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Keith Johnson, Deseret News
Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is silhouetted on stage during Crue Fest on Tuesday at USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City.


WEST VALLEY CITY — It was a night of musical and visual hedonism when Crue Fest came to town Tuesday.

The half-day rock 'n' roll festival conjured up by the bad boys in Motley Crue featured like-minded (and tattooed) bands Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx: A.M. and Trapt.

After Trapt's rocking set, Sixx: A.M., featuring Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, stepped to the plate. The band cranked out its power rock culled from the "Heroin Diaries" book soundtrack.

The bleakness of the theme — which depicts Sixx's bout with heroin — was counteracted with messages of hope in anthem-like works as "Tomorrow," "Accidents Can Happen" and the all out sing-a-long "Life Is Beautiful."

Papa Roach hit the stage and took the already riled-up audience on a roller coaster full of banging guitars and punk-rock attitude.

As lead singer Jacoby Shaddix strutted into the nearly sold-out USANA Amphitheatre audience, the band cranked out its blistering set.

Buckcherry's sass rock was a welcome sound as the band pumped out its backbeat-laden anthems to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The highlight, of course, was the band's ode to sex, "Crazy B---."

But nothing prepared the audience for the multimedia bombast of Motley Crue.

The band — guitarist Mick Mars, vocalist Vince Neil, bassist Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee — upped the hedonism ante as it rocked the audience.

Not only did the classic Crue tunes "Live Wire," "Too Fast for Love" and "Looks that Kill," flow from the speakers, but the songs' highlighting videos flashed images of religious icons, newsreels (mixed with snippets of X-rated movies) and a video of bikini-clad assault weapon and shotgun-toting women. Lee also brought his video camera out and urged all the women to flash the camera.

The Crue didn't stop there. Mid-career tunes, such as "Kickstart My Heart," "Girl, Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away," "Wildside" and "Girls Girls Girls" had fans, including families of fans, screaming out the lyrics with the band.

Mars' solos were precise and biting as Lee's drumming was solid. Sixx and Neil took turns interacting with the audience as they pranced across the stage all night.

The new fist-pumping anthem "Saints of Los Angeles," featuring Shaddix and Buckcherry vocalist Josh Todd, and the in-the-face rebel yell of "Sick Love Song," again complete with distorted X-rated videos, were offered to the audience.

"Primal Scream," "MF of the Year" and "Shout at the Devil" were received with loud screams and cheers of approval.

Throughout the shenanigans, the band played hard and well. The mix was crisp, although Neil did sound a bit winded at times. But if some of the audience members, including the parents, were disturbed with the images on the video screen, they didn't show it. In fact, the audience as a whole seemed to enjoy the night.

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