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Of all the genres in rock 'n' roll, glam metal is the one that works least with sobriety - and not just because it becomes infinitely more palatable if you're loaded.
Also consider it from the artist's standpoint. If watching VH1's "Behind the Music" has taught us anything, it's that the only reason for glam metal to exist is because to BE in a glam metal band is like some magic portal to The Most Fun Ever In The World.
Even the worst hair metal bands - no, that's not redundant and, yes, take a bow, Poison, you goofballs - were by definition afforded all the top-shelf liquor, designer dope and Penthouse models they could handle.
Which begs the question: can Mötley Crüe, which includes (reportedly) sober dudes Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx, still bring honor to the glam metal stage?
Methinks that, if anyone can do it, it'd be the Crüe. We'll find out Saturday when they headline the Mohegan Sun Arena.
- RICK KOSTER
Mötley Crüe, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Mohegan Sun Arena; $59, $79; 1-888-664-3426, mohegansun.com