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Beyond Music signs an exclusive licensing deal with EMI Music Canada
that will enable Canadian fans to get their hands on Mötley Crüe albums
much more easily. The band enjoyed album sales in excess of one million
copies during 1999.
It seems Tommy Lee’s
departure from the Crüe last year was even less amicable than it first
seemed. In the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Tommy admits
that he hasn’t spoken with his former band-mates since he left. He also
discusses the Las Vegas airport brawl between himself and Vince Neil
that resulted in Tommy insisting on a separate dressing room and tour
bus for the rest of the tour. Vince responds in the New York Post
newspaper by saying Tommy “sounds confused and a bit hypocritical” and
retorting, “Dreadlocks and artists like Lil’ Kim and Snoop Dogg in your
video don’t make you an urban or alternative act.”
During his second day of tour rehearsals Tommy thanks his fans as his
Methods of Mayhem album moves up to number seventy one on the charts
from number one hundred and twenty.
The first single Do Your Own Thing from Union’s second album The Blue
Room is added by seventeen radio stations to their playlists on its
first day. The band is currently planning a video for the single
utilising footage from their recent show in Argentina, amongst other
scenes. Jack Sawyers, who worked with Bruce Kulick when he was in Kiss
and more recently on the Tale of the Fox home-video, will be
directing/producing the clip. Fans will be able to catch former Mötley
front-man John Corabi early February when Union hits the east coast of
the U.S. for a short press tour.
The first single from Methods of Mayhem is released on 12” vinyl. Side
one is Get Naked (Filthy Version and Instrumental Version) while side
two contains the album version of Hypocritical. Tommy also attends his
regular six-month probation progress hearing.
The Coconut Teaszer in Los Angeles provides a heap of action for Mötley
fans as Krunk, featuring Tommy’s sister and brother-in-law, plays with
Nikki Sixx’s Americoma Records band Laidlaw. John Corabi is invited on
stage at the end of the night and he sings backups on Fortunate Son and
lead vocals on Honky Tonk Woman, followed by guitar on a cover of Led
Zeppelin’s Rock’n’Roll. Laidlaw is preparing to open for ZZ Top and
Lynyrd Skynyrd for a month starting in six days.
The debut album from Methods
of Mayhem is certified Gold status in the U.S.A. by the Recording
Industry Association of America, shipping in excess of half a million
copies. Meanwhile Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters visits Tommy in tour
rehearsals, providing him with tips on singing and playing guitar, as
well as participating in a jam session of four drummers.
While seeing LA Guns perform at The Whisky, Randy Castillo says the
Crüe has written half of the songs for the new studio album,
emphasizing that the music is old-school style and more Too Fast for
Love than Generation Swine. The band still plans to release the CD in
June or July in time for a summer tour. Randy says Megadeth will be
joining them on tour as well as a third band to be named – possibly
Now minus his dreadlocks, Tommy presents an award with Deborah Cox at
the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
After two years in the making, the much-anticipated Kickstart My Heart
– A Tribute to Mötley Crüe CD goes on sale. Produced by Paul Miles from
Chronological Crue and Steve Friess from Pulse Records, the CD includes
Tommy’s sister drumming on one track, and Lizzie Grey on lead vocals
and guitar on Public Enemy #1 – the track he co-wrote with Nikki Sixx
when they were band-mates in London shortly before the formation of
Tommy says his new video for New Skin was finished at 7:30am and in a
tired state, he dozed off three times driving home from the shoot. Kid
Rock’s people didn’t allow him to participate in the video, so a
previously recorded version of the song is used with Tommy singing Kid
Rock’s verse. Methods of Mayhem prepares for a European promo tour in a
few days, prior to their concert tour starting on March 16 in Portland,
Nikki says the Mötley Crüe rehearsals have been “amazing” recently, and
the band has more songs under their belt. He says Mick Mars wrote the
music to the most beautiful song the band has ever done, to which Nikki
just wrote lyrics for and titled New Tattoo. It’s described as Angel by
Hendrix mixed with the Crüe’s Without You and he feels that “this song
will get you laid.” Another new song he has begun is titled Treat Me
Like The Dog That I Am.
Nikki also says he met with
Sharon Osbourne and Miguel from Coal Chamber a few days ago. Miguel
will join John Bush as the second A&R rep for Americoma Records. It
is now confirmed that the Maximum Rock 2000 tour will be Mötley Crüe
with Megadeth and Coal Chamber.
Nikki’s side project 1958
has changed its name to just 58 and they are now leading their
promotions with the track Piece of Candy, which has been leaked to
radio. The album cover is now complete as the CD is prepared for
release in a couple of months.
Later in the day Nikki gets
arrested for a speeding violation and spends time in jail before wife
Donna bails him out. The police take away his license for the fifth
time, and also his BMW 740iL that he’ll get back in thirty days. Nikki
needs to go to court and prove why he has to be able to drive.
Vince says he’ll soon be re-releasing his Exposed and Carved in Stone
albums on his VNS record label with new additional tracks and new cover
artwork. He also says he’s no longer affiliated with the Kool Racing
Team, even though he’s good friends with driver Paul Tracey. He is
currently involved with Budweiser and Ritchie Hearns Racing Ventures in
some capacity. His BadBones clothing label is gearing up for
merchandising at the Long Beach Grand Prix and maybe the big bike run
in Laughlin in the spring.
It’s around this time that
Vince and Heidi celebrate having set a date for their wedding by going
to see the L.A. Kings ice hockey game. They party afterwards at the
private cigar club called the Havana Room, where Vince is a member.
Actor Mel Gibson joins their party and the staff goes home at 3am
leaving them to finish their cigars. Mel joins Vince and Heidi at their
house where they play pool to 6am until Heidi puts Mel in a cab after
Vince falls asleep. On the news the next evening they see a story about
how the Havana Room had burned down overnight after two gentlemen threw
their lit cigar butts in a trash can that caught alight, setting the
Tommy and TiLo travel to
Europe for a Methods of Mayhem European promotional tour that runs into
Nikki says Mötley will be back in rehearsals tomorrow working on new
songs God Drives a UFO, Crash-o-matic, Treat Me Like The Dog That I Am,
Hollywood Ending, New Tattoo and Penthouse 57 as the band feels it’s
time to decide on a producer.
Nikki has been writing
tracks with a friend James Michael, who has an album coming out in a
few months on Beyond Records. When Mick didn’t return Nikki’s phone
calls as he tried to get him to help write songs for the new album, he
asked James to assist instead. That first afternoon at James’s house
they wrote God Drives a UFO and Hollywood Ending – a song James had
written for Duran Duran but didn’t end up pitching it at them.
The entire album art for
Nikki’s 58 project is now ninety percent done. The 58 album will
include a demented version of Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert
O’Sullivan, a ballad that topped the U.S. pop charts in the early ‘70s.
Having now left Italy, Tommy reports from Germany that Crazy Town will
be supporting the first part of the upcoming Methods of Mayhem tour. He
says the press loves the CD and he and TiLo are very happy so far with
the response that Europe has given them, as he now prepares to head to
In Paris, Tommy says TiLo puked during an interview in Madrid, Spain as
the duo continues their Methods of Mayhem European promotional tour.
They head to Japan next, before Australia in a week’s time. Their video
for New Skin, featuring them performing in the middle of a Los Angeles
freeway, is soon to be released. Tommy says he’d like to do a cover
song live on the upcoming tour, possibly Black Sabbath’s Sweet Leaf.
Tommy’s Methods of Mayhem album is released throughout Europe,
Australia and New Zealand this Valentine’s Day but instead of
celebrating, Tommy’s life is turned upside down again as Pamela says to
him on the phone that she can’t be in a relationship with him anymore,
before taking their children and disappearing. Last year the couple
were said to be planning to re-marry on this day.
In a press release for his
Americoma Records, Nikki says to look for an announcement regarding a
unique cyber-kinetic launch of his 58 project soon, as he prepares for
release of their debut Diet for A New America set for 16 May 2000. The
band also features Steven Gibb, son of the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb, noted
studio percussionist Bucket, along with Dave Darling from The Boxing
Ghandis. Americoma have teamed up with Allen Kovac’s Beyond Music in a
joint venture as marketing partner and distributor.
After a promo tour in Japan, where the Methods of Mayhem album is
making a huge debut, Tommy and TiLo arrive in Australia. During a radio
interview, Tommy says they have just been confirmed a slot on the
upcoming OzzFest tour. The band is taking Tommy’s portable studio on
the road in preparation for a sequel to their debut. Tommy says that
the favourite song of his wife Pamela is Narcotic but doesn’t mention
anything of his current relationship issues with her. Talking about his
departure from Mötley during a chat session with AOL Live, Tommy says,
“I’ve had a lot of music inside of me for the last five or six years
and ever since Vince returned to Mötley Crüe, I lost interest because
it was very forced and unnatural to be back together.”
Nikki places a call to VH1’s The Rock Show as part of an all-star
request line. He requests the video for Primal Scream and talks a bit
about the new album, saying it will be called New Tattoo. The Crüe is
currently recording tracks at Nikki’s home ranch Americoma Studios.
An article published in
Florida’s St. Petersburg Times newspaper states that Nikki’s attorneys
have listed Mick, Vince and Tommy on the defense witness list in the
personal injury lawsuit that stemmed from a flying bass incident at the
1997 Livestock rock festival in Zephyrhills. A judge has ordered the
two sides to attempt mediation next month but with Mötley’s attorney
Kent Whittemore feeling the two parties are far from settling the
issue, the scheduled hearing on April 10 could see all original Crüe
members appear together in court.
Pamela calls Tommy a week after splitting and encourages him to sign an
agreement to give her most control of their two boys, to which Tommy
The second studio album from Union is released on Spitfire Records.
Titled The Blue Room, it features ten songs: Shine (influenced by the
recent Columbine shootings and the reaction of John’s son to it), Do
You Know My Name (about greed, jealousy, envy and being condescending),
I Wanna Be (John’s message to his girlfriend Layla and his son),
Everything’s Alright (an optimistic homage to The Beatles), Dear
Friend, Who Do You Think You Are, No More, Do Your Own Thing (a
criticism of the follower mentality), Dead and Hypnotized (inspired by
the real-life saga of the late porn star Savannah). Bruce Kulick and
John share lead vocals on the track Dear Friend, which is a tribute to
the late Eric Carr of Kiss. The Blue Room is named after producer Bob
Marlette’s blue-painted studio where Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting
is reproduced on a wall.
Union hosts a CD release party at the Coconut Teaszer in Los Angeles,
while Tommy says during an Internet chat that he’s working on a cover
version of a 16 Volt song for his upcoming tour. Los Angeles radio
station KROQ reports that Tommy has been forced to move out of his
house because he’s drinking again. Tommy responds by saying they are
fortunate enough to have two houses and some idiot saw Pamela move some
belongings into their new beach house, which started all the rumours.
Pamela had however moved out without telling Tommy, who was in
Australia at the time.
Nikki tells Metal Sludge
that he’s currently in a partnership with some technology companies
that are developing a broadband lifestyle channel for him called The
The Los Angeles Times reports that Tommy and Pamela are being sued in
the Superior Court in Van Nuys by a woman who says she was bitten on
her left buttock by their Rottweiler dog Justice during a visit to
their Malibu home. In her negligence and personal injury suit, Doreen
Cott claims she was bitten on 3 July 1997 (the day after the Crüe’s
Generation Swine album was released) while she legally entered the
couple’s property. Her suit, filed nearly a year later, seeks
unspecified damages for medical expenses, loss of wages and other
inconveniences caused by the dog bite. A hearing in the case is
scheduled for April 5.
Nikki says Mötley starts pre-production work on March 6 before
recording commences in Los Angeles two weeks later. Song titles so far
are God Drives a UFO, Dragstrip Superstar, Time Bomb, Treat Me Like the
Dog I Am, Hollywood Ending, 1st Band on the Moon, Porno Star, Hell on
High Heels, American Zero, I’m a Fake (Just Like You), Whoreable and
Punched in the Teeth by Love; the title of the track that was forced
off the Crüe’s 1991 Decade of Decadence release to make way for the
inclusion of their Sex Pistols cover of Anarchy In The U.K. Nikki also
says they are going to try Baba O’Riley, the opening track from the
Who’s 1971 album Who’s Next, and White Punks on Dope from the Tubes’
1975 debut, for covers or bonus tracks but doesn’t know if they’ll end
up being recorded. The band is also working on the tour set design, the
album cover and merchandise, which he says is all very “white trash
Nikki attends a three-and-a-half hour mediation in Florida after
concert-goer Josephine Allen sued him, the band’s management team, and
Mötley Crüe Touring Inc. in July 1998, alleging Nikki hit her in the
head with a stray piece of his guitar when Mötley Crüe played the
Livestock VII concert. The suit is settled with the terms of the deal
Vince performs with an all-star band at the WorldBestBuy.com All-Star
Party at The Drink nightclub in Las Vegas. The band includes former
Vince Neil Band members Brent Woods and Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy
Osbourne), as well as former drummer for Alice Cooper, Anthony Focx,
who recently joined Beautiful Creatures.
The Los Angeles Times reports that adult film star Jenna Jameson is
putting together a compilation album that will include a Methods of
Mayhem track along with contributions from Kid Rock, Orgy and Staind
Tommy is convicted of assaulting a security guard during the Greensboro
Mötley concert in 1997. Attending court with his lawyer Harvey Slovis
from New York City, Tommy pleads no contest to the assault charge, so
it’s treated as a guilty plea although he does not admit guilt to the
misdemeanour charge of simple assault for pouring a cup of beer over
the head of a security guard. Superior Court Judge Henry Frye Jr.
sentences him to unsupervised probation. Tommy also pays $161 in fines
and court costs. A prosecutor dismisses the second charge against him –
felony riot with ethnic intimidation – as part of the plea bargain.
Nikki still has three charges pending that stem from the same concert,
which will be heard at some stage over the next two weeks. A year after
the Greensboro concert John Allen, a security guard at the Greensboro
show and his employer, Show Pros Entertainment, filed a lawsuit against
Nikki, Tommy and Mötley Crüe Touring Inc. claiming that band members
shouted racial slurs at him and incited the crowd of more than two
thousand to attack him. Allen also has a civil lawsuit pending that is
set for trial in May, where he is seeking more than $75,000 in damages
for the verbal assault, battery, intentional infliction of mental
distress and other claims.
Public speculation builds that Tommy and Pamela have separated. The Los
Angeles Times newspaper reports Pamela has leased a four-bedroom,
3,500-square-foot house on the water in Malibu Colony for a year at
$16,000 per month. The house was built in the 1920s and was one of two
in the Los Angeles area that were being leased by the late rapper Tupac
Shakur when he was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996. Photos of Pamela
and her two boys with former boyfriend Kelly Slater taken while Tommy
was in Australia recently, appear in weekly magazines worldwide.
Mötley prepares to head into a Los Angeles studio in two weeks to
record their next album titled New Tattoo with Mike Clink at the
production helm, since Bob Rock’s schedule is full. Most known for his
production of the Guns N’ Roses landmark album from 1987 Appetite For
Destruction, as well as Megadeth’s Rust In Peace opus from 1990, Nikki
says Clink’s feel and head is in the same space as the Crüe’s – raw,
loud and packed with hooks. The album cover art is designed and is due
to be finalised in a week. Nikki says the set design for the tour is
nutty, loud, cocky, full of itself, and sleazy. Meanwhile Vince is now
involved with Nikki in an extremely outrageous broadband channel.
Cleopatra Records releases an album titled Mötley Crüe Tribute – Shout
at the Devil that is full of industrial-style remixes of Crüe songs
from their first two albums.
Nikki is convicted of inciting a riot and assaulting a security guard
at the Greensboro Mötley Crüe concert in October 1997. He pleads no
contest to three misdemeanour charges for kicking security guard John
Allen in the head and urging fans to attack him. Wearing blue jeans and
a black leather jacket, Nikki sits in the front row of the courtroom
and is able to give his side of the story through his attorney,
Greensboro lawyer Joe Williams. He tells the court that his client
regrets what he said that night after becoming outraged when he saw the
security guard manhandling the crowd by roughing-up people, including
women. Allen does not attend the hearing. According to the plea
bargain, the felony charge of riot with ethnic intimidation is reduced
to a misdemeanour charge of inciting a riot. It’s consolidated with the
other two misdemeanour charges of simple assault and disorderly
conduct. Nikki’s plea of no contest is treated as a guilty plea, but he
does not have to admit guilt. He is given a thirty-day suspended jail
sentence, eighteen months of unsupervised probation, and has to pay a
$150 fine and court costs.
Meanwhile Tommy, who
received a similar conviction last week for charges stemming from the
same incident, kicks off the first-ever Methods of Mayhem tour at the
Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada. With Crazy Town in support,
the show features an arena-sized production of quadraphonic sound and
racks of moving, strobing, and stationary lights tucked into almost
every square foot of available space in the thousand-seat club. Snoop
Dogg had been scheduled to make a guest appearance at the show, but the
rapper, who is in Vancouver shooting his movie Bones, was called back
to Los Angeles for a family emergency the previous night.
The album cover for Mötley’s New Tattoo release is complete. Nikki says
the Crüe home-video This Shit Ain’t Brain Surgery has been put on the
back burner until the new album is finished, but it’s a must-finish
project. He also hopes to have his Gibson Blackbird bass available for
the public to purchase this summer.
Vince attends the First Annual Mark & Brian Charity Golf Tournament
held at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, California. Proceeds
from the event benefit the KLOS Food Bank, the T.J. Martell Foundation,
and the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund for Children’s Cancer, Leukemia and
AIDS Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Mötley Crüe commences the recording of their new New Tattoo album in
Los Angeles with Mike Clink producing.
A press release says Mötley’s first studio album in three years will be
in stores on June 20. It also says the Crüe will soon announce details
of its headline summer amphitheatre tour, a tell-all book and a
major-release PC game to coincide with the album’s release.
The civil lawsuit stemming from the Crüe’s concert at the Greensboro
Coliseum in 1997 where security guard John Allen accused band members
of assaulting him, encouraging the crowd to attack him and using racial
slurs, reaches a settlement and puts an end to a federal lawsuit
scheduled for trial next week. Allen had been seeking more than $75,000
in damages for verbal assault, battery, infliction of mental distress
and other claims in the lawsuit. Terms of the settlement can not be
disclosed due to a confidentiality clause.
Nikki announces the first forty nine dates for the Maximum Rock 2000
tour with Megadeth. The dates travel through the United States, Mexico
and Canada from June 24 in Washington state and winding up on September
2 in Ohio. Coal Chamber will no longer be on the bill.
Photos for the New Tattoo album packaging are shot at the Lava Lounge
in Los Angeles.
Tommy and Pamela settle a dispute out of court with their former
masseuse Doreen Cott who claimed their Rottweiler called Justice took a
chunk out of her rear in 1997. The matter is settled through binding
arbitration and avoids the trial scheduled to begin today.
Nikki says studio work on the new album is going well and they have a
couple of new songs brewing. The Crüe is also going to be doing the
music for a video game. Anthrax is now signed as the opening band on
the Maximum Rock 2000 tour with Megadeth and Mötley.
In Toronto, Methods of Mayhem is presented with Gold records for
Canadian sales of the self-titled debut album.
Vince is amongst the celebrities that tee off in Project A.L.S.’s first
celebrity golf classic at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific
Palisades, where proceeds benefit research for A.L.S. and Lou Gehrig’s
Nikki and his 58 side
project film a video for the first single from their forthcoming album.
Nikki says Randy has now completed his drum tracks for the new album
and the band now has fourteen songs and is continuing to write more,
including two new songs titled The Honeymoon Is Over plus the title
track New Tattoo. Bass tracks are scheduled to be finished this week
before they change studios for Mick and Vince to record their tracks.
The band has also recorded four pieces of music for the online
action-strategy game Tribes 2, including the title track. Nikki says
they recently found the missing tape containing the track Nobody Knows
What It’s Like To Be Lonely that was recorded along with Toast of the
Town and Stick To Your Guns back in June 1981, about a month after the
band’s first gig. This track may be included in the Mötley Crüe book
The Dirt due out in a few months.
The Ready to Rumble movie
soundtrack is released and includes Mötley Crüe’s Girls, Girls, Girls.
Also released is the Jailbait! soundtrack that includes Methods of
Mayhem’s song Who the Hell Cares.
Lil’ Kim joins Tommy on stage during Get Naked for the final
performance of the first Methods of Mayhem tour at Irving Plaza in New
York City. Methods of Mayhem will next hit the stage in Germany for two
festival shows in June before hitting the road on OzzFest 2000 come
July 2 in Florida.
During a VH1 interview Tommy
says that he and wife Pamela are going their separate ways, confirming
last month’s reports that she has moved out of their house and they’ve
scrapped plans for a second wedding.
After celebrating his daughter’s sixth birthday, Nikki says Mötley
finished a fifteenth song for the New Tattoo album yesterday – an
up-tempo rock’n’roll song called Whoreable.
Donna D’Errico phones husband Nikki at the studio where he is recording
his bass tracks for the new Crüe album and tells him, “We’re pregnant!”
The couple’s first baby together is due in December.
As he’s about to record his bass lines on the track American Zero,
Nikki says he completed four songs yesterday and has completed New
Tattoo and Dragstrip Superstar so far today. You can hear Nikki burning
rubber in his ‘57 Chevy at the start of Dragstrip Superstar. The new
Mötley Crüe logo is now finalised for the album cover. As the tour
draws closer, Vince says, ‘‘the stage set right now is based on the
streets of Hollywood, [but it] is in the Twilight Zone and warped out.
There’s a strip club, a tattoo parlour and you have a rock club called
Dirty Dick’s Rock Room. And we’ll have a lot of cool drum effects and a
huge lighting rig.’’
In a post to his mailing list, Zakk Wylde says he’s, “trying to get on
the road with Mötley, Megadeth and Anthrax” before going out with
Pantera after OzzFest. Zakk was a band-mate of Crüe drummer Randy when
they played together with Ozzy Osbourne.
Vince hosts the annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament at the
Malibu Country Club.
Tommy takes a holiday in the
Cayman Islands now that his Methods of Mayhem tour has wound up.
A Def Leppard tribute CD titled Leppardmania is released and features
the drumming of Randy on all twelve tracks, including the opener Wasted
sung by John.
Vince completes his vocals on the track Hell on High Heels and is ready
to record She Needs Rock N Roll tomorrow, which used to be called God
Drives a UFO. One of these tracks will be the first single from the New
Tattoo album that has now been re-scheduled for release on July 11.
Nikki says Tommy wouldn’t do his interviews for their forthcoming book
The Dirt so the release date has been pushed back further due to this.
Tommy attends a progress hearing behind closed doors at a Malibu court
for his probation, hoping to have it suspended. Prosecutors for Los
Angeles District Attorney’s office say he may have violated his
probation’s terms by drinking alcohol, and apparently have a witness.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira orders Tommy to return
to court on May 31 for a probation revocation hearing, following
investigation of the allegations. If the allegations are proved to be
true it would be a violation of his probation conditions and Judge Mira
could send Tommy back to jail for upwards of three years.
She Needs Rock N Roll is the first track to have its final mix
completed. New Tattoo is also set to be released in vinyl LP format
throughout Europe and Japan but it never eventuates. The band is
thrilled with the stage set for the new tour as they prepare to start
tour rehearsals in two weeks. Inspired by their hometown, the set
depicting a strip club, a tattoo parlour and a rock club will bring the
streets of Hollywood to the fans.
Methods of Mayhem will have
the track Crash included on a new MTV compilation CD called Return of
the Rock that also includes songs from the likes of Kid Rock, Slipknot,
Korn, Machine Head, Coal Chamber, Sevendust and Powerman 5000.
Nikki says Hell on High Heels will be the first single to be released
to radio from the New Tattoo CD. The song is about a hooker and was the
title of a Zepplin-esque song written by the band for their 1994
self-titled album, which they could never finalise the chorus of into a
state that fully pleased them.
Nikki attends the annual SFX Music Convention at the Wyndham Bel Age
Hotel in West Hollywood, featuring on an A&R panel with a number of
music industry executives, entitled Let’s Make A Deal: The Ultimate
Rate-A-Record. The convention is attended by music industry executives,
radio executives and personalities, and talent agents. Later in the
evening, the Crüe hosts a listening party on the rooftop of the Sunset
Strip hotel to preview the first two songs off the forthcoming New
Tattoo album – She Needs Rock N Roll and the first single Hell on High
Heels – to press and radio representatives. The band finishes mixing
the two tracks just hours before the party, which Mick does not attend
as he is still in the studio working on the track I’m In Love with a
Porno Star. While business is at hand, it’s still a Crüe party with an
open bar and several scantily-clad strippers who brand partygoers with
tattoos of Mötley Crüe’s new Asian-inspired logo created by No Fear
designer Eric Casillas, who also drew the caricatures on the Greatest
Nikki re-writes the lyrics to Hollywood Ending as work continues on the
new album. He then goes downtown with wife Donna and hears Hell on High
Heels on their car radio after radio station KLOS snagged it from the
listening party. Nikki encourages fans to make an MP3 of it.
Chatting online on AOL, Nikki says the album cover is all black with a
tattoo gun in the centre and a dragon wrapped around it. The track Time
Bomb doesn’t make the final track listing of the album.
On the Rockline radio show, Nikki says he still plans to release his
book of poetry at some point in the future, which has been talked about
for many years. He also says Mötley will tour behind the new album
until the end of November at least, hoping to take it through until the
middle of next year. It seems that Mötley and Megadeth will not get
together to perform their versions of Anarchy in the U.K. as Dave
Mustaine is preferring to play all Megadeth songs during their allotted
time on stage.
Tommy says the Methods of Mayhem song Crash will be in the new movie
Gone in 60 Seconds that stars Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie.
Malibu Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira finds Tommy in violation of
his probation and orders him to be immediately remanded to Los Angeles
County Jail for the next five days. The judge also extends Tommy’s
probation to 26 May 2003, reinstating random drug testing and ordering
him to enroll in Alcoholics Anonymous. The court hearing is conducted
behind closed doors in Mira’s chambers, making many details of his
violation unavailable. However a press release from Tommy makes it
clear that it was his estranged wife Pamela Anderson who came forward
as a witness and testified, alleging that the supposedly sober Tommy
had fallen off the wagon after she offered to share a drink with him on
New Year’s Eve while discussing forthcoming Valentine’s Day wedding
plans and after several refusals he accepted. The five-day sentence is
a relative wrist slap as he could have received three years in jail for
the violation, but the court seemed to believe his defense that he had
been set up and Pamela was trying to use the criminal courts to resolve
issues in her ongoing custody battle with Tommy. He is yet to complete
the four hundred and fifty hours of community service amassed. The new
jail time now jeopardises the Methods of Mayhem festival tour of Europe
which is to kick off next week, as Tommy is now due back in court next
week for another hearing.
Mötley Crüe members star as the voices of their cartoon selves in a
satirical CampChaos.com response to Metallica’s recent lawsuit against
peer-to-peer MP3 application Napster.
Vince Neil marries his fiancée of six years Heidi Mark at a very
intimate and private ceremony before forty five friends and family
members at the four-star L’Orangerie French restaurant. Nikki is the
best man while Heidi’s best girlfriend and host of the Playboy
Channel’s Night Calls, Tiffany Granath, is the maid of honour. When
Vince sees Heidi, tears start to stream down his face. Wearing a
strapless gown layered with chiffon and pearls, and Van Morrison’s
Crazy Love playing, Heidi walks to Vince (wearing a white dinner jacket
for the occasion), who places a seven-carat diamond ring on his bride’s
finger. The refined sounds of actor Jeff Goldblum’s jazz combo is the
live music for the event while everyone dines on steak and salmon
before dancing the night away. Around midnight, the newlyweds return to
their four-bedroom Beverly Hills home.
Nikki says the song Time Bomb will now be included on some
international versions of the New Tattoo CD, taking the total number of
songs to twelve. Tour rehearsals are set to commence tomorrow.
John completes the recording of his vocals on a cover of Alice Cooper’s
Elected, set to be released on Rikki Rockett’s Glitter For Your Soul
Tommy is released from jail after serving five days over the Memorial
Day weekend for violating his parole by drinking alcohol. He spends his
time in solitary focused on improving his love life and makes three
promises to himself, including getting to know a girl’s mother before
marriage and not marrying a celebrity again. Tommy also promises to
himself that he will never re-unite with Pamela and he will keep his
Malibu mansion so his boys can always come back to their birthplace
whenever they want. Judge Mira tells Tommy to return to court on
September 5 for a progress report. He prepares to head to Europe
tomorrow for festival dates with Methods of Mayhem.
Hell on High Heels is the number four most-added tune at Rock radio and
the number five most-added at Active Rock radio stations.
After four days of rehearsals, Methods of Mayhem plays their first
European show at the Dynamo Festival in Nijmegen, The Netherlands
sharing the bill with Korn, Iron Maiden, Sevendust, Kittie, Testament,
P.O.D. and Suicidal Tendencies. Bassist Marty O’Brien relocated to Los
Angeles in April and after just three weeks of living there he was
asked to audition for Methods of Mayhem, joining the band that same day
of the audition.
As mixing at A&M Studios winds up, Nikki says the new album will
have some enhanced features, such as an MP3 player that plays the
album, some demos of the new tracks, plus more goodies like videos.
Pre-production with the full show commences next week as the band will
wrap-up the album in a week’s time. The band rehearses the full set and
break out Knock ‘Em Dead Kid, Ten Seconds to Love and Piece of Your
Action, which may make their way into the set list.
Vince participates in the Third Annual David Cassidy Celebrity Golf
Tournament benefiting Special Olympics at The Rio Hotel’s Secco Golf
Course in Las Vegas.
In the early hours of the morning, Mötley Crüe drummer Randy Castillo
undergoes emergency surgery in Los Angeles when a stomach ulcer
explodes. After playing a gig with his flamenco band Azul hours before
on Sunday night, he experiences stomach pain and knows something is not
right. A cocktail of vodka and Red Bull on an empty stomach at the club
acts as gasoline on a fire causing his ulcer to explode. As he heads
home from the gig the pain doubles him over, so the cab driver takes
him to Cedar Sinai Hospital where he collapses while waiting in the
emergency room. Hospital staff advises him that his stomach acids had
gotten into his lower intestines and wreaked havoc just prior to
entering his blood stream. Another ten minutes and it would have
traveled to his heart through his blood stream and killed him.
Even though Randy is expected to make a full recovery from his stomach
operation in time for the upcoming Maximum Rock tour, Hole drummer
Samantha Maloney has been rehearsing with Mötley Crüe and is the
expected temporary tour replacement should Randy not recuperate in
time. Hole’s website reports that Mötley Crüe are Samantha’s career
idols while Nikki says she is a very hard hitter and came in knowing
all the songs. Nikki emailed her advising of Randy’s condition and she
replied, “It’s six o’clock New York time. I’ll be on a plane at eight.”
Vince completes vocals to the track Hollywood Ending as the final mixes
are made to the album before it heads to the pressing plant at 10pm.
The band commences rehearsals with the full stage set in the morning.
Almost a quarter of a million MP3 downloads of the band’s first single
Hell on High Heels have been reportedly soaked up by fans from their
official website in the first half of this month.
Extreme Championship Wrestling’s Dawn Marie will soon be using Hell on
High Heels as her theme song when entering the wrestling arena.
The new Mötley Crüe full-length animated video clip for Hell on High
Heels has its world premiere on VH1. The clip was created by Camp Chaos
Entertainment who recently made a parody clip of Mötley Crüe and the
Metallica v Napster lawsuit.
Nikki says the stage set is
the biggest since the band’s Dr. Feelgood world tour a decade ago. The
set is designed by Randy’s first drum roadie when he was in The
Wumblies back in the early ‘80s. The band rehearses with the full set
at Grand Olympic Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Two female
background singers ala the Nasty Habits have been hired for the tour
that kicks off in just under a week. A press release confirms that Hole
drummer Samantha Maloney will be taking up the Mötley Crüe drum stool
for at least the first few weeks of dates on the Maximum Rock tour as
Randy recovers fully from his recent stomach surgery. Samantha says,
“Playing with Mötley Crüe has been a lifelong dream for me – it’s like
winning the lotto,” while according to her multi-Platinum-selling Hole
band-mate Courtney Love, “It is a great moment in the history of rock
when Samantha Maloney gets to play Girls, Girls, Girls with Mötley
Crüe.” Born on 11 December 1975 (exactly seventeen years after Nikki),
Samantha was raised in Queens, New York and attended the Performance
Arts High School of Fame fame.
Nikki’s side project 58 releases their eleven-track debut album titled
Diet For A New America.
Union’s second single Who Do
You Think You Are? from The Blue Room album is released to radio.
A few days before heading out on the New Tattoo tour Nikki receives a
phone call from his brother Randy telling him that he has located his
sister Lisa. Nikki calls the sanitarium in Santa Cruz where she stays,
determined to see her when he comes home from the tour. He asks a nurse
to tell him more about his sister and he is told she was born on
November 12 with Down Syndrome. Weighing less than sixty pounds, she is
blind and mute but absolutely loves to listen to the radio all day
long. She has never walked, and can’t feed herself – she has literally
had the mind of a newborn child all her life. She also has a very weak
heart and wears diapers while confined in her wheelchair. The cover of
Nikki’s recently released 58 album ironically shows a man confined in a
wheelchair and blindfolded with an American flag.
Mötley Crüe kicks off the Maximum Rock 2000 tour in front of a
near-capacity eighteen-and-a-half thousand people at the Valley
Amphitheatre in Sacramento, California. Megadeth entertains the crowd
for an hour following Anthrax’s half-hour set. Before the Crüe enters
the stage, Frank Zappa’s song Crew Slut is played to the audience, as
it was during the Dr. Feelgood world tour ten years ago. Following the
song, the sounds of a helicopter and police cars wail while a spotlight
circles the stage. Kickstart My Heart begins proceedings and is hence
the first song that replacement drummer Samantha Maloney plays live
with Mötley Crüe. Vince introduces her to the crowd later in the show,
saying how she was inducted into the Crüe by the band taking her to a
strip club and getting a Piece of the Action. Punched In The Teeth By
Love is the first new tune played as it arrives a few songs into the
set, while the current single Hell on High Heels receives a loud
response from the audience. New backup singers Marty and Pearl Aday,
who is the daughter of Meat Loaf, change outfits many times during the
night and perform solidly from their high positions either side behind
the drum kit. New cover tune White Punks on Dope and the classic Live
Wire are performed as encores with the latter seeing a huge amount of
pyro, including ten-foot flames being shot out of Nikki’s bass guitar.
The crowd disperses as the ballad New Tattoo plays through the house
speakers. The tour travels from show to show in five trucks along with
three buses for Mötley. Load-in takes about fours hours with breakdown
after the show taking no more than two hours. The Crüe’s traveling
entourage totals thirty seven people including band members.
Methods of Mayhem plays in
front of one hundred and twenty five thousand people at the Glastonbury
Festival in England. Tommy says it’s definitely the highlight of their
European Tour that winds up at the Vienna Music Hall in Austria
Nikki’s pre-Mötley Crüe London demo tape is released as bonus tracks on
Lizzie Grey’s band Spiders & Snakes’ album titled London Daze. The
songs feature Nikki, Lizzie and Nigel Benjamin (ex-Mott the Hoople)
doing three tracks: Nobody Loves You Like I Do, Straight From The
Heart, and Dream Girl. Lizzie Grey was also the co-writer of the track
Public Enemy #1 from the debut Mötley album.
Portrait Records releases a
compilation called Naughty Platinum Rock featuring Mötley’s Girls,
Girls, Girls as well as songs by Aerosmith, Kiss, Skid Row, Warrant,
Winger, Slaughter, Whitesnake, Cinderella, Judas Priest, Mr. Big, Ratt,
Danger Danger, Ted Nugent, Great White, Quiet Riot and Lita Ford.
Nikki says he is continuing to write songs with friend James Michael
for Sammy Hagar, Deanna Carter and Meat Loaf. They also have two songs
they will submit to Aerosmith. Nikki met James through Allen Kovac, as
he has an album coming out soon on Beyond Records. They became friends
and started hanging out together, sitting around playing guitars before
demoing a few songs. When Nikki played them to the rest of the Crüe,
they loved them so much they wanted to give them the Mötley makeover.
Subsequently James Michael now has writing credits on more than half
the songs on New Tattoo, including Treat Me Like The Dog That I Am,
Dragstrip Superstar, She Needs Rock N Roll, Hollywood Ending, Fake and
the title track. James is also a classically trained pianist.
Vince will take on the role
of label head later this year when he establishes his own Rat Daddy
Records on which he will reissue his two early-‘90s solo albums Exposed
and Carved in Stone, the latter produced by the Dust Brothers before
the production duo achieved fame with Beck and Hanson. Vince will also
begin work on a third solo album for Rat Daddy Records after completion
of the Crüe’s Maximum Rock tour this summer. The label eventually plans
to release albums by other artists as well.
Mötley Crüe is nominated in the Best Metal/Hard Rock Band category in
the annual L.A. Weekly Music Awards. The award is won by Rage Against
the Machine, with Coal Chamber, Rollins Band and System Of A Down also
Still recovering from stomach surgery, Randy watches Mötley Crüe
perform at the Universal Amphitheatre in California. It seems he will
be ready to return to his drum stool for his hometown show in
Albuquerque, New Mexico in about a week. Courtney Love and her daughter
also attend the show.
Michael ‘Cub’ Koda, the
singer and songwriter behind the 1973 Brownsville Station and later
Mötley Crüe hit Smokin’ In The Boys Room, dies in the early hours of
complications from kidney dialysis. His father says he actually made
more money from Mötley Crüe’s version of the song than he did off his
original that rose to number three on Billboard magazine’s charts and
sold more than two million copies.
Methods of Mayhem commences their slot on the OzzFest 2000 tour in Palm
Beach, Florida. The main stage line-up is Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera,
Godsmack, Static-X, Incubus, Methods of Mayhem, P.O.D. and Queens of
the Stone Age.
John Corabi announces he is to play rhythm guitar for Ratt on their
forthcoming summer tour with Warrant and LA Guns in a few weeks. Having
just come off the road after Union shows in Europe, John has some time
before they go overseas for some more dates. He jumps at the chance
when the position in Ratt opens up, due to Kerri Kelli leaving to play
with Slash’s Snakepit who is supporting AC/DC. It seems John will marry
his girlfriend Layla Dawn later this year. Layla was previously dating
new Ratt front-man Jizzy Pearl before meeting John in March 1998.
Mötley Crüe’s New Tattoo album is released in Japan with the demo
versions of 1st Band On The Moon and Porno Star included as bonus
tracks. Nikki says Hell on High Heels is really taking off on radio in
all formats as well as the Internet, and it’s doing heaps better than
expected. Radio is currently the strongest since the Dr. Feelgood days
a decade ago.
Mötley Crüe holds a midnight three-hour in-store signing appearance at
Best Buy in Plano, Texas that is attended by three and a half thousand
people. The event is covered by VH1 and is the band’s first in-store
appearance for many years. The New Tattoo album is released across the
U.S. with certain music store chains having their own version
containing special software on the CD with links for fans to download
free tracks, including the demo versions of 1st Band On The Moon and
Porno Star, as well as the song American Zero. The album’s artwork was
again created by Erik C. Casillas who was responsible for the Greatest
Hits album cover caricatures. The piano on She Needs Rock N Roll was
played by Michael Boddicker, who has previously played on albums by
artists including Aretha Franklin, Barbara Streisand, Barry Manilow and
Bette Midler. The track Penthouse 57 is put into the vaults for later
use. Nikki’s wife Donna can be heard saying “bad dog” in the track
Treat Me Like The Dog That I Am, while Randy’s neighbour’s dog Joker
howls at the end of the song.
Nikki and wife Donna find out their baby will be a girl, due on
Tommy tells U.S. Weekly that
he had suicidal thoughts when he was in jail two years ago, thinking
he’d end it all by hanging himself with his pants.
Randy’s doctor advises him to sit out the first leg of the Mötley tour
to enable his body to heal more effectively after his surgery. Samantha
Maloney will continue to fill-in for the rest of the year now, with
Randy expected to return to the stool early next year when touring
kicks off again.
Wild scenes interrupt Mötley Crüe’s performance in Mexico City. A small
group of Megadeth fans close to the stage take offence at Nikki’s usual
water spraying of the crowd in the pit to keep them cool and retaliate
by throwing plastic bottles at him. Verbal jousts continue and one
person manages to move Nikki’s mike stand away from him. After further
insults and flying objects, Nikki jumps into the crowd taking on the
attendees during Knock ‘Em Dead Kid, smashing his porno picture covered
bass in the process. With security failing to eject the taunters, Nikki
again dives into the crowd and is closely followed by Vince later in
the set during Home Sweet Home. Nikki and Vince then head to the
dressing rooms after making it back on stage, signaling that the show
is over while security finally removes the three offenders from the
venue. Mötley is encouraged by management to return to the stage after
ten minutes or so, after the crowd is warned not to throw objects on
stage. The set is cut short by four songs.
As New Tattoo is released in the U.K. on Beyond/Virgin Records, Mick,
Nikki and Samantha are interviewed on the Rockline radio show from
Houston while Randy participates from Los Angeles.
New Tattoo debuts at number forty one on the Billboard charts selling
around forty thousand copies in its first week. The album comes in at
number three on Billboard’s Internet charts behind BB King and Eric
Clapton albums. Mötley performs Hell on High Heels on the Jay Leno
Scott Ian reports Anthrax is
not taking any further part in the Maximum Rock Tour, unwilling to
disclose his reasons due to legal requirements. Nikki says they were
getting heaps of requests to add more songs to the Crüe set list,
including more from New Tattoo, and as such they had to let Anthrax go.
A Mötley press release states that “due to financial constraints,
Anthrax will not continue on the Maximum Rock Tour.” Five years later,
Anthrax vocalist John Bush sheds retrospective light on the situation
saying, “At the time there was a lot of competition during the summer
of 2000. It was really busy. We were probably playing bigger venues
than the bands at that time should have played. Ticket sales were
struggling, and Mötley wanted to cut everybody’s pay. We couldn’t
afford to do that because then we would have been losing money. Now, to
take a loss to do that tour would have been an error, so three weeks in
when they came to us wanting to cut our pay in half, we couldn’t do it.
All we had out at that time was a greatest hits record that wasn’t even
that recent. We were bummed because we had blocked off ten weeks for
this tour, and we were back in three. It kind of screwed us up.”
Meanwhile as the Crüe’s new
album is released in Australia, Nikki says the band has chosen the next
single from New Tattoo. The band is rehearsing Fake, New Tattoo,
Dragstrip Superstar, Treat Me Like A Dog, Too Fast For Love, Bastard,
Red Hot and She Goes Down to have ready to add to the set as required.
The final chapters of the Mötley Crüe book The Dirt are also being
worked on by Nikki and author Neil Strauss.
Nikki says after he walked off stage in Charlotte he was told that Hell
on High Heels is the number four most-requested song on American radio.
Nikki starts taking prescription pills to help deal with stress. It’s
not long before he starts drinking and taking cocaine.
Vince sings Paranoid on the
new Ozzy Osbourne tribute album called Bat Head Soup – A Tribute to
Ozzy released today on Cleopatra Records. George Lynch plays guitar on
the track with Stu Hamm on bass and Greg Bissonette on drums.
The 58 side project of Nikki Sixx premieres an animated video clip for
Piece of Candy – the first single from their Diet for a New America
debut CD. Only available on the Internet, the Shockwave single that
combines the impact of full-screen Flash animation and MP3 audio
compression, Piece of Candy is created as an animated comic strip
detailing Candy’s rise to fame on the Internet and her ultimate demise.
Mötley Crüe plays live at the Pennsylvanian home of Deb Prelewicz after
she sent in a photo of her house and a poetic essay on why she should
win The Bear-WXBE radio contest Mötley Crüe: Live in Your Living Room.
About fifty of her friends party to the Crüe’s seven requested songs in
her backyard for her thirty-eighth birthday celebration for over an
hour. The event is covered by the radio station and local TV as part of
the promotion. The Bear won the right to host the contest from
one-hundred-and-thirty-plus rock stations across the U.S. after placing
the Mötley Crüe logo on their website and then having the highest
percentage of hits based on population.
On stage at the Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford, Vince is hit in the
forehead by a two-inch bolt thrown from someone in the crowd as he is
about to start singing Home Sweet Home. Paramedics say he doesn’t need
to go back on stage after checking him out backstage, but the show
continues after a fifteen minute break. Nikki says security apprehended
the guy and they have witnesses, and for a change the band are pressing
charges and suing the offender.
Mötley Crüe guests on the Live with Regis TV show. Mick says he has a
fiancée of many years now in Robbie Mantooth, while Samantha Maloney
has been with her boyfriend for the last eight years – the owner of a
Queens, New York dry cleaners. Nikki says he’ll be getting a vasectomy
soon. Later in the night the Crüe plays Treat Me Like The Dog That I Am
live for the first time.
In New York City, Nikki says they’re booking tour dates in Australia,
Japan, Canada, South East Asia, Hawaii and even looking into some South
African concerts for the next leg.
From Canada, Nikki says they talked with Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine last
night about doing a version of Anarchy in the U.K. together that may be
included in their set. Nikki is looking forward to a nine-day vacation
with his pregnant wife once this leg is completed in a couple of weeks.
Randy is running five miles each day in preparation for his return on
more tour dates that will be announced soon.
New Tattoo has almost reached Gold status in Canada so the Mötley camp
is talking about doing a Canadian tour sometime later in the year.
Nikki says the pre-show rituals and after-show events of Crüeheads in
the parking lot will be captured on film in Detroit, so Vince can edit
it together for publishing on the Internet. It is inspired by the
classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot documentary that was filmed outside a
Judas Priest concert in 1983.
Treat Me Like The Dog That I Am is confirmed as the second single about
to be released to rock radio. Nikki says the Crüe will be off the road
next month and some of October. They will be doing other forms of
promotion for the New Tattoo album until they leave for Japan and
Australia. Nikki also says he spoke with Def Leppard front-man Joe
Elliot yesterday and there’s a possibility of a co-headline U.S. tour
with them next year.
The Vince Neil solo albums Exposed and Carved in Stone are set to be
re-issued on his own Rat Daddy Records before Christmas. Now that the
discs have been turned over from Warner Records, Vince says, “We’ll
probably repackage them, put an extra couple tunes on each one – stuff
we had leftover from both eras.”
With his mobile studio set
up in his OzzFest tour bus, Tommy is currently demoing new tracks for
the second Methods of Mayhem release.
After arriving in Tampa, Florida, Mötley heads off to radio station
WXTB to jam. The band Hanson is also at the studio and they ask if they
can have a photo taken of them with Mötley Crüe.
Nikki says once this leg of the tour is over, the Crüe won’t play live
in America and Canada again until February or March. They are planning
on touring on and off until this time next year. Nikki also says that
Korea has banned the Crüe from playing there.
The Mötley Crüe book The
Dirt is almost complete and looks set to be handed in to the publisher
in a few weeks before being sent to print. Nikki says he would like to
sign the first five hundred copies and number them for diehard fans.
Nikki says time is being booked with Mike Clink to mix the track Nobody
Knows What It’s Like To Be Lonely for inclusion in the first run of the
forthcoming Mötley Crüe autobiography The Dirt. This was the unreleased
track from Mötley’s very first recording session back in early 1981.
Nikki says, “I don’t think anybody has ever heard this before.” Even
though many fans have had the song for many years on a bootleg video of
their first show at the Starwood, the actual recorded song has yet to
Tommy throws a big party at
his house for a couple of hundred people as he celebrates the end of
the OzzFest tour and the end of his probation and alcohol ban the
previous day, which stemmed from his 1998 felony spousal abuse
no-contest plea involving ex-wife Pamela Anderson. Tommy says the
celebrations were enjoyed by Ozzy and all the bands from the tour.
Mötley Crüe plays the final show of the first leg of the Maximum Rock
2000 Tour at the Van Wert County Fair in Ohio. Tour support Megadeth
played their final show with the Crüe the night before in Columbus.
A small taste of a new
Mötley Crüe & National Hot Rod Association tie-in with Chuck
Etchells Racing is seen over this weekend at the U.S. Nationals in
Indy. The Etchells-owned Matco/Kendall Chevy Camaro driven by Whit
Bazemore features the Mötley Crüe album cover on both sides of the
wing. Next year the whole car will be emblazoned with Mötley Crüe
branding for three races. Additionally, a special video for Hell on
High Heels created from pay-per-view footage and racing footage is
shown on the video screens at the event to promote the new album.
The New Tattoo Tour of Australia 2000 is first announced as an
exclusive by Chronological Crue. The band is set to play five shows on
the east coast of Australia straight after the Japanese shows finish
towards the end of November. It’s to be Mötley’s first shows in
Australia for a decade.
As the forthcoming Crüe autobiography book The Dirt is turned over to
the publishers, Nikki gets a call from band management advising that
the police want to speak with him. After he brushes it off, Vince calls
Nikki and tells him that the police wanted to advise him that his
sister Lisa had died of a heart attack in the morning. Nikki soon goes
to Santa Cruz to arrange her funeral where he sees his sister for the
first and last time, before she is cremated. He holds her little hand
in the casket and looks down at her face, noticing they have the same
eyebrows. Back in Los Angeles, he buries the urn containing her ashes
under a statue of an angel with wings, on a small plot of land at the
top of a mountain that he bought for her resting place.
James Michael goes to Nikki’s home where they work on writing a couple
of tracks for Meat Loaf’s next album. Nikki says the first of them is a
ballad in the epic sense. Nikki wants to get Meat Loaf’s daughter
Pearl, who is also the Crüe’s backup singer, to sing on the demo with
James and Nikki later in the week.
Union is looking at possibly hitting the road for a tour of Europe in
Nikki works on a track Man of Steel for Meat Loaf’s album with James
Michael at James’ studio. Nikki plans on doing more with it the next
day before meeting Mick to re-do his guitar on Hollywood Ending. Vince
will add his vocals again the next day, before strings are added to it.
Nikki says they feel Hollywood Ending needs a facelift if it’s going to
be a single some day, or part of a movie soundtrack. The track Nobody
Knows What It’s Like To Be Lonely also has to be mixed for inclusion in
the band’s book The Dirt set for release next April. The song will
likely ship to radio as a single to tie it all in.
James Michael and Nikki may be producing some more acts, both together
and separately, as Nikki says they are on a song-writing binge again.
There is an offer for Mötley Crüe to tour Europe next year with Alice
Cooper and another cool opener, who Nikki says he would love someone
like Queens of the Stone Age, the Donnas, or Powerman 5000. Nikki’s
signature Blackbird bass is finally out and hitting stores. He says
it’s a dream come true and acknowledges his bass tech Kevin Briers for
helping make it all happen.
Mötley Crüe announces that Hole drummer Samantha Maloney will continue
handling drumming responsibilities for the Crüe on their New Tattoo
Japanese and Australian tours. Sam was universally well-received by
fans and critics alike during the recent North American Maximum Rock
Tour as Randy recovered from stomach surgery. Randy will take the
remainder of 2000 off for health reasons and will re-join the band next
Tommy says his Tommyland Studios is almost completely wired-up in his
home in preparation for the second Methods of Mayhem CD to be out by
February or March next year, after the first one went Gold in the
United States, Canada and Japan. A home-video is also in the works for
release around the same time with all this year’s live M.O.M. footage
currently being edited by Tommy’s tech Viggy. Tommy also says his DJ
may fill TiLo’s place in the band, as he is no longer a member of
Methods of Mayhem. He says Methods is also confirmed for next summer’s
Nikki says that he and James Michael have now finished their song for
Meat Loaf who was completely blown away by it. It is likely to be
produced in January in Los Angeles. The pair is also writing a song for
fellow Beyond Music label artist Deanna Carter. Nikki is also set to
produce one song for English artist Overseer with Meegs and Dez from
Coal Chamber. The Columbia Records artist’s style is in the vein of Fat
Boy Slim and Prodigy.
In New York City for the CMJ Convention, Nikki meets with the publisher
of the Mötley Crüe autobiography The Dirt to finalise the artwork. He
then sees P.J. Harvey, Disturbed and The Donnas play live across three
different venues, after seeing Halford at Roseland the night before.
After listening to panel speakers all day at CMJ, Nikki attends a Spin
magazine party at CBGB’s where he hangs with new band Creeping Lagoon.
He then goes to some other venues and sees the bands At The Drive-In
and Swinging Lovehammers before heading back to Los Angeles the next
The long awaited self-titled official debut from Fozzy is released on
Megaforce Records. Led by Mongoose McQueen, who looks suspiciously like
WWF wrestling star Chris Jericho, and others who look suspiciously like
members of the band Stuck Mojo, Fozzy is said to have been stranded in
Japan twenty years ago, but have now returned to the U.S.A. The album
contains many recognisable hits such as Live Wire, thought to have been
performed originally by Mötley Crüe. Fozzy’s tongue in cheek humour is
reminiscent of Spinal Tap.
Mötley Crüe cancels their forthcoming Australian Tour that was to be
the band’s first there in a decade and only their second ever in the
country. Their press release says the cancellation was due to “personal
circumstances beyond the band’s control” while Nikki says later in the
day that it was “due to low ticket sales.” He goes on to say that Vince
has been sick with the flu, delaying him from re-doing his vocals for a
new version of Hollywood Ending before they leave for Japan. The song
is set to be included with the Crüe book next year.
Meanwhile in the U.S. a new
Hewlett Packard commercial hits prime-time TV on all the major channels
featuring Girls, Girls, Girls being played on a portable CD player.
A limited two-disc Tour Edition version of New Tattoo is released in
Japan, available for two months until December 31. Disc one contains
the regular album with the bonus track 1st Band On The Moon (demo),
while disc two comprises six tracks recorded live in Salt Lake City
earlier this year, rather than the ten live tracks previously
From Japan, Nikki says he has been asked to write a song for Santana’s
next album, which he’ll work on with James Michael after the Japanese
tour. He says he loves the art of song-writing and hopes to write and
produce a lot of music for other artists over the next six months,
which will also help prepare him for the writing of Mötley’s next album.
Mötley Crüe kicks off their Japan 2000 Tour at Tokyo Bay NK Hall.
Mick’s guitar doesn’t fire-up for the opening song Kickstart My Heart,
forcing the band to leave the stage and re-start the show.
Anthrax is suing Mötley Crüe and its management because of the money
lost when they were kicked off this year’s Maximum Rock tour.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Burrn! magazine presented the Crüe with the Best
Live Band of 1999 award in Tokyo last night.
Bruce Kulick says he is to
tour soon with Grand Funk Railroad, which places a real question mark
over the future of his band Union with former Mötley front-man John
Corabi. Whilst he says, “the door is not shut with further things
happening for the band” he also says, “the market has made it very
tough on all of us” and states that he hopes that Union fans “will be
happy with whatever musical journeys we take, together or apart.”
Nikki says that after the Japanese tour he will take the rest of the
year off and just write and produce music. He told his kids that he
wasn’t going on tour for at least a year and they ran around the house
shouting at the top of their lungs, “Dad’s not leaving! Dad’s not
leaving!” He says the band hasn’t really stopped touring since Vince
returned early in 1997 and it will be a well-deserved and much needed
Nikki says he got a bass clef tattooed on his hand a few nights ago
when he went out after a show with his bass tech Kevin, who got a hanya
mask inked on his leg. He also says Vince got branded the night before,
which is something he could never bring himself to do. Vince is now
branded with a butterfly at the top of his outside right arm.
Now back from the Japanese tour, Nikki says he is working on a new song
called If You Hurt The Ones You Love (I Must Really Love You). He also
says he is going underground for some time as he prepares for the birth
of his daughter next month. He hints at a name with the initials
As a Thanksgiving exclusive, Chronological Crue reports Randy Castillo
is currently undergoing radiation treatment following his surgery on
Friday the Thirteenth of October when he had a cancerous lump removed
from his throat. After recovering from emergency stomach surgery
earlier in the year, the diagnosis and treatment of his cancer
prevented him from playing on Mötley’s recent tour of Japan. Randy’s
spirit and attitude is very positive and he says he “wants people to be
aware of cancer and the devastating effects it can have on someone who
doesn’t take it seriously enough.”
A new song titled We Won’t Die From This is written by Nikki. He says
lyrically it’s about knowing that no matter how much your heart may
ache, you won’t die from it, but it still hurts like hell. He also says
he has read the final chapters of The Dirt (Pt.1) - Confessions of the
World’s Most Notorious Band and it’s going to blow our minds.
The multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by Vince last August against a
subsidiary of the Boeing Company claiming that the deliberate dumping
of toxic waste and other hazardous material on property adjacent to his
former Simi Valley home contributed to his young daughter’s death from
cancer, has been dismissed by a district court judge. Vince’s attorney
failed to provide documents that the aeronautics company requested to
prepare for its case and neither Vince nor his attorney appeared in
court to contest the dismissal.
Nikki says he got a nice email from Tommy wishing him a happy birthday
as he spends his forty second birthday in his studio locking his Pro
Tools to his Yamaha SU700 Loop Factory sampling unit, before receiving
gifts and cake from his family. It’s also Samantha Maloney’s twenty
fifth birthday and Nikki says he would dig playing bass on the next
During a U.S. radio interview, Randy says he was anxious about losing
his hair from his chemotherapy treatment so he decided to shave his
head to deal with the stress.
Radio station KNAC reports that a reliable source has confirmed Zakk
Wylde will write and record guitars on the next Ozzy Osbourne album,
with Geezer Butler on bass, and Tommy on drums. It further states that
recording will begin next month with a release anticipated before
OzzFest 2001 with this same line-up participating in the tour. Tommy
does not end up playing or touring with Ozzy.
Craig DeFalco from Laidlaw says his band has parted ways with Nikki
Sixx’s Americoma Records and Beyond Music. He says, “Nikki and I talked
about it and decided it would be best to part ways. We, as a band, are
very happy to have been able to record and work with Nikki and everyone
at Beyond Music. I’m glad we did this record with Nikki and all the
tours he got for us! He personally exposed us to a lot of people over
the last two years. And that’s something Laidlaw will never forget!”
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