5 Reasons to See Motley Crue Final Tour

The ring of the death knell is on the horizon for one of the greatest rock and roll groups of all time: Motley Crue. Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Vince Neil have signed a legally-binding agreement to hit the tour circuit one last time. Before the contract goes into effect, the rock legends will launch the Motley Crue Final Tour 2014, offering fans one last chance to experience their mind-melting displays of pyrotechnics and guitar riffs before retirement.

Motley Crue has been selling out stadiums since the 1980s, so why stop now? For the band that defined a generation of hair metal, it is all about going out on top.

1. Motley Crue Made Hair Metal

Hair metal defined a generation and a genre. Big hair, loud music and heavy makeup dominated the glam metal movement. Motley Crue was at the forefront, pioneering the power ballad. Hits like "Home Sweet Home" swept the airwaves and resonated with fans the world over.

Such pure expressions of the pain and the emotional depths of love are what got us through turbulent hormonal tempests of our youth. The band's unique blend of glam, punk and metal pioneered the popularity of power ballads. From Motley's first fans to those of us belting out their ballads on karaoke night, we all know the power of the ballad.

2. Girls, Girls, Girls

Motley Crue has a reputation for putting on truly theatrical performances at their live concerts. Fire, stunts, costumes, sets; it all comes together in a rock concert experience. Fans of every genre flock to Motley Crue, not just because they're hardcore hair metal fans, but because they know they're in for a show. The band brings the music, and the fans amplify the excitement…Since this is the final run for these party animals, you can expect a larger-than-life live concert experience.

3. They Inspired A Generation

Motley Crue was one of the first bands to inject a youthful energy into the heavy metal genre. They proved that metal can have a lighter, cleaner feel without losing its edge. This opened doors for a whole host of glam metal bands such as Poison, Van Halen and Guns n' Roses.

4. Witness History in the Making

Motley Crue's emergence from the rock clubs on the Sunset Strip in the early 80s was a milestone in music history. Consequently, Motley Crue Final Tour 2014 will be written in the books as the end of an era. You have a chance to be a part of music history by attending this final tour. Don't mess this up.

5. I Love Rock 'n' Roll

The only real reason you need to go to the Motley Crue Final Tour 2014 is the opportunity to experience the rock and roll lifestyle, even if only by proxy. While it was their music that made them famous, it was Motley Crue's style and attitude that made them infamous. Motley Crue lived a life that the rest of us could only dream about.

Who's Going to Motley Crue Final Tour 2014

  • "The MTV Generation"
  • LIVE music fans
  • Girls, Girls, Girls

From the 80s to today, the band's work as been featured on VH1 and MTV countdowns, including The Greatest Air Guitar Songs, "Dr. Feelgood," the Greatest Power Ballads of All Time, "Home Sweet Home," and they're counted among the Top Ten Heavy Metal Bands of All Time. 

The Motley Crue Final Tour will feature Alice Cooper as a special guest and will kick off in Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 2. While this will be the last time the band tours together as Motley Crue, fans will have a few things to look forward to, including their tell-all, behind-the-scenes movie titled "Dirt" set for release in 2015 and a country music album honoring the band's discography. 

Their epic concerts have wide appeal, providing entertainment to a variety of different types of people. Everyone, especially those who have never seen Motley Crue LIVE, need to see the band that Rolling Stone described "parlayed whip-lash, hard-rock songs, melodic power ballads and a hedonistic image into platinum-level heavy-metal superstardom." 

Do yourself a favor. Listen to "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Knock 'Em Dead Kid" and a rousing rock and roll cover of "Smokin' in the Boy's Room."

And, get your Motley Crue Final Tour 2014 tickets before you miss your last chance to see the band perform LIVE!

What do hockey players do during the offseason?

21. April 2014 11:00 by Tiffany Parotto in Hockey  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments ()

The playoffs are underway for professional hockey. The teams vying for the chance to take home Lorde Stanley aren't off the clock yet. But not all teams can compete. Teams that did not qualify for the playoffs, will reconvene in the fall for the 2014-15 season. Until then, the players have the entire offseason to train, vacation and relax.Maybe it is the change of pace that gives players some much-needed R&R. Whatever the reasoning, it remains proven that professional hockey players love to hit the links when they aren't on the rinks. Unfortunately, sometimes this hobby can take a dangerous turn, as players have been known to injure themselves on the fairway.Turns a lot of the pros game a mean game of golf. Perhaps it is the similarities between swinging a hockey stick and swinging a golf club that make golf such an attractive downtime activity for some of hockey's greatest  players.

Enviable handicaps

Many players have found great success on the course, at least as far as their handicaps are concerned. For those of you who aren't up on the game of golf, a "handicap" reflects a golfer's relative skill.  You want to have as low a handicap as possible.

The number is calculated based on the golfer's most recent rounds of play and signifies how far over or under par they generally play. For example, professional golfers have handicaps in the negatives, meaning, they are expected to score under par when they play.

While professional hockey players have yet to reach that pro-circuit level of play, there are a number of retired and current players who have handicaps near zero - quite an impressive feat when you consider these guys are playing on some of the best courses in the country.

The Pros with Golf Game

John-Michael Liles of the Carolina Hurricanes and Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins are probably the two best golfers out of the current crop of pro players, sporting a 0.8 and 0.6 handicap, respectively. Savard won his club championship in 2012. The championship is just the latest addition to the player's wide array of hockey accolades, which include a Stanley Cup win in 2011 and two NHL All-Star appearances. Liles will have time to perfect his game and catch up to Savard this spring, as the Hurricanes aren't in playoff contention.

Mike Cammalleri of the Calgary Flames has found his time spent on the golf green is influential to his play on the ice. With a handicap of 3.6, he finds that the nerves of steel that golfers develop can be very useful on the ice, too. There must be something to the lefty center's approach, as he his currently ranked 7th in the league for game-winning goals.

While the Washington Capital's Alex Ovechkin may be just an average golfer on the whole, he does merit a special shout out for knocking in a hole-in-one during the first round of golf he ever played.

Meanwhile the "Finnish Flash," Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks, clocks in at a very respectable 5.2 handicap. With the announcement that this will be his final season in the NHL, we can only expect that his golf game will improve in his retirement.

Offseason injuries
Just because these players are spending time away from the rink, don't think they are immune to injury. Just this past offseason, Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers managed to swing a club with such force that the shaft shattered in his hands, requiring tendon surgery to his index finger.

Fortunately, Giroux has made a full recovery, managing to become one of the top scorers during the second half of the season. His injury came only a few years after Erik Johnson, the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft, sustained a knee ligament injury during the offseason after he got his foot stuck between the pedals of a golf cart. He has since made a full recovery and will be an instrumental part of the Colorado Avalanche's bid for the championship during this year's playoffs.

While golf and hockey may seem like two of the most dissimilar sports out there, more and more professional hockey players are putting down their sticks and skates and picking up some clubs and spikes during the offseason.

If you could play a round of golf with any hockey player, who would it be and why? Tell us in the comments.

5 Must-See U.S. Friendlies Before the World Cup

16. April 2014 11:00 by Tiffany Parotto in   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

Before the U.S. soccer team squares off against Ghana in the first round of World Cup group play, there is much speculation swirling around who head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will place on his 23-man lineup. While the list won't be finalized for a few more months, there are already some notable standouts.

One of the most buzzed-about names in the sport right now is Julian Green. The 18-year-old German-American is being groomed to be the next standout soccer star. Though born in Miami, he was raised in Germany and currently plays for a club team under the Bayern Munich franchise, but his lack of experience may keep him off the field in Brazil.

 Who to watch for in the World Cup

Unlike Green, Oguchi Onyewu is a veteran who has been on the USMNT roster since 2005. His dedication has been showing through as he repeatedly plays the same position in an effort to prove himself after suffering a knee injury in 2009. The towering defender brings years of experience that would be a valuable asset to the final team. At 31, Onyewu is looking at the final stretch of his playing career, one that he hopes to cap off with a plane ticket to Brazil in June.

If I were a gambling man, I would say that Michael Bradley's inclusion in the World Cup roster is a safe bet. The defensive midfielder was praised as the best player in the world by Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera after the 2-2 tie between the U.S. and Mexico at a friendly competition in Arizona. The friendly matches are proving very important for teams to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as for players to exhibit their skills.

Before World Cup tournament play starts up in Brazil, there are a number of friendly matches taking place right here in the U.S. As players vie for a spot on their respective teams' rosters and coaches continue to tweak their strategies, these games become more and more important as a build-up to the international stage. The FIFA Tournament kicks off on June 12, but fans will have the opportunity to catch their favorite international teams throughout May and early June at stadiums around the country. Here is a rundown of some of the most exciting matchups in the weeks leading up to Brazil:

1. USA vs. Azerbaijan in San Francisco

USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has recently announced that Azerbaijan head coach Berti Vogts will be taking on a special advisor role within the Team USA coaching staff. This makes the matchup of the two teams at Candlestick Park very interesting from a coaching standpoint. As far as gameplay goes, the U.S. is likely to make light work of Azerbaijan, which is currently ranked 93rd in the world and failed to qualify for a spot in the World Cup tournament. Takes place on May 27, 2014.

2. Mexico vs. Ecuador in Arlington, Texas

Currently ranked 21 by FIFA, Mexico will get a real taste of tournament play with their matchup against Ecuador at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After El Tri's tie with North American rivals Team USA on April 2, the team is energized and looking for a win as they move closer and closer to Brazil. Takes place on May 31, 2014.

3. USA vs. Turkey in Harrison, N.J.

After their Bay Area game, Team USA will head over to Harrison, N.J., where they will duke it out against Turkey in the Red Bull Arena. The Turkish team has a couple very strong players to watch, such as Arda Turan, Nuri Sahin, Burak Yilmaz and Umut Bulut. Their lineup is likely to provide more of a challenge for the United States than Azerbaijan's, though Turkey too failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Takes place on June 1, 2014.

4. USA vs. Nigeria in Jacksonville, Fla.

This is likely to be the toughest preliminary friendly for the United States. The game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., will be the last of the friendly matches for Team USA before they head to Brazil for tournament play. The Nigerian Super Eagles are in Group F of the World Cup and are expected to advance. This game will be one of the best tests of the Americans' preparedness for the tournament, as Nigerian players such as Victor Obinna, Shola Ameobi and Obafemi Martins give the U.S. midfield a run for their money. Takes place on June 7, 2014.

5. Portugal vs. Ireland in East Rutherford, N.J.

The shared home of the New York Giants and Jets will play host to Portugal and Ireland for the final international friendly before the start of group play in Brazil. The location is certainly an interesting choice for a team preparing to play in the South American climate of Brazil. Ireland did not qualify for the World Cup but is hoping to give Cristiano Ronaldo and his team a solid match. Takes Place on June 10, 2014.

Which matchup are you looking forward to most?

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