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Motley Crue and Kiss

Target Audience: People who like big hair, big choruses, big explosions, loose leathery women and bands not afraid to write songs explicitly about explicit sex. Motley Crue's rise happened right around the time that Kiss collapsed, and in the 1990s Kiss rose again a few years after Motley Crue fell off the map. But then Kiss reneged on their farewell pledge, lost two members and now both bands are pretty much evenly popular. They've both also over-toured in recent years and thus can no longer fill large venues on their own. 

Missing Member: Motley Crue have been touring with their original line-up ever since 2005, but Kiss are now minus drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley. Much to the chagrin of many Kiss fans, they have Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer wearing their predecessors' make-up. Thayer is from a Kiss cover band and he knows the parts cold, but it just isn't the same. 

Likely Highlight: Kiss have pulled off their patented tricks (fireballs, spitting blood, swinging above the audience) so many times that they're starting to wear thin. That said, it's hard not to love "Detroit Rock City" and "Cold Gin." Motley Crue's music has aged much better than most of their former hair metal rivals, and "Shout At The Devil" and "Kickstart My Heart" are pretty much classic rock songs these days.

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