do you do, as a member of a hard-living hard-rock band,
two decades after you and your posse have sold millions
of records, toured stadiums across the planet, endured a
porn-tape melee, survived a heroin overdose, committed drunken,
vehicular manslaughter, appeared on countless reality TV
shows, broken up, reconvened, and earned the distinction
as “world’s most notorious rock band?”
For Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, the answer was simple:
Do like Ozzy and throw “the loudest show on Earth.”
Their tattoos may have grown a little saggy in the skull,
but a lucky paternal instinct seems to have spun a nostalgic
Mötley Crüe tour into a celebration of their legacy. Sixx
handpicked the bands who co-headline the tour according
to how hard they “live the rock & roll lifestyle,” which,
evidently, translates to their having enjoyed momentary
relevance in the late ’90s. Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt,
and Sixx:AM join the Crüe to bask in their excess.
In the spirit of OzzFest, CrüeFest closes out the concert
season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga
Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs) tomorrow (Friday, Aug.
29) at 5 PM. Tickets are $40 (lawn) to $430 (wow). For more
info, call 476-1000.
District Scottish Games
weekend marks the 30th anniversary of a festival thousands
of years in the making: The Capital District Scottish Games
will rise again at the Altamont Fairgrounds. The festival
celebrates the history and customs of the highlands from
Scotland’s ancient roots to its contemporary culture.
With Celtic-themed vendors, highland dance and pipe-and-drum
competitions, military reenactments, a Scottish animal show,
children’s events and an amazing musical lineup (including
Toronto-based headliners and Celtic-rock legends Enter the
Haggis, along with local favorites Kevin McKrell and Hair
of the Dog), there’s sure to be something to tantalize just
But the main attraction (as far as we’re concerned) is the
games themselves. We can think of very little more mesmerizing
than watching men in skirts tossing telephone poles end-over-end
with championship accuracy. Or distance-throwing 56-pound
blocks of stone swung from iron-chain handles. Or high-tossing
sheaves of wheat over a bar with a pitchfork.
Unless you have a secret cache of guns and canned food,
these folks are probably much better prepared for the revolution
than you will ever be. So, check it out, learn some rock
hurling skills, pick up a pennywhistle, snack on smoked
kippers. Just don’t peek under the kilts.
The 30th Annual Capital District Scottish Games storm the
Altamont Fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 30-31).
Tickets are $30 at the gate Saturday and $15 Sunday. Gates
open at noon. For more info, visit scotgames.com.
most of the big classical-music concert series have wound
down, the Tannery Pond concerts in New Lebanon continue
into the fall. This Saturday, they will present mezzo-soprano
Vivica Genaux (pictured) and pianist Craig Rutenberg, who
will perform songs from “the Italian, German, Spanish and
Genaux is well-versed in the baroque and bel canto repertoires,
and has been featured in a number of Rossini’s operas; Rutenberg
is an in-demand recital pianist and director of musical
administration at the Metropolitan Opera. They’re frequent
collaborators, too; they were praised by the San Francisco
Chronicle for their “exceptional . . . musical communication.”
Vivica Genaux and Craig Rutenberg will perform Saturday
(Aug. 30) at 8 PM as part of the Tannery Pond Concert Series
(Mount Lebanon Shaker Village and Darrow School, New Lebanon).
Tickets are $25 and $30. For reservations and info, visit
tannerypondconcerts.org or call (888) 820-1696.