Sometimes, a Portlander can be overwhelmed by the gloomy wetness of the weather and the dryness of everyday life. Although our town offers many cultural attractions and intellectually stimulating events, there are some days when a person has had a hard day at work or school and just wants to break out those spandex trousers, use an abundance of hairspray and mascara, bang his or her head and cut loose! It’s times like these when a person needs a little heavy metal music to go with their French fry dinner and the Jack Daniels they are swigging right out of the bottle.
This November and December offer two concerts for the heavy metal fan to enjoy. Concert goers will have their choice of a traditional 80’s glam rock band, complete with eye-makeup wigs and costumes, or a more demurely clad hard rock and heavy metal fusion band.
On Thursday, November 12 the British band, The Cult will make an appearance at The Crystal Ballroom. The Cult started out as a punk rock band named Southern Death Cult and then changed their name to Death Cult. However, they did not gain international popularity until they took death out of their name altogether in the 1980’s and started performing what has been described as, “heavy metal revivalist” music combined with mystic music similar to The Doors. Their song, She Sells Sanctuary reached number 15 on the British charts in 1985 and was recently named number 18 on VH1’s Indie 100 list.
In true rock and roll fashion the band broke up in 1995 due to problems with alcohol and drugs. They got back together from 1999 to 2001 The band was named “Comeback of the Year” by Metal Edge magazine readers in 2001 for their album Beyond Good and Evil.
The members of the band took a hiatus in 2001, but got together again in 2005. They have made several successful albums since then including, Born into This and Choice of Weapons. The bands current tour predicates their soon to be titled tenth album, which is to be released on February 5, 2016.
The Cult goes onstage at The Crystal Ballroom at 8:00 p.m. on November 12. The show is all ages and ticket are $49.50 to $54.50.
If you prefer your musical disobedience doled out to you in an American accent, you may want to check out Mötley Crüe at the Moda Center On Tuesday, December 15.
The band was formed in 1981 and is comprised of gentlemen who are as famous for their offstage antics, as for their music. In their early years they were arrested at the Canadian Airport for wearing spiked outfits as the clothes were considered deadly weapons. There was a reported bomb threat on one of their early concerts in Canada. It turned out that these events were both staged by the band’s publicist, Eric Greif to get some notoriety.
The band member’s escapades have included throwing television sets out of hotel room windows, multiple drunk driving charges, a near fatal overdose of heroin and a marijuana smuggling charge.
In spite of all of this debauchery, the band found time to produce nine albums including, Dr. Feelgood which came out in 1989, after their collective commitment to sobriety. The album topped the Billboard charts and was a critical success.
The Portland concert is part of the bands farewell tour. Apparently, there is no chance of the band pulling a “Streisand” and having multiple farewell tours. The boys in the band have signed a, “cessation of touring agreement” which will prevent them from touring under the name Mötley Crüe, ever again.
Mötley Crüe goes onstage at 7:00 p.m. on December 15 at the Moda Center. Tickets to the show range in price from $24.00 to $5143.00.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.