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Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum hasn't been "The Madhouse on McDowell" since the Phoenix Suns outgrew it in 1992. What better league to kick back open the cuckoo's nest than the hip-swaying, trigger-tempered Arizona Derby Dames, who’ve moved into the cavernous Vet after selling out all of their games last season at the Castle Sports Club? According to AZDD media director Andrea Beesley-Brown, a.k.a. The Kamikaze Kiwi, the Dames have added national legitimacy and beaucoup seats in one fell swoop. “It's the largest venue for roller derby in the world," Beesley-Brown tells New Times.

Last season’s champions, the Runaway Brides, will toss blood bouquets and blow cement kisses on Saturday, January 31, during the Dames’ Season Four opener, as they defend their title against the Brutal Beauties, Schoolyard Scrappers, Coffin Draggers, and Bombshells in a single-elimination event featuring four 10-minute bouts.

L.A. band Devil Doll will provide the entertainment at intermission, and will also perform at the after-party, which will be held at the George & Dragon pub on Central Avenue.

Sat., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., 2009


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