PHOTO: Motley Crue with special guest Tesla will perform at the Great Jones County Fair on Friday night, July 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 18, at 10 a.m. online only. (Photos submitted)
By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
The next entertainment act to appear at this summer’s Great Jones County Fair and Food Fest can be seen on Friday night, July 19, at 8 p.m.
Heavy metal rock band Motley Crue is headlining the Friday night concert at the fair, with special guest Tesla.
Concert tickets for the July 19 rock concert go on sale this coming Monday morning, March 18, at 10 a.m. online only. Visit the GJCF’s website,
Motley Crue consists of band members Vince Neil, vocalist; Mick Mars, guitarist; Nikki Sixx, bassist; and perhaps the most known band member, Tommy Lee, drummer.
According to their online bio, “Perhaps the most momentous accomplishment of Motley Crue’s rock n’roll legacy is the fact that its original members have survived to tell their tale.”
Jones County Fair Manager John Harms said Motley Crue has identified themselves as the “bad boys of heavy metal.”
Motley Crue has been on the music scene for over 30 years now. Some of their major accomplishments include over $80 million in album sales worldwide, seven platinum/multi-platinum albums, 22 top 40 hits, six top 20 singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations, numerous worldwide tours, 11 albums, six compilation CDs, nine DVDs, 24 singles and many music videos. Motley Crue also penned a memoir that has been listed on the “New York Times” bestsellers list.
After hitting the public eye in 1981, Motley Crue was preparing for their first yearlong tour within just two years. Throughout time, the band has supported such rock acts as Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Aerosmith and Van Halen, just to name a few.
In the late 1990s, the band released a greatest hits album, with the use of the band’s newly created record label, Motley Records.
Their memoir, “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” was released in 2001, and spent a month as a best seller. All four original band members penned the book.
A few years later, Motley Crue took time for a reunion tour; their first since the late ’90s.
Over the years, they’ve headlined multiple Crue Fests, all very successful rock festivals, playing to nearly half a million hardcore fans in over 40-plus U.S. cities.
Motley Crue continues to rake in fans all across the world. The band has shown they are just as energetic as they were in the early ’80s when they first started.
“They are still in tact and performing,” said Harms. “They are entertaining from a show production standpoint.”
Tesla is a multi-platinum rock band, fitting Motley Crue’s genre. They refer to themselves as a “blues metal” type of band. They’ve performed and continue to perform to sold-out crowds around the world, and toured with the likes of David Lee Roth, Def Leppard and Poison.
Tesla came on scene in 1985 with original band members Jeff Keith, vocalist; Frank Hannon, guitarist; Brian Wheat, bassist; and Troy Luccketta, drummer. They’ve since added guitarist Dave Rude.
In the early 1980s, several of Tesla’s band members were already playing together under the name “City Kidd.” Once they were signed to a record deal, management suggested they change the name of their band. Also, there was already a recording band by the name “City Kidd.” Tesla was influenced by eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, who is credited with inventing radio.
Tesla’s debut studio album came out in 1986.
Like Motley Crue, Tesla also started their own music label company, Tesla Electric Company Recordings.
In the midst of their career, Tesla recorded an album in which they played their songs with an acoustic sound. This influenced MTV’s popular 1990s music series “Unplugged.” Huge artists like Eric Clapton, Nirvana and many others started releasing their own “unplugged” albums, in which they played their own hits with out all of the bells and whistles.
In going with heavy metal rock acts, Harms said the GJCF is not just about country and classic rock. Mixing things up a bit this year, the fair also has a Christian rock night scheduled for Sunday, July 21, something they’ve never done before. Harms said he doesn’t want the fair to get pigeonholed into just providing certain genres of entertainment.
Track tickets for both acts are for standing room only (SRO) at $45. Amphitheater and hillside are $35. There is also plenty of seating along the free hillside as well.
Tickets for the Saturday night, July 20, concert featuring Keith Urban and special guests Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch went fast! Harms said there are some single seats left on the seated hillside; everything else is pretty much sold out. He knew that show was going to be a hot sell.
Tickets for the Sheryl Crow and Gary Allan concert on Thursday, July 18, are still available in all seating areas.
“Ticket sales for Sheryl Crow’s concert went well,” Harms offered. “Sales are about what we expected.”
To purchase tickets for any of the fair’s concerts, visit the fair’s website at www.greatjonescountyfair.com.