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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.
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.
Rocker Vince Neil Has Returned To The Stage Less Than Three Weeks After Performing At Motley Crue's Final Gig In Los Angeles.
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."
Continue reading: Vince Neil Returns To The Stage After Motley Crue Farewell
Rockers Motley Crue Closed Out Their Time Together With A New Year's Eve (31dec15) Show In Los Angeles That Didn't Quite Go As Planned.
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.
Continue reading: Tommy Lee Left Hanging At Final Motley Crue Show
Motley Crue's Final Show In Los Angeles On Thursday Night (31dec15) Will Be Taped For An Upcoming Concert Special.
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 Dedicated Their Los Angeles Show On Monday Night (28dec15) To Rock Veteran Lemmy Kilmister Following News Of His Death.
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."
Continue reading: Motley Crue Dedicate Los Angeles Show To Lemmy
Motley Crue Star Vince Neil Has Been Accused Of Misleading Investors In His Former Arena Football League Franchise.
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.
Continue reading: Vince Neil Sued Over Former Arena Football League Investment Deal
Motley Crue Frontman Vince Neil Has Been Left Stumped After Learning His Name Is On A List Of East Bay, California Water Wasters.
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!!"
Continue reading: Vince Neil Confused By Water Waster Tag
Nikki Sixx Will Forever Be Haunted By Scott Weiland's Death Because The Rocker's Body Was Found On The Tour Bus He Used While On The Road With Motley Crue.
The former Stone Temple Pilots star was found dead on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota last week (ends06Dec15) shortly before he was due to perform in the town with his band The Wildabouts.
Sixx has now revealed the bus on which the body was found was the same vehicle he used on a recent tour with Motley Crue.
"In this last little run with Motley Crue, the bus that I had, it has a bedroom in the back and it has bunks on the side..." he explains during an episode of his Sixx Sense radio show. "We get done with that leg of the tour and the bus goes on to another artist. So I remember the driver telling me he was gonna drive Scott (after me)... And I was thinking, 'Ah, that's cool, man.' I think I said, 'Say hi'... (Eagles star) Joe Walsh had the bus before me, and it was, like, 'Tell Nikki hi'...
Continue reading: Nikki Sixx: 'Scott Weiland Died On My Tour Bus'
Motley Crue Star Nikki Sixx Was Really Shaken By The Terror Attack At The Eagles Of Death Metal Gig In Paris, France Last Month (Nov15), Because He Was Onstage With His Band In Germany At Exactly The Same Time.
The bassist learned of the massacre at the Bataclan theatre, where 89 people were killed after armed gunmen stormed the venue during the EODM gig, minutes after he came offstage in Munich.
"At the same time that we were playing, Eagles of Death Metal were playing in Paris, and it was a totally different experience, even though it was similar in a lot of ways," Sixx explained during a recent broadcast of his radio show Sixx Sense. "That's really what touched me and touched all of us out here even a little bit deeper than the news. Because we were, like, 'It could have happened here'. Not just one country over."
"I'm on the road with a rock band, and I have a road crew and tour buses and fans and everything that's extended off of what we're doing out here," he added, "and the same thing happened in Paris - there was a band playing and fans.
Motley Crue Rocker Tommy Lee Has Assured Fans He's Fit And Ready To Return To The Stage After A Wrist Injury Forced Him To Sit Out Of A String Of Shows On The Band's Farewell Tour.
The drummer, who has been battling inflammation in his left wrist, was temporarily replaced by Glen Sobel, one of the members of Alice Cooper's support act band, but he insists he'll be back behind the kit when Motley Crue perform in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Friday (20Nov15).
"I'm back to 100 per cent." Lee tells the National. "I bruised a bone in my wrist, but after a serious double dose of cortisone that helped with the inflammation, and with the help of this little wrist machine to exercise it, I'm back to normal."
"I'm always getting injuries like bruised and bloody knuckles from catching a cymbal or the edge of a drum," he adds. "Drumming's pretty physical. We sit at the back of the stage getting beat up like a workhorse. Anytime you do something repetitive over a sustained period - and this tour's already been a year and a half - your body just says, 'I'm hurt. I can't do this'. But I'm all good now. They got me back into shape and I'll be slugging the drums like a maniac in Abu Dhabi."
Continue reading: Tommy Lee Fit And Ready To Rejoin Motley Crue Farewell Tour In Abu Dhabi
Motley Crue Rocker Nikki Sixx Appears To Have Given Away One Of The Biggest Secrets In Showbusiness By Telling Fans The Original Guns N' Roses Line-up Is Reuniting For A World Tour.
The bassist hosted a question-and-answer session with fans on Twitter.com on Thursday night (12Nov15), and one of his followers asked whether he thought the former stars of GUNS N' ROSES should get back together for a series of shows.
Nikki replies, "They are. Everybody knows."
The rocker is linked to the group through former member DJ Ashba, who has played in Nikki's side project band Sixx:A.M. since 2007.
Continue reading: Nikki Sixx Spills Guns N' Roses Secret
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