Mad March is on in earnest with that much going in Adelaide that if you stop for too long you’re likely to miss something. The action maybe have been trackside during the day with the V8’s tearing around the street circuit of Adelaide, but the focus post race turned to concert headliners Kiss and Motley Crue to bring the event to an end.
Clipsal organisers did a stellar job not only securing these two great acts but accommodating the staging whilst the car race was on among other things, making for one hell of an event not to be missed! For the first time in Clipsal history the final race day sold out with 95,000 through the gates, and you would have to say that Kiss played a significant part in that. Here’s hoping that organisers consider massive drawcards in the future to ensure this great race stays in Adelaide.
Motley Crue’s set had everything from fire cannons, dancing girls, giant visual screens and Tommy’s 360 degree drum kit which was a site to behold. Making their way to the stage via the d-barrier it didn’t take long for the Crue to hit full throttle with Wild Side. Shout At The Devil was absolutely rockin’ but there are some question marks about if the dancing girls can actually sing and dance at the same time. This tends to get overlooked when they belt out the likes of Same Old Situation and Home Sweet Home.
Tommy Lee’s drum set up was awesome and the first time it has been brought to Adelaide. The huge circle turns in to a roller coaster in some ways. Strapped in of course, it was unreal seeing Tommy upside down and a significant distance off the ground, playing a drum solo loaded with dub step influences. Mick Mars never looks to be in good health but god damn he plays a mean guitar and is awesome to watch! The necessary staples Dr Feelgood, Girls Girls Girls and Kick Start My Heart bring their set to an explosive and rocking end.
The “true” fans in the “Hot Zone” were going off but the crowd reaction around the arena seemed a little meek – c’mon people make some noise! New album hits were dynamite, particularly Hell Or Hallelujah. But when Tommy Thayer does the lead on Out Of The World and the great man Gene Simmons takes the bass to another level spitting blood all over the stage while flung to the top of the lighting rig to do God Of Thunder… Whoa!
Returning for an encore it was Lick It Up that got things going. Hearing The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ mixed in there was great. The last two songs were epic with I Was Made For Loving You and Rock & Roll All Nite bringing things to a close. Spectacular! Confetti cannons being fired at will was just tops reaffirming the opening statement that we definitely got the best!!
Review by Rob Lyon
Photos by Melissa Donato. Seee the full gallery here