Rockers all know it: behind every raunchy glam god, there’s a half-naked hottie. That was especially so back in the ’80s around piece of party-hearty real estate known as the Sunset Strip. Hollywood’s glitzy Main Street is a place of legend, and it was there that lots of unsung female heroes “lived and died for a unique group of bad-ass rocker boys.” We’re talking about such outfits as Motley Crue and Guns ‘n Roses. Our newest Rock Doc, which premieres Saturday, April 4, looks at these sexpots, strippers, sinners and saints. It’s called Do It For The Band: The Girls of the Sunset Strip.
Once upon a time there was an unprecedented decade of debauch and decadence known as the 1980s. Wall Street was booming, cocaine was the chic drug of choice, and the perversion of the Reagan era — when bigger really meant better – was personified by the excess of L.A.’s notorious Glam Metal scene. The setting was an island of metal misfits called the Sunset Strip. And the denizens who ruled were the heavy hitting hair bands and the women who loved them.
This is the story of the mistresses of metal who helped propel the likes of Tommy, Nikki, Slash, Axl, Blackie, Jani (and many others) from fledgling musicians without so much as a place to hang their top hats, to maniacal mega-superstars. We’ll give props where props are due as these boys could not have made it without the insane devotion and sacrifice of the girls who clothed, bathed, fed, housed, whored and even saved their lives.
These women, who played pivotal roles in the lives of our male superstars, reveal never before shared secrets and stories delivered with the kind of clarity that only retired strippers/showgirls turned present-day PTA moms can muster.
We’ll hear from: ADRIANA — former 7th Veil Stripper, who dated Steven Adler, and was de-crabbed by Axl Rose. She later saved Axl’s life when he OD’d the week before Appetite for Destruction was released and went on to sleep with him in the studio one day as the guys wanted sounds of live sex to mix into their album
GABY GABY HEY, also a former stripper, who kept socks, cigarettes and booze on hand for the guys who would crash at her pad. Every Friday night they’d toss her apartment furniture over the balcony into the pool below then eat her poor man’s spaghetti (noodles and butter)
PAMELA – a music video girl, saved Tommy Lee‘s life at the Flynt Mansion only to watch him get up the next morning and swill a whole bottle of Jack Daniels. Not long after, Pam became a born again Christian and prayed hard the night Nikki Sixx OD’d and watched in relief as he also “resurrected”.
Utilizing verite-style candid interviews, archival footage, photos and videos, we’ll take the viewer out of the traditional interview setting and into this visceral landscape for a look back at what was the penultimate wild ride for a generation of rockers that ultimately lives on today.
WATCH THE SHOW SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 10 PM ET