Vince Neil

Nine years ago, Mötley Crüe’s group autobiography The Dirt was an unparalleled success in the burgeoning genre of backstage tell-alls. Fans couldn’t get enough of the ribald humor and high jinks. (They had sexual congress with women and burritos—often on the same night! When they ran out of heroin, they shot Jack Daniels!). Whatever you think of ’80s hair metal as music, the book was a decadent delight, and individual bios soon followed from bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee. Now we hear from singer Vince Neil in his Tattoos and Tequila (Grand Central, $27.99). Much like Lee, Neil is not the brightest bulb on the tree. (He claims to be sober, save for regular immersion in his own boutique brand of tequila. Huh?) But, ever the showman, he craves attention—and he’ll tell any story to keep you turning the pages. He also understands his own nostalgia value, thus his appearance at tonight’s KISW Heaven or Hell Ball. It’s Halloween, so the costumes and people-watching will be worth the price of admission. Twenty years later, can Crüe groupies still fit into their old jeans and halter tops? Here’s your chance to see. HANNAH LEVIN

Sun., Oct. 31, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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