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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
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 that album.
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 published.
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
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
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 unidentified illness.
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 Journal’s list.
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
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
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 report.
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
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 sexual comments.
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 new song.
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 due course.
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 George Maloof.
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 the catwalk.
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 last dollar.”
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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