Concert Review: Motley Crue & Megadeth @ the Polaris Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH (9/2/00)

I’m not sure how I ended up at this show, because I wouldn’t have paid for at the time, so I’m guessing someone ended up with free tickets. If I recall, it was just myself and my friend Keith, we had close, but off to the side seats, which were not the best angle. Like I said, they were probably free, so you get what you pay for.

Motley Crue were touring their new (and mostly forgettable) album New Tattoo, which featured the late great Randy Castillo on drums, who had taken over for Tommy Lee after Mr. Lee went nutso. However, on the road former Hole drummer Samantha Maloney was behind the kit filling in for the ill Castillo. Maloney was fine, but the show only confirmed what everybody knew – Vince Neil couldn’t sing live anymore. Besides being unable to string together more than few lines at a time, the high range was gone, either lowered an octave or relying on the audience to fill-in. Plus, I think he was wearing a Hawaiian shirt.

Megadeth were fine, but since Dave Mustaine has gone all right-wing, it’s pretty much made them unlistenable to my ears.