June 21, 2007

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Crüefest lives
After some hurdles, the Mötley Crüe tribute finds home in Manch
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Since early 2000, the members of Mötley Crüe and their fans have reminisced about the band’s glory days in a music benefit known as Crüefest.

CrüeFest was established by the band members of Mötley Crüe to raise funds for charities: Vince Neil’s Skylar Neil Memorial Fund, Nikki Sixx’s Running Wild in the Night Foundation, Tommy Lee’s charity to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and Nick Mars’ charity, Spondylitis Association of America.

It was the Mötley Crüe fans, or “Crüeheads,” that made Crüefest an event. Originating in Hollywood, Cali., it is now held throughout the country and all over the world.

In the past few years, with the approval of CrüeFest, Inc. (the governing body of all approved and official Crüefests), different cities have sprouted their own Crüefests.

This year, for the first time ever, New Hampshire will be the host a Crüefest. It’s being called New England Crüefest (and not New Hampshire Crüefest) because it’s the first time the event has “officially” traveled to this region.

“I’ve been a Mötley Crüe fan since ‘82. I’ve seen them perform something like 45 different shows,” said Tina Jessie, the volunteer coordinator of New England Crüefest. “Seeing the success of other Crüefests had me convinced that New England could do it here too,” Jessie said.

Jessie began organizing last summer for this year’s event. A few months ago the original venue cancelled and Jessie had call off the event and return all donations, refund tickets and let the bands move on the other bookings.

Jessie said a number of the original sponsors were lost, as well as the original bands booked for the initial event. But, thanks to Mad Bob’s Saloon (the recently opened bar formerly known as Steppin’ Out Lounge) in Manchester, Jessie was given two more weeks to pull the event back together. A number of the bands and sponsors have signed back up to take part in the event being held at Mad Bob’s.

“I was almost at the point where I was about to hold the event in my own backyard, anything to make it happen,” Jessie said. “It might not be as big as I had dreamed when I first started organizing it a year ago but at least it’s still going to happen.”

The five bands expected to perform at New England Crüefest are Primal Scream, Jaded, Vegas Temper, Project-G and The Hangovers.

Primal Scream is a Mötley Crüe tribute band from Nashua with Brian “Vince Neil” Miller on lead vocals; Joe “Mike Mars” Massei on guitar and keyboard; Kenny “Nikki Sixx” Withee on bass, and Joe “Tommy Lee” Paragona on drums. For music samples, or for more information on Primal Scream, go to primalscream.xbuild.com or myspace.com/primalscreamtributetomotleyCrüe.

Jaded, from Boston, Mass., is an original metal and rock band featuring all female members: Julie Steel on lead vocals; Brtii Lightning on lead guitar and vocals; Hillary Blaze on drums and vocals; and Laurel Wolff on bass and vocals. Jaded lists Mötley Crüe first in their influences on their Web site. For music samples, or for more information on Jaded, go to jadedrockers.com or myspace.com/jadedrockers.

Vegas Temper, an original alternative grunge rock band from Manchester, is Chris Taylor on vocals, Keith Willey on bass, Marcus Paquette on guitar, and Justin Pacy on drums. For music samples, or for more information on Vegas Temper, go to vegastemper.com or myspace.com/vegastemper.

Project-G is an original rock band from the New England area, sponsored by Halo Guitars, which is donating a guitar for the Crüefest raffle. For music samples, or for more information on Project-G, go to myspace.com/innergstudio.

The Hangovers, a party and pop rock cover band from Boston, Mass., will provide some classic Mötley Crüe covers and other requests. For music samples, or for more information on The Hangovers, go to thehangoversrock.com or myspace.com/hangoversrock.

In tradition, New England Crüefest will feature a number of raffles, including unopened Mötley Crüe albums, autographed guitars, custom guitars, purses and many other items. All proceeds will be donated to the Mötley Crüe-picked charities.

New England Crüefest 2007
Who: Primal Scream, Jaded, Vegas Temper, The Hangovers, Project-G
When: Saturday, June 23, doors open at 6 p.m.
Where: Mad Bob’s Saloon, 342 Lincoln St., Manchester.
For more information: Details on Crüefest are available at the official Web site at www.Crüefest-inc.org. For details on New England Crüefest, go to newenglandCrüefest.com or myspace.com/newenglandCrüefest.