American heavy metal band Motley Crue formed in 1981 – a staggering 34-years ago in Los Angeles, California. The band, which comprises of founding members Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil and Mick Mars were one of the proponents of hair and glam metal back in the 80s alongside Van Halen, Ratt and Bon Jovi.
Arguably one of the most famous heavy metals bands of all time, Motley Crue have sold over 100 million records worldwide during their long existence. However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing for the tumultuous LA band; during the 90s the band were rarely seen together often spending extended periods in rehab for drug addiction.
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Fast forward to 2015 and the band is a different entity altogether. Currently the band is in the middle of their final world tour ever. The tour, entitled ‘Cessation of Touring’ will incorporate shows across the world as well as a headline slot at Castle Donington’s Download Festival. Motley Crue will be joined on the tour with long time friend and rock god Alice Cooper.
The band will perform their final ever show in their hometown on December 31 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles. The date is one of three shows that Motely Crue will play at the Staples Center as they bring the curtain down on a successful career. One of their biggest shows of the tour however, will be at the MGM Garden Arena on December 27. The Garden Arena is part of the famous MGM Casino and Resort in Las Vegas and holds 16,800 people.
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Over the years, the MGM Garden Arena has been a hub for major sporting events as well as hosting some of the biggest music acts of the last 10 years. In the upcoming months, the MGM will showcase Rush, Aerosmith and Madonna to name a few.
But with the MGM becoming such a focal part to the business model of the MGM Resort and Casino over the last decade their has been a bigger emphasis placed on regularly attracting established acts to its stage such as the sooner to be departed Motley Crue.
It has been well documented that the casino industry has had its problems over the last decade after the online landscape took a huge market share away from brick-and-mortar casinos, especially situated in Sin City. The late 90s saw the proliferation of thousands of online casinos, which were the catalysts for many of the smaller independent casinos closing. Spearheaded by the founding portal InterCasino, online portals now command around $182 billion.
Thus, cashing in on world tour slots for bands such as Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Madonna and Rush have become a huge focus for the MGM and other neighboring casinos. Also, it will act as the perfect stage to say goodbye to one of heavy metals greatest ever bands. If it wasn’t for the band wanting to finish in their hometown of Los Angeles, the MGM could well have been the final show on their farewell tour.