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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.
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 Miyazo.
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 or two.
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.
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 Tommy.
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
At 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
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 evaluation.
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
girlfriend Lia Gerardini joins him on the day. Adopted at birth and
raised by an Italian family in Pleasanton, California, Lia was into
Mötley during high school and had a poster of Vince on her wall. When
she met Vince after his third divorce, he had filed for bankruptcy.
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 full.
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.
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 goes.
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 the day of 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 goes well.
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 as defendants.
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 year.
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 before takeoff.
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
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 one.
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 few days.
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.
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 special guest.
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
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 friend Dano.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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