Love it or hate it, metal has a definite place in rock history. And as much as the history books might leave it out and what we call "metal" might change with time, it will never die. And neither will metal nostalgia. Tuesday night at the Xcel, L.A. glam-metal heroes Mötley Crüe bring their grown-up and toned-down debauchery, while their searing Sunset Strip sound remains intact. With infinitely underrated guitar god Mick Mars, enigmatic songwriting bassist Nikki Sixx, genre-defining vocalist and aging pretty boy Vince Neil, and the wild pounding thump of Tommy Lee's near-perfect drumming, we might not be able to recreate the experience of seeing them at the peak of their wild, death-defying ways—but within the grand hockey arena scheme of things, it's gonna be an evening awash in devil horns, sweat, and straightforward hair-metal love. With Hinder, Theory of a Deadman, and upstarts the Last Vegas.
Wed., Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m., 2009