A season-ending blowout with Mickey Avalon and Dirt Nasty at Belly Up Aspen
If Aspen’s end-of-season debauchery had an official soundtrack, it might be Mickey Avalon and Dirt Nasty.
A show from the hard-living glam rappers promises on-stage nudity, bottle-chugging, strung-out chic backup dancers and outlandish rhymes about sex, drugs and a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle (pretty much none of them printable here, other than the “Do the Jane Fonda!” refrain of Avalon’s best-known song, “Jane Fonda”). Take the ridiculousness of closing day off the slopes, set it to music and put it onstage, and you have an idea what to expect.
The pair of Los Angeles-based rappers bring their over-the-top road show back to Aspen today for a final Belly Up blowout of the 2014-15 ski season. The 1980s cover band The Spazmatics will play Sunday night, following Aspen Mountain’s closing day.
Avalon and Dirt Nasty emerged out of Hollywood with their seedy style in tact a decade ago, when — the story goes — male prostitute and heroin junkie Avalon met MTV VJ Simon Rex. Their collaboration birthed Rex’s stage persona as Dirt Nasty, and Avalon’s unruly self-titled 2006 debut. Their performances earned them an enduring cult following, blending Alice Cooper-style onstage antics with comically rough-hewn rhymes that cut close to the bone. They first made their way to Aspen for a typically anarchic show during the 2008 Winter X Games, with Rex’s self-parody approach matching Avalon’s self-destruction.
Rex’s comic hip-hop has made him a natural collaborator with the likes of Ke$ha, LMFAO and Riff Rafff (which whom he formed the group Three Loco with Andy Milonakis and producer Diplo). Avalon, meanwhile, has remained the stuff of urban legend by staging riotous concerts across the U.S.
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