For a spooky, rock-filled night, don’t miss out on Sweet Valley Ranch’s “Music at the Farm Concert Series” on Oct. 15. The concert’s opening band is called Hell is Here, and headliner Mostley Crue is a Motley Crue tribute band.
Hell is Here is a local death metal band that was formed in 2014. They have one album, “Fall of the Morningstar,” which was released in 2018. Mostley Crue has been together for 15 years and has played hundreds of shows as Motley Crue. The current lineup and their alter egos are Gabriel Pettit as lead vocalist Vince
Neil, Darius Rose as drummer Tommy Lee, Keith Baumbaugh as guitarist Mick Mars and Miller Barefoot as bassist Nikki Sixx.
Pettit is the only original member of the band. He was in another band creating his own music when he was asked to join Mostley Crue as Vince Neil.
Pettit is known for his uncanny ability to sound like Neil by duplicating his range and tone. He credits this to spending years as a karaoke DJ, where he would imitate other musicians. The Motley Crue singer happened to be one of them. And, like most people, he liked to sing on road trips.
“I used to sing in the car all the time, and I would adapt my voice to whatever the singer happened to be on my playlist at the time,” Pettit told Up & Coming Weekly. “I just listened to an absolute ton of Motley Crue for a fairly extended period of time, over a few months.”
Attendees can expect all the Motley Crue hits, but the band does play earlier songs and B-sides or songs that may not have made it onto an album. But they should not expect the band to come out rocking the glam look popular in the 80s.
“Our look is more of a hybrid [of] their later look, post-glam,” Pettit said. “Obviously, none of us look good in spandex anymore.”
“We are humbled by everyone’s appreciation of us, and we love to hear and speak to those people who come to see us. We’ll take pictures with fans,” he said.
“This is about enjoying the music and enjoying the process of playing it. Don’t be scared to come up and talk to us. We’re here to have fun, too.”
At Sweet Valley Ranch, Hell is Here takes the stage at 8 p.m., followed by Mostley Crue at 9:15 p.m. for this special Halloween show.
These two bands will set the stage on fire throughout the night, the perfect background noise while you also check out Sweet Valley Ranch’s “Backwoods Terror Ranch.”
Guests are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. Refreshments and concessions will be available for purchase. No outside food or drink is allowed.
For information or tickets for “Music at the Farm” or “Backwoods Terror Ranch,” visit https://www.sweetvalleyranchnc.com/ or call 844-622-3276.
Sweet Valley Ranch is located at 2990 Sunnyside School Road in Fayetteville.