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.
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.
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.
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.
One of Europe's best rock and metal festivals returned to its home at Donnington Park last weekend and it's safe to say, once again, that Download smashed it. With a range of bands from Kiss, Motley Crue, Billy Idol, Rise Against, Parkway Drive, We Are Harlot and more all booked to play, there was something for everyone at the festival, and that was one of the most noticeable highlights.
Despite the torrential rain pouring down during Slipknot's set, they pulled off one of the best shows to date on Friday and set an extremely high standard for the rest of the headliners. Playing hits like 'Psychosocial', 'Devil In I', 'Spit It Out' and 'Custer', and attempting to break the Download record for the most amount of people all jumping up at the same time they certainly went all out.
Muse were considered to be a controversial band to have booked, but all concerns were quickly dashed as soon as they hit the stage on Saturday. Matt Bellamy's vocal abilities were on top form as the band belted out tracks from their newly released album 'Drones' as well as well-known hits like 'Supermassive Black Hole' and 'Plug In Baby'. Even those who were indifferent or somewhat disliked Muse couldn't deny that they put on the show of a lifetime complete with dancing lights, pyrotechnics, confetti and inflatable balls.
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Here's a preview of what to expect from Download 2015.
Download Festival sponsored by Zippo is now approaching its twelfth year and it keeps on going from strength to strength, and this year is looking to be the biggest and best to date. The festival will return to Donnington Park (its home since 2003) between 12th and 14th June with a line-up that covers everything on the rock, punk and metal spectrum.
Rock royalty are headlining this year's festival, with Slipknot and Judas Priest rocking the Friday, Muse and Faith No More on the Saturday and Kiss and Motley Crue on the Sunday; it's looking to be a jam packed weekend.
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Nikki Sixx, bassist of Mötley Crue, married Courtney Bingham in Los Angeles on Saturday (15th March).
Nikki Sixx and Courtney Bingham wed in a L.A. on Saturday (15th March).
The ceremony was held at Greystone Mansion in Los Angeles and had a gothic rock combined with a French countryside theme, according to People. The ceremony was a success and featured a number of quaint personal touches including Bingham's favourite triple berry cake.
The rockers reveal their last ever tour.
Mötley Crüe have officially announced 'The Final Tour,' their last ever set of shows touring 72 dates across the US and Canada. The band arrived at the press conference for their big announcement in a hearse and sat upon tombstones reading each of their names as they delivered the news of their last big blow-out.
Motley Crue Have Announced Their Retirement Tour.
The Californian metallers, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars, said they wanted to "go out on top" and with some "dignity," according to Sky News. To show that the retirement news isn't just a temporary measure or a publicity stunt, the band showed a 'Cessation of Touring' agreement that they had all signed and that will prevent any more touring unless all four members want to.
Mötley Crüe are embarking on a 72-date world tour to finish off their illustrious career as one of heavy metal's greatest bands of all time.
American rock band Mötley Crüe have finally called it a day on their legendary career that spans over three decades. The four-piece will be saying goodbye in style as they are set to embark on a 72 date world tour which starts later this year (2014).
Motley Crue have announced their retirement
Singer Vince Neil, guitarists Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars, and drummer Tommy Lee, famous for hits like 'Girls, Girls, Girls' and 'Kickstart My Heart', made the announcement at a press conference in Hollywood inside Beacher's Madhouse Theater.
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Gene Simmons, Motley Crue, Paul Stanley and Vince Neil - Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley of KISS and Vince Neil of Motley Crue Tuesday 20th March 2012 Motley Crue And KISS Announce Their Co-Headlining Tour