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HOLLYWOOD, Fla.Motley Crue, one of the world's most iconic rock bands, will bring their summer headlining tour 2011 with support from Poison and special guests New York Dolls to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on July 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 22 at noon.

As one of the first and most influential hair metal bands of the '80s, Motley Crue has sold over 80 million albums worldwide and has inspired both fans and rock and roll and bands alike over their two-plus decades career. Their mixture of heavy metal and glam rock-stylings produced several best-selling albums that showcased their love of motorcycles, whiskey and strip clubs, as well as telling tales of substance abuse, sexual escapades and general decadence.

Bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee formed Mötley Crüe in 1981 with guitarist Mick Mars and vocalist Vince Neil. The band toured the local Los Angeles club scene and soon became cult favorites known for their unique stage theatrics.

Their first album, Too Fast for Love, sold a surprising 20,000 copies and spawned the cult single and fan favorites "Live Wire" and the title track (the album was later remixed and re-released). In 1983, the band released Shout at the Devil which featured the hit video "Looks That Kill" as well as "Too Young to Fall in Love" and the title track. Theatre of Pain produced their first Top 40 hit with a cover of Brownsville Station's "Smokin' in the Boys' Room." "Home Sweet Home;" the first hit power ballad to be aired on MTV became their most requested music video for four months straight. A home video, Uncensored, was released in 1986, containing rare live footage and interviews. A year later, Mötley Crüe released their fourth album, Girls, Girls, Girls that included an uncensored video for the popular title track that was immediately banned from television. In 1989, Dr. Feelgood hit #1 on the Billboard charts due to the strong singles "Kickstart My Heart," "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)," "Without You," and the title-track, which became their first Top Ten single. A compilation album, Decade of Decadence, was released in 1991 and opened at #2 on the charts. Other albums to follow included Generation Swine (1997),

New Tattoo (2000), the band's double-disc greatest hits collection, Red, White & Crüe (2005) and Saints of Los Angeles (2008).

Fellow American glam rockers Poison have sold over 30 million records worldwide and had seven Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 #1 single, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

Formerly known as Paris, Poison was formed in 1984. In 1986, they released their first album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, that spawned a pair of Top 40 hits, "Talk Dirty to Me" and "I Won't Forget You," and sold over two-million copies within a year of its release. Open Up & Say...Ahhh! (1998) proved to be Poison's commercial breakthrough due to the massive hits "Fallen Angel," "Nothin' But a Good Time" and the afore-mentioned "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." The album Flesh and Blood (1990) included the #3 hit "Unskinny Bop" and the #4 ballad "Something to Believe In." In 2006, the band celebrated its 20th anniversary with a national tour and greatest-hits album. Propelled by Michaels' new status as a reality TV star, The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock debuted inside the Billboard Top 20. The following year brought similar luck with the band's seventh studio effort -- a covers album titled Poison'd!

Rock innovators the New York Dolls formed in 1971. As predecessors of the punk rock era, their outrageous sound and style influenced the look of many new wave and glam metal groups. They began the local New York scene that later spawned the Ramones, Blondie, Television and the Talking Heads. The band's first two albums remain among the most popular cult records in rock 'n' roll history.

During the early '70s, the group played regularly in Lower Manhattan, particularly at the Mercer Arts Center. Within a few months, they had earned a dedicated cult following, but record companies were afraid of signing the Dolls because of their cross-dressing and blatant vulgarity. The band's eponymous 1973 debut was produced by sophisticated popster Todd Rundgren. Despite critical reviews, the album failed to catch on. The follow-up, Too Much Too Soon, produced by the legendary girl group producer George "Shadow" Morton, was relegated to the same fate. Britain's Malcolm McLaren, who would later become famous for managing the Sex Pistols, became the Dolls' manager and while his shock and publicity tactics later worked for the Sex Pistols, they further alienated the Dolls' rapport with the public. Though the band broke up in 1977, over the next two decades, various outtakes collections, live albums, and compilations were released by a variety of labels and the New York Dolls' two original studio albums never went out of print.

Ironically, David Johansen began a solo career that would eventually metamorphose into his lounge-singing alter ego, Buster Poindexter. He scored a huge hit with the kitschy hybrid of soul and tropical pop remix of "Hot, Hot, Hot" in the mid-'80s.

In 2004, former Smiths vocalist Morrissey -- who was once the president of a British New York Dolls fan club -- invited the surviving members of the New York Dolls to perform at the 2004 Meltown Festival. The group's set was well received by critics and fans (and was recorded for release on DVD and compact disc). Numerous appearances followed including a hometown tribute to their fallen brothers at Little Steven's International Underground Garage Festival in New York City.

The New York Dolls fifth studio album, Dancing Backward in High Heels, featuring both original members Johansen and Sylvain, was released earlier this year.

Tickets cost $104 (General Admission Standing Room Only) and $104 (Reserved Seats)*; all seats are available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, Tuesday – Saturday from noon – 6 p.m. and Sunday – Monday only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time

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