Oh, great . . .

Motley Crue, winners of the Worst Band Ever competition from last year, are playing locally this weekend, which means that my hate mail was already starting to escalate over the past couple of weeks. It shot up again yesterday, and I just realized why: the local arts newsweekly, in their preview for the shows, included this quote:

“Certain members of the Worst Band Ever (as scientifically calculated by one J. Eric Smith) hadn’t spoken to each other for more than two years when their management team began booking shows for a reunion tour.”

On the one hand, I appreciate the nod. On the other hand, not when all the Motley Crue fans in town are wound up tight waiting for their heroes to arrive, looking for somewhere to displace their aggression. I’ve been getting sick of the hate mail anyway, and even though that page is by far and away the most trafficked page on my website, I’ve been thinking it’s time to retire it anyway.

I dunno. I may not. We’ll see how this weekend goes. I was already getting pretty sick of the profanity-laced e-mails and threats that the page generates, so maybe this will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. We’ll see.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR MOTLEY CRUE FANS: I hope you all have a great time at the show. Really. You don’t need to take time out of your big weekend to send me hate mail, since I know you don’t like my website, having heard that countless times already. As I wrote in the original article: “I know that there are millions and millions of people out there who have gotten great joy and entertainment from Motley Crue’s records and concerts . . . and the ultimate, reductive, bottom line of any of this is: whatever makes you happy is cool for you, as long as you’re not hurting anybody by enjoying it.” Thank you in advance for your restraint. Enjoy the concert!

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