Catch the New York Dolls opening for Motley Crue, Poison on Wednesday 

Yes, it’s certainly an irresistibly campy bill at the Bill Graham Civic this Wednesday night — slaphappy hair-metallers Motley Crue and Poison, performing together, all these post-heyday years on.

But there’s an even better reason to attend, and get there early — the band who probably taught them how to rock, the legendary New York Dolls, are opening the show, with founding members Syl Sylvain and David Johansen now augmented by another ’70s hero, ex-Bowie guitarist Earl Slick.

They’re backing a rollicking new record, “Dancing Backward In High Heels,” that boasts a glammy Dolls reworking of Johansen’s old solo-career staple “Funky But Chic.”

“When Morrissey got us back together in 2004 for the Meltdown Festival he was curating, we never really thought past that,” admits Sylvain, now in his late 50s. “But the Dolls is a very magical thing — it’s really organic in the way that we work, and not really rocket science. Like, hey, it works? Cool! If it doesn’t? Trash the son of a bitch! We come from a long history of live performing, and that was the way we did it on our first album with Todd Rundgren, and that’s the way we’re doing it now. So we never really thought about what would happen when we regrouped — that the audience just would not let this baby go!”

For more information, visit www.nydolls.org.

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