Motley Crue

Motley Crue

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Nikki Sixx Feels Responsible For Upcoming Talent


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The 57-year-old rocker found fame in Motley Crue, whose hits include Girls Girls Girls. He’s taken part in other ventures over the years too, such as group Sixx: A.M, which he started up in 2007, so has nothing but support for those musicians hoping to break into the industry.

“Championing new bands, whether it’s on the radio or in support slots on tour, or just talking about them and spreading the word,” he told Kerrang! when asked to share something he loves. “Giving these new bands a chance and letting them be heard is something I’m very passionate about. I see it as a responsibility. I was in a new band once called Motley Crue, and now I’m in kind of a new band called Sixx: A.M. We all need support and we need people to find our music.”

When Nikki isn’t busy strumming his bass, he has another passion; photography. He likens taking pictures to writing songs as when he witnesses people and situations, he views them as a still.

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Nikki Sixx Launches Youtube Pay Campaign


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The 57-year-old Motley Crue co-founder has launched a campaign urging the technology giant, which owns YouTube, to increase the royalties an artist receives when one of their videos is viewed on the site.

Nikki, who is worth a reported $145million (£100million), according to magazine People With Money, has called on Google bosses to match the money paid by music streaming services.

His call for money money is part of a wider campaign to reform the relationship between the recording industry and websites like YouTube which allow users to upload videos.

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Paris Jackson Pays Lip-service Tribute To Motley Crue


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Michael Jackson's daughter celebrated her recent 18th birthday by getting a tribute to her favourite band, Motley Crue, inked on the inside of her bottom lip.

The teen had the word 'Motley' tattooed there, and recently showed off the new look online.

Crue's drummer Tommy Lee spotted the photo and immediately responded, writing, "Omfg (Oh my f**king God)!!!! @ParisJackson you are a beautiful creature."

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Dee Snider Still Upset About Hanoi Rocks Star's Car Crash Death In 1984


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Neil was behind the wheel when his Pantera sportscar collided with another vehicle as he was driving Dingley to a party at his California home on 8 December, 1984. The Hanoi Rocks star died instantly and the occupants of the other car were seriously injured.

The Motley Crue singer was arrested at the scene and charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was later sentenced to 30 days in jail, but got out after 15 for good behaviour, and Snider is still angry about the fact Neil wasn't more harshly punished.

"There were two other women who were in a van who were permanently crippled from that famous car accident that killed Razzle," the famously tee-total We're Not Gonna Take It singer told Yahoo Music, "and people are cool with that. They're like, 'Yeah, all right! Rock 'n' roll!!'

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Vince Neil Returns To The Stage After Motley Crue Farewell


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The Dr. Feelgood stars closed out their farewell tour at the Staples Center on New Year's Eve (31Dec15), but Neil was back in the spotlight on Saturday (16Jan16) when he performed a free show at the Wolf Den at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

His solo set featured 10 Motley Crue classics.

Meanwhile, his former Crue bandmate Nikki Sixx's Sixx:A.M. are close to completing their new album, according to guitarist DJ Ashba, who took to Twitter over the weekend and wrote: "Finishing touches on both of the new @sixxam albums today!! Last day of guitars!! #Coming2016 #ConquerTheWorld."

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Tommy Lee Left Hanging At Final Motley Crue Show


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The group rang in 2016 with their final show at the Staples Center, which was briefly halted when drummer Tommy Lee's rollercoaster drum kit malfunctioned leaving the rocker suspended upside down as he called for help from members of the road crew.

"It looks like the rollercoaster is broken," he yelled. "Well, f**k the rollercoaster! Come on guys, help. Come get me. I can't believe this is happening on the last night. I knew something wasn't right when I took off."

There was then a pause in the show as roadies unhooked the drumkit from the rails, so Lee could continue performing, but the hitch didn't ruin the show, which featured a string of hits, a cover of the Sex Pistols' Anarchy in the U.K.

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Motley Crue's New Year's Eve Final Show To Be Filmed For Cinema Release


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The rock veterans will play their last-ever concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and the quartet is hoping to give fans who couldn't get tickets a chance to see the show in 2016.

The concert will be filmed and shown in cinemas and on pay-per-view home theatre options at a later date.

The Final Show movie will also feature "interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the last week of the tour".

Motley Crue Dedicate Los Angeles Show To Lemmy


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The Motorhead star passed away on Monday just four days after his 70th birthday, and a statement from his band revealed the veteran frontman was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer shortly before his death.

His passing has sparked an outpouring of condolences from across the music industry, and Dave Grohl's band Foo Fighters released a statement remembering Lemmy as an inspiration, tweeting, "We've lost a friend & legend. My heart is broken. RIP Lemmy. Born To Lose, Lived To Win..."

Fellow rockers Metallica also credited Lemmy with inspiring their music, adding, "Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We're forever grateful for all of your inspiration. RIP."

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Vince Neil Sued Over Former Arena Football League Investment Deal


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Officials at Outlaws Investment Group and Sohrob Farudi have sued Neil and a group of others over claims they were misled about the Las Vegas team’s finances.

Farudi alleges the singer's Rockstar Investment Group falsely claimed to own another Arena Football League franchise in Jacksonville, Florida, prompting him to invest $500,000 (GBP330,000) in 2014.

The Outlaws started well with a win against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's L.A. Kiss, but by the end of the organisation's first season AFL officials had suspended operations after the owners reportedly failed to pay membership fees.

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Vince Neil Confused By Water Waster Tag


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The rocker has landed on a list of 1,802 people who have used more water than East Bay Municipal Utility District officials have ruled acceptable per household amid the California drought, but he has no idea how he got there.

Records show that more than 2,200 gallons were consumed daily at Neil's home in Danville during the most recent billing cycle, but Neil insists he hasn't been there.

"Wow!! This is news to me!!" he writes on Facebook. "I haven't lived in my Danville, CA house for over five years. My property manager would have informed me if there was a violation of Excessive Water Use!!"

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Download Festival - Day 3 - Performances

Nikki Sixx and Mötley Crüe - Download Festival - Day 3 - Performances at Download Festival - Donnington, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th June 2015

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Motley Crue Final Tour Press Conference

Motley Crue and Alice Cooper - Motley Crue Final Tour Press Conference at the Law Society, London at The Law Society - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 9th June 2015

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Motley Crue Press Conference

Motley Crue and Tommy Lee - Motley Crue final tour press conference held at the Law Society. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 9th June 2015

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Motley Crue Perform On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Motley Crue and Nikki Sixx - Motley Crue perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 28th January 2014

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Motley Crue And KISS Announce Their Co-Headlining Tour

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