Incoming: !!!, Delorean, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, Average White Band, Winger

​When glam metal exploded on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip in the early 1980s it was one of the most important cultural happenings in the last 50 years. Quiet Riot had kicked down the door for bands the likes of Motley Crüe, Poison, Cinderella, Ratt and -- of course -- Guns 'N Roses to, in effect, rule the world.

Men who wore makeup, silk scarves and leather, skin-tight leopard print pants -- complete with crispy, blonde hair teased to unbelievable heights -- were all of the sudden gods among men. The Sunset Strip had turned into a 24-hour carnival of all things glam, and all was right in the world.

By the late 1980s -- as quickly as the genre had become the norm -- glam metal was dying a slow, painful death. The genre had become watered down with the likes of Warrant, Bulletboys, Trixter and Stryper, bands with devilishly handsome lead singers, blatantly sexually suggestive lyrics and as much edge as a Richard Scarry book. No band had quite the glam metal profile in the late 1980s as New York's Winger, lead by overall good-looking man Kip Winger. "Seventeen" was the band's opus, a magisterial aural journey that both raised glam metal's profile and effectively put the nail in the genre's coffin.

Perhaps you admittedly have a soft spot for "Seventeen" -- lamenting the fact that you've never seen the band perform it live. Well you are in luck, friend, as Kip and the boys will be performing this September at Tempe's Club Red. Joining Winger are just announced shows from !!!, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, fun. and Average White Band.

The rest of this week's just announced shows:

!!! (Chk Chk Chk): Sunday, Sept. 5, 8 p.m., $15-$17. Clubhouse Music
Venue, 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.

'70s Soul Jam: With The Stylistics, Cuba Gooding Sr., New Birth, Jimmie
"J.J." Walker, & more, Sunday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., $45-$55. The Lost
Leaf, 914 N. 5th St., Phoenix, 602-258-0014.

Upcoming Events

The Average White Band: Sunday, Oct. 24, 7 & 9 p.m., $35-$37. Casino
Arizona at Salt River, 524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale, 480-850-7777.

Bang Tango: Saturday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., $13. Club Red, 2155 E.
University Dr., Tempe, 480-966-4733.

Delorean: With Lemonade, Monday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m., $10. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian
School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Michael Franti and Spearhead: Saturday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m., $30.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.

fun.: Saturday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., $16-$20. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St.,
Mesa, 480-559-5859.

Sophie B. Hawkins: Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., $30-$35. Rhythm Room, 1019
E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

It's A Beautiful Day: Saturday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m., $20-$23. Rhythm Room,
1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Land of Talk: With Suuns, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m., $10-$12. Rhythm
Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Patty Larkin: Friday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m., $18-$20. Rhythm Room, 1019 E.
Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys: Wednesday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m.,
$15-$20. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

The Legendary Shack Shakers: With Nick Curran and the Lowlifes., Monday,
Oct. 11, 8 p.m., $12-$14. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd.,
Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Mae: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., $13-$15. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St.,
Mesa, 480-559-5859.

Margot and the Nuclear So and So's: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m., $14-$15.
Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Paul Mooney: Friday, Oct. 15, 8:30 p.m., $30-$300. Celebrity Theatre,
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600.

Shawn Phillips: Saturday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m., $20. Rhythm Room, 1019 E.
Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Shaggy: With Steel Pulse, Saturday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m., $30-$50. Fort
McDowell Casino, 10424 N. Fort McDowell Rd. (Fort McDowell Rd. and Hwy.
87), Fort Mcdowell, 800-THE-FORT.

The Vibrators: With Glass Heroes, Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., $8. Rhythm
Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Winger: Friday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m., $18. Club Red, 2155 E. University Dr.,
Tempe, 480-966-4733.


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