The unthinkable has happened. As reported here at Hard Rock Hideout last week, Motley Crue and Poison have announced a co-headlining tour with The New York Dolls. While I think this is going to be quite a concert, there are still several questions that remain unanswered. Most pressing of all is, “How in the world did this happen?” Both Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee said they would never tour with Poison. When Sixx was with Brides of Destruction, they had an opportunity to open for Kiss and declined, because Poison was part of that tour. Why the sudden change?
For Poison, the answer is easy. It is clearly about the money. The last couple of tours that Poison headlined had trouble selling out, in some cases there was trouble selling tickets at all. Plus, Poison is not touring behind any new material (not that the Crue are either, but at least they have a somewhat recent record to support) and they will most likely play the same tired setlist that a majority of fans have memorized.
As for Motley, I’m not sure why they agreed to do this tour. Their ticket sales have always done well and they are neither fans of nor friends with Poison. So what gives? Did management put them up to this? Did the concert promoters see dollar signs so big that they had to make this tour happen?
Unfortunately, I do not have the answers to any of these questions, but I do have a fun game we can play regarding this tour. It’s called Odds On (yeah, it’s a rip off of Pardon The Interruption’s “Odds Makers,” so sue me for lacking in originality). These are the chances that I think certain things will or will not happen during the Poison/Motley Crue summer tour.
Chances of this tour being completed
82%. Poison are dedicated professionals and Motley Crue always finish a tour regardless of how messed up they get. However, what could cause this tour to collapse is if the bands don’t get along. What will the chemistry be like? Will any pot shots be taken by the Crue at Poison? If Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee were forced into doing this tour, there is no telling what might happen as the summer progresses. Anger, resentment, and perhaps even jealousy may erupt from either or both of these hard core rockers. And past experience has shown us that professionalism is not one of Tommy Lee’s priorities. Good luck to the road crew!
Chances that the majority of these concerts sell out
61%. I saw the prices for this concert and they were about what I expected. The range is between $45 and $95 (before fees). While both of these bands sell well, the economy is still a little shaky and fans are carefully choosing which concerts they want to see. What help this tour is that it was announced early. I believe there is potential for this show to do well, especially in the northeast, but in other areas of the US, I’m not so sure.
Chances that Poison will go on stage last
3%. I know that this is billed as a co-headlining tour, but let’s be real. The last band to go on for the evening is the true headliner. The fact that Motley is doing this tour at all after Sixx and Lee said that would never happen means some egos had to be soothed. There is almost no chance that Motley would go on stage at any time but last. The 3% is up there, because maybe, just maybe, in Pittsburgh, Poison might be allowed to be the headliners (Poison is from PA). Other than that, it’s Motley coming out last every night.
Chances that Bret Michaels out performs Vince Neil
97%. Barring some miracle scenario where Vince goes to a performance coach prior to the launch of this tour, Brett Michaels is going to outperform Vince Neil at every stop. Brett is in better shape than Vince. Brett is a better vocalist than Vince. Brett is a better guitar player than Vince. Brett is a better entertainer than Vince. Plus, Brett sings all the words to his songs. Vince will give you every third word in between huffed panting because his overweight body can’t handle sprinting all over the stage for 90 minutes.
Chances that Poison and Motley Crue perform more than a one song encore
17%. I’ve seen a lot of co-headlining tours. I’ve seen a lot of co-headlining glam tours too. Almost always, there is the one song encore. On the last two Motley tours that I’ve seen, the Crue has done a one song encore. Every time that I’ve seen Poison (I believe it’s been a total of 7 times), they have performed a one song encore. I don’t see any reason for this to change.
Chances of an all star jam encore featuring members of all three bands
9%. While it would be a fan’s dream come true to see all the members of The New York Dolls, Poison, and Motley Crue jamming together to one of their favorite rock songs (a cover of a Led Zeppelin tune, perhaps), it just isn’t going to happen. Again, we’re not even sure how well the bands are going to get along. The chemistry required to pull off an all star jam is severely lacking. I think this is more a case of three separate bands performing for the fans, collecting their pay, and going home at the end of the summer. There’s no sharing of a tour bus, no hotel parties featuring all members of the band, and no back stage group hug amongst the different bands. This is clearly an every band for themselves tour. Perhaps they will prove me wrong, but I doubt it.
Chances of this tour happening again
0%. This is a once in a lifetime deal. If you want to see these two bands together, then you’d better be in front of your computer on March 18th when tickets go on sale.
Earlier this afternoon on SixxSense.com, the tour dates were announced for the 2011 tour featuring the New York Dolls, Poison and Motley Crue. Check below for dates!
|May 29, 2011||Pryor, OK||Rocklahoma|
|June 07, 2011||Dallas, TX||Gexa Energy Pavilion|
|June 09, 2011||San Antonio, TX||AT&T Center|
|June 10, 2011||Houston, TX||Toyota Center|
|June 12, 2011||Albuquerque, NM||Hard Rock Pavilion|
|June 14, 2011||Los Angeles, CA||Hollywood Bowl|
|June 15, 2011||San Francisco, CA||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
|June 17, 2011||Phoenix, AZ||Desert Sky Pavilion|
|June 18, 2011||Las Vegas, NV||Venue TBD|
|June 19, 2011||Salt Lake City, UT||USANA Amphitheatre|
|June 21, 2011||Kansas City, MO||Sprint Center|
|June 22, 2011||Maryland Heights, MO||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|June 24, 2011||Minneapolis, MN||Target Center|
|June 25, 2011||Milwaukee, WI||Bradley Center|
|June 26, 2011||Cincinnati, OH||Riverbend Music Center|
|June 28, 2011||Toronto, ON||Molson Amphitheatre|
|June 29, 2011||Clarkston, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|July 01, 2011||Tinley Park, IL||FMB Amphitheatre|
|July 02, 2011||Noblesville, IN||Verizon Wireless Music Center|
|July 03, 2011||Nashville, TN||Bridgestone Arena|
|July 05, 2011||Hollywood, FL||Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena|
|July 06, 2011||Tampa, FL||St. Pete Times Forum|
|July 08, 2011||Biloxi, MS||Mississippi Coast Coliseum|
|July 09, 2011 *||Pelham, AL||Verizon Wireless Music Center|
|July 10, 2011||Atlanta, GA||Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood|
|July 12, 2011||Charlotte, NC||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|July 13, 2011||Hershey, PA||Star Pavilion at Hersheypark|
|July 15, 2011||Uncasville, CT||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|July 16, 2011||Camden, NJ||Susquehannna Bank Center|
|July 19, 2011||Mansfield, MA||Comcast Center|
|July 20, 2011||Uniondale, NY||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|July 22, 2011||Darien Center, NY||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center|
|July 23, 2011||Saratoga Springs, NY||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|July 24, 2011||Pittsburgh, PA||Stage AE|
|July 27, 2011 **||Cheyenne, WY||Frontier Days|
|July 29, 2011||Youngstown, OH||Covelli Centre|
|July 30, 2011||Frederick, MD||Outlaw Jam 2011|
|July 31, 2011||Scranton, PA||Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain|
|August 5, 2011||Tomah, WI||Fort McCoy|
|* July 9 – Motley Crue and New York Dolls only
** July 27 – Motley Crue only
|Please note that there are a number of dates that will be added to the itinerary, to be confirmed at a later date.|
Punk rock pioneers the New York Dolls are set to release their fifth full-length record Dancing Backward in High Heels March 15 on 429 Records. Featuring original members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, the album was recorded in Newcastle, England and produced by Louis XIV’s Jason Hill. Please see below for a track listing. Dancing Backward in High Heels is the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Cause I Sez So, which The New Yorker praises for “[showing] the band at its full power” while Billboard notes that “the unlikely resurrection of the New York Dolls is solidified by [‘Cause I Sez So].”
Originally formed in 1971, the New York Dolls are best known for influencing a generation of artists in New York and London who went on to form the first punk rock and heavy metal bands. Largely influenced themselves by the rock & roll of the Rolling Stones and the Stooges as well as the glam rock made by David Bowie and T. Rex, the legendary original Dolls lineup only recorded two albums, New York Dolls and Too Much Too Soon, before breaking up in 1976. After reuniting in 2004 (at the behest of Morrissey, the head of the band’s U.K. fan club in the `70s), the band went on to record a pair of records—2006’s One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This and 2009’s ‘Cause I Sez So.
NEW YORK DOLLS,
DANCING BACKWARD IN HIGH HEELS
- Fool For You Baby
- I’m So Fabulous
- Talk to Me Baby
- Kids Like You
- Round and Round She Goes
- You Don’t Have to Cry
- I Sold My Heart to The Junkman
- Baby Tell Me What I’m On
- Funky But Chic
- End of the Summer
This disc is an interesting mix of 70’s style glam in the vein of the New York Dolls, late 80s’s sleaze and punk rock.
The songs are short, 12 tunes clocking in under 40 minutes, and have a raw sound to them.
Joan Jett lends the band a hand on the tune Tearstained Letters. Their is also an interesting cover of the Credence Clearwater Revival classic Travelin’ Band. To me, these tracks are the definite stand outs on this record.
The Heart Attacks fall into the trap where one song after another starts to sound the same. The songs have a lot of energy, but they lack a lot of variety. It isn’t terrible but will certainly be detrimental to their success.
Are The Heart Attacks the next big thing? Probably not. Hellbound and Heartless does have a unique mix of styles that doesn’t sound like a lot of other releases coming out today.
This record is one that will probably appeal more to the punk crowd, than to today’s glam fans. If you like what you hear in the videos below, check out The Heart Attacks, at their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. You Oughtta Know By Now
2. Summer Of Hate
4. Travelin’ Band
7. Heart Attack
8. Fast Times Attached
9. Hellbound And Heartless
10. Tearstained Letters
11. Runnin’ With A Gang
12. City Sickness
The Heart Attacks are:
Chase Noles – Singer
Tuk – Lead Guitar
Dave – Guitar
Paul – Bass
Brad – Drums