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Who has the ultimate hair-metal hairdo?



Do you these guys look like hirsute hair-metal heroes to you? Not anymore, Def Leppard! The U.K. rockers, Poison and Cheap Trick are converging on Tampa’s Ford Amphitheatre on Friday night for a hair-metal throwdown. That means plenty of gaudy pyrotechnics, full-throttle guitar anthems, Bic lighters held high in the air ....

And yes, plenty of AquaNet hairspray to keep all those iconic rock star manes held firmly in place. We foresee the hole in the ozone layer opening wider now above the Florida State Fairgrounds.

But where do Poison’s Bret Michaels, Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander and Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot stand in the Hair Metal Hairdo Hall of Fame? Sadly, they won’t even get in the door without a paid ticket.

Time to decide this once and for all: Who had the ultimate hair-metal hairdo of the '80s? Add your suggestion below, but here are five I have my eye on:

DeeSnider DEE SNIDER (Twister Sister): The mangy blond 'do between We’re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock, Snider looked like a can of yellow Silly String exploded on his scalp. Was it real? Who cares -- it was epic! So epic that today Snider’s official Web site has the address

Dereksmalls DEREK SMALLS (Spinal Tap): What’s more impressive: the flowing black locks of Smalls (played by Harry Shearer) or his fab-o handlebar mustache? Sadly the band and the hair were created just for the 1984 movie This is Spinal Tap.

Slash SLASH (Guns N’ Roses): Would we still worship guitar-slinger Saul Hudson if he hadn’t adopted “Slash” as a moniker and topped his billowing fountain of curly black locks with that nifty top hat? Yes!

Heart_l ANN WILSON (Heart): Don’t think for a second that a female can’t rock the hair-metal look. During the '80s, Wilson’s teased-out hairdo was half mad-scientist, half heartthrob. Totally crazy on you, Dreamboat Annie.

Bonjovi JON BON JOVI (Bon Jovi): The New Jersey rocker may give love a bad name, but we loved his frosted fur. When he cut his coiffure to chase Hollywood fame, that was a dose of Bad Medicine.

Good picks or did I pull a Flattop Spearsy on you? Add your own suggestions below.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:49pm]


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