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Glam-A-Gedon 25

Glam-A-Gedon. The name pretty much says it all. Poison, Motley Crue and the New York Dolls will tour together and they've named the tour...Glam-A-Gedon.

Maybe the single worst name for a tour in the history of, well, tours. But I digress.

Bret Michaels broke the news of the tour during a taping of the CNN show Piers Morgan Tonight. Bret taped the interview yesterday but the show will actually air tomorrow night (but this may change because the show schedule shifted after the surprise Charlie Sheen interview last night, so check your listings). So anyway, Bret officially spilled the beans and announced the tour. It will basically start at the end of May. In fact, Poison and Motley Crue will both play Rocklahoma. Tickets for the tour go on sale March 18. Tour dates will be announced tonight on

Now that the housekeeping is out of the way, here are my thoughts: I am not surprised and I even find myself a little apathetic to the entire situation. I don't think I'm alone. Our friend and reader Kenny Ozz even said to me "I don't like it [the tour] simply because that means Poison will play the same goddamn 10 songs they do every show."

I can't disagree.

While seeing Poison and Motley together is probably as Glam as it gets, I can't help but wonder if both shows will be diluted. Sets will be shortened and we all know that Kenny is right. Poison won't be adding any different songs to their set. If anyone is listening from the Poison camp, I strongly urge the band to play Open Up and Say...Ah!! from start to finish. That would help the set fatigue issue and would pay tribute to the album and give fans what they want. As for Motley? Well, I don't know. I'd tell them to drop "Kickstart My Heart" from the set for starters. 

I don't think this tour will be a very long one. I'm thinking one month - max. Backstage would be awesome though...and can you imagine the egos?

I've never seen the New York Dolls. Seeing them would be way cool - without them there would be no Motley.

Live Nation better get with the program on ticket prices. Gas is going up, up, up in America and it will probably be high all summer. Charge too much for tickets and fans will blanche.  I don't plan on traveling for this tour but if it comes to my area of Ohio (or the tri-state area), I'll go. Poison shows are always a tried and true sign of summer. Motley is always fun - even if Vince skips every other word when he sings. It's either the realist - or the cynical - in me that wonders how much Nikki Sixx and Motley are getting paid for this tour. I mean, money talks right? And Nikki said over and over he would never tour with Poison. And now he is. Never say never I guess.

So, what are your thoughts on this tour?

Reader Comments (31)

Glsm-A-Gedon 25?

I'm surprised you don't like that name for a tour. After all, it has the word Glam in it.

I kinda like it, to tell you the truth.

But I thought "Poison Crue" would have been better, but people might not have noticed the subtle twist I'm implying.

Yeah, it's a shame both of these acts don't try to write more stuff more quickly. They both coulda put albums together well before they embarked on this tour.

You say you want Poison to play "Open Up And Say Ahh..." from start to finish, but for me, "Look What The Cat Dragged In" is the killer. I wish they'd play that from start to finish.

But reality is, if they're not gonna do that, they should play the best off of that one plus the couple of hits off "Open Up" and call it a night, which is probably what you mean by the same 10 songs.

I think this tour is a killer just on the simple fact that both bands are the original classic line-ups in both cases.

I can just see the cover of Rolling Stone now. "GLAM IS BACK" with the Mark Seliger black and white shot of all 8 of 'em stickin' their tongues out and makin' faces at the camera.

Better yet would be a shot of all of 'em stuffed into a phone booth in front of The Rainbow in Hollywood with the headline, "L.A. Calling".

The Dolls are killer. I saw 'em live a couple of years ago and they are unreal! Unfortunately, their are only two surviving members.

And it's true what you say -- Crue wouldn't have existed had it not been for The Dolls. Same goes for Poison, not only with their over the top look at the beginning aping the Dolls, but their music, too.

C.C. stole more licks, hooks and riffs from the Dolls' legendary guitarist, Johnny Thunders, than anybody. Just listen to The Dolls first album and then "Look What The Cat Dragged In" and it could never be more obvious. The Dolls were a huge influence on early Aerosmith, too.

It's awesome The Crue and Poison are paying homage to The Dolls by bringin' their common influence along. It also lends 'em cred and extra hipness, since The Dolls are so embraced by the whole Kid/Emo/Punk/Hipster set now.

I will practically kill to see this tour. And I think you might be pleasantly surprised. If it keeps sellin' out, then they'll most likely keep it going.

For Glam's sake, let's hope so!
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Well, this may be the only way i would go to see Poison. However yes the Dolls are a good addtion, never heard much them but I do know of them. Hey is there's only two originals left they could try and get Blackie Lawless to help fill in! he did a short stint with them way back i know that. Come to Pittsburgh!!
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Damn, what are you complaining about ???? I wish they would do this over here in europe !!! It's a great package . we only get to see motley on festivals, and motley is no festival band. And the guy's from Poison don't know where europe is.
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstrutter
I've seen Poison 5 or 6 times, Crue 3 or 4. Add to that a couple of Vince Neil solo shows, which are primarily Crue songs. The only way I'll go to this show is if they actually do something different (play an album start to finish) or someone gives me free tix. Two of my favorite bands, but I haven't purposely listened to either one of them in several months because there's nothing new at all from them.
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJT
The upside to this tickets will be readily available sooner or later. They're gonna paper the hell out of this show which is the ONLY way it'll get me out there...maybe. $8 a warm beer, $12 a watered down Jack 'n Diet, crappy parking...on second thought...seen the Dolls back in the 70's when they WERE the punk/glam band, Motley and Poison, saw both on their very FIRST tours and in their prime, but same half lyric sung songs, same set lists for the past 20 plus, who am I kidding, I'm too much of an optimist, I'll go hoping this time it'll be different. Spring training opened and I'm still thinking the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to be competitors this season too! dammit! ;)
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou
It is hard to get excited about this tour, because a lot of people are knocking it down in a lot of forums. I have been a loyal fan since the beginning of both bands and personally love their music. Maybe I am not as excited because I have seen them both several times...Maybe its because of Bret's over exposure and Vince's problems?? All the egos?
Maybe they are just not fresh anymore...Fresh meaning hungry like, Airbourne, Wildstreet, Bad City, and other newer bands that are up and coming???? I cannot put my finger on this one.
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
Sold ! Count me in ! They can play whatever they want... so long as they keep it playin !
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDamnp78
My thing about the tour name is I think someone in a position of power (Motley?) is mocking the term Glam. Forever and ever, they were always "We are not a Glam band. Not a hairband." Now they are headlining a tour called Glam-A-Gedon. It just doesn't add up.

That's where I'm coming from.
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
Bring it to the uk.
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterskwint
You think the Pirates are gonna be competitive this year?? Wow, you are optimistic Sweet Lou! Although I would love to see the Buccos do good this year!

I will admit this would be a damn good platform for some new material live rarietys or otherwise, and for Poison please nothing off of Bret Michaels solo album less your only other option is a Miley Cyrus song. Oh wait, CRAP!! lol

Crue should record an EP's worth of new material and debut it on this tour i don't care if its 3 songs and 2 covers if it rocks, roll with it!
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Even with the heat I'm taking from my Extreme Metal junkies I'm very excited for this tour. I do hate the name and the tired set list of Poison, but at the same time the two of them together is going to be one massive sing along. Its going to be great.

I've been waiting for your wise words on this matter
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMartell
I'm with Metalboy -- I like the tour name as well. If anything, it's just a bit of self-deferential fun and no one should take it that seriously. Besides, I think it fits: Motley pretty much defined the 80's glam look with Theater of Pain, and Poison is often the first band people think of when they hear the term 'glam'.

My guess is that they will also be positioning this tour as an 80's celebration thing, so using 'glam' in the name will help sell some extra tickets to kids looking for some retro/kitsch factor.

Regardless, I'll be there. 2 of my all-time favorite bands playing outside on a hot summer night... it's hard to get much better than that.
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBryon
Individually I had spoken to Rik, Bret, and C.C. about the tunes they've done. One MORE than one occassion I've said "wouldn't it be cool if you guys did this...or that." They all agreed that yeah some changes would be killer. THEN...they each blame the others for not wanting to change things up. The only one I believe is Rikki though. Rik seems like the one without a hidden agenda in changing it up. I can believe C.C. doesn't want to do the "NT" or "CAS" stuff. I can believe Bret doesn't want to do early material given the voice might not be where it once was or give C.C. a shot at a furious duel of "Home" from "Hollyweird." Oh to be a fly on the wall at those warm-up practices hahahahaha.
Hey Shadow...GO BUCS! LMAO
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou.
Thanks for the shout out Ally! Yes, I'm pretty un-excited about the tour. I just think it would be better if they went out separate instead of together. The short predictable set list from Poison has become excruciatingly intolerable over the years. And I do agree that I see egos colliding big time! I will go if it comes around to see The Dolls though! Legends!
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Most likely this tour will hit Buffalo at Darien Lake. I have mixed feelings about this show. It is kind of hard to get excited about this show... with over priced tickets, over priced watered down drinks, over priced merchandise, over priced gas for the 3 hour drive {1 way}, however, I would like to see the NYD's... The other side is, I rather support a band that I am more excited about playing a club and can really use the money.
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
Here's my latest thoughts on Glam-A-Gedon 25.

I wonder if Poison and Crue touring together will actually make them push each other further as they rise to the occassion.

It could potentially be a kind of unofficial battle of the bands. Yeah, both bands could half-*ss there way through it, but maybe Brett and Vince will realize if they work it a little harder and sing with a little more conviction, one would come out the victor! -- better than the other guy.

This could lead to better performances. I have no doubt the guitarists and drummers in each outfit will give it their all. We just need the singers to, also, which could very well happen if they feel some rivalry going on.

And both bands better watch out for The Dolls. I saw 'em 3 years ago and they blew the roof off the place.

If Poison and Crue aren't careful, The Dolls could very well steal the show from them. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised, if they do. They are very cunning New Yorkers, after all!

Actual Tour Dates announced tonight according to a VERY reliable source...

p.s. Kenny O! Do you have Rock Sugar? Pure Genius!
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I just hope Crue plays first at any dates in my area because I do not want to have to subject myself to Bret Michaels.
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpence
I've had mixed emotions on this Package tour since the rumors began. To me it just smells of poseur so-called fans, high ticket prices and condensed stale set lists from both bands....However, then I wake up and think to myself HOLY GLAM! It's Poison and CRUE on the same night. Freakin' 20 years ago, I probably would have droppsed out of school to make seeing this tour happen.

Metalboy, your excitement for the GLAM is inspirational, but my friend, you are way up in the clouds on this one. The only driving force behind this tour is one source (ok, maybe two)....LIVE NATION and Bret MIchaels (and well folks, what Bret wants he gets now-a-days).

My optimism isn't high for this tour b/c all I want is what everyone else has been asking for, for YEARS...CHANGE UP THE SET LISTS!!! Motley has been known to throw in some archived stuff from time to time but it's been a while. And well, we all know the standard Poison set list. I'm not foolish to think we'd actually get songs off Native Tongue (although i can still dream) but throwing in some rare songs for us DIE HARD fans isn't too much to ask! Can you imagine if they played Living for the MInute, #1 Bad Boy, Back to the ROcking Horse?? I hope after not playing for two years the band is ready to FINALLY change it up some.
I hope CRUE is ready to change it up as well!!!

Should be interesting to see what cities make the cut. Announcement tonight on SIXX SENSE!
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkari
I don't like it!!! Poison is better as a head liner with other glam bands. You are right about the set list. They should play some stuff that their true fans know. As far as Motley, their show became way too strange for me the last two times I saw them. I will be sitting this one out!
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCK
Hope I'm wrong'but I'm thinking it's a big time cash grab,and both bands are going to mail it in. Like has been stated, the Dolls may very well blow them both out of the water on most nights.....
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

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