BILLINGS - Before Motley Crue even hit the stage Sunday night, the sold-out crowd at MetraPark’s Rimrock Auto Arena saw a strangulation and a guillotine chop off Alice Cooper’s head after he was subdued by a demon nurse.
Cooper whipped stage props from his rock theater as he ran around stage wearing his trademark straightjacket and python. The crowd of leather-clad bikers, women in short dresses and high heels and the die-hard fans were left screaming for Motley Crue’s last performance in Billings.
Jason Hurning drove his RV to Billings from Livingston to catch Motley Crue one last time. He bought a VIP ticket and was one of the first fans to enter the building.
“Last time I saw them in Bozeman, and it was the show Tommy Lee got burned by the pyrotechnics. I was shell-shocked for two days and couldn’t go to work because of the noise,” he said.
Hurning said he expected this show to be just as loud and thrilling. He packed several sets of earplugs and gave them away to fans he met. He went to the show solo because he couldn’t convince his friends to go with him.
“My friends didn’t want to come because they figured Motley Crue’s too old. But guess what? I’m old too,” he said with a laugh.
Hurning started listening to Motley Crue when he was 14 years old growing up in Glendive.
“I’ve been a fan since the first album came out,” he said. “I remember recording it on a cassette so I could listen to it on my Walkman over and over again.”
Devan Castro is a 14-year-old Skyview High School student, drummer and classic-rock fan. He went to the show with his parents and a couple buddies.
“It’s sad because it’s my first time and it’s the last time they’ll ever be here,” Castro said.
But he got to see all four members on stage together and in the flesh. At one point he even saw Tommy Lee riding his drum set 50 feet over the Arena floor on his “Cruecifly Drum Coaster,” a new addition to the band’s act for the All Bad Things Must Come to an End Tour.
The band’s final tour is set to end at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve.