Track (Standing Room Only): $45
Amphitheater & Hillside Bleachers: $35
After Three Decades Of Decadence, Rockers Continue To Influence, Inspire New Generations
Perhaps the most momentous accomplishment of Mötley Crüe’s rock n’roll legacy is the fact that its original members have survived to tell their tale—while remaining as active and relevant today as bands half their age, many of whom validated their own mojo from the original bad boys of rock. After what would be more than a complete lifetime for most, the band who described their exploits in their NY Times best selling, rock and roll autobiography defining The Dirt, the band is as relevant as ever, releasing hit records, a new Grammy nomination, record setting tours and new fans discovering them through the cutting edge bands they take on tour, their active internet presence and the timelessness of the songs.
Piled alongside the grinding guitar riffs and ball-busting lyrics that have long defined the rabble-rousing rock quartet are enough bottles of booze, anthills of coke, bail bonds, willing women, body brandings and dysfunctional debauchery to fell many a lesser man. And yet after three decades of decadence, Mötley Crüe maintains its iron will, capturing new fans and influencing musicians across multiple generations. With persistently gratifying and iconic road spectacles, 2011 will bear witness to their endurance as the world’s most notorious band takes on the world’s most notorious city with their Las Vegas residency, Circus of Sin.
Vocalist Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee have commandeered the rock pantheon for 30 years now and yet, Mötley Crüe’s rock royalty emanates with as much kickass iridescent relevance in the millennium as it did in the 1980s. The Crüe’s bragging rights comprise worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million—25 million in the U.S.—seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 top 40 mainstream rock hits, six top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance, a New York Times bestselling memoir, and tours logging more than 1,350 live gigs across the globe, to date. The band’s output encompasses nine studio and two live albums, six compilation CDs, three box sets, nine DVDs, and 24 singles with accompanying music videos.
Individually, the gang of four is as notorious as its collective. Over the decades, Neil has released three solo albums, including the top 15 “Exposed” in 1993. Add to that the recent New York Times bestseller Tattoos & Tequila, a companion to the 2010 CD of the same name and more than $2 million raised for his Skylar Neil Foundation in memory of his daughter, who passed away in 1995 after a battle with cancer.
Mötley Crüe first catapulted into public view in 1981, as the foursome distinguished themselves from the punk- and New Wave-soaked Sunset Strip, donning New York Dolls-debauched leather—a fitting tribute given their upcoming tour with the group—courting glam adornment as much as its barbaric musical signature. Stylistically suggesting Alice Cooper, Kiss and Aerosmith, Neil’s caterwauling vocals and Mars’ melodic guitar riffs prompted the indie debut of “Too Fast For Love” that year. With the group’s burgeoning Southern Cali popularity and first tour, Crüesing Through Canada, the album sold 20,000 copies—enough to spur interest from Elektra Records, which remastered “Too Fast” for release in 1982, followed by sophomore “Shout at the Devil” in 1983, produced by Tom Werman, who helmed three Crüe projects.
That album propelled the band nationally, with three hits at rock radio, including the raucous title track—which became The Crüe’s first calling card, frightening the bejesus out of parents across the land—and “Looks That Kill,” whose bombastic fire-breathing music video was championed by MTV. Within a year, the sleaze-infused album was certified platinum, reaching the Billboard 200’s top 20, as the band embarked on its first year-long headlining tour, while supporting rock gods Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Van Halen.
From there, Mötley Crüe’s trajectory soared like a rocket. In 1985, third effort “Theatre of Pain” became the first of five consecutive top 10 albums. An undeniably mass-appeal cover of Brownsville Station’s “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” introduced the band to the mainstream, reaching No. 16 at top 40 radio, followed by power metal ballad “Home Sweet Home,” and multi-platinum home video “Uncensored” in 1986. “Theatre” ultimately reached 4X platinum—as did 1987’s fourth studio disc “Girls, Girls, Girls,” which debuted at No. 2, while the raunchy title track peaked at No. 12 at pop radio and No. 20 at mainstream rock. The album was notably confessional, divulging the darker side of the group’s indulgent lifestyle—and its potential pitfalls—made all the more poignant when Sixx’s heart stopped for 2 minutes after one of several heroin overdoses.
The band returned in 1989—clean and sober—with “Dr. Feelgood,” replacing Werman with producer Bob Rock, who proffered a slicker, more refined rock sound. It became Mötley Crüe’s only No. 1 U.S. album, selling 6X platinum while churning out six rock and four top 40 hits, including the grimy title track, its biggest pop smash at No. 6 on the Hot 100; power ballad “Without You,” its second top 10 pop hit; and chug-along rock smash “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away).”
In addition to Mötley Crüe’s strongest critical acclaim yet, “Dr. Feelgood” and “Kickstart My Heart” were both nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy Awards, as the group embarked on a third year-long worldwide tour. At this point, Neil, Lee, Sixx and Mars had ascended to the top of the hard rock heap—mind you, with two decades of achievement still ahead.
There's nothing quite like the Rock night at the Great Jones County Fair! Come on out to see Motley Crue and special guests, Tesla!
Track (Standing Room Only): $45
Amphitheater & Hillside Bleachers: $35
Gate admission will be $10 this year and can be purchased at the gates. Gate admission is not included in the cost of an event ticket. Children 10 years of age and under get free gate admission.
Gets you in the Gate for the 5 days of the fair. Cost is $30 if purchased in April or May and $33 thereafter. Available by coming in or calling the Fair Office
Also available at many banks in Monticello, Anamosa, Cascade and Wyoming.
Call the Fair Office at 319-465-3275 for Information and Availability of Handicapped seating.
The Sunday night concert WILL HAVE "seating on the track", with a section, row, & seat number on each ticket. Click on the chart above to see views of the stage from many different seating sections.
The THURSDAY, FRIDAY, and SATURDAY night concerts WILL NOT have reserved seating on the track and will be "standing room only" general admission on the track. Click on the chart above to see views of the stage from many different seating sections.