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Monday, June 16, 2014

Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper

Friday, July 4 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.

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Self-described as “the world’s most notorious rock band,” Mötley Crüe looms large in its legend, one determined as much by the Los Angeles group’s heavy metal music as by its (formerly) decadent lifestyle. The band’s July 4 Summerfest date is the third stop on their “All Bad Things Must Come to an End” farewell tour, after which the Crüe will legally disband.

Founded in 1981 by drummer Tommy Lee and bassist Nikki Sixx, the group was soon joined by guitarist Mick Mars and singer Vince Neil. That’s when the legend began. Tales of decadence and near-death experiences contributed to the band’s larger-than-life persona. Not all of those instances were staged. In 1984 while driving home from a liquor store, Neil had a head-on collision with another car, killing his passenger and earning him a DUI and charge of vehicular manslaughter. (He served 15 days in jail and paid a $2 million fine.) In 1987, Sixx overdosed on heroin and was declared legally dead. But the medic, a Crüe fan, gave him two shots of adrenaline to the heart and revived him. Sixx turned the experience into the Crüe hit “Kickstart My Heart” and a book, The Heroin Diaries.

With that kind of resilience, there’s a good chance Mötley Crüe will kickstart its Marcus Amphitheater audience’s collective heart in more ways than one. Glam rock pioneer Alice Cooper opens for Mötley Crüe. Let’s hope he brings his boa constrictor and guillotine.