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After being due on December 17, Frankie-Jean Mary Sixx is born at
10:29pm as the first child for Nikki Sixx and wife Donna D’Errico. She
weighs 8.12lbs and is 21.5” long at birth. They have four children from
previous relationships that live with them in their Agoura Hills home.
Nikki says he told Frankie the one thing she can’t do in her life is
date a rock star and she agreed, so he pre-orders her a pink 2017 BMW
for her sixteenth birthday. The Frankie part of her name is derived
from Nikki’s birth name, which he decides he now wants to keep alive in
some form, while her Jean name comes from Donna’s mother whose name is
Jeanette, as well as Donna's middle name. Frankie's middle name Mary is
after Donna's sister and Grandmother.
A new JVC Mobile Entertainment lifestyle-oriented advertising campaign
featuring Nikki’s tattoos is launched at the Winter Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Visitors have the opportunity to meet
Nikki at the JVC booth as well as view his ‘57 Chevy that is on display
throughout the show.
Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting uses Mötley’s Kickstart My Heart as
his theme song that plays over each ground’s loud speakers before he
bats in the Carlton One Day series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe.
The Frezno Smooth movie soundtrack is released on Spitfire Records and
it begins with Mötley Crüe’s Shout at the Devil. It also includes
Union’s song Who Do You Think You Are?, as well as songs from Dio,
Alice Cooper, Dee Snider and Testament.
Donna D’Errico’s publicist confirms that she and Nikki have separated
after four years of marriage, and the birth of their daughter last
month. The publicist says there has been no mention of divorce and the
split is as “amicable as can possibly be to the extent of any
separation.” Later in the day Nikki says, “I still consider her my best
friend in the whole world and love and adore her and our children to
death, but sometimes people need to take time away to grow. My dream is
for us to have a happy healthy future and to watch our amazing children
grow.” Nikki is using heroin again.
Former Wildheart’s main-man Ginger says his current band SilverGinger 5
may record their next album for Nikki’s Americoma Records with Nikki at
the production helm.
Meanwhile false rumours
continue to circulate that Mick Mars decided to leave Mötley in January
due to health reasons.
While Mötley Crüe takes a well-earned rest, Vince Neil focuses
attention on his solo music as he works with guitarist Brent Woods on
songs for a new album, as well as scheduling some shows to begin in six
weeks. A rhythm section is still being put together. His previous solo
albums Exposed (1993) and Carved in Stone (1996) will be re-issued in
Japan with bonus tracks on April 25 through Beyond.
Century Media Records is planning on issuing a full-length CD
tentatively titled Violate This that will contain two brand-new Stuck
Mojo songs plus numerous B-sides, as well as previously unreleased and
rare tracks. This includes their cover version of Mötley’s Shout at the
Devil recorded during their Pigwalk sessions in 1996 and featuring lead
vocals from Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad, who also co-produced
Former Mötley front-man John Corabi marries his girlfriend Layla Dawn,
who recently had a Union logo tattooed on her back.
At the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida, the Etchells Racing
Camaro Z28 driven by Jim Epler in the 2001 NHRA Winston Drag Racing
season bears the colours and logos of Mötley Crüe as part of a
three-event sponsorship package. Vince says, “I’ve always been a huge
fan of drag racing, but to actually have a real-life Mötley Crüe funny
car is amazing!” To commemorate the May release of Mötley’s
autobiography The Dirt, Racing Champions will be producing a series of
highly detailed die-cast replicas of the Mötley Crüe/Matco Tools Camaro
– the Mötley Crüe-zer – that will be available soon.
A song titled Tommy Lee is featured on a punk rock album from Norway’s
Mensen, released on Gearhead Records. Crüeheads will find the lyrics to
the catchy song quite interesting.
The lineup of Vince’s solo band is complete with Union members Brent
Fitz on drums and piano, and Jamie Hunting on bass. Ironically, Union
came together after John was replaced by Vince in Mötley late 1996,
following John’s previous replacement of Vince in 1992. The band is
currently rehearsing with more shows being announced. A possible summer
tour with Slaughter is being discussed but is still unconfirmed at this
Nikki takes time to update fans with the current status of the band and
its members, saying the cover of The Dirt will soon be added to the
Mötley Crüe-zer drag car, which Vince will watch at the
SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks.
Nikki says that Tommy’s new songs sound cool as they have more guitars
and are better suited to his voice. Mick is working on his solo
blues/funk project and Randy Castillo is continuing to recover well
from his cancer. Nikki says he has been writing lots of songs and
receiving lots of offers to produce other bands, while pushing his
Outlaw Girl clothing range to retail stores and searching for a great
band for his Americoma Records. He is also spending time with Donna
working through their personal issues. He says the band is pumped about
the forthcoming release of The Dirt and the 5.1 Live DVD but advises
that fans won’t hear new Mötley Crüe music for at least eighteen months.
Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson attend the AIDS benefit event Ribbon of
Hope Celebration in Hollywood together, walking in holding hands and
refusing to be separated from each other’s company all night. Following
their divorce in 1998 after a turbulent three-year marriage, Pamela
recently split with Swedish model Marcus Schenkenburg and has since
kept her love life out of the spotlight until these public signs of a
reignited passion between the couple. Tommy previously said he would
never re-unite with her again after she put him in jail for a second
Available on store shelves worldwide this first week of April is Tribes
2, the sequel to Tribes that was awarded 1999 Online Action/Strategy
Game of the Year by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. The
new game features music recorded by Mötley Crüe as well as Crüe Cyborg
Tommy is set to make a guest appearance in a new comedy movie titled
The New Guy. Other cameos are expected by Buckcherry’s Joshua Todd,
Gene Simmons from Kiss and Henry Rollins.
It seems any romantic reconciliation between Tommy and Pamela is
further away, as reports of Kid Rock being seen entwined with Pam at
the VH1 Divas Live after-party a couple of days ago begin to be
Vince performs the first show of his solo tour at The Pageant in St.
Tommy says his second Methods of Mayhem album has more of a rock core
than his debut album while still being “next-level-sounding stuff.” His
publicist says fans can expect some guest appearances, but Tommy
declines to name any collaborators on the as-yet-untitled opus that is
about a quarter complete. The album is being prepared for a September
release after initially hoping to have the album out in time to tour on
OzzFest this summer. Work has been delayed because his producer Scott
Humphrey is in the studio with Rob Zombie.
This day marks the twentieth anniversary of Mötley Crüe’s first-ever
show. Two decades of decadence from the bad boys of rock’n’roll have
now passed. Vince plays a solo show at Remington’s Niteclub in Topeka,
Kansas while The Scream album Let It Scream is re-issued by Spitfire
Records featuring John right before his Mötley Crüe days.
Vince’s previous solo albums Exposed and Carved in Stone are re-issued
in Japan with bonus tracks through Beyond.
Tommy testifies at a civil
trial in Manhattan’s Federal Court in defense of copyright infringement
allegations that he took his Methods of Mayhem band name from a sound
effects CD of the same name produced by Swedish company TT Soundgood AB.
Tommy is angered by the lawyers representing him, Universal Music and
MCA as they decide to settle with the Swedish CD manufacturer TT Sounds
Good AB in a trademark infringement case after the jury deliberates for
an hour and a half and reaches a verdict. The last-minute agreement
seems to annoy Judge Richard Berman and Tommy only returns to the
courtroom after his lawyers plead with him to reappear. The judge makes
the jury verdict public record by saying, “The jury finds the
defendants not liable” of New York State and federal charges of unfair
competition, cyber piracy, and New York State and federal counts of
trademark dilution. They would have owed nothing if the lawyers relied
on the jury’s verdict. Terms of the settlement are not revealed but
Tommy can continue to use the Methods of Mayhem name. If the jury had
found in favour of the plaintiff Thomas Tibert of Ulebo Kvarn, Sweden,
Tommy would have had to hand over the Methods of Mayhem website and
domain name, deliver all Methods of Mayhem merchandise including albums
and other items in stores to the “rightful owner” in TT Sounds Good AB,
and he would have had to pay either or both compensatory damages and
punitive damages. Tibert used the name Methods of Mayhem on a 1995 CD
of brief instrument sounds used by musicians as they write new
material. Tommy testifies that he used some of Tibert’s sounds to work
on demo tapes but said none of the sounds made it onto any of his CDs.
Randy tells Chronological Crue that his body is now free of cancer with
one remaining chemotherapy session left. He says he’s practicing every
day and promises to be ready for whatever comes his way.
Vince hosts the Ffifth Annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament at
the Malibu Country Club in California.
Currently touring Europe in
Ratt, John will soon front a cover band Angel City Outlaws that will
tour upon their return to the U.S. with Ratt band-mates Bobby Blotzer
and Robbie Crane (who also used to be in the Vince Neil Band), along
with Keri Kelli on guitar.
Nikki says apart from spending more and more time with Donna and his
family, he’s been continuing to work with JVC promoting their stereo
equipment. Campaign ads featuring Nikki will run in magazines as well
as on a forty-by-forty-foot billboard in New York’s Times Square.
Holding his final copy of The Dirt, Nikki says, “I can’t believe it...
in my hands under my thumb, grazing my finger tips is 431 pages of my
life.” He goes on to say, “I didn’t think it would be so emotional to
hold it in my hands (I said that at thirteen too) but it’s a nice way
to say thank you to the fans and a better way to say F you to the
rest.” In a separate message he also says he is about to go on a
vacation for a few days with Donna as the couple plans to make their
relationship work, much to the delight of their family. Nikki says, “I
can’t wait to move back in... what the hell was wrong with me?”
Vince is to take on the role of label head later this year when he
establishes his own label VNS Records, as a means to re-issue his two
mid-nineties solo albums Exposed and Carved in Stone and possibly
release new albums by himself or others. Vince says, “It’s very
humbling that Beyond Music, in conjunction with my label, VNS Records,
feels strongly enough to re-issue my work and share it with my fans
again. I look forward to a long, formidable relationship between my new
label, VNS Records, and Beyond Music.”
Nikki and wife Donna put their home up for sale as they look to make a
fresh start and move closer to the city for Donna’s auditions. He also
says he has recently talked with Randy about making some music but
feels it’s a bit premature for them both.
On Howard Stern’s radio show Tommy says that he was recently back
together with Pam for twelve days until he found out about her having
sex with Kid Rock in a Las Vegas bathroom. He says Kid Rock, a guest on
his first Methods of Mayhem album, phoned him saying how they’re bros
but Tommy hung up on him after calling him a moron. Tommy also said
that Pam recently called him, crying and asking to get back with him
but he told her to go call Kid Rock, feeling that they will never be
together again. In true Mötley fashion, Tommy says after being married
for eleven years, he’s very single right now and he’s enjoying a harem
of non-famous women. He predicts that his next wife will be an unknown.
Mötley Crüe’s autobiographical book The Dirt (Pt.1) - Confessions of
The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band is officially released through the
Harper Collins imprint Regan Books. The four-hundred-plus-page
hardcover book is co-authored by Rolling Stone and New York Times rock
journalist Neil Strauss. Nikki and Vince sign copies of The Dirt in
store at Virgin Megastore, Times Square, New York in the evening.
Donna D’Errico says over two thousand copies of The Dirt were sold at
the in-store appearance in New York last night and as of this past
weekend, the book has already gone into its fifth printing after its
initial thirty thousand first print. Donna and Nikki recently
reconciled their marriage.
Nikki and Mick sign copies of The Dirt in-store at Tower Records in Los
Angeles. The book has sold over seventy thousand copies to date.
Tommy and rap star Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs spend the day shopping at Dolce
& Gabbana on Rodeo Drive where they buy tailored suits for their
appearance together at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles later
at night. Their friendship came about due to Combs’ management of Lil’
Kim, who was a guest on Tommy’s last Methods of Mayhem album.
JVC unveils their huge new billboard in Times Square, New York, right
across the street from ABC Good Morning America, as part of their Ride
the Wild Side campaign running through September 30. The billboard will
be up for three months and features Nikki and Shaun Palmer,
snowboarding and mountain biking world champion and winner of the 2000
ESPY Awards for Extreme Sports.
When asked if there’s going to be some new Mötley Crüe music during an
interview, Nikki says, “Absolutely – in two years. We’ll get it
together and we’ll get out there and do the big reunion, big bombastic,
badass tour from hell.” This adds further speculation to recent rumours
that the band is to be working on material for a new studio album with
the group’s original line-up, including Tommy.
Prayers are asked for
Nikki’s eight-year-old step-son Rhyan D’Errico who is fighting an
After being introduced through their managers, Tommy guests in the
futuristic video Sometimes Wanna Die from the forthcoming Joydrop album
on Tommy Boy Records called Viberate. Tommy plays the love interest of
singer Tara Slone in which they act out the various emotions talked
about in the song, including lust and anger.
Mötley Crüe’s autobiography The Dirt debuts at number eight on the New
York Times Bestseller list. The band members are now best-selling
authors as the book becomes one of the biggest-selling rock bios of all
time. The book is only the third-ever to chart on the New York Times
best-seller list after The Beatles Anthology and Aerosmith’s Walk This
Way. The Dirt also comes in at number fifteen on the Wall Street
In an on-air interview on radio station KNAC, Mick says he’s putting
together a new unnamed funk-rock side project. With “a bunch of stuff
written but nothing in stone,” he confirms former Deep Purple and Black
Sabbath vocalist Glenn Hughes and James Kottak from the Scorpions and
Krunk are involved in the project. Kottak is also Tommy’s
brother-in-law. Promoting The Dirt and the Crüe’s upcoming DVD, Mick
also says he has a tough time reading without glasses or a magnifying
glass these days and had actually only been able to read small sections
of The Dirt. Mick says the band will be gathering soon to begin writing
songs for an upcoming album and tour down the track. He says he doesn’t
know who will play drums on the material and mentioned he hasn’t spoken
to Randy since he began cancer treatment last summer.
On the contrary, Nikki tells
Launch the band has lost its legs and is taking a few years off saying,
“I think it’s going to take a serious, serious recharging of the
batteries because we have been completely sucked dry by our own demise.
But right now I have no intention of doing anything Mötley Crüe related
musically at all.” He adds, “In a couple of years the songs will come,
the energy will come, the band will come back together, and it’s going
to be something very spectacular.”
Four-year-old Daniel Karven Veres, son of veteran TV actor and producer
James Veres, accidentally drowns at a birthday party at Tommy’s Malibu
home, attended by thirty-to-forty people. One of about fifteen children
attending the party for his Malibu Seaside pre-school mate Brandon Lee,
Daniel is found floating facedown in the shallow end amongst the other
children swimming in the pool. Two adults pull him from the water and
begin CPR while Tommy frantically calls 911. A six-member fire and
paramedic crew arrives at 4:45pm and transport him to Los Robles
Medical Center in neighbouring Thousand Oaks, where he’s pronounced
dead at 5:55pm. Tommy’s assistant Viggy goes to the hospital to see if
he can help in any way. He calls Tommy from the hospital to tell him
the bad news.
Tommy’s weekend seven-minute call with a 911 dispatcher is released by
the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He requested an ambulance, and
then stayed on the phone while the dispatcher attempted to determine
whether the boy was breathing. Tommy responded with, “He’s not
breathing. He’s throwing up but he’s not breathing.” The dispatcher
advised he needed to be turned on his left side, before giving CPR
instructions for Tommy to relay to those closest. Yesterday’s autopsy
showed the boy died from asphyxia by drowning, after police ruled the
death was an accident.
Actors James Veres and Ursula Karven, the parents of the boy who
drowned during a pool party at Tommy’s home, issue a statement that
characterises their child’s death as “inexcusable” and says they have
turned the matter over to their lawyers. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s
Department is conducting a routine investigation into the boy’s death.
Local news reports that the parents of the drowned boy in Tommy’s pool
left their son in the care of his male nanny, who in turn asked a
pre-school teacher to watch the child so he could leave to attend the
Wango Tango concert at nearby Dodger Stadium featuring performances by
Ricky Martin, Will Smith, Britney Spears, UB40 and Blondie. The
deceased Daniel Veres is said to have been wearing water-wings earlier
in the day to help him stay afloat in the pool, but after the accident
he did not have any flotation device on. The reports also say Tommy was
questioned at the police station until 2am.
Tommy tells Chronological Crue, “It’s been a rough week here and I’m
doing better. Being a father myself, what happened really freaks me
out. Gotta stay focused and get back in the studio. Been recording like
crazy. Finally have a release date – the new [Methods of Mayhem] CD
will be released on October 17.” Upset by this recent tragedy at his
home, Tommy records a new vocal track for his song Blue and the emotion
pours out. It is kept as the final take.
Christian Weiss, the babysitter supposed to be caring for young Daniel
Veres who drowned at Tommy’s house, has reportedly fled the United
States and is now in Munich, Germany where his family lives. Weiss
apparently left the boy unattended at the party to attend a concert and
is now said to be distraught and in fear of legal repercussions,
according to sources who know Veres’ mother, German actress Ursula
Karven. Karven and her TV producer husband James Karven, who have both
worked extensively in German television, had planned to leave
California’s show business scene and relocate to Germany in August with
Daniel and their eight-year-old son Christophe. A report said Karven
had been complaining about Weiss in recent weeks but had not acted on
her doubts about his care of Daniel.
John says he’s been busy writing for a solo album that is sounding
awesome and he can’t wait for everybody to hear it. Further Ratt dates
with John are expected in the future.
Janelle Harris, the twenty-year-old woman who pulled the drowned boy
from Tommy’s pool, vows to testify on Tommy’s behalf if a touted $160
million negligence lawsuit against Tommy is filed and the case goes to
court. Harris claims the woman who was asked to watch young Daniel
Karven by the boy’s male nanny while he attended a concert was walking
a dog at the time of the accident. Harris sells her story of the
incident to the National Enquirer for $10,000, which disgusts Tommy.
Vince re-issues his two mid-nineties solo albums Exposed and Carved in
Stone on his own label VNS Records in conjunction with Beyond Music
throughout the U.S.A. The releases don’t contain any bonus tracks.
Currently receiving treatment for his addictions, Nikki spends his
Independence Day in a rehab facility in Tuscon, Arizona. He has now
been sober for two days. He feels his life is at the lowest point it
has ever been and he wants to change it forever, so he vows that no
matter what, he will never use drugs again.
The PlayStation 2 game Grand Turismo 3 is released and features Mötley
Crüe’s Kickstart My Heart.
Mötley Crüe’s first-ever live concert release on VHS video and DVD hits
the streets called Lewd, Crüed & Tattooed. With over seventy five
minutes of concert footage filmed in Salt Lake City on July 5 during
last year’s Maximum Rock tour supporting the band’s New Tattoo album,
the new release also includes almost twenty minutes of bonus
never-before-seen footage; including the making of New Tattoo,
backstage moments on tour, and the video of Hell on High Heels. DVD
bonus extras include a 5.1 audio mix of the show and treats for your
computer, as well as the recently-found recording of the Crüe’s first
song Nobody Knows What It’s Like To Be Lonely, recorded only seven days
after they came together as a band.
On radio station KNAC, original Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby admits to
having full-blown AIDS and thus confirming the long-rumoured story that
he has been fighting the virus for seven years. Crosby says he got into
heroin early in the Ratt career and that is how he acquired AIDS.
Crosby says, “Nikki Sixx and I had gotten into the heroin thing
together. He was supposed to be the best man at my wedding and he
didn’t even come ‘cause there was going to be people drinking and that
was when he had just gone through his rehab thing. That really fried my
Deftones singer Chino Moreno lays down a vocal track at Tommy’s home
studio for his next Methods of Mayhem album.
John says the songs he’s
been writing for his solo album are in the vein of The Beatles meets
Led Zeppelin and Lenny Kravitz. He has met with a few producers who
he’d like to work with and they have all expressed interest as well.
During his downtime with Ratt and his writing, he wants to put a side
acoustic solo band together for shows while he is not touring. John
plans to play songs from every album he’s done in the past, including
Mötley Crüe, Union, The Scream and also some of the songs on tribute
CDs that he’s done. He plans to record the acoustic shows and make the
CD recordings available online for fans.
The New York Daily News says Tommy’s new girlfriend is Prince’s protégé
and former wife Mayté Jannell Garcia, whose album is currently being
produced by Tommy. He’s also bringing her to the upcoming Twentieth
Anniversary MTV bash where ex-wife Pamela Anderson and her unconfirmed
fiancé Kid Rock are set to attend. Tommy’s production manager Viggy
worked for Prince for five or six years and introduced her to Tommy
after the MTV Icon show for Janet Jackson, as he was drinking champagne
with Jermaine Dupri. A few days later she called Viggy to ask if Tommy
would be interested in working on music together, and they soon found
themselves becoming friends and partners. She told him she’s never
heard of Mötley Crüe but Prince used to play Welcome to Planet Boom all
the time and that’s where she’d heard of Tommy. Born on 12 November
1973 of Puerto Rican decent, she began classical ballet and
belly-dancing at three years of age and soon appeared on the television
show That’s Incredible as the world’s youngest professional
belly-dancer when aged eight. Following her dance and background
vocalist role with Prince’s New Power Generation, Mayté has directed a
dance tour, recorded various CDs and EPs, as well as directed videos
for Chaka Khan, Graham Central Station, and the New Power Generation’s
single The One, in which she also starred. Tommy now has a print of
Mayté’s lips tattooed on the left side of his neck. Mayté means “love”
in the Basque region of Spain. She also sings backup vocals on the
title track on NSync’s album Celebrity released five days ago.
Tommy attends court in Malibu where Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira
feels he is abiding by the terms of his probation for spousal abuse and
is steadily working at completing his community service obligation.
Tommy has completed his domestic violence counselling and is no longer
required to undergo random drug testing. He has logged more than one
hundred and fifty four hours so far in eliminating his
four-hundred-and-fifty-hour community service obligation and he will
donate a drum kit to charity as part of this court-mandated community
service. He is ordered back to court on January 4 for another progress
Tommy performs live at MTV’s twentieth birthday party at Manhattan’s
Hammerstein Ballroom in New York with Sum 41 and Rob Halford. They jam
on Mötley’s classic track Shout At The Devil and Judas Priest’s You’ve
Got Another Thing Coming to kick off the party dubbed MTV20: Live and
Almost Legal. Moments before Tommy goes on stage he passes Kid Rock and
thanks him for taking up with Pamela Anderson by saying, “If it wasn’t
for you, I would have never met her” at which point he picks up new
girlfriend Mayté and kisses her on the lips before bounding on stage.
John’s post-Mötley band Union is set to play their first concert this
year when they perform a one-off show at El Teatro in Buenos Aires on
October 19. It will be the band’s second appearance in Argentina,
following the group’s two triumphant shows back in December 1999.
Vince’s touring bassist Jamie Hunting reportedly quits his role after
an altercation with Vince. Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Phil Soussan
replaces him effective immediately. Phil was the original bassist for
the Vince Neil Band and co-wrote most of the songs on Vince’s first
solo album Exposed.
During an online interview, when asked if he would you rejoin Mötley
Crüe if they called him, John says, “Not as a singer. I might do a
re-union tour as a five-piece if the money was right and Tommy was
involved; AND maybe as a break in the set for Vince I could sing a
couple of songs, but that’s it! I’m too busy working on my own stuff
for a change.”
Vince’s wife of fifteen months Heidi Mark files a petition for divorce
in the Los Angeles Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences as
the reason for the split. She is seeking spousal support, to be
determined after the assets are reviewed. Vince has been seen with a
variety of different women on his summer tour and the final straw came
when Heidi found a Palm-Pilot with fifty girls’ names, cities and
Tommy is the Grand Master Pimp as host of Club Rubber’s annual Pimp N
Ho Party at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Vince’s estranged wife Heidi Mark attends the star-studded Rock Star
premiere in Los Angeles for the Warner Bros movie that she has a part
in. An after-party is held at the House of Blues where Randy is among
those attending. The film’s star Mark Wahlberg says he loved reading
The Dirt recently and he also spent a lot of time with Vince and
another member of the Crüe on the set while making the movie.
During the MTV Video Music Awards, Mötley Crüe’s Girls, Girls, Girls is
played as Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore and girl-group Dream walk on
stage to present an award. Tommy’s girlfriend Mayté teaches Britney
Spears some bellydancing moves for her performance on the night.
The Methods of Mayhem song
Hypocritical is featured in the Playstation videogame Dave Mirra
Freestyle BMX 2 that is released today, along with other tracks by The
Cult, Ozzy Osbourne, Sum 41, Godsmack and Rage Against The Machine.
Jamie Hunting is back in the Vince Neil Band following a recent
argument stemming from Hunting’s unfulfilled request for a bass tech,
which escalated and resulted in him being sent off the tour. After Phil
Soussan filled-in for three shows and Vince and Jamie had a chance to
cool-off and make up, he was asked to return to the band.
Mötley Crüe management advises that all band members and their families
are safe and fine, following the New York terror strikes and they thank
fans for their concern. Randy provides Chronological Crue with the
following statement when contacted to see if he was safe and if he had
any comments: “Yeah Paul, I’m doin’ fine. I’m just sad for the state of
mankind in this world; so much waste of innocent lives... so sad. But
angry as hell too and anger needs revenge and justice for the evil that
was brought on innocent men, women & children... God help us.”
Nikki’s eighteen-month unsupervised probation period ends, which
stemmed from his charges arising from the Greensboro Mötley Crüe
concert on 30 October 1997.
For his birthday, Tommy skydives from an aeroplane for the first time
in his life, along with girlfriend Mayté. Their jump commences at
twelve thousand feet. Tommy chooses Kickstart My Heart from their
selection as the song to be played in the plane prior to his leap.
Nikki attends the first annual Massachusetts Tattoo Festival at the
Worcester Centrum Centre making appearances over the weekend at JVC
Mobile Entertainment’s multimedia complex. He also presents some of the
awards in the tattoo competitions. His wife Donna gets tattooed on her
lower back by visiting Japanese artist Miazo with a design that
includes the kanji symbol for endure.
In an interview with Metal Sludge, Nikki provides some updates for fans
while taking a mental break from twenty years of Mötley. He’s been
spending the first quality time with his family in years, as relations
with wife Donna heal after their separation at the start of the year,
following Nikki’s cheating on her while pregnant with daughter Frankie.
He says about three hundred thousand copies of The Dirt have now been
sold and they are negotiating licensing deals covering the world, but
sees it will still be eighteen months yet before Mötley actually
records a new album. As to who will play drums on the album is still a
topic for speculation as he says that nobody is really the current
drummer. Nikki last spoke with Tommy a couple of days ago after Tommy’s
father David Bass passed away at home from multiple myeloma cancers
during the week of September 11. He spoke with Vince the day before,
when Vince called for Tommy’s phone number. His Americoma Records label
is also re-structuring to gain greater reach to audiences by moving to
a major label. Talks have commenced and he is expecting a re-launch in
the next few months.
During the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Mötley Crüe’s Dr. Feelgood is
played as Jim Carrey accepts his award for Best Male Style, presented
by Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones.
In Argentina for solo concerts over the next two nights, Vince holds a
press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buenos Aires, where
he stays. He is then interviewed on Much Music Argentina and asked what
happened with Mötley Crüe. As an exclusive for the Argentinean fans,
Vince says he will begin writing new songs with Nikki and Mick next
March for a new studio album to be recorded with Tommy. After a
Christmas 2002 album release, the original re-united band is planning
to head-out on a world tour early in 2003.
Nikki later responds by saying there’s no truth to it and nobody has
agreed or even had talks about it yet. He says he is busy writing songs
with no destination in mind. Fans recall that Nikki previously claimed
he had no idea what Vince was talking about back on 10 July 1996 when
Vince said on Canadian TV that he’s been talking with Nikki about an
album and a tour. It was not until the end of that November that the
picture became clearer, leading up to the band’s reunion at the
American Music Awards another two months later. Tommy also tells
Chronological Crue that it is just drunken talk from Vince.
Tommy says the first single and video from his second Methods of Mayhem
CD should be released late in February with the full release following
in March, now that the record is finally done. The album was recorded
in Tommy’s home studio and is said to be heavier than his first, and
with a lesser amount of guest stars. It will be called Never A Dull
In an Internet post titled Every Scar Tells a Story, Nikki says, “Strip
back down to the skeleton that you really are” is the opening line to a
Machine Head performs a Halloween show as Ten Ton Hammer to a capacity
crowd at the Pound in San Francisco, dressed as Mötley Crüe from the
Shout at the Devil era. They open the performance with that song and
also play Live Wire later in the set. Several Machine Head classics are
also played among further covers from Judas Priest, Sepultura, Iron
Maiden and Black Sabbath.
Pamela Anderson files a motion to change the current joint-custody
agreement she has with her former husband Tommy as she seeks full legal
custody of their two young boys. The fifteen-page petition details
several incidents as her reasons for wanting full custody and claims
Tommy is a bad role model for their children and that he has a lack of
parenting skills and good judgment in his life that revolves around
alcohol. Pamela’s petition asks the court to order Tommy to participate
in a six-month parenting class, a six-month anger management course,
and have a psychiatric evaluation. It also seeks to stop him from using
any derogatory language about her and new boyfriend, bad-ass rap rocker
Kid Rock. Tommy would have monitored visitation and be required to
attend parenting classes should the motion proceed. Tommy requests that
the court increases his time with his children and his attorney says
Pam’s claims are vehemently denied and says the truth will come out in
After recovering from his health set backs, Randy prepared himself over
summer to tour with Ozzy Osbourne, only to not hear back from the Ozzy
camp about a month before the tour was to begin. He begins a new heavy
band, working and writing with former Alice in Chains member Mike Inez,
who also previously played with Randy in Ozzy’s band. Un-named as yet,
the band has about five tracks written and recorded, minus vocals.
Nikki says that due to the success of The Dirt, of which paperback
deals with foreign countries are currently being negotiated, they are
now having meetings with major movie companies and directors about
turning it into a movie. A lot of up-tempo heavy metal and rock’n’roll
songs have been penned by Nikki lately. He’s also been writing some
tracks with New Tattoo collaborator James Michael for his sophomore
album. Nikki’s Americoma Records scales down its operations as too much
focus on Mötley remains for him to dedicate enough to the label. This
re-focusing is also the case with his and wife Donna’s interest in
Outlaw Clothing, as they end their involvement with the company. Donna
is preparing to open a health spa facility called DK Renu, which will
be built-in with a new line of ladies audio equipment from JVC, thanks
to an increasing relationship with the audio giant.
Rob Zombie’s second solo album The Sinister Urge is released as the
follow-up to his 1998 Hellbilly Deluxe. The new Geffen Records album
includes guest appearances from Tommy, Beastie Boy’s MixMaster Mike,
and Ozzy Osbourne on track five titled Iron Head. Slayer’s Kerry King
and Limp Bizkit’s DJ Lethal also guest on the album.
While working on a song called Vibrator, Nikki says the Mötley movie
will be a major big-screen production and not a TV movie. He feels they
will push the R to X rating boundary as much as they can as the film
needs to capture the true essence of Mötley Crüe.
Vince attends the grand opening of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas
where he parties with Dennis Rodman in the casino owned and operated by
At the My VH1 Music Awards where he introduces Mary J. Blige before
jumping into the crowd, Tommy says his second Methods of Mayhem album
is now set for release on May 21 next year, preceded by a single and
video in March. The final name of the album with the working title
Never A Dull Moment is yet to be decided, but it may be opened up to
fans as a contest. The first single and final album track listing are
also yet to be decided but Tommy feels a track called Blue that
features the singer and guitarist from Incubus will make the final cut.
Other collaborations include a track with Cypress Hill rapper B-Real,
another with Beastie Boy’s MixMaster Mike, and a remake of David
Bowie’s song Fame with turntablist DJ Z-Trip, which may get a remix
treatment from Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs.
Nikki writes a new song called Pretty Good Day To Be Alive before
heading off to the Fashion For Freedom event where wife Donna struts
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lee Smalley Edmon denies a request by
Pamela Anderson requiring former husband Tommy to be monitored while
visiting his two sons, seeing no evidence that any protection of the
children is required. When rebuffed, her lawyers request that the kids’
full-time nanny be required to monitor Tommy at least until he
completes about nine weeks of psychological testing, but Tommy’s
lawyers refuse the request. Pam tells the Judge that Tommy is highly
unstable and presents a danger to himself and others especially when he
drinks alcohol, but Tommy denies the accusations saying he has been
sober for two years. In the end, Judge Edmon orders Tommy to keep the
kids off his motorcycle until further notice and admonishes both of
them against insulting each other in front of the children. The next
hearing of Pam’s challenge for full custody is set for March 19 next
year. After the hearing, Tommy says he thinks the ruling was fair,
while Pam defends her actions against him saying, “I’m just acting like
any other mother. I will protect my children until my last day and my
John will be contributing his lead vocal talents to the forthcoming
Twenty 4 Seven side project release from his fellow Ratt drummer Bobby
Blotzer, who will be playing rhythm and acoustic guitars, as well as
bass and drums. Former Iron Horse member Robert Marcello is set to play
lead guitar on the songs.
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