WATCH: 1983 Video of Mötley Crüe performing ‘Live Wire’ – US Festival at Glen Helen Park

We’ve had a great response lately to some of the “early” recordings we’ve found of some of your favorite bands from the 70’s and 80’s: KISS’s first live performance at The Popcorn Club in 1973, and then Van Halen in one of their first big shows in 1978.  Now we have an early LIVE recording of “Live Wire”, the debut single by heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on their 1981 first album Too Fast for Love. The single was released on August 16, 1982,a by May 2006, it would eventually rank #17 on VH1’s list of the 40 greatest metal songs of all time. This video is from the 1983 US Festival.

For those of you not familiar with the US Festival, they were put on by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak who believed that the 1970s were the “Me” generation and intended the Us Festivals to encourage the 1980s to be more community-oriented and combine technology with rock music. Not sure if that’s exactly what happened in 1982 and 1983, but the “Heavy Metal” lineup on Sunday, May 29th included (wait for it):

  • Quiet Riot
  • Mötley Crüe
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Judas Priest
  • Triumph
  • Scorpions
  • Van Halen

Not a bad day of music! Here they are, on bass Nikki Sixx, on drums Tommy Lee,  lead guitar Mick Mars, and, of course, lead singer Vince Neil.

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