December 14, 1998 12:00 PM

VH1 (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET)

Since rock stars often flame out, the concept of this series should be sure-fire. Show a performer in his or her heyday—the sold-out tours, the frenzied fans, the sometimes scandalous behavior—then ask the musical question, “Where are they now?” It helps to come up with surprising or ironic answers—something besides “still performing, but to smaller crowds”—and the Dec. 15 premiere has a few. Devoted to the “bad boys of rock,” the hour offers current snapshots of such middle-aged outlaws as Alice Cooper (plays lots of golf) and Ted Nugent (manufactures beef jerky). With its zippy pace and cheeky tone, the show has attitude, all right, but it leaves us wondering what our attitude should be. After all the flippant references to irresponsible and/or illegal conduct by the likes of Billy Idol and Donnie Wahlberg, are we supposed to be suddenly sobered by a trip to the heroin hell once inhabited by Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron?

Bottom Line: Not rock-solid, but it rolls along

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