Motley Crue vs. Molly Hatchet – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One
In one corner, we have Motley Crue, a band that personifies the ’80s-era of hard rock. Today, they may just be as well known for their outsized hedonism as their huge record sales. Of course, over the course of a four-album sweep from ‘Shout at the Devil‘ in 1983 to ‘Dr. Feelgood‘ in 1989, the band sold a staggering 18 million albums in the U.S. alone. They had a pair of Top 10 hits, and two more that went Top 20, over the same period, as well. After a period of turmoil in the ’90s, Motley Crue then returned with its original lineup for a series of tours, and 2008’s ‘Saints of Los Angeles’ — all of which has culminated in this year’s farewell concerts.
In the other corner, however, is Molly Hatchet — a group just as closely identified with its own Southern rock epoch. Best known for ‘Flirtin’ with Disaster,’ which remained on the charts for 10 weeks in 1980, the Jacksonville, Florida-based group followed in the very large footsteps of acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, while adding their own unique twist in the form of fantasy-inspired cover art. Ronnie Van Zant, in fact, produced their 1978 self-titled debut. Three platinum albums followed. By the mid-’00s, unfortunately, original members Duane Roland and Danny Joe Brown had both died. But founder Dave Hlubek, who’d been gone since 1987, returned — and Molly Hatchet remains a huge draw on the concert trail.
So who moves on? You can vote once an hour between now and Aug. 17, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. The winner will be announced on Sept. 2. Be sure to read our official rules.