Motley Crue

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Motley Crüe (formed 1981)

Motley Crüe was originally founded by Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. The band has sold over 72 million albums around the world and all of the original band members contributed to their best-selling autobiography The Dirt.

Motley Crüe: The Early Years

On 17.1.1981, Nikki Sixx left the band London and started to rehearse with Tommy Lee and Greg Leon (guitar / vocals). Greg and Tommy had previously played together in a band called Suite 19. Leon eventually left the band and Tommy and Nikki recruited Mick Mars.

Tommy Lee had known Vince Neil since high school and after several requests for Neil to join the band, he finally agreed.

The band's first release was 'Stick To Your Guns / Toast of the Town'. In November 1981, the debut album Too Fast for Love was released on their own label, Leathür. The album sold 20,000 copies and their popularity on the LA club scene eventually led to the band signing a contract with Elektra in 1982.

Motley Crüe: The Breakthrough and the Notoriety

The 1982 'Crüesing Through Canada' Tour saw the band involved in a number of highly publicised incidents. Motley Crüe were arrested at Edmonton International Airport when they saw that Vince's carry-on bag was crammed with porn magazines and for wearing their spiky stage costumes through Customs. Both incidents were PR stunts.

Secondly, there was an alleged bomb threat against the band when they played at Scandals Disco in Edmonton. However, this incident was also a PR stunt. The band was finally banned for life from the city when Tommy threw a television from a hotel window.

During the 1980s, Motley Crüe was as well known for their backstage antics with drugs and groupies as they were for their music. However, their mix of glam rock and heavy metal produced a number of best-selling albums, including Shout at the Devil (1983), Theatre of Pain (1985) and Girls, Girls, Girls (1987).

In 1984, Vince Neil was charged with 'driving under the influence' (of alcohol) and 'vehicular manslaughter' and sentenced to 30 days in jail, for a crash that killed his passenger, Nicholas 'Razzle' Dingley, the drummer in Hanoi Rocks. The band later released box sets entitled Music To Crash Your Car To.

Three years later, Sixx was declared dead on the way to hospital when he suffered a heroin overdose. However, one medic refused to give up on him and gave him two shots of adrenalin to the heart and revived him. The incident was the inspiration for the song 'Kickstart My Heart', from the album Doctor Feelgood (1989) which reached number 16 in the US charts. Shortly prior to the album's release, the band had been ordered into rehab and they have stated that their newfound sobriety had a positive influence on their music.

In 1991, the band released Decade of Decadence for their fans as a stopgap whilst they worked on new material. The album reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart. The next year, Vince Neil left the band. The departure is surrounded by confusion as Neil says he was fired, whereas Sixx claims that he quit. He was replaced by John Corabi. Their self-titled album of 1994 hit the top ten, but the band's commercial success had hit a downward spiral.

In 1997, the original line-up was reunited and the band released Generation Swine. The album reached number four in the charts but Elektra provided little support for the album so Motley Crüe left the label and set up their own, Motley Records.

Tommy left the band in 1999 and was replaced by Ozzy Osbourne's drummer, Randy Castillo, who died of cancer in 2002. Randy was then replaced by Samantha Maloney, who had previously drummed with Hole.

In 2001, the band's autobiography, The Dirt, made the New York Times bestseller list.

Motley Crüe: The Reunion

In 2004, an English promoter, Mags Revell instigated another Motley Crüe reunion. In February 2005, they embarked on a tour that started in Puerto Rico. The album Red, White and Crüe was released later that year. Rumours started that neither Tommy nor Mick actually played on the album, which achieved platinum status.

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I am writing this post to put out some sad info on Stormy Mars’s condition. She was just diagnosed with cancer and with deteriorating hips. She has been living with the same disease, ankylosing spondylitis, as her father. She does not live in a life of plenty. She is actually living in slum conditions. She is fighting the state of California to get basic medical attention. Given her current condition, she is in pain 24 hours a day. Her pain pill regiment is unbelievable. Her medication schedule consumes her daily life. That is the sad news.The infuriating news, Mick Mars, Stormy’s biological father, is completely ignoring her and left her for the wolves. He does not return her phone calls, does not even direct his personal doctor to assist her. While he has access to the best care available and is able to go out on tour, his own flesh and blood is left to a life of immobility and constant pain. I am appealed at Mr. Mars and call upon all of you to pressure him to do the right thing. I personally have called every number and emailed every address I can find to try and facilitate her getting some help from him but have only seem brick walls.If you know anyone who is able to get through to him, not only through conversation but to his heart, please do so. I for one could never call myself a man if I had the ability to save my own daughter and failed to do so.

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just finished Nikki's book it was fantastic by far the best book i ever read...reading it and really experiencing his state of mind kinda made me feel like i was losing my mind but i couldn't put it down i love it Nikki Sixx is one of my favorite bass players from the 80's im 25yrs old and i feel like i was born in the wrong generation when it comes to music i love 80's metal and like Nikki music is my life i don't think i could function without it...would love to se the crue live then i could die happy

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Is this motley crue?

9 years 4 months ago
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im gald about motley being back togeather again

5 years 4 months ago
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NO i think tommy lee should play himself... it woulden't be the same seeing mick,vince and nikki with Depp..----------#1 Crue Chicksarah,13,canada

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