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Nikki Sixx begins his new year by getting a vasectomy and thus ending
the chances of any more Sixx kids.
Vince Neil presents the Female Performer of the Year Award with Dasha
and Julia Ann at the 2002 Adult Video News Awards ceremony held at the
Venetian Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas. Czech beauty Nikita Denise is
announced the winner.
Tommy Lee confirms the title to his next album due for release on May
21 this year through MCA Records will be called Never A Dull Moment;
an obvious reference to his personal life. Recent rumours suggest the
upcoming Methods of Mayhem album will not be released under that name
but instead under the name of Tommy Lee himself.
Responding to rumours, Nikki’s
wife Donna confirms that Mötley’s replacement drummer, Samantha Maloney
of Hole, was one of her husband’s many infidelities during the band’s
summer 2000 Maximum Rock tour.
Tommy’s girlfriend Mayté Garcia makes a guest appearance at the end
of the track Ashamed on his forthcoming album. The song also features
a forty-piece orchestra recorded in A&M Studios, as well as Chino from
the Deftones singing the second verse. Tommy is also assisting Mayté
with the recording of her own songs, which are likely to surface at
the end of the year.
As they tour behind their All Killer No Filler album, Canadian punk
rockers Sum 41 are joined on stage by Tommy during their Los Angeles
concert at the Hollywood Palladium.
Nikki plays bass on a song called Into The Black on the new solo album
from former Southgang and Marvelous 3 front-man Butch Walker; the singer’s
first under his new deal with Arista Records. Nikki also says the paperback
version of The Dirt is coming out in April and a DVD Greatest Hits package
is being readied for a mid-year release. Nikki now has stars tattooed
across the knuckles on his fists by visiting Japanese tattoo artist
Hold Me Down is chosen as the first single to be released from Tommy’s
upcoming solo record. The single is likely to hit radio next month.
Mötley Crüe is set to have a song included on the soundtrack of the
movie Spun, featuring actor Mickey Rourke. Other artists appearing on
the soundtrack due for release later in the year include SilverGinger
5, Ozzy Osbourne and former Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan.
As a birthday present, Vince’s girlfriend Lia takes him to the Playboy
bunny ranch and takes pictures of him with all the different girls he
makes out with.
Actress Ursula Karven and television producer James Veres file a lawsuit
in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing Tommy of failing to provide proper
supervision of their four-year-old Daniel Veres, who drowned in Tommy’s
swimming pool during his son’s birthday party ten months ago. The lawsuit
charges Tommy with general negligence, negligent supervision, wrongful
death and premises liability, which would hold Tommy responsible for
whatever happens on his property. They are seeking reimbursement for
medical care, funeral expenses, loss of earnings as a result of the
incident, and punitive damages for their pain and suffering. Tommy has
thirty days in which to file a response.
James Michael says Nikki plays some bass on his new album nearing completion,
as well as producing a couple of tracks on it. James co-penned many
songs on Mötley Crüe’s last album New Tattoo and he has been writing
with Nikki quite a bit recently.
Tommy holds auditions for a new guitar player in his touring band. Methods
of Mayhem drummer Stephen Perkins assists with the auditions but he
is to be replaced, as he will be writing and recording with his old
band Jane’s Addiction. Marty O’Brien is still the bass player. John
Corabi auditions but doesn’t get the role as they pick a guy J3 from
New Jersey, who is a friend of Tommy’s production manager. J3 sent Tommy
two CDs of him doing three Methods of Mayhem songs and three new ones
that he totally re-recorded, performing drums, guitar and vocals on
them. Tommy was very impressed by the work that went into it, showing
how much he wanted the gig.
Tommy auditions drummers and chooses former Stuck Mojo and Skrape drummer
Will Hunt from Florida, who will replace Stephen Perkins as his touring
drummer. Bassist Marty O’Brien knew Will from Skrape and suggested he
should audition. Tommy says he chose Will after he hit a cymbal hard
with two hands during the audition. The self-titled Mötley Crüe album
is his favourite drumming album of all time.
Nikki writes a song at his home studio called Going Under with Tantric
vocalist Hugo Ferreira. The song may end up on a Tantric release following
their demo being laid down. Meanwhile James Michael and Nikki continue
to work together on songs.
A Malibu judge rules that Tommy no longer needs supervised probation,
following his assault on former wife Pamela Anderson four years ago
and his subsequent jail time. He still must complete more than two hundred
hours of community service.
Tommy and Vince participate in the world’s only rock’n’roll golf tournament
called Fairway to Heaven, which teams stars of music and golf as they
drive for show and putt for dough. The two-day eighth annual tournament,
held on the challenging Blue Monster course at The Doral Golf Resort
& Spa in Miami, benefits the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Other musicians
to participate include Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres, Meat Loaf,
Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean and Brian Littrell, Hootie & The Blowfish,
Poison’s Bret Michaels, Queensryche’s Geoff Tate and Michael Wilton,
Judd Nelson, Dweezil Zappa, and Lisa Loeb.
A few weeks ago, Vince was
reportedly having lunch at a private club in Beverly Hills when Tommy
came in with a friend who was a member. It was a total surprise to both
of them and they ended up shaking hands and talking for a while, with
Vince later remarking that he had not really talked to Tommy in a year
Nikki says he hears that Tantric’s label Maverick Records loves the
song he recently wrote with their singer Hugo and the track may make
their next album. The song he wrote for Meat Loaf will be a single,
as will the track he wrote for Overseer with Coal Chamber. He says he
also sent a song off to Aerosmith the other day for their consideration,
and says offers to do another record with his side project band 58 keep
Tommy put a copy of his
new Never A Dull Moment CD in Nikki’s letterbox during the week, of
which Nikki says it is a great rock CD. Tommy is also set to make a
cameo appearance in Moby’s new video for the first single We Are All
Made of Stars from his new album titled 18, set for release in May.
Responding to a false news report, Nikki confirms he was not shot dead
outside a Los Angeles recording studio.
Pamela Anderson says she has contracted the potentially fatal liver
disease Hepatitis C by sharing a tattoo needle with her former husband
Tommy, saying he never disclosed to her that he carried the disease
during their marriage. Many people view the statement as another ploy
in her child custody battle with Tommy, who is said to have been tested
negative for the disease. Hepatitis C, the most serious form of Hepatitis,
is a virus contracted primarily through the sharing of contaminated
intravenous needles that ultimately leads to liver failure and death
in twenty percent of cases. Upto forty six percent of Hepatitis patients
can be successfully treated with recent advances in medication administered
for the disease.
The backstabbing escalates
when Pamela files a report with the Malibu sheriff’s department, claiming
one of her sons started exposing himself at home after watching his
father do it. The District Attorney refuses to press charges for lack
of evidence of her child abuse and child molestation allegations against
Meanwhile, the first single
Hold Me Down from Tommy’s Never A Dull Moment starts gaining radio airplay.
Nikki says Mötley is on track to come back swinging from their hiatus
in the summer of 2003. He says he will play bass on the Heidi Crisis
album this week, the band of his recent song-writing partner-in-crime
8:30pm Randy Castillo passes away in his sleep at his Los Angeles home
from a form of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. After being diagnosed
in May 2000, Randy worked through aggressive radiation treatment and
chemotherapy and appeared to have beaten the disease. While working
with ex-Alice in Chains and Ozzy Osbourne bassist Mike Inez on a new
band, his neck suddenly became sore and swollen about six weeks ago.
Ten days ago, he was re-admitted into Cedars-Sinai Hospital, before
being sent home yesterday. Randy is survived by his mother and four
sisters, and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered forever.
Tommy completes the shooting of a video for the first single Hold Me
Down off his forthcoming solo CD at a movie studio in Hollywood with
director Dean Karr, whose previous work includes videos by Filter, Ozzy
Osbourne, Deftones and Godsmack. The video is scheduled for completion
by mid-April and features Tommy sky-high, flying a balloon through a
forest with a troop of floaters from Cirque de Soleil.
The memorial service of drummer Randy Castillo is held in the Old North
Church at Forest Lawn Mortuary in Hollywood Hills, California. Nikki
and Vince are among Randy’s many musician friends in attendance. Nikki
puts his skull ring in Randy’s casket, as they both had the same ring
but it wasn’t on Randy’s finger.
Tommy kicks off a week-long promotional tour of radio stations to promote
his upcoming Never A Dull Moment album and first single Hold Me Down,
which is moving up into the Top 10 on rock radio charts. He wrote the
song on his OzzFest tour bus with his Methods of Mayhem guitarist Kai,
after feeling trapped by having to constantly report his movements to
his probation officer and believing these types of feelings have a universal
theme. While Tommy covers three cities per day, his band continues to
rehearse without him in a Burbank studio, where Dwight Yoakim occupies
the neighbouring room.
Tommy says on radio that he said to Nikki that he should join him on
stage when he plays in Los Angeles on his forthcoming tour. He also
says John has played him some of his solo tunes over the phone and they
are great – very Beatles-esque. Tommy’s new album, which he has poured
a year of his life into, will be dedicated to his father who recently
passed away. Former wife Heather Locklear called him recently to see
how he’s doing in regard Pamela Anderson’s Hepatitis C claims and said
she was sorry he’s going through such rough treatment from her. Tommy
works out five days a week and recently underwent a full 3D body scan
and physical a couple of months ago that proved his clean bill of health.
He is still completing his community service requirements by planting
trees in the Hollywood and Santa Monica hills with an organisation called
The Tree People. Tommy also says he would love to see his favourite
actor Johnny Depp play his character in the Mötley Crüe movie based
on their best-selling book The Dirt, after a deal has now been structured
with MTV Films and Paramount films for its production.
Randy’s body is brought
back to Albuquerque where a private service is held at Fitzgerald &
Son Funeral Directors. The pallbearers of his rock/metal-look coffin
are Paul Blazek, George Vento, Dave Martin, Brandon Wagner, Mike Inez,
Phil Sousson, J.R. Sainz, Jeremy Carr and Whitey. Randy is interred
in a wall, on the top and at the front behind a simple marble slab bearing
his name and dates, in a very bright and airy chapel of the Mausoleum
at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Tommy gives a gift to his new drummer Will Hunt: the drum set that he
used to record and tour behind the self-titled Mötley Crüe album from
1994. Tommy also gives his bass player Marty O’Brien the gong-cymbal
road case from the Shout at the Devil tour as a gift.
A petition is filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court by Tommy seeking
primary physical custody of his two sons, stating ex-wife Pamela recently
filed “frivolous” reports with the Department of Children and Family
Services alleging “serious misconduct” by Tommy, triggered when his
son Brandon accidentally “scraped his face on the side of the Jacuzzi
while playing” with him, before happily continuing to play within five
minutes. Tommy also contends that Pam is now trying to use this incident
in a bid to exclude him from his children as well as delaying a custody
Tommy says the intro by his two young sons Brandon and Dylan at the
start of the song People So Strange came about when they visited him
while his new album was being mixed at Lakehouse. When Chino from the
Deftones heard the song Ashamed one night, he said he wanted to sing
on it, so his second verse vocals were recorded. Similarly, Brandon
and Mike from Incubus recorded their contribution to the track Blue
after loving it the night they went to Tommy’s house for a beer while
recording their Morning View album eight minutes away in Malibu. Tommy
says his former Methods of Mayhem guitarist Kai has gone back to his
old Canadian band Noise Therapy, after they secured a record deal. He
also says that last he heard TiLo was working on some hip-hop music.
Nikki tells Chronological Crue that he is planning to get the original
Crüe line-up back together for one last world tour next year or the
year after. A super-group with him on bass could be possible when his
Mötley days are over, at the suggestion of manager Allen Kovac.
A Memorial Benefit For Randy Castillo concert organised by Phil Soussan
is held at the Key Club in West Hollywood with all proceeds from the
sold-out event going to charity. Bernard Fowler, Richie Kotzen, Brian
Tichy and Carmine Rojas kick off the night’s music before Phil Soussan,
Steve Lukather, Kenny Aronoff and Simon Phillips play one of Randy’s
favourite songs; a Jimi Hendrix tune. Other players include Ronnie Montrose
with Chuck Wright, and members of Nickel Bag and Ball. Randy’s Azul
band members also play, along with some of his friends from New Mexico
who perform a Native American drum chant for Randy. Guns N’ Roses members
Slash, Duff and Matt Sorum play a set with Joshua Todd and Keith Nelson
from Buckcherry, before Steven Tyler from Aerosmith joins them for a
rendition of Mama Kin, following some rapping from Cypress Hill’s Sen
Dog on Paradise City. After videos of Randy form an emotional backdrop,
a group drum session with all the drummers in attendance closes out
the special evening. John is the only Mötley Crüe member, past or present,
to be in attendance.
Nikki has been spending
a lot of time in the recording studio, having just completed work on
Faith Hill’s single for her upcoming fifth album Cry. He is now penning
her a second song, as well as a single for her husband of six years
Tim McGraw, before he commences working with the harder-edged Saliva
on music for their sophomore effort on Universal Music. Nikki has also
been working on a song called Beautiful Girl about his young daughter
Frankie-Jean. He gives one of his signature series Gibson Blackbird
bass guitars to Tommy’s bass player Marty O’Brien.
A Guns N’ Roses tribute album from Deadline Records is released featuring
John singing Used To Love Her and Patience. The late Randy Castillo
performed the drum tracks on all songs, while Kyle Kyle played bass.
Tracii Guns and Gilby Clarke perform all guitar tracks.
Vince hosts the sixth annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament at
the Malibu Country Club. Porn star Jenna Jameson is amongst the guests
while Internet sex queen Danni Ashe from Danni’s Hard Drive hosts the
live auction. Vince’s girlfriend Lia Gerardini joins him on the day.
Tommy tells Canadian rock magazine BW&BK that Nikki has asked him to
do a farewell tour but he says he can’t see that happening from his
own creative level and because of his personal relationship with Vince,
which is cordial to each other’s face but they really don’t like each
other at all. Tommy is also annoyed with Nikki misleading fans and taking
liberties by stating the Crüe will perform a farewell tour when he has
not said that he will do it.
Mötley Crüe’s live DVD called Lewd, Crüed & Tattooed is certified Gold
status having now sold over fifty thousand copies in the U.S. since
its release almost ten months ago.
The teen comedy movie The New Guy premieres in cinemas and features
a cameo appearance by Tommy. Other artists making cameos include Henry
Rollins, Gene Simmons, Vanilla Ice and pro-skater Tony Hawk.
Tommy’s Never A Dull Moment CD is released in Japan with two bonus tracks:
an instrumental Drum Jam, and the version of New Skin from his Methods
of Mayhem album that was used for the video clip that does not feature
the rapping of Kid Rock.
Vince kicks off his summer solo tour schedule after returning from holidays
in Hawaii by performing in a very cold St. Louis with Tesla, Skid Row
and Jackyl on the Rock Never Stops Tour. Vince’s thirty-minute-set contains
none of his solo songs, instead comprising Mötley hits Kickstart My
Heart, Knock ‘Em Dead Kid, Red Hot, Piece Of Your Action, Girls Girls
Girls, Same Ol’ Situation, Looks That Kill, Dr. Feelgood and Home Sweet
Home. The twenty-one-thousand-seat capacity venue is only twelve percent
Nikki spends time at southern California’s beautiful Lake Arrowhead,
composing with other songwriters from publishers Warner-Chappell.
Tommy posts a message on AOL telling fans that the large amount of recently-cancelled
solo tour dates will be re-scheduled due to a new potential TV show
in the works.
Tommy plays his first show in support of his new solo album in front
of ten thousand people during the mid-afternoon at WAAF’s Big Field
Day in Brockton, Massachusetts sharing the bill with Static X, Puddle
of Mudd and Earshot. Godsmack front-man Sully Erna introduces Tommy
on stage, telling the crowd he woke up at 4:30am to fly to Boston just
so he could introduce Tommy to the fans of the radio station that helped
break Godsmack. As the VH1 cameras tape his every move, Tommy’s half-hour-set
comprises an even mix of songs from his Methods of Mayhem album as well
as Never A Dull Moment. He tells the crowd from the stage that when
he comes through Boston next time he will be playing some old Crüe music
as part of his solo set list. The event marks the first live show with
Tommy for his guitarist J3 and drummer Will Hunt. Tommy plans on playing
prototypes of his Schecter signature guitar line at shows on the tour.
The guitar will look similar to a Gibson Explorer with small strippers
carved into the guitar’s neck.
On the Rockline radio show with VH1 filming him in the studio, Tommy
says he loves the Crüe and misses them but he is having a great time
now doing his own thing. He says Nikki is currently holidaying with
wife Donna in Bora Bora, Tahiti while Tommy’s band has been working
on a radically updated cover of Shout at the Devil to be included in
their set list. While his spinning drum kit from the 1987-88 Girls,
Girls, Girls tour was melted down so the aluminium framework could be
recycled into other equipment, he does have a new trick up his sleeve
that he could perform in larger arenas, financial and fan support permitting.
For his upcoming tour he will perform a rhythmic-tribal solo while his
girlfriend Mayté dances on stage, as well as playing golf during time-off
as a customary form of relaxation. Tommy also says he would like to
do another Methods of Mayhem album at some point with a huge amount
of guest stars, simply as a creative free-for-all.
The second post-Crüe CD from Tommy Lee titled Never A Dull Moment is
released on MCA Records. Co-produced by Tommy, he also performs guitars,
vocals and drums on the songs, with the majority of the album containing
drum loops and programming in verses but real drums in the choruses.
Human beat-box Rahzel from The Roots contributes to the song Body Architects
while Face To Face was written with several egotistical musical business
people in mind. Tommy says he wrote the song Blue after feeling down
when his father passed away the week of the New York September 11 tragedy.
Gibson sent him a Chet Atkins guitar and he wrote the song in ten minutes
with it. The album also features a modern cover version of David Bowie’s
song Fame, which was originally penned by Bowie with John Lennon. The
final track called Mr. Shitty is a message left on Tommy’s answering
machine in the wee small hours by friend Travis when he was heavily
intoxicated after flying in from Florida for Tommy’s birthday party.
Record producer Tom Werman files a lawsuit in the California Superior
Court against the Crüe and their record company Beyond Music, saying
they have “deliberately, persistently, and repeatedly breached” his
agreement with the band by purposely withholding financial statements
and monies owed to him for his work on the Shout at the Devil, Theatre
of Pain, and Girls, Girls, Girls albums. He also seeks money he believes
is owed from selected tracks off these albums that were included on
the 1998 Greatest Hits release, as well as any film and TV-licensing
deals involving his work. His suit seeks damages in excess of $400,000,
plus interest, attorney’s fees, and court costs.
Tommy performs Hold Me Down
live on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He also guests on the Loveline
radio show on KROQ in Los Angeles and tells the story of how he smashed
his $200,000 Ferrari Testerossa on Coldwater Canyon when he lost control
in a wet patch on the road while rushing to merge in front of another
car after leaving the studio two years ago and it has been in an auto
body repair shop ever since. He also says he has been talking with networks
about a new Tommy Lee reality TV show believed to be in the vein of
The Osbournes, but he can’t say any more about it as the deal’s not
done yet. This follows reports that former wife Pamela Anderson and
her fiancé Kid Rock were negotiating for their own The Osbournes-style
reality show with MTV. Fox News reports Tommy wants to call the show
Never A Dull Moment and instead of being set in a house, it will follow
him on the road, the hotel, the bus, the massage parlour; wherever he
Vince becomes an uncle for the third time as his sister Valerie gives
birth to Tyler James at 7:58am. He weighs 8lbs 14oz and measures 20.5”
long. Val is married to Guy and has been a licensed daycare provider
for the past couple of years to allow her to be with her young children
as much as possible.
The June 4 edition of the National Enquirer hits news-stands containing
an article titled ‘Playboy Playmate Tells All. My 10 Years of Abuse
at Hands of Mötley Crüe Rocker.’ Vince’s former wife Heidi Mark alleges
that Vince first started abusing her three months into their relationship
and continued to pull her hair, slap her, and punch her at times over
the course of their relationship, including one time when he hit her
so hard he broke her breast implant. She also alleges that he got up
from the table in a Beverly Hills restaurant once and side kicked her
karate-style in the stomach for no reason. Heidi also says Vince cheated
on her at the funeral of his young daughter Skylar in August 1995. Vince’s
lawyer says the allegations are outrageous and defamatory, adding that
Heidi is the abusive one with the bad temper and has frequently thrown
many objects at Vince during their years together.
Nikki says he is in his creative song-writing zone again, which is right
where he wants to be. In his desire to have downtime from Mötley, he
feels he forgot he needed the creative outlet to feed his soul and has
subsequently enjoyed the opportunity to compose with a lot of new writers
lately. Next month he’ll be going to Nashville to write, along with
Florida and Atlanta, and will also start a weekly writer’s jam season
at his home studio. He says country star Tim McGraw is rumoured to be
interested in recording a version of the Crüe classic Home Sweet Home.
Tommy’s Never A Dull Moment album debuts at number thirty nine on the
Billboard chart with sales of 28,689 copies.
Vince joins Poison on stage at The Joint in the Las Vegas Hard Rock
Hotel. C.C. De Ville starts playing the opening riff to Live Wire before
they break into the Kiss classic Rock N Roll All Nite. Vince alternates
lead vocals during the verses with Bret Michaels and forgets some of
the lines in the second verse, remembering to look at them on his hand
too late. After Vince leaves the stage, CC plays the riff to Too Fast
For Love to the crowd.
Nikki’s friend and former Ratt guitarist Robbinson (Robbin) Lance Crosby
peacefully passes away at home in Hollywood, California at 11:15am,
aged forty one. Paramedics on the scene give the preliminary cause of
death as a heart attack. A year ago Robbin announced he had been suffering
from full-blown AIDS after being diagnosed with the HIV virus back in
1994, blaming his condition on an old heroin habit. Nikki lived with
Robbin during 1984 and they holidayed together later that year when
Vince had his tragic car accident. He also taught Nikki how to use needles
the previous year and was shooting heroin with Nikki the night he almost
died from an overdose in 1987. Commenting on the loss Nikki says, “The
rock’n’roll band in heaven is sure getting bad ass.”
Rolling Stone magazine reports that camera crews are set up in Tommy’s
Malibu home and are filming his almost every move for a VH1 reality
TV show in a similar vein to MTV’s show The Osbournes, which gained
the highest rating on U.S. cable television ever last month as almost
eight million viewers tuned in.
Nikki and Donna attend the
west-coast launch party for the debut issue of Gene Simmons’ Tongue
magazine at Barfly in Hollywood. Nikki says he has written a song called
Let’s Get It Together for possible inclusion on the next Backstreet
Boys album. Other partygoers include James Michael, Lit, Paul Stanley,
Hugh Hefner and Playboy bunnies, Fran Drescher, Ron Jeremy, and Pamela
Des Barres. Bruce Kulick also attends and says Nikki agreed to be in
his book currently being penned. Bruce also says a DVD/VHS tape of his
band Union with John is still being worked on and will definitely be
out this year.
Artillery Music releases a compilation CD titled Wildside – Tribute
to Mötley Crüe that contains new thuggish, aggressive cover versions
of ten Mötley classics, including Kickstart My Heart by Hookers & 8
Balls featuring WASP members Mike Duda and Stet Howland. The album is
dedicated to the memory of Randy Castillo.
As a guest on the syndicated Rockline radio show to help promote his
summer solo concerts as part of the Rock Never Stops tour, a very intoxicated
Vince is kicked off the air after not being able to string his sentences
together from the strip bar in which he was being broadcast from.
During a radio interview in Kansas City, LA Guns guitarist Tracii Guns
says he is collaborating with Nikki on an as-yet-undisclosed musical
Ten competition winners from around the U.S.A. fly on a private 757
airplane with Tommy from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for his concert at
the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay Casino. The winners also watch
Tommy and his band sound-check in the afternoon prior to the show, which
includes Tommy hitting the skins for a while.
Nikki says the U.S. version of Mötley Crüe’s box set is now being finalised
and is currently called Addicted, with packaging taking on the shape
of a huge pill bottle. He says he is finally building a home rehearsal
and writing studio that he feels should be the start of some great jam
sessions and song writing. He confirms he is thinking of starting a
new band as it doesn’t look like the rest of the original Mötley members
are going to be on stage together anytime soon, but warns it is not
the demise of Mötley Crüe. Nikki says he has been hanging out with Mick
Mars a lot recently and says he is doing much better and feels it is
grossly exaggerated how ill he is.
The personal manager for Vince has filed a breach of contract lawsuit
against the group’s management firm Left Bank, suing over a dispute
with his Mötley Crüe earnings.
Tommy plays a set at the eleven-day Summerfest in Milwaukee. Former
Alice in Chains guitarist and now solo artist Jerry Cantrell invites
Tommy to play Man in the Box with him, much to the delight of the huge
crowd. Tommy and his band then head back to the stage they are about
to play on. Right as they are about to begin, Ted Nugent grabs a guitar
and plays the National Anthem before introducing Tommy and his band
to the crowd. Tommy now wears a white zoot suit with a red hat, looking
like a pimp, while performing Fame 02 on stage during the tour.
Vince plans on recording a forthcoming as yet un-announced show at The
Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood for a live CD and DVD release.
Former Marvelous 3 front-man Butch Walker releases his first solo album
titled Left of Self-Centered on Arista Records, which features Nikki
playing bass on the track Into The Black. Butch also uses umlauts on
the album cover logo as a tip of the hat to Mötley Crüe.
Schecter announces plans to debut the new Tommy Lee Artist Model guitar
with stripper girl inlay at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. VH1 recently
filmed Tommy seeing his design for the first time at Schecter’s new
Burbank facility, which will be shown on the forthcoming reality TV
show called Tommy Lee Road Show.
Nikki will soon collaborate with Drowning Pool and Orgy on new songs.
The song Let’s Get It Together that he wrote for possible inclusion
on the next Backstreet Boys album was turned down by the teen-pop outfit
who felt it wasn’t quite right for them. His contribution to the new
Saliva album in the form of Rest in Pieces is expected to be included
on their forthcoming album currently being recorded.
John has formed a new band
called Zen Lunatic with Bulletboys drummer Jimmy D’Anda on drums and
Revel 8 bass player Steve Bruno on bass. The trio has been writing and
recording “in-your-face, kick-ass, rock’n’roll” at Klown Records in
Santa Monica, California that is owned by Bruno. Their debut is expected
to be recorded by the end of the year. Nickelback manager John Greenberg
is reportedly on board for the ride.
Nikki and wife Donna D’Errico announce they are developing a new television
sitcom called The Blonde and The Rock Star, which they plan to produce
in conjunction with veteran executive producers Mark Sennett and Alan
Jacobs. Centered around a divorced rock god with two kids who falls
in love with a beautiful, blonde single mum who happens to be the judge
presiding over his court case, Nikki says the show’s concept is loosely
based on their own lives, having found a lot of humour in situations
arising from having an oddly-blended family, coupled with dealings within
their respective careers and the stereotypes that go along with them..
The show clearly illustrates the concept of ‘opposites attract’ when
the two fall in love despite the fact all they have in common is that
they are both single parents. A series of hilarious events takes place
when the couple’s opposite worlds collide.
Vince has his performance at The Whisky A Go-Go on Hollywood’s Sunset
Strip recorded for a future DVD and live CD release.
The New York Post reports
that Tommy and girlfriend Mayté have emailed some of their friends to
say they are engaged, however Tommy’s publicist Beth Katz denies it
and says, “They are wonderfully in love, living together and have a
wonderful relationship. They are working on Mayté’s new album and will
perform in New York next Tuesday at The World.”
While on a family vacation in Kona, Hawaii before taking his kids to
see the volcanic lava flow, Nikki says he watched and enjoyed the VH1
special on Mötley Crüe’s early days called Driven that premiered last
week. Nikki will head to Chicago after his holiday for the first Tattoo
the Earth event of the year, of which he is a part-owner.
Basketball superstar Dennis Rodman joins Vince on stage during Looks
That Kill at his Anaheim concert, and helps out on the chorus before
dropping his mike. He then picks Vince up in a bear hug and curls him
like weights during the last song Dr. Feelgood.
A leftover track from Tommy’s Never A Dull Moment recording sessions
called Orgasm Nation is set to be included in the documentary film Strip
Notes, in which actress Daryl Hannah went underground for a month and
danced in wigs and actually lived the life of a stripper for thirty
days for her role. Another of Tommy’s unreleased tracks will be used
in the forthcoming Pauly Shore movie You’ll Never Wiez In This Town
Again, in which Tommy also makes a cameo appearance.
Tommy confirms he is engaged to Mayté Garcia but says he’s not going
to rush into marriage this time, unlike his previous four-day courtship
before marrying Pamela Anderson. Mayté, a Puerto Rican and former wife
of Prince, currently dances on stage with Tommy touring in support of
Never A Dull Moment. She also performed an impromptu routine on a table
top at a Welcome To New York party at club Lotus last week attended
by former Crüe manager Doc McGhee, Creed members, Sebastian Bach and
former MTV VJ Jesse Camp.
Nikki is billed as a Special Guest at the Tattoo the Earth event in
Chicago over the weekend where he signs autographs and chats with fans
while promoting JVC products. Nikki is a part-owner of the touring event.
A warrant for Vince’s arrest on misdemeanour battery charges is issued
by police in Beverly Hills, stemming from an incident just after midnight
on April 28 this year involving forty-seven-year-old record producer
Michael Schuman, who accuses Vince of taunting him outside the Rainbow
in West Hollywood and then punching him numerous times in the face,
knocking him to the ground so hard that his elbow was fractured. Schuman’s
spokeswoman quotes witnesses as saying Vince got out of his red Rolls
Royce sedan and assaulted Schuman without provocation, and Schuman does
not know Vince professionally or personally. Vince’s management issues
a statement saying, “Vince Neil has fully cooperated with the L.A. County
investigators. We believe that the charges against him are ridiculous
and that he will be fully exonerated.” If convicted, he would face a
maximum of six months in jail and a $2,000 fine. Schuman’s attorney
says there was a delay in prosecuting the case because Vince no longer
lives in the area and detectives were unable to locate him.
Tommy attends the Los Angeles County Courthouse for a further custody
hearing resulting from his divorce to Pamela Anderson. Tommy requests
through his lawyer Lance Spiegel to have the media barred from the courtroom
to “protect his children’s feelings.” Tommy and Pam don’t exchange even
a single glance at each other during the hearing, before Pam is whisked
out of court through a back entrance and Tommy refuses to make any comment
outside the courtroom.
Nikki’s forthcoming song-writing collaboration with fast-rising Dallas
quintet Drowning Pool is now unlikely to proceed, as the band’s singer
Dave Williams is found dead on his band’s OzzFest tour bus. Nikki meanwhile
confirms that Mötley Crüe has now officially signed a deal to turn its
autobiography The Dirt into a film. He says he would like Brad Pitt
to play his character, while his wife Donna D’Errico laughs.
The second single from Tommy’s
Never A Dull Moment album will be Ashamed.
On the seventh anniversary on his young daughter’s passing, Vince walks
off stage less than ten minutes into his performance at Levelz nightclub
in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After playing a couple of Mötley songs
he becomes irate when the crowd of around two hundred and fifty don’t
sing the lyrics to one of his solo songs, so he calls the crowd a bunch
of losers amongst other obscenities before leaving in his tour bus.
The club offers a refund of the $25 ticket price and the club manager
says he may lose money on the show, since it cost $12,000 to hire Vince.
Tommy’s bassist Marty O’Brien says they will join the main stage line-up
of OzzFest in a few days in Denver to play the final shows of that tour.
They will then fly out to play various rock radio festivals during September
before hopefully starting a new leg of a headlining tour in October.
The OzzFest slot will be as a replacement for Drowning Pool.
Vince’s manager Burt Stein says Vince will return to the Steamboat Springs
nightclub Levelz for another performance, after walking off stage last
week when someone apparently threw something on stage. Stein says Vince
felt threatened and left after performing about three songs.
The bands touring on the Metal Edge Rock Fest tour travel through Columbus,
Ohio where they take time out to see the Rock Never Stops concert at
Promowest Pavilion. This gives former Mötley front-man and current Ratt
guitarist John Corabi the opportunity to catch up with his fellow Union
band-mates, since they are Vincel’s current rhythm section. John also
makes a point of catching up with Vince before the show and is escorted
onto his tour bus where they hug and chat for around twenty minutes.
The anticipated VH1 reality show on Tommy is dropped, with two one-hour
specials set to air at some point in time instead. Whilst no official
reason is provided, it seems the recent influx of celebrity reality
shows on TV like The Osbournes was the main factor behind the decision.
Tommy plays OzzFest in San Bernardino, California in front of a sold-out
crowd of fifty thousand – by far the biggest audience of the circuit
every year. Nikki watches Tommy’s set from the side of the main stage
with wife Donna and says, “He was really good. His band is awesome.
I’m proud of him.” They all hang out at the huge End of OzzFest Party
after the concert where the bands, crew and guests indulge in food and
drinks all night in a giant tent with a DJ, lighting, and strippers
dancing over two stages.
Nikki says he has recently been knee-deep in getting all the T’s crossed
and I’s dotted with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films for the upcoming
Mötley Crüe movie, planned to be released in late-2003 or early-2004
along with a soundtrack CD and a Mötley farewell tour, assuming all
Nikki says his new band
is a cross between Shout at the Devil-era Crüe, Appetite for Destruction-era
Guns N’ Roses, Soundgarden and Jane’s Addiction. Joining Nikki on bass
is Tracii Guns from LA Guns on guitar, Adema drummer Kris Kohls, an
un-named second guitarist, and a South Carolinian named London LeGrand
on lead vocals, who Nikki says is one of the best singers he’s ever
heard, comparing his sound to a prodigy of Ian Gillian and old-school
Axl Rose. He also sees the irony in the fact his band before Mötley
was called London. Nikki has been finishing demos at his home studio
with London as preparation to start rehearsals with his new band in
three weeks when Tracii and Kris return from their current tours. He
has also started training and boxing again, foreseeing some local Californian
live shows ahead for his new band in a few months.
Nikki has also entered into
a partnership with Dragonfly Clothing for his own line featuring his
tattoos as the artwork basis on button-up styled shirts. The line is
called N.SIXX and was unveiled to trade buyers last week at The Magic
Show in Las Vegas.
Tommy plays the final OzzFest show in Dallas, the hometown of recently
deceased Drowning Pool singer Dave Williams, whose mother comes on board
the tour bus to tell Tommy and his band that if there was anyone out
there that Dave would want to take over his OzzFest slot it would be
Tommy since he was a huge Mötley Crüe fan. Home Sweet Home was played
at his funeral.
As his new single Ashamed
gets radio airplay, the band has secured eight forthcoming dates in
support of Aerosmith. Tommy says he will start working on his own biographical
book soon as well.
Tracii Guns says he has been writing and recording new songs everyday
on his tour bus for his new band with Nikki, called Cockstar. The previously
un-named second guitarist is current LA Guns bassist Adam Hamilton,
who will also handle keyboard duties as the band prepares to start rehearsing
in a week’s time in Hollywood.
Music producer Michael Shuman files a $1 million lawsuit in the Los
Angeles Superior Court against Vince for battery, intentional infliction
of emotional distress, and negligence, following an alleged fight at
the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles shortly after midnight on April
28 that resulted in a fractured elbow and damage to Shuman’s mouth and
teeth. The lawsuit also names the Rainbow and its owner Mario Maglieri
Cockstar rehearses together for the first time with a day of getting
to know each other, by working on a couple of new songs and some Crüe
songs. John joins on guitar them for a jam. Tracii Guns says he sounded
great and they will be checking out a few other guitar players over
the next few weeks, while Adam Hamilton helps out until the band secures
a permanent second guitarist.
Nikki says Cockstar put together six new songs during their rehearsals
last week and he felt the same kind of magic he felt when Mötley first
rehearsed back in 1981. He says John filled-in nicely with his relentless
sarcasm, smoking cigarettes, voice from hell, ideas for days, and nothing
but sheer cool on rhythm guitar.
VH1 premieres Tommy Lee: The Naked Truth, which features footage of
an uncomfortable meeting of Tommy and Vince in Las Vegas earlier this
Cockstar prepares to start recording six new songs next week, titled
I Got A Gun (And Nothing To Say), You’ll Only Get So Far, Dogs Of Hollywood,
Set The Fire, Smell’s A Revolution and Natural Born Killers. Nikki says
the band has had two offers from major labels already but they are a
bit gun-shy of majors, since they want the right company to win them
over. John is set to play guitar and sing backing vocals on the recording.
Earlier in the day, Nikki filmed a guest host appearance on a VH1 show
called Graveside Groupies, centered on people who collect items from
dead rock stars.
Vince’s lawyer Sara Kaplan enters a not guilty plea for him at the Beverly
Hills courthouse for his misdemeanor battery charge following an alleged
attack on a record producer Michael Schuman outside the Rainbow. A pre-trial
hearing is set for November 19.
Vince is also set to be
a cast member of the upcoming Warner Bros reality series called The
Surreal Life, along with rapper MC Hammer, Emmanuel Lewis of the 1980s
sitcom Webster, Mindy Cohn from The Facts of Life, and former Baywatch
babe and Playboy Miss April 2000 Brande Roderick. The show, produced
by Brass Ring Productions and Mindless Entertainment, will follow the
notorious pop culture figures as they move into a San Fernando Valley
house for two weeks and have their lives taped round-the-clock to produce
six episodes set to air mid-season.
After attending a Playboy party at the Palms the night before, Vince
queues in one of two lines of airline passengers going through the security
checkpoint at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas at about 6am.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that he jumped over to the speedier
line and separated a couple who appeared to be in their seventies. When
the elderly man tried to move past him in an effort to catch up to his
wife ahead, Vince shoved him toward his wife. On board the Dallas-bound
American Airlines 7am flight, Vince sipped on a cocktail in first class
The lawyers for Tommy and his ex-wife Pamela tell Superior Court Judge
Lee Smalley Edmon that the couple are close to an agreement on custody
of their two sons. Tommy’s lawyer Lance Spiegel says the agreement will
probably be signed by next Monday, as the judge warns that if the deal
isn’t completed by then, she will declare a mistrial.
John will record lead vocals on the track It’s Just My Life on the forthcoming
Bruce Kulick solo release, currently with the working title of Transformer.
Another former Union member and current Vince Neil drummer Brent Fitz
will perform all drumming duties on the twelve tracks.
After much industry speculation,
Robbie Williams and EMI Records announce a groundbreaking record deal.
Robbie wears a Shout at the Devil-era Mötley Crüe t-shirt during the
press conference in London announcing the £80 million deal, arguably
the biggest deal in music history. Robbie has sold over twenty million
albums worldwide to date, including nearly ten million albums in the
U.K. alone where each of his previous releases have charted at number
Celebrating his fortieth birthday, Tommy says he and former wife Pamela
have now settled on a fifty-fifty joint custody agreement of their two
sons Brandon and Dylan, after Pamela filed for full custody last year.
Later in the evening, Mayté
throws a surprise fortieth birthday party for Tommy in the Japanese
Garden of Truth at his Malibu mansion. Transformed into an outdoor sushi
restaurant, she leads a blind-folded Tommy into the area before they
dine with his closest friends on sushi alongside his koi pond, as he
has dreamt of doing for a long time.
Cockstar changes its name to Motordog as Nikki says too many industry
outlets were very uncomfortable with the name and they didn’t want any
roadblocks to the music. Fans can look forward to some music being available
to hear online soon as the band will be finished in the studio in a
Tracii Guns says this is by far the best music and band he has ever
been in, as Motordog finishes recording the vocals on one song yesterday.
He feels the new name Motordog is not as cool as Cockstar and they are
considering Motordevil as well, both names he came up with. He says
Nikki really likes the names Motordog and Motordevil and the band have
everything it takes to get media, including MTV airplay.
Vince and girlfriend Lia
attend the Joe & Gavin Maloof’s Celebrity Roast event at the Palms Hotel
& Casino in Las Vegas. Vince is scheduled to perform at the same venue
in a week where Wayne Newton is rumoured to join Vince on stage as a
Tommy spends time in Illinois filming an episode of the new VH1 Rock
the House show, hosted by former Top of the Pops host Lisa Snowdon.
The new weekly half-hour VH1 reality series sees some of America’s biggest
music fans receiving the shock of their lives and getting to live inside
the ultimate music collectible; a room redecorated by their favourite
artist. The unsuspecting fan Brent Claudin not only has a surprise visit
by Tommy, but he receives a fantasy makeover of his room by Tommy with
his own signature style. Tommy gives Brent many gifts, including a guitar,
drum kit, all kinds of autographs, pictures, an amp, a Starbucks espresso
machine, a new leather couch, a Sony CD player, a Sony Plasma Flatscreen
TV, and even some jewellery out of his pierced nipple.
As they have a photo shoot for a forthcoming cover and fifteen-page
layout in Japan’s Burrn magazine, Nikki says his new band has finally
decided on Brides of Destruction for their name, suggested by his Crüehead
Stemming from his conviction
on spousal abuse charges, Tommy proposes a tour of U.S. military bases
around the world to Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira during a probation
hearing. Such a tour could see him released from probation prior to
his May 2003 expiration date, and it may also satisfy his remaining
two hundred and thirty seven hours of community service. Tommy is scheduled
to return to court for a hearing on April 10 next year, when the judge
will have the option to release him from probation.
Tommy is set to play his first show in Korea later this month and will
stay in the country for a few days following, as the Pentagon has set
up a meet-and-greet with him for the U.S. troops stationed in the region.
Brides of Destruction is
set to finish two more songs this coming week having now completed mixing
the tracks I’ve Got A Gun and Natural Born Killers. Nikki says things
are quiet on the Mötley front for now, but Mick is also getting some
musicians together to start jamming with as well.
Vince plays a concert to radio station-invited guests-only at the Rain
nightclub within the Palms Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. Former Guns N’
Roses member Gilby Clarke kicks off the night with his solo band and
is joined by original Gunners drummer Steven Adler on the Bob Dylan
classic Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. Robin Leach from Lifestyles of the
Rich & Famous then takes the stage to rev up the crowd and introduce
Vince. Towards the end of Vince’s set, Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow
joins the stage, along with venue owner George Maloof and Gilby’s band,
for some cover versions of classics from Led Zeppelin and The Rolling
Stones. During Girls, Girls, Girls a bunch of very scantily-clad women
come on stage and flash, ass-spank and simulate oral sex to further
entertain the crowd.
Tommy and Caroline Murphy present the Model Of The Year Award to Karolina
Kurkova at the VH1/ Vogue Fashion Awards 2002 at Radio City Music Hall
in New York.
Nikki says Tracii Guns and Steve Bruno mastered the four Brides of Destruction
songs last night, that were recently made available to fans as an online
download sample, as they prepare to meet with record labels soon. He
also says that his wife’s spa business has changed its name to ZENSPA
and is now set to open on November 15.
Vince and six celebrities
move into a house in the Hollywood Hills for ten days as production
begins on the new Warner Bros half-hour comedy/reality series The Surreal
Life. Action is set to take place in the house and on trips to various
locations around Southern California. While the roommates can come and
go as they please, they’ll be required to interact with each other,
share bedrooms and bathrooms, do household chores, go grocery shopping,
and prepare meals together. Their real-life drama will be captured on
camera during an around-the-clock shooting schedule. A six-episode order
for the series is confirmed.
MCA Records and Tommy Lee part company following completion of his contract
for two album releases. MCA is said to be disappointed with the sales
performance of his recent Never A Dull Moment CD, which has sold fewer
than one hundred and forty thousand copies in the U.S. Tommy is said
to be shopping around for a new record deal.
Tommy performs at the Eerie Taiji People Festival (ETP-FEST 2002) at
the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. The concert is recorded
for a broadcast on Korean television, and Tommy’s bassist Marty O’Brien
says it was probably the coolest show he has ever played and he has
never seen so many people jumping up and down at the same time in his
life. Others on the bill include Skrape (featuring Tommy Lee’s drummer
Will Hunt) and Diablo.
The soundtrack to the video game Grand Theft Auto Vice City is released
and features Mötley Crüe’s Too Young To Fall In Love on the Volume 1
V-Rock CD, which is also part of a box set representing all the radio
stations in the game itself.
Brides of Destruction replaces drummer Kris Kohls with Scot Coogan,
formerly of the bands Ednaswap, Otep, and Antenna, as well as having
played with Paul Gilbert and Sinéad O’Connor. Kohls has decided to focus
on his band Adema who are preparing to release their second album. Scot
doesn’t show up on the first day of rehearsals.
In the wee hours of the morning as melodies run through his head, Nikki
says he rehearsed all last week with Brides of Destruction as they got
to know new drummer Scot. He says the forthcoming week is all about
more songs as they start taking up meetings with record labels and meeting
producers later in the week. Nikki also says the band’s logo has been
designed by No Fear’s Erik Castillas, who also drew the caricature on
Mötley’s Greatest Hits album.
Tommy celebrates the wild thirty-third birthday of Puff Daddy. He flies
with Mayté, Scott Humphrey and hundreds of other guests on two chartered
747 jets. The four-day party begins on the flight and they touch down
ten hours later in Morocco, before going to a hotel in a bunch of Mercedes
limos. They spend time at a lake riding camels, Jet Skis, four-wheelers
and horses, while another day they go to a huge open-air market where
Tommy’s finger gets bitten by a monkey.
Vince participates as a celebrity musician at the Rock n’ Roll Fantasy
Camp over five days and four nights in Los Angeles. Other celebrity
participants include Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band, Mark Rivera
and Liberty Devitto of Billy Joel’s band, Tommy Shaw of Styx, Mark Farner
of Grand Funk Railroad, Carmine Appice, George Thorogood, Bret Michaels
of Poison, Jack Blades, Eric Burdon and Sheila E.
Saliva’s second album Back Into Your System is released. Produced by
Bob Marlette who produced the last Union album, the hard rocking album
includes the track Rest in Pieces written by Nikki and James Michael.
A tribute DVD to late Drowning Pool front-man Dave Williams titled Sinema
is released through Wind-Up Records. Sinema includes rare performance
footage of Drowning Pool performing a cover of Mötley Crüe’s Shout at
the Devil as well as an appearance by Vince and many other metal stars.
Nikki has been using a five-string Warwick bass for his recording with
Brides of Destruction. He says there’s talk of Warwick making him a
Gibson Thunderbird shape in a five-string and an iron cross bass as
There is progression in the wrongful death and negligence lawsuit filed
against Tommy, by the parents of the young boy who drowned during his
son Brandon’s fifth birthday party. A court-ordered mediation that was
to begin at the end of this month has reportedly fallen through, clearing
the way for the lawsuit to proceed to trial phase. Superior Court Judge
Richard Neidorf decides that the case should be heard before a jury,
setting a trial date of April 2. Actress Ursula Karven and television
producer James Veres claim that Tommy failed to provide proper supervision
for their four-year-old son Daniel and are demanding at least one million
dollars from him as reimbursement for medical care, funeral expenses,
loss of earnings as a result of the incident, and punitive damages for
their pain and suffering. Tommy’s attorney Philip Weiss says the parents
knew the conditions that existed at Tommy’s home for their child who
had no swimming experience. The parents did not sue the nanny or the
babysitter who oversaw the care of the child that day and Weiss says
the parents’ effort to seek monetary recovery under the circumstances
is inappropriate and unwarranted.
Vince will be the special guest judge on Playboy TV’s Night Calls 411
at The Hedonism exotic adult resort. Playboy playmates Crystal Knight
and Kitana Baker along with porn star Tera Patrick will be searching
for the Valentine Vixen of 2003. The event is to be aired on Valentines
Day on Playboy TV.
Rumours of a Mötley Crüe reunion for one last farewell tour next year
before putting the band to rest have recently started to gain momentum.
Negotiations are said to be in the early stages, with no plans for the
band to record a new studio album.
Brides of Destruction announces their first live performances will be
two Californian shows in support of Mudvayne and Taproot this weekend.
As a last-minute addition to the bill, the band will play a thirty-minute
set to start the concert.
Vince’s pre-trial motions
hearing at the Beverly Hills Superior Court for the misdemeanor battery
charge against him is postponed until Boxing Day, at which point a trial
date is expected to be set.
U.S. District judge Dean Pregerson orders the Seattle-based Internet
Entertainment Group to pay Tommy and his ex-wife Pamela US$741,000 in
damages as their share of profits, after the company sold their stolen
1996 honeymoon sexual escapades home-video on video cassette and DVD,
which went on to become one of the most-sold sex videos worldwide. A
previous court hearing ruled that they had lost the right to try to
ban publication of the video as they had spoken explicitly about it
on radio. The now-divorced couple started legal action in 1998 seeking
damages for invasion of privacy and copyright breaches and there have
already been a number of settlements in the case.
Vince attends the Hard Rock
Hotel’s Billboard awards after-party along with members of Creed, Toby
Keith, and the X girls of the Aladdin’s topless revue.
Tommy attends the opening party of the world’s largest strip club, the
seventy-one-thousand-square-foot Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas,
with his fiancée Mayté. The $30 million complex boasts four stages,
marble bathrooms, lavish decor, a steakhouse and up to eight hundred
strippers on busy nights. Others in attendance include Dave Navarro
and fiancée Carmen Electra, Puddle Of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin, Slash, Billy
Duffy from The Cult, Nico, and Rachael Hunter.
Brides of Destruction, featuring Nikki and John, plays their first-ever
show at the Ventura Theater, Ventura in support of Mudvayne and Taproot.
They include versions of Mötley’s Shout at the Devil and Live Wire to
end their entertaining thirty-minute set that kicked off with a version
of the LA Guns song Hellraiser’s Ball, then three new songs I Don’t
Care, Right Before You Crack and Brace Yourself. Nikki says the songs
they first demoed and sampled to fans don’t really fit as well with
the new ones.
The Los Angeles Times reports Tommy has put his Malibu home up for sale
as he and fiancée Mayté want to buy a house together in the Los Angeles
area. Tommy bought the house in 1995 and it has since seen many ups
and downs including having an infamous video tape stolen during renovations,
the recording of his music in the home studio, his arrest for spousal
abuse, and the accidental drowning in his pool. The house was built
in 1991 on nearly two and a half acres behind gates, has six bedrooms
and four bathrooms in about 7,400 square feet. There is also a media
room, a three-car garage and an elevator. It is listed for the purchase
price of $3 million.
David Weeks, the lawyer who represented Tommy and Pamela in their sex-tape
lawsuit against Internet Entertainment Group, calls the recent ruling
granting them a total of $1,481,786 amounting to the profit on sales
of the tape, as only a moral victory. They are unlikely to collect any
money at all from the ruling as the President and Founder of IEG, Seth
Warshavsky, is reportedly on the run in Thailand, avoiding angry creditors
and federal investigators who want to speak with him.
Nikki says the first Brides of Destruction show went really well and
by their third song there was a mosh pit that grew and grew. They videoed
the show and may release a couple of clips online for fans. The band
will now take a break until January 3 when they’ll demo more new songs
before playing seven to ten shows later in the month and early in February.
They then plan to record an album live off-the-floor rather than having
it polished too much in the studio.
Vince performs at Jaguar’s Strip Club in Las Vegas with Slaughter’s
Jeff Blando on guitar and Alan Vine from Impotent Sea Snakes on bass,
reportedly due to him falling out with Brent Woods and Jamie Hunting.
Original Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler joins Vince and Kevin DuBrow
from Quiet Riot on stage to close out the set with versions of Led Zeppelin’s
Whole Lotta Love and ZZ Top’s Tush. Reports soon surface that Vince
punched his fiancée Lia Gerardini in the face in front of many people
before evading police by leaving the venue through a back door. Lia
is said to have punched Vince in the face with a closed fist first as
he came off stage, after local strippers were hanging off him during
his performance, much to her anger. The couple was reportedly very wasted.
Earlier in the day Allen
Kovac files an arbitration lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court
alleging that his business partner Jeffrey Sydney, President, COO, CFO,
Secretary, Counsel, and part-owner of Left Bank Records and Left Bank
Management, manipulated and defrauded him by using the businesses’ governing
agreements to engage in numerous fraudulent activities, including inflating
the label’s profitability in an unsuccessful sales bid to BMG, voiding
a distribution deal with Universal Music and Video Distribution, and
maintaining excessively-high overhead costs. The suit also says Sydney’s
actions were an attempt to “avoid community property implications” in
a separate divorce action with his wife. Kovac is seeking undetermined
damages and claims losses of more than $7 million. Both Left Bank Records
(Beyond Music) and Left Bank Management went into receivership days
earlier with all staff being made redundant, but being invited to join
a new company being started by Kovac. As a result of the closure, the
band itself now owns the Mötley Crüe catalog.
Tommy spends New Years Eve
at home with his boys, his sister Athena and her children, and Mayté
and her parents. After they eat dinner and it approaches midnight, having
the consent of her father, Tommy asks Mayté to marry him. She is thrilled.
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