Bruce Kulick doesn’t wear greasepaint. But Sicko the Clown will when “The Monster Circus” bangs your head at the Las Vegas Hilton starting next month.
Kulick — whom Kiss fans know as one of the group members during the years when they were trying to keep it real, sans makeup — is part of the house band for the new venture that surrounds ’80s-era metal with circus-freak production elements.
It sounds like the concept for the old Beacher’s Madhouse at the Hard Rock Hotel, only with headbangers instead of stand-up comics. And it will have a similar schedule, coming in for three-night stands twice a month, with shows at 11 p.m. The first show is March 19, with regular tickets priced at $39 to $66.
The house band is organized by Great White bassist Tony Montana (pictured), and includes Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Fred Coury and John Corabi. The group also promises name guest stars; Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame headlined the showcase performance used to sell the concept. But the guest stars may not always be billed, and they aren’t crucial to the marketing, says Ken Ciancimino, the Hilton’s executive vice president.
“The show will have its own legs,” Ciancimino says. He hopes to set the effort apart from the goof band Steel Panther that plays the Station Casinos and other groups that parody the era. “These guys are pros. They take this seriously,” he says.
The circus elements, including the clown mascot Sicko, will be overseen by producer Tim Molyneux, whose “Bite” show at the Stratosphere shows a definite affinity for the hair metal.