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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

 

My Appetite For Destruction….

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I finally finished reading My Appetite For Destruction, and I have to say it was a damn fine read. When I found out last year that my favorite member of the original Guns N Roses line up Steven Adler was putting out his own book, the sixteen year old in me jumped for joy.

Steven doesn’t leave any stone unturned in this book, as he talks about everything from his early childhood upbringing to his final days in one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. My favorite parts of the book are Stevens stories about his relationship with Axl Rose, and the early road tours pre-platinum albums. What was it like touring with The Cult, Motley Crue, and Iron Maiden? It’s here in all its ugly glory.

The only nit pick I have is that, I wish Steven gave more pages to his relationship with Izzy, and Duff as much as he did with Axl and Slash. Also his days of working with Davy Vain in 1991 as part of the Road Crew project are a lil’ skimmed over. Other than that, I think the book does well in painting a picture of one of the most decadent periods of hard rock music.

The orgies, the drugs, the alcohol, get some major talking time in this biography. It’s pretty much a tell all, which I love to hear in my rock n roll biography’s. There will never be another time like the late 80′s hard rock scene, and Steven Adler puts a stamp of approval on that. Highly recommended read for any hardcore GNR fan.

Rating: 8/10

 

The lost art of the tour programs….

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One of the best things about going to hard rock shows in the 80′s was getting the tour programs. I was never the one to get a shirt each time I went to a show. I mean, how many black shirts does one really need? My prized posession is my Motley Crue Girls, Girls, Girls Tour 87 program. Still in mint condition 23 years later. Actually most of my tour programs from back then are in pretty solid condition, and would fetch a fair price on Ebay. That is not an option, as I would never part with them anyways.

Since arena shows are few and far between, I go to mostly club shows now, and bands these days no longer create print material to sell at the merch booth. It’s too bad, cause the ones from the 80′s that I own, were really well done. They were glossy, beautiful large books, and the photos were usually ones you would not see otherwise, and some cool backstage pix as well. These programs were a really good time peice of the band. Im hoping the tour program is bought back from the grave soon at future merch booths across the world.

 

All time hard rock filler songs that still stink….

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Yep, the ever loving filler material. You all know the scenario. The band only had seven good songs written, but they had to fill up another fifteen minutes to make up a whole album. So they wrote a few more songs so bland, boring, and forgettable, that even after twenty years they still suck harder then they did back then. Since I’m stuck in the 80′s these days like Uncle Rico, here is my worst hard rock filler songs of all time:

Time For Change – Motley Crue

Midnight/Tornado – Skid Row

Cry No More – L.A. Guns

Ship Rolls In – Faster Pussycat

Think About You – Guns N Roses

State Of Emergency – Winger

Once Around The Ride – Cinderella

The Morning After – RATT

Turn On The Night – KISS

 

Sunset Strip and the summer of 83….

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My love for the first five Motley Crue albums will never die. I’ll sometimes meet other Crue fans at the local health food store, and they act all surprised when I tell them my favorite song by the original Hollywood bad boys is “Run For Your Life”. This song was never released on any of their albums. It was one on the many songs that were recorded during the Shout At The Devil sessions, but never made it on the album.

I actually remember the Shout At The Devil bootleg demo cassette that was being sold for $25 back in 1988 at the local metal import music store called The Attic in Calgary (favorite hangout in my teens). I didn’t have enough money to buy it. So many years later the dj at this FM metal station played “Run For Your Life”, and I fell in love with the song right there. Why the Crue never released it officially, I will never know. They put out a box set a few years ago, and one of the discs had some demo tracks from the SATD sessions, but this song for whatever was not included.

“Run For Your Life”  is a heavy, sleazy, dirty gem that would have fit perfectly on Theatre Of Pain between “Louder Then Hell” and “Fight For Your Rights”. I wish Motley Crue would put out a disc with all of their demos from Too Fast For Love all the way through Dr. Feelgood. There are enough unreleased demo tracks from the 1981-1989 era that would fill up two albums. “Run For Your Life” is vintage Crue, and a good representation of the 80′s hard rock as a whole.

 

Oprah’s book of the month candidate….

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The Last Living Slut (Born in Iran, Bred Backstage) is basically a tell all book that makes The Dirt look like a G Rated Disney read. TLLS is the memoir of Roxana Shirazi, who was raised traditionally in Tehran and moved to London when she was 10. Roxana holds a master of fine arts degree, and when she isn’t doing things backstage at shows that would make your humble narrator blush, she speaks at international women’s conferences about gender theory and globalization. In this book, Roxana talks about her sexcapades backstage with various members of Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Buckcherry, and a whole whack of others. No gory detail is left behind.

Several editors passed on The Last Living Slut for fear of a fatwa, but Harper Collins got the elephant balls to publish this oh-so-filthy read. Roxana has stated that if she ever does go back to Tehran, she will most likely be killed. Ms. Shirazi is the new, improved, and less hairy Salman Rushdie. Something also tells me there is gonna be a landmine of lawsuits in the near future with this book.

The Last Living Slut hits shelves June 1st. Already many book stores are refusing to carry this fine read. You may have to go to Amazon to purchase it….or go to the Home and Gardening section of your local public library.

 

Johnny Crash – Neighborhood Threat

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Johnny Crash – Neighborhood Threat

Johnny Crash were the real deal, dirty rock rats. This band came out of the late 80′s Sunset Strip hard rock scene. Crash’s time was short lived. They put out one record in 1990, toured a bit with Bonham, and Motley Crue, then vanished into thin air. Too bad though, as with a lil’ luck, they could have dethroned the hard rock kings AC/DC.

 

Megan Fox shouts at the devil?!…..

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I wonder if Megan Fox has the Japanese limited edition 7 inch vinyl of “Looks That Kill” in her record collection?  I’ll never know. Oh well, I guess I’ll just watch Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen again, and wonder.

 

Top ten 80′s hard rock records….

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Top ten 80′s hard rock records….

This for me is like choosing my favorite child, as part of my youth was spent blasting pretty much every 80′s hard rock band from my ghetto blaster…er….boom box. So after many sleepless nights thinking about this list, I give you my top ten 80′s hard rock albums:

1.) Vain – No Respect: This band, and album was like the hidden gem of the 80′s hard rock scene. Vain took the image of the New York Dolls and the punchiness of Hanoi Rocks and spit it out, in the most infectious tunes ever put on record. This band had it all, the image, songs, and one of the most amazing voices of glam rock, Davy Vain. After No Respect, their record label went under, as the second album All Those Strangers was finished, and about to be released. Too bad, as with a little bit of luck, these San Fran glam rockers coulda’ been huge.

 

Ratt – Infestation

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Ratt – Infestation

There was a period in time long ago when Ratt ruled the world. Where Robbin Crosby was the “king” and Stephen Pearcy made Tiger Woods look like a boy scout. Seems like a long bygone era now. A period where bands like Motley Crue and Ratt were perched up top on the 80′s hard rock throne. Now both bands are just a shadow of their primed past.