith, bassist Bobby Dall, and drummer Rikki Rockett. Bret Michaels and Rikki Rockett first joined forces to form a band called the Spectres in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and then teamed up with Matt Smith and Bobby Doll to form Paris. After playing mostly rock cover songs in Mechanicsburg-area bars they moved to Los Angeles on March 6, 1984, and changed the name of the band from Paris to Poison. The band auditioned for a replacement guitarist, eventually narrowing down the field to three candidates: Slash, who would later join Guns N’ Roses, Steve Silva from The Joe Perry Project, and New York-born guitarist C.C. DeVille, although Michaels and Dall did not intially get along with Deville, the band eventually agreed that DeVille’s “fire” made him the best choice. To date, Poison have sold over 30 million records worldwide and have sold 15 million records in the United States alone. The band has also charted ten singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one single, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”.

AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the event with his camera. Check out the 17-photo gallery. What did you think of  the concert? Who stole the show? What were your favorite songs from the bands?

(Photo Credit: Robb D. Cohen/  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit  Atlanta ConcertPhotography Galleries.)



16 comments Add your comment


July 11th, 2011
6:11 am

“We love you dark continent, goodnight!”


July 11th, 2011
6:12 am

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July 11th, 2011
6:46 am

bunch of old and bald(brett michaels)geezers

david c

July 11th, 2011
8:42 am

I wasn’t there, but looking at the photo gallery, with Vince Neil’s airbrushed “biker sleaze” and Brett Michaels 80’s “satin cowboy”schtick, I have to say Johansen and Co. looked infinitely cooler.
I’m quite sure they all sounded great, but an extra * 1/2 to the New York Dolls just for moxie.


July 11th, 2011
8:46 am

Motley Crue was absolutely amazing! I have seen 100’s of bands in 40 years of going to shows. This was at least as good as anything I ever saw!


July 11th, 2011
10:42 am

Went to the concert last night and it was great! Good crowd and awesome music! Brett coming into the crowd made the night even better….


July 11th, 2011
12:18 pm

Man, the Crue rocked my face off! My eardrums are in my pocket now… I saw the Crue play the Omni back in 1987 with GnR and they sound almost as tight as they did then… I have seen them five times over the years and they always put money into a good stage show. Tommy Lee is amazing- his drum cages are spectacular every time and he always brings it a little harder every tour. If you didn’t see the Crue and Poison try to get out to see Motley sometime in your life because they are one of the best productions you will ever witness!


July 11th, 2011
12:20 pm

dtanner you are a bozo. You probably sat at home last night and watched Jaycee Dugard…


July 11th, 2011
4:18 pm

Crue was OK but Poison was much tighter and put on a better show. Michaels is a much better/classier front man than Vince. Good show except for the hosing you take at the concessions. 14 bucks for a beer and 13 for 3 chicken fingers and a handful of fries. Wow did I ever learn a lesson…

Brian and Tammy

July 11th, 2011
7:29 pm

Loved the concert!!!!! Crue rocks!!! we bought our seats online Thursday night section 103 Row E. when we got there we were told our seats were gone!!! but the good news…. We were bumped to VIP… Standing 5 feet from Bret Michaels and Poison and Vince and the crue!! it was unbelievable and a great show!!


July 11th, 2011
7:37 pm

I saw them about three weeks ago when they all performed at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas (Going to see them in concert with some friends was a good reason to head to Vegas for the weekend.)) and all four of us thought that Poison stole the show, that Motley Crue at times was phoning it in (We all departed during the encore in order to beat the traffic.), and that the New York Dolls were excellent and that the bulk of the folks in the crowd at the time just weren’t into them (Myself, I would have been happy just seeing the New York Dolls.). My friends have seen Motley Crue a number of times over the years and were not too impressed with them this time around. We joked after the concert that we should have left after Poison and headed back to our hotel on Fremont Street and watch ABC, who were in concert (The Fremont Street Experience has been holding a series of free concerts with 80s acts this Summer.) instead of sitting through Motley Crue.


July 12th, 2011
1:17 am

No, wanted to go, but it is hard to buy heroin and concert tickets both.


July 13th, 2011
9:20 pm

Loved all the good ole songs by both Poison and Motley crue, but I enjoyed Poison MUCH more!! Brett is certainly more classier than the lead of Motley crue and Nikki sixx!! Nikki Sixx seemed plain angry and the language and things he talked about when not singing just plain ruined any enjoyment we were having. I do think Tommy Lee was awesome and the drum playing while going around that circle was really cool!!


July 16th, 2011
1:57 pm

Took my daughter for her birthday and i must say that as a whole, Poison stole the show. Brett Michaels still sounds as good as he always has. Just a much classier act. At least he still knows all the words to his songs. I enjoyed seeing Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee. They were all amazing. Mars can still shred. And Tommy Lee is awesome. If only Vince Neil still sounded as good as they can all still play no one could beat them. But unfortunately he mumbles most of the words to the songs or gets the audience to sing them. And then he will occasionally get the chorus right. He seems to be just going through the motions. At times it seemed awkward. Had we not had 6th row center stage seats it wouldnt have been as enjoyable. Were able to get some great pics. Would def see Poison again but not Motley Crue. But glad i can say that I went once.


July 17th, 2011
2:15 pm

I saw the show last night, and I started to wonder if I was watching a different show than the people who’ve been posting nothing but glowing reviews here…then i got to Kim and realized I wasn’t alone. I LOVE Crue but I can’t ignore how horrific Vince Neil was. I saw them last year at Ozzfest and they ROCKED. That’s why I was so anxious to see them again…but was terribly disappointed. They know how to do the theatrics part, that’s for sure. The show that they presented was amazing…the singing? Not so much.