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It took Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee some 30 minutes to come to the front of the stage to let his fans, who’d paid full price for his band’s “Final Tour” stop at First Niagara Center on Wednesday, know that he wouldn’t be playing during Wednesday’s show due to “tendonitis.”By that time, we’d already pretty much figured it out, due to the fact that the Crue played three so…

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Motley Crue, the band that refuses to die, has decided to resurrect itself via one final farewell tour, a road jaunt that will include a stop Oct. 14 at First Niagara Center. Appropriately, the progenitor and once & future king of shock-rock, Alice Cooper – a man whose influence on the Crue has always been apparent – will handle opening act duties. The First Niagara Center…

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So this is it. The last go-round for the gloriously grimy quartet of Los Angeles pop-metal pretty boys – er, well, they were pretty at one time, anyway – known as Motley Crue. It has indeed been a wild, ribald and decidedly substance-addled ride for the band that melded the influence of ’70s sleaze-glam icons like Starz and Sweet to the macho swagger and androgynous strut…

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Having lived through the 1980s, mostly as a teenager, I can’t help but find it anathema that a host of top current country hitmakers would be taking on the catalog of Motley Crue. Motley Crue, after all, was then and still is emblematic of the hard-drinking hair-metal decade, when dudes looked like ladies, and ladies loved ‘em for it. The Motley guys played loud, partied …