Jagermeister & First Fleet Concerts Presents
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309
Doors 6:00PM / Show 6:30PM (event ends at 10:00 pm)
This event is all ages
With a childhood rough enough to guarantee him rock star success, by the time he was out of his teenage years -- at least according to the few details he's given -- Mickey Avalon had sold pot (with his mother), been addicted to heroin and dope, worked as a graffiti artist in L.A., converted to Orthodox Judaism (his parents were both non-practicing Jews, and his paternal grandparents were survivors of Auschwitz), got married and had a daughter, prostituted himself for drug money, watched his father die, and found his sister's dead body. All of this gave ample material for his rhymes, which he started writing after his pal, the former MTV VJ Simon Rex, encouraged him to compose his own songs. Avalon, Rex (who rapped under the name Dirt Nasty), and Armen Melik (aka Andre Legacy) began recording and releasing their own material as the Dyslexic Speedreaders, an irreverent group that gave a satirical and often lascivious look into the L.A. club and drug culture.
Avalon's stage presence, which mixed a kind of hyper- and often ambiguous sexuality akin to the trashy glam rockers of the '70s, gained the attention of DJ and aspiring manager Kev-E-Kev, who was soon helping Avalon hawk his self-titled CD -- wrapped in a newspaper advertising adult services -- on the streets. His music, in particular the song "Jane Fonda," thanks to its appearance in the HBO series Entourage as well its availability on his MySpace site, started gaining an audience, and in 2006 his album was reissued as the first release from MySpace Records in joint collaboration with Interscope.
Millionaires are ruining music. The songs made by the Huntington Beach duo—Melissa Marie Green and Allison Green —will make you want to gouge out your ears. They are the downfall of society. 2010, the year their debut full-length is scheduled to come out, will probably bring the Apocalypse.
Wait a second. That can't be true. Catchy, fun electro-pop songs made by cute, foul-mouthed girls who are both 21 and under can't possibly be the thing that ends the world, can it? Truth is, their songs aren't gonna ruin anything… except maybe the credibility of some Internet haters when it turns out they like Millionaires.
The girls get it. They know their band started as an accident, when Melissa Marie and Allison started fucking around on GarageBand one day in the summer of 2007 and made their first song "I Like Money." They know it's been a combination of a strong DIY work ethic, a unique sense of style and a willingness to put their fast-talking, in-your-face songs into the scrutiny of the public that's transformed them from a one-time joke to a serious band. They know it takes guts to write bouncy, hooky, indefinable songs about alcohol and sex and boys—and to perform those songs on stage during their unstoppable live shows. They know it takes determination and steadfast self-promotion to sell out two headlining tours before ever releasing an album. They know that MTV doesn't ask just any band to perform live on one of the final episodes of TRL and pen the theme songs for Teen Cribs and A Double Shot at Love. They know the album they've been working on is going to be gobbled up by haters and fans alike.
Because that's another thing: Millionaires are aware that a lot people have a lot of nasty things to say about them and their music. And you know what? They don't give a shit.
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