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Original Alice In Chains bassist Mike Star dead…..

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Original Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead today in Salt Lake City. It’s sad knowing that half of the original Alice In Chains line up is now officially gone. Mike Starr was a huge factor in the gold era of Alice In Chains (1989 – 1992). Mike’s bass playing was stamped all over the first two albums Facelift, and Dirt. Just listen to songs like “Would” and “Bleed The Freak” and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Mike played a big part in creating the signature sound of early AIC.

I only got to see the definitive Alice In Chains line up once back in the fall of 1992 when the came to Vancouver opening up for Van Halen, and to this day I can never forget the awesome chemistry on stage that Sean Kinney, Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, and Mike Starr had. I’ve seen them a few times over the years after that performance, but it was never the same. Seeing Mike on Celebrity Rehab was truly sad, as he looked to be in rough shape. I was hoping he would come out ok, but sadly it was not to be. R.I.P Mike Starr.


Motley Crue / Poison Tour 2011

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After all the arrows thrown at each other over the years (mostly by Nikki Sixx), Motley Crue and Poison are touring together through the United States this summer, with the New York Dolls as the opening act. This tour would have been stadium size huge twenty years ago, but in 2011??….don’t think so. Back in the Dr. Feelgood/Open Up And Say Ahhh days, both Motley and Poison were pulling in 20,000 seats each. Now they’d be lucky to pull in 10,000 together. After all the “Motley will never your with Poison”, “Cheese still sells” lines Nikki has gone on record to state, count this one to Mr. Sixx eating crow as usual. Anyways here are the dates if you care:

May 29 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
Jun. 07 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jun. 09 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Jun. 10 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Jun. 12 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Pavilion
Jun. 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Jun. 15 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Jun. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Desert Sky Pavilion
Jun. 18 – Las Vegas, NV – [to be announced]
Jun. 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Jun. 21 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Jun. 22 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jun. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Jun. 25 – Milwaukee, WI – Bradley Center
Jun. 26 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Jun. 28 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
Jun. 29 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 01 – Tinley Park, IL – FMB Amphitheatre
Jul. 02 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul. 03 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 05 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
Jul. 06 – Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum
Jul. 08 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Jul. 09 – Pelham, AL – Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul. 10 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul. 12 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul. 13 – Hershey, PA – Star Pavilion at Hersheypark
Jul. 15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 16 – Camden, NJ – Susquehannna Bank Center
Jul. 19 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
Jul. 20 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Jul. 22 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul. 23 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Jul. 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Jul. 27 – Cheyenne, WY – Frontier Days
Jul. 29 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
Jul. 30 – Frederick, MD – Outlaw Jam 2011
Jul. 31 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Aug. 5 – Tomah, WI – Fort McCoy