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Rikki Rockett’s Glitter 4 Your Soul CD tribute salute to 70’s glitter
rock is released and features John Corabi singing a cover of Alice
Cooper’s Elected with Blues Saraceno on guitar.
From the studio where his new band Brides of Destruction is recording
six more songs titled I Don’t Care, Brace Yourself, Life, Crash, Going
Out, and Shut The F@ck Up, Nikki Sixx says there are currently no plans
for Mötley Crüe to do any kind of tour until next year.
the writer of movies Airheads, XXX and XXX2, has been signed-on to
write the Mötley movie script. Nikki says Rich is a huge fan of rock,
as they prepare to choose the right director for the film. Nikki and
wife Donna will also be doing some TV together soon, expected to air
for Valentine’s Day.
The Warner Bros half-hour comedy/reality series featuring Vince Neil
called The Surreal Life premieres on the Warner Brothers Network with
back-to-back half-hour episodes and is received with surprisingly good
reviews from critics. Vince tells Entertainment Weekly that he shared
the house in the San Fernando Valley for ten days and ten nights for
the show because he was a bit curious and saw it as a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but he’d never do it again.
Vince spends the weekend in Las Vegas to attend the Adult Video News
Adult Expo and Awards where he sings. He also films his first official
porn video called Vince Neil Strippers Ball. A Jaguar and $25,000 are
up for first prize in the show that gives strippers time off work to
enjoy themselves on a night on the town with Vince.
Against Tommy Lee’s wishes, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard
Neidorf’s rules that a further person cannot be added to the wrongful
death and negligence lawsuit filed against him when a four-year-old boy
drowned in his pool. Tommy’s attorney Philip D. Weiss wanted nanny
Judith Zeihm added to the lawsuit as a defendant after she took over
supervision duties of the boy who was originally brought to the party
by his nanny, Christian Weihs. Leaving the party early to go to a
concert, Weiss is said to have gone home and advised the boy’s parents
of the plan to leave young Daniel with Judith Zeihm who had no problem
with the arrangement.
in the Sixx household with the heart attack and passing of the
biological father of Nikki’s nine-year-old stepson Rhyan.
Pamela Anderson’s lawyer Suzanne Harris says Pam and Tommy have signed
an agreement submitted to the court to end their bitter custody battle
over their two sons. Expected to be signed by Superior Court Judge Lee
Smalley Edmon, the agreement now gives Pamela the option of moving
Brandon and Dylan to Michigan, the home state of her fiancé Kid Rock.
Records announces the forthcoming April release of An Education in
Rebellion - The Audio-Biography of Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx as the
first in its new audio-biography Series of spoken word/book-on-CD
releases. The product is yet to be released.
Nikki attends the grand opening of the Hard Rock Vault in Orlando,
Florida. Also present for the opening of the
seventeen-thousand-square-foot interactive memorabilia attraction are
Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider,
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, Zakk Wylde, former Guns N’ Roses members
Duff McKagan and Slash, and members of Disturbed.
Brides of Destruction continues working on eight songs in the studio,
six of them new. Scot Coogan re-did Kris Kohl’s drum tracks on the
first two original demo songs and now all instruments are done ready
for London’s vocals today, and then back-ups from John and Scot. The
songs will be mixed as the band prepares for ten live shows late next
month along the U.S. west coast before finishing writing and
pre-production for the album’s recording towards the end of April.
The lawsuit filed by Tom Werman in May last year seeking at least
$100,000 in damages from Mötley Crüe for breach of contract, and the
same amount from the distributor Beyond Music, has now been settled
with terms remaining confidential. The lawsuit alleged that Beyond
Music executives “encouraged Mötley to breach’’ agreements between the
band and Werman, effectively cheating him out of royalties on the
albums he produced: Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain and Girls,
Girls, Girls. Werman stopped getting royalties in 2001 after the albums
were re-released by Left Bank Records Inc., which also conducted
business as Beyond Music. Tom Werman is said to be very happy with the
terms of the settlement.
After winning a contest during last week’s episode of The Surreal Life,
Vince is set to begin filming a guest spot this week on the WB network
show Greetings from Tucson as his prize. The show is an
autobiographical family comedy, based on the life of series creator
Peter Murrieta, seen through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old as he faces
the challenges of growing up in an ethnically mixed, upwardly mobile
currently working with Monster Magnet front-man Dave Wyndorf and
producer Scott Humphrey on the score for Ice Cube’s next movie Torque.
Tommy will play drums on some of the material using big Japanese
orchestral drums, so everything sounds huge. Wyndorf describes the
film’s music as a cross between Bernard Herrmann (Taxi Driver, Vertigo)
and Sergio Leoni (A Fistful of Dollars) done in a psychedelic funk
format, but emphasises that it’s not a hard rock score at all. The
movie is being directed by Joseph Kahn, who worked on Monster Magnet’s
Powertrip and Space Lord videos, before shooting videos for other
artists including Moby and Britney Spears.
Vince prepares to release an album titled More Girls, Girls, Girls in
time for Valentines Day. The day before, he will be hosting the More
Girls, Girls, Girls talent quest at Jaguar’s Gentlemen Club in Las
Vegas. Vince has committed to franchising the competition to take it
worldwide, including South Beach, Latin America and Cannes. He is also
reportedly working with an experienced licensing team that will ensure
many entertainment windows for ‘Girls’ including movies, calendars,
television and apparel.
In a post on AOL, Tommy says he feels Vince has sunk to “an all-time
low” by doing The Surreal Life reality series and blames him for
“dragging what’s left of a once-great band.” The post was a follow-up
to a previous comment that “rock stars don’t do talent shows” in
reference to Vince recently winning a talent quest on the series, with
his song Surreal Life Blues.
Following the demise of
Beyond Records, Mötley Crüe has now signed a deal with Universal Music
Enterprises to re-release all of their albums with bonus tracks on
April 1. The band is to receive about $5 million in advances against a
royalty rate of around twenty five percent. A new greatest hits album
is also being prepared for a March 4 release, followed by DVD releases
of Lewd, Crüed & Tattooed and VH1 Behind the Music: Mötley Crüe the
following month. A greatest hits style video collection is planned for
later in the year, as well as a career-spanning box set for the holiday
season. Nikki says he wants fans to say, “Wow, I never thought I’d get
my hands on the very first single. They only made a thousand of these
things and here I finally get it.”
Nikki is also
entertaining offers for a new book deal called The Heroin Diaries,
focusing on his dark days between Christmas morning 1986 to Christmas
morning 1987, taking in the making of the Girls, Girls, Girls record,
the jets, the tours, the Rolling Stone magazine cover, the overdoses
and arrests, and still being alone exactly one year later.
Canadian TV, Nikki says the Mötley Crüe farewell tour in planning for
next year will only be with the original members, who would need to be
in top physical and mental shape. He says the band has very
dysfunctional personalities and Vince and Tommy don’t like each other,
so these are all factors determining whether it will happen or not.
Nikki says he finds it difficult to get along with Vince due to his
heavy drinking problem, when he himself attends Alcoholics Anonymous
meetings three or four times a week.
Paramount Pictures and MTV Films will begin filming the Mötley Crüe
movie this year for a 2004 theatrical release. Nikki says Jackass star
Johnny Knoxville told him he wants to play his character in the movie.
Nikki says, “I felt pretty comfortable thinking about him doing it
after I walked outside from the meeting at Paramount and he was peeing
on the tire of some executive. He has the right attitude.”
Brides of Destruction winds up work in the studio with nine songs now
complete and a further three that are almost done. They are in the
final stages of deciding which producer will handle duties on their
album. It is later revealed that they met with Bob Rock one Sunday
morning at a Beverly Hills hotel. After breakfast, the band went up to
Bob’s room where he gave them an honest critique of what he liked and
disliked with the demo songs. Bob declined to produce the project,
later revealing that he believed it would be settling for something not
as good as Mötley Crüe.
Nikki says he
is currently focused on The Brides and deals, including his N.SIXX
clothing line through Dragonfly that has sixteen mens and sixteen
womens items, some of which are being prepared for display at the major
industry trade show later this month. On the Mötley front, he says he
sees Mick Mars often and he is doing great, and he is excited about the
planned release of the Crüe’s Greatest Hits DVD later in the year.
Eight of the eleven Mötley Crüe albums to be released April 1 will
include bonus tracks that have previously only appeared on Japanese
editions. For the band’s first seven albums, the tracks will sit next
to bonus tracks that appeared on the initial remastered reissues in
Vince participates in the Fifteenth Annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf
Tournament in aid of Barbara Sinatra’s Children’s Centre at Desert
Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California. Others to enjoy the
event include Lee Majors, Smokey Robinson, Dennis Quaid and Andy
Tommy’s bassist Marty O’Brien says Tommy is currently writing new songs
in his Tommyland home studio. Marty has laid down bass on some of
Tommy’s demos, and even some new songs that Tommy’s fiancée Mayté is
writing. Marty is also working on his own songs in his home studio but
is not sure if any of his ideas will end up as Tommy Lee songs.
L.A. law firm Proskauer Rose LLP reportedly sues Tommy for $315,681 in
unpaid service fees.
Mick has another grandchild with the birth of Trinton at 12:01pm. The
new baby son of Mick’s son Les Deal weighs 9lbs 5oz at birth and is
twenty one inches long.
Vince joins the Scorpions on stage at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for a
rendition of their hit Rock You Like a Hurricane. Scorpions’ drummer
James Kottack is married to Tommy’s sister Athena, and she accepts
Vince’s invitation to be the new drummer in Vince’s solo band.
During a radio interview before the Grammy Awards, Stacey from American
Hi-Fi says he wrote a song with Nikki that they were going to record
but they both got busy and it hasn’t happened as yet.
Tommy meets with book publishers in New York to dish all the dirt on
his marriages to Pamela Anderson in a book titled Ragz to Riches due
next year. He also attends some of the Grammy’s parties.
Tommy is preparing to launch a “sexy and tasteful” line of women’s
underwear and lingerie with Immortal Entertainment CEO Happy Walters,
which will debut in stores next fall. His ex-wife Pamela announced her
clothing line two weeks ago.
Nikki says his
male and female Dragonfly clothing line is in over one hundred and
fifty stores and they can't design it fast enough for the buyers. He
says The Brides have now met with producers and have their heart set on
one, known to Crüe fans, who gave them some working orders that have
prompted them to head back into Klown Studios to increase the
aggression in their music. There won’t be any ballads as their
intention is to have an album with the energy of AC/DC, Plasmatics, old
Judas Priest, and Kiss meets the Sex Pistols. Nikki also expresses his
sadness over the recent Great White nightclub fire tragedy, hoping
those responsible are punished to the utmost degree and saying his
heart goes out to all the families.
Poison announces they will be touring throughout the year with Vince
and Skid Row, with the first leg of tour dates soon to be announced.
Nikki says Brides of Destruction has been speaking with some major acts
about having them support and they are close to making a decision. The
band will be touring without their album complete but are fine with
that. He says, “I’m embarrassed that Crüe members tour and don’t stand
on their own musically. I support playing a couple of songs, but for
God’s sake, try to have some kind of class and not play ninety nine
percent Mötley music... some day there just may be a Crüe tour... isn’t
that what that’s for?”
Nikki has now also signed with Regan Books to publish his Heroin
Diaries book, which is expected to be released late this year or early
Nikki says the name of his Dragonfly clothing line N.SIXX was inspired
by the original lyric sheet of Shout at the Devil that he had shown to
the graphic artists at the clothing company. Meanwhile Brides of
Destruction apparently recently had one of their recording hard drives
stolen from their recording studio at Klown Records and the song Shut
The F@ck Up! has been spotted on some Internet file-sharing locations.
Nikki films a
cameo appearance in the video for the second Saliva single from their
Back Into Your System album called Rest in Pieces, which he wrote with
James Michael. The song is the number two U.S. radio song this week
behind Sum 41. The clip is shot in a cinema-verite style by director
Diane Martel and features a glimpse of Nikki in his ‘57 Chevy.
re-releases their Greatest Hits album through Universal Music
Enterprises label Hip-O Records.
Tommy says he is having a blast filming all week for the Friday night
Fox TV show Fastlane as he acts as a tweaker on meth. His episodes are
expected to air in April.
A demo version of the Brides of Destruction song Shut The F@ck Up! is
posted on the Mötley Crüe website and is received positively by fans.
Nikki says Brides of Destruction is back in rehearsals next week and
they’re considering recording five more tracks. The band has written
over thirty-five songs; having started off writing hit sounding songs
but now finding their own sound and regressing into what he believes
they should sound like on their first record. The band’s first deal is
signed and they are now concentrating on other business decisions.
Tommy says his forthcoming autobiography Ragz to Riches will contain
many details not included in The Dirt. The book is to be a microscopic
view into his life, rather than all the Mötley members, and he promises
it to be a “mindblower.” Tommy has yet to secure a publishing deal for
the book, which is expected to surface in 2004 as The Dirt movie hits
the silver screen.
Nikki says he’ll be doing a charity event at the Roxy in Los Angeles in
a few months with some other name artists. He has recently been doing
lots of press promoting his N.SIXX clothing line and Brides of
Brent Fitz plays drums with Vince after Tommy’s sister Athena doesn’t
hear back from Vince’s camp about her touring. Jason Hook from
Bulletboys and Mandy Moore’s band plays guitar while Alan Vine from
Impotent Sea Snakes is on bass.
The Brides of Destruction website is launched and allows fans to hear
full-length streaming audio of their songs I Don’t Care, 2x Dead (Goin’
Out), Life, Only So Far, Revolution, I’ve Got A Gun, Brace Yourself,
Natural Born Killer, and Shut The F@ck Up.
Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols will guest on the forthcoming album by
Ashley Hamilton, son of actor George Hamilton, while Tommy is set to
contribute his drumming talents to a cover of the INXS song Need You
Tonight with Mixmaster Mike from the Beastie Boys on turntables.
John shaves off his dreadlocks to leave an inch of hair all over his
head. He grew tired of the dreads that weighed about seventy pounds
when wet, and the headaches they gave him all the time.
Tommy tells Chronological Crue that he has landed a deal for his
autobiography with Atria Books, the hardcover imprint of Simon &
Schuster. He says the book isn’t called Ragz to Riches as no title has
been decided yet.
Tommy attends the Frederick’s of Hollywood Fashion Show Fall 2003
Collection to benefit Expedition Inspiration Take-A-Hike at Smashbox
Studios in Culver City, California.
Tommy’s video for Hold Me Down is nominated for Alternative Video of
the Year in the Music Video Production Association awards for
Excited about the new songs he has been writing, John announces his
exit from Brides of Destruction through a band press release, as he
progresses his solo career. As the one-time Mötley band-mates split
once again, Nikki says John kicks-ass as a songwriter and they can’t
wait to hear what he does next, while John says they are still friends
and the split is amicable. The Brides wish John nothing but the best,
as they move on to begin recording their debut album due for release
later this year.
John says he parted company with Brides of Destruction under good terms
so that he can take care of some personal issues and pursue his solo
Nikki says the Brides have rehearsed a bunch of new tunes and will
finalise a record deal so they can go and make their album in another
six-to-eight weeks. Following John’s departure, he again confirms they
are all the greatest of friends and there is nothing but respect and
love for each other, but each has their own journey. He says Brides of
Destruction were the other band being considered for the Aerosmith and
Kiss tour opening slot, and they were honoured to be in contention
right until the end considering their unsigned band hasn’t even
recorded an album yet. Saliva was chosen in the end and Nikki says his
phone has been running off the hook with song-writing requests, now
that the Saliva single he wrote Rest in Pieces is taking off at radio.
Tommy stars in
the FOX TV show Fastlane. The episode titled Asslane features him in
the role of a crystal-meth kingpin whose partnership with a
porn-producing distributor (model Naomi Campbell) is about to be ended.
John plays rhythm guitar with Ratt in Las Vegas and further clarifies
to fans his recent departure from Brides of Destruction saying he just
wasn’t into it, and he didn’t want to be in the band if he wasn’t
committed. He has been married for two years and wants to spend more
time with his wife, and his diabetic son Ian who needs a lot of
attention. John wants to keep playing in Ratt and concentrate on his
solo music, thus not having the time or desire to make the Brides work.
He also says he is thinking of taking a little time off from everything
and spending some quality time at home with his family instead of
touring on the road so much. John enrolls in truck-driving school so he
can get his license and have income earning potential during his time
off the road from Ratt.
Vince’s attorney enters a no contest plea to misdemeanour battery for
his April 2002 assault on record producer Michael Schuman outside the
Rainbow Bar and Grill in West Hollywood. The Superior Court judge
orders Vince to complete one hundred hours of community service, pay
restitution and go through a booking process, which will place his
fingerprints on file with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Prosecutors say he will also complete a diversion program and is due in
court in one year for any additional sentencing. Vince did not attend
court after his not guilty plea lodged last September.
begins in Santa Monica for the civil trial of Tommy who is being sued
for the wrongful death of four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres who drowned
in June 2001 during his son Brandon’s birthday party. Prosecution and
defense lawyers select twelve suitable jurors to hear the case in which
German actress Ursula Karven and her husband James Veres are accusing
Tommy of negligence in the death of their son, and seeking at least one
million dollars in damages as well as reimbursement for medical care,
funeral expenses and additional damages to make up for their pain and
suffering. The boy is said to have been brought to the party by his
nanny and that she left the party early to go to a concert, leaving
another nanny to look after him, before he tragically died from
asphyxia by drowning. No criminal charges were filed against Tommy and
the death was ruled accidental by the Los Angeles County coroner.
Dubbed Mandatory Mötley, the Crüe re-release all of their albums
through the Universal Music Enterprises division Hip-O Records. The
albums also feature the Japanese bonus tracks from the Crucial Crüe
releases, along with video clips. The releases include Too Fast for
Love, Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain, Girls, Girls, Girls, Dr.
Feelgood, Mötley Crüe, Generation Swine, Supersonic and Demonic Relics,
Live: Entertainment or Death, and New Tattoo.
On trial, Tommy
testifies in his own defense that every other child at his son’s tragic
birthday party came with a parent or a babysitter to look after them,
and repeatedly places the responsibility for the children on the
guardians who accompanied them to the party at his Malibu estate. Tommy
says he sat by the pool and kept an eye on his own two kids. Attorney
Thomas Girardi, who represents Daniel’s parents, said in his opening
statement that his clients had been unaware that their child would be
swimming, saying there was one life jacket and Tommy gave it to his own
son, Brandon. Tommy’s attorney James Baratta countered that the party
was carefully planned, that Tommy had arranged for a magician, a
petting zoo and a Buzz Lightyear character to entertain the children.
Actress Ursula Karven is questioned by attorneys for a second day
before a Superior Court jury of nine women and three men in Santa
Monica, as she and her husband James Veres sue Tommy for wrongful
death, believing he acted in negligence by not having a lifeguard or
anyone available to perform CPR at his son’s birthday party. Karven
says she would have insisted her drowned son Daniel Karven-Veres bring
his water-wings if she’d known there would be swimming at the party and
she first learned there was swimming when Christian Weihs, the
twenty-four-year-old nanny of the family and German exchange student
who went to the party to specifically watch over Daniel and his
nine-year-old brother Christopher, returned home without them at about
2:30pm to get ready to go to the Wango Tango concert. Karven testifies
that Weihs told her, “Don’t worry. They’re out of the water now,” that
the pool party was over and that he had turned over care of the boys to
someone else’s nanny, who was watching over three other children of the
eighteen pre-schoolers at the party. Veres testifies she was unhappy
that Weihs left her sons with the other nanny, Judith Zeihm, but said
she knew Zeihm from Malibu’s Seaside preschool. Weihs returned to
Germany several days after the incident and has since disappeared and
will not be a witness.
then testifies that he is a former national swimming champion and he
had tried to teach Daniel to swim. He said the boy had an ‘egg’
flotation device and that he didn’t go anywhere near water without his
water-wings. Karven says another parent from the party Renee called to
alert her that Daniel had an accident in the pool and to come quickly.
David Lira, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said he might call Tommy’s
ex-wife Pamela Anderson as a witness in the case to address the issue
of Tommy’s credibility, but Judge Richard Neidorf hasn’t ruled if she
would be allowed to testify. If Pamela were allowed to testify, it is
likely to be next week during his rebuttal case. The trial is set to
resume next Tuesday.
All Brides of
Destruction members are guests on Rockline radio and play some of their
new songs. Nikki says he lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in his
Outlaw clothing venture, as he talks about how well his N.SIXX clothing
line is going now. He says the Brides have now signed with a licensing
and distribution deal with Universal records in Japan and they are
still negotiating similar contracts for the U.S. and the rest of world,
before they begin the final recording in about eight-to-ten weeks.
London says he was born in Miami Florida before moving to Charlotte in
about third grade where he lived until he was fourteen, when he spent
thirteen months in the Orient attending Hong Kong International School.
Tracii Guns saw a picture of him last year and asked him to sing on a
demo song. They then met up with Nikki and over an Italian dinner and
London’s place in the band was confirmed. Newest member Scott Coogan
says Tracii came down one night to watch him sing and drum in his fun
cover band Six Foot Nurse, after he had previously played drums with
Steve from Klown Records, where the band is recording. Tracii joined
him on stage for a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Rock’n’Roll before
introducing him to the rest of the band the next day and being asked to
join the following day. Scott’s vocal recording debut can be heard on
The Brides’ song Life.
Tommy appears briefly before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge
Lawrence Mira in Malibu for a progress report on his probation,
stemming from his 1998 conviction for spousal abuse against ex-wife
Pamela Anderson. Legal papers filed show Tommy has completed two
hundred and twelve hours of his court-ordered four hundred and fifty
hours of community service. His service to date includes sixty nine
hours working for a group called Tree People, seven hours working for a
toy drive organised by Magic Johnson giving gifts to kids, charity work
giving away clothes to the homeless in winter and serving food at
missions during the holidays, clerical work for Children Affected by
AIDS Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the ALS Foundation,
and one hundred hours donating drums. Tommy seeks credit for attending
charity benefits for the VH-1 Save the Music Foundation on March 9-11
and 15-17 of last year, as well as four days in Pearl Harbour visiting
sailors from October 27-30 last year. However his paperwork does not
claim a specific number of hours he wants credited for these events so
Judge Mira orders him and his lawyer back to court next month with
their specific credit proposal.
Nikki says he has signed on as an Executive Producer of the movie
version of the band’s best-selling autobiography to maintain creative
control. The book he is writing titled The Heroin Diaries will be
turned into a VH1 special. He sees his N.SIXX rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle
clothing line of shirts, panties and Baby T’s inspired by the wild and
eclectic tattoos that adorn his body, will eventually be its own
standalone company, breaking away from Dragonfly. The line delivers the
fun of the tattoo without the pain and commitment.
Superior Court Judge Richard Neidorf rules that Pamela Anderson will
not testify in the wrongful death civil lawsuit against Tommy. Lawyers
for the parents of Daniel Karven-Veres had planned to call her to the
stand to prove Tommy has previously shown little regard for child
safety and they are angered by the decision. Both sides rest and
closing arguments are set for tomorrow.
The twelve-member jury to decide upon Tommy’s wrongful death suit
deliberates for an hour following closing arguments, before adjourning
for the evening. A lawyer for the dead boy’s parents tells the jury
that $10 million would be a suitable damage award.
Tommy is found to be not guilty of acting negligent in the drowning of
four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres. The jurors in Santa Monica
deliberate for less than three hours in the morning before voting 12-0
in favour of Tommy and unanimously clearing him of any responsibility
in the accidental death. The foreman of the panel says they followed
the judge’s instructions specifically and treated him just like anybody
else. Ursula Karven-Veres and her husband were not in court for the
verdict, as were their lead attorneys, Thomas Girardi and David Lira.
Outside court after the verdict, jury foreman Howard Pollack says, “It
was very, very obvious that Tommy Lee was not responsible for the death
of that child. People are responsible for their own children. There
were too many adults there to have worried about hiring a lifeguard.
Does anybody do that? He can’t be expected to do that just because he’s
Tommy Lee.” The sixty-two-year-old father of four completed his jury
service at the trial despite suffering a mild heart attack last
Saturday. After leaving the courthouse through a back door without
speaking to reporters, Tommy later says, “Although I am relieved that
the court has found me not negligent, there are no winners in this sad
Vince guest-stars as himself in the TV show Greetings from Tucson.
Ernesto (Jacob Vargas) is hired as a security guard for a Vince Neil
concert but when Vince takes Ernesto’s “let it be” advice literally and
walks out on a sold-out concert, chaos ensues.
When asked on Howard Stern’s radio show live from Las Vegas why Mötley
Crüe isn’t touring, Vince says Nikki is the problem and thinks he IS
Mötley and doesn’t need the rest of the guys. He says they were
supposed to be playing OzzFest this year but they didn’t because of
Nikki and he only cares about Brides of Destruction now. Vince plans to
sue Nikki for breach of contract in the next seven-to-ten days and the
Crüe is now over. He says the next time he talks with Nikki it will be
with their lawyers as the suit progresses. He introduces his fiancée
Lia to Howard and they talk about how they bring other girls to the bed
Chronological Crue that he heard the interview and felt Vince was very
drunk. He has no idea what Vince was talking about, saying they all
agreed that until the original four were ready there wouldn’t be a
tour. Tommy hasn’t been ready and Mick’s health has also been an
impediment to date so he doesn’t know why he’s now pointing the bone at
Tommy reportedly breaks his engagement to fiancée Mayté Garcia. The
couple supposedly had a wedding date set for July 4 in either Malibu or
Spain where Mayté has a castle, which was a gift from ex-husband Prince.
Vince hosts the Seventh Annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament
takes place at Malibu Canyon Country Club in Malibu, California. Among
the celebrities in attendance are adult film stars Jenna Jameson and
Brianna Banks, former Playboy playmate and Baywatch star Brande
Roderick, and Sheri Belafonte-Harper. Proceeds from this year’s event
benefit The Lili Claire Foundation, a non-profit organisation that
benefits children born with neurogenetic birth disorders such as
Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome and autism.
Nikki takes his
daughter Storm to see Avril Lavigne in concert and says they had a
blast while Storm sang along with every lyric. Michelle Branch came up
to Nikki with one of the guys from Sum 41 and told him they were
Crüeheads. Storm asked Nikki not to sign autographs because it is
boring for her, which Nikki found to be cute.
Tommy is released from the probation sentence he has been serving for
the past five years after assaulting ex-wife Pamela Anderson. Tommy was
charged in February 1998 with spousal abuse, child abuse and a firearms
violation after Pamela called police and reported she had been
assaulted during an argument at home. After pleading no contest to
felony corporal injury to a spouse, Tommy was sentenced to terms of one
hundred and eighty days in jail and three years in state prison, both
of which were suspended. The spousal abuse case against Tommy is now
reduced to a misdemeanour and the judge grants a defense motion to
dismiss the case, meaning that he will have to indicate he was arrested
if asked, but can say the case against him was dismissed.
The Las Vegas Sun reports Vince will be opening an erotic bakery at the
Hard Rock Hotel with his fiancée Lia, and also planning an infomercial
for a talking dog-bone clock to amuse pets when their owners are away.
Tommy participates in the Thrity-second Annual Police Celebrity Golf
Tournament on Ranch Park Golf Course in Los Angeles, California. The
golf tournament is the major fundraising event of the Los Angeles
Police Memorial Foundation, which assists Los Angeles Police Department
personnel experiencing catastrophic circumstances including injury,
illness or death.
Nikki says Brides of Destruction has chosen Steve Thompson to produce
the band’s debut album, commencing in July. Thompson has produced
albums for artists as varied as Butthole Surfers, (hed) pe, Korn,
Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rollins Band, Tesla and Venom.
says he didn’t even know about Nikki’s new band Brides of Destruction,
saying he just heard it by word of mouth and thought no wonder Mötley
is not going out on tour. Vince says that Nikki is forever delaying the
Crüe reunion tour and doing a lot of stuff behind his back and the bad
part is he is going to have to get lawyers involved, and when attorneys
get involved, then there definitely won’t be another Mötley Crüe. Vince
says he now has seven or eight new songs written and will take a month
off after his summer solo tour before entering the recording studio to
work on a new studio album. He also says the reason there is only one
of his own solo tunes on his forthcoming live album is that somehow the
tapes got lost.
Vince plays the
first of his summer solo concerts in Mankato, hitting the stage after
Skid Row and before Poison. His set list consists of songs Shout At The
Devil, All In The Name Of, Too Young To Fall In Love, Girls Girls
Girls, Same Ol’ Situation, Home Sweet Home, Wild Side, You’re Invited
But Your Friend Can’t Come, Looks That Kill, Dr. Feelgood, Teaser, and
Kickstart My Heart.
Vince releases his Live One Night Only CD on VNS Records, distributed
through Image Entertainment. The live disc is a recording of Vince’s
performance at The Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood a year ago to the day,
recorded by Damon Gold. The disc features eleven Mötley Crüe songs and
one solo song – Look In Her Eyes.
In a CNN article, it is reported that Tommy’s autobiography with Atria
Books is to be called Misunderstood.
Nikki and Tommy attend the Meat Loaf & Friends All-Star Jam &
Pool Party at Skin at the Palms in Las Vegas, benefiting the Lili
Claire Life Skills Centre. The event is hosted by Meat Loaf, while
Sebastian Bach and Steven Adler are among the other hard rock musicians
Earlier in the
day Nikki says Brides of Destruction is going to pull out of rehearsals
for a while to complete lyrics and arrangements at his home studio,
until they start recording the album with producer Steve Thomson late
in July somewhere in Los Angeles. The band has written a bunch of new
songs that are a lot faster, harder and darker than most of the demos
heard to date. On the Mötley front, Nikki says that heaps of new summer
movies will have Crüe music in them. New Crüe merchandise is expected
to be available from Dragonfly clothing soon, while the DVD is nearing
completion along with the box set. Nikki is also expecting to see the
first draft of the script for The Dirt movie any day now, and he is
still enjoying writing a lot of music for outside artists.
When asked about a possible Mötley reunion during a recent interview,
Nikki says “I like to make decisions based on what’s right and what’s
wrong for Mötley Crüe. At some point, I think we would all like to play
live again. Whether or not that happens, it’s out of my control. Either
Vince Neil’s going to get sober and really lean and come back and kick
ass like only Vince Neil can do – because he’s a badass mofo when he’s
got his shit together – or it’s not happening. That’s where Tommy’s at,
too. Unless it’s 1989 on steroids, I’m not interested in doing it.”
Talk of reconciliation between Tommy and Pamela Anderson builds, as it
seems their respective engagements to Mayté Garcia and Kid Rock
respectively have been broken off. Tommy and Pam recently attended a
softball game in Malibu with their two sons, while Kid Rock went to
Knoxville to do a show with country crooner Kenny Chesney before
cruising the Caribbean on his yacht. Pamela attended a Spike TV party
at the Playboy mansion a couple of nights ago without Kid Rock and when
asked if her wedding with Kid was still on she remarked, “I’m here with
family and friends. That might be a hint.” Earlier this month, Tommy
and Pam were spotted at the stripper bar Fantasy Island and were said
to be looking like a couple. Furthermore, Pam was not wearing her
engagement ring during a recent promotional appearance for PETA,
quipping that “The word that best describes her is free.”
magazine conduct an extensive interview and photo shoot with Nikki and
wife Donna D’Errico for the September issue of the magazine, which is
receiving a facelift and a shift in image. The article will discuss
their on-going projects and life in depth while the pictures will not
feature any nudity.
Tommy has produced and contributed vocals on a few songs on Los
Angeles-based Drownload’s upcoming release, titled Less Resistance to
Ground. The tracks that feature Tommy include The Go Go and A Little
Nikki says he’s
been busy wrapping up business before he heads to Mexico for a two-week
During an interview in Canada with Brave Words, Vince says his new live
album “wasn’t made to sell a million copies. We’re not even really
promoting it; it’s really kind of like a gift for the fans. If anybody
collects any Mötley stuff it’s kind of like a final tribute thing to
get me singing Mötley Crüe stuff.” He says that even though Nikki has
been telling everyone that there will be a farewell tour, there won’t
be any more Crüe tours as he didn’t bother to ask anybody and now Vince
really has no interest in getting back with Mötley Crüe. In regard the
Mötley movie, Vince says Nikki “tells everybody that it’s his movie. It
has nothing to do with him at all – nothing. And each person in the
band has input in that movie and Nikki has no more input than anybody
else. But he likes to tell everybody that he does. And I don’t think
the movie is gonna get made anyway.” As for his relationship with the
other two and talk of Mick’s illness, Vince says, “I have no idea. I
haven’t talked to Mick in a couple of years and I haven’t talked to
Tommy in years so... it doesn’t really matter.”
Upon his return from four days in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Tommy says
work on his new music and writing with some other big artists has been
going great. Now free of probation, court and legal issues, along with
being a single guy again, is inspiring him with many things to write
Records releases The World’s Greatest Air Guitar Album packed with two
dozen rock classics from the likes of Santana, Motorhead, Deep Purple,
Free, Billy Idol, Ratt and Queen. As a special free bonus, the two-disc
set comes with the revolutionary virtual instrument software from
MusicPlayground, enabling listeners to play along to Mötley Crüe’s
Girls, Girls, Girls.
Tommy is reportedly co-producing several tracks for the second solo
album from Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, which is set to be
released early next year. Meanwhile on radio, his former wife Pamela
Anderson denies she is back with Tommy, saying he is the father of her
kids and will therefore always be in her life.
tells Chronological Crue that the previously touted DVD & VHS of
Union with John is expected to be released later this year.
Brides of Destruction cancels their forthcoming gig at The Galaxy
Theatre in Santa Ana for a N.SIXX clothing line event.
Tommy responds to negative comments about his co-production role with
Nick Carter by saying, “Am I never supposed to write a song for anyone
else? Am I never to change my style as I and music evolve? It just
blows my mind how retarded people are! I’ve been asked to write for
Ozzy, I’ve written many songs for the Crüe, my solo stuff etc... Who
gives a flyin’ f@ck who I write with! I only want to work with talented
artists!” Tommy says that after Nick heard the production sound on his
last two CDs, he was asked if he could help him get a more aggressive
sound for his new CD. Tommy says he is a huge rock fan and can sing his
nuts off, so why not.
Hip-O Records releases a new Mötley Crüe compilation as part of their
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection series. The twelve
digitally remastered tracks included are Piece Of Your Action, Shout At
The Devil, Too Young To Fall In Love, Home Sweet Home, Girls Girls
Girls, All In The Name Of..., Kickstart My Heart, Rock & Roll
Junkie, Anarchy In The U.K., Hooligan’s Holiday, Generation Swine and
Hell on High Heels.
As spokesman of music-download service BuyMusic.com, Tommy attends the
unveiling of the world’s largest billboard (one-hundred-and-fifty-feet
high, sixty-feet wide) in New York’s Times Square that features a nude
picture of himself, if only for the company logo across his pelvis.
More billboards are expected to go up in other cities, with Chicago
among the possibilities. The launch of the new service also consists of
a $40 million ad campaign (nineteen hundred TV spots in the next two
weeks) that both mimics and pokes fun at Apple Computer’s iTunes Music
Store ad campaign. In one of the clips, Tommy is shown smashing a
guitar that is identical to the one prominently featured in Apple’s
iTunes Music Store ads.
Nikki says he
and Tommy recently did some video interviews together for the Mötley
Crüe Greatest Hits DVD due for release later this year.
Nevada police issue a warrant for Vince’s arrest for allegedly
assaulting Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel employee and adult actor
Trixxxie Blue (real name Andrea Terry) on July 10. Following Blue’s
complaint against Vince filed on the night of the incident, the case
and its file reportedly includes pictures of a badly-bruised Blue and a
doctor’s report, along with confirmation that she went to the emergency
room that night, after Vince grabbed her around the throat and threw
her against a wall. Vince faces misdemeanour battery charges and a bail
of at least $1,000. Following his previous no-contest plea of
assaulting record producer Michael Schuman, Vince would face a maximum
of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of this latest
Tommy guests on The Howard Stern Show to promote BuyMusic.com and says
his relationship with Pam is only as parents of their kids, following
his split with fiancée Mayté because their relationship was moving too
fast for his liking. Mayté lost her first child and wanted to start
planning a family with Tommy but he was was just not ready with all the
drama going on in his life.
Nikki hosts a party at The Galaxy Theatre to celebrate the first
anniversary of his N.SIXX clothing line. Tommy attends the event but
Nikki says they left when the club refused to play some metal instead
of their rave music all night. Brides of Destruction was originally
going to play a showcase at the event.
Nikki says he had a great talk with Vince the other day since they
hadn’t spoken for some time and as usual things had gotten misconstrued
and blown out of context. Nikki says that in the end they both just
want to kick some ass on tour together, as do Tommy and Mick, and says
he, “can feel the big gears starting to creak and groan as the massive
machine starts to move. Wait ‘til it picks up speed. It f@cking hurts
when it runs you over.”
Vince attends a
birthday bash at Skin Pool Lounge in Las Vegas where he tells revellers
he’s planning a Mötley Crüe reunion tour for next summer. Vince will
also guest on the WB series The Gilmore Girls this fall, along with an
appearance on a pilot episode of Robin Leach’s upcoming syndicated
late-night show Penthouse Vegas.
The owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, Dennis Hof, where Vince
allegedly assaulted a prostitute, believes Vince is only guilty of
being a celebrity. He told the New York Daily News that Vince and his
solo band stopped by the legal brothel on July 10 simply to sign
autographs for ranch employees who didn’t make it to his concert in
Reno the day before. According to Hof, Trixxxie Blue and Vince got into
an argument in her room because he didn’t want to have sex with her.
She said he’d promised her $3,000 but being the first person called to
the room after the argument, he saw nothing in disarray and no marks or
scratches on her at that time.
Pamela Anderson confirms her relationship with fiancé Kid Rock is over,
while expressing warm feelings for former husband Tommy, saying, “Tommy
and I are getting along fantastically... better than we ever did. Tommy
is a much better father now. He spends so much more time with the kids.
We all get along as a family these days. Everyone is much happier.”
prosecutors no longer need to pursue their warrant for Vince’s arrest
after he posts a $1,000 bond, following his recent alleged assault on a
prostitute. Lyon County District Attorney Leon Aberasturi says there’s
no immediate decision on whether the case will go to trial or be
pleaded out. A hearing has not yet been set, but Aberasturi says Vince
is expected to appear in Dayton Justice Court to address the charge,
which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000
fine. Defense attorney Robert Shapiro is representing Vince in the case.
The future of Brides of Destruction has a question mark over it after
Tracii Guns tells of the band’s inability to land an American and
European licensing deal for their debut album. He feels they were
asking for way too much money for the American and European licenses
and it turned a lot of people off, screeching everything to a halt.
With producer Steve Thompson set to mix the eleven songs already
recorded, the album will be delivered to Universal records in Japan in
five weeks, where it will be promoted. With no plans to tour, it seems
the album will never see the light of day outside of Japan, unless a
deal comes through soon. In a later posting Tracii offers an update on
the situation, saying, “I just talked to Nikki. After we deliver to
Japan, we will try to get at least a license or distribution. At that
point we will pickup where we left off. So The Brides are not over,
it’s just not a full-blown band at this point until we need to be
somewhere, so I will put something new together to occupy my time until
the CD comes out.”
Nikki says he has too many things going on to tour in support of Brides
of Destruction’s Japanese album release later this year, unless the
album takes off. The album will have Scot Coogan drumming on five
tracks and Kris Kohls on the other five, while John plays second guitar
on the whole album. Nikki is now focussed on the Crüe and speaks to
Tommy, Vince and Mick daily.
Nikki attends X-Games IX at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with his
son Gunner and hands out the Vertical Skateboarding medals; gold to
Bucky Lasek, silver to Andy Macdonald and bronze to Rune Glifberg. They
give him the half pipe, which he will house on his fifty-acre ranch.
Mixing of the Brides of Destruction album is now underway and Nikki
says fans will be surprised by a few cool guest appearances on the
It’s reported that Australian band Lo-Tel were inspired by The Dirt and
tried to get Mick to play on their upcoming album but baulked at the
$10,000 investment required.
Britain’s Daily Star reports that Tommy recently tried to woo actress
Shannon Doherty by sending an expensive bottle of champagne to her
table at a Malibu restaurant. When the gesture failed he went across
the road and brought her back two gift-wrapped thongs with his phone
number on the outside of the box.
says the Brides of Destruction debut album is currently halfway through
mixing and it sounds insane. The band is now apparently about to ink a
deal for the European and American territories, aiming at a February
2004 release. Tracii also says, “depending on Mötley Crüe’s schedule,
The Brides will surely do some live dates after the release of the CD.”
Former Guns N’ Roses member Gilby Clarke may possibly play rhythm
guitar for them at these shows.
Nikki hosts a radio channel on Delta Airlines’ channel 10 called
Crücial Rock. Amongst Nikki’s updates on Mötley and Brides of
Destruction, the show plays Mötley tracks including the demo version of
Kickstart My Heart, Girls Girls Girls and Smokin’ in the Boys Room, as
well as tracks by other artists including Aerosmith and Kiss.
Nikki says the completed Brides of Destruction album will be turned-in
with artwork this week and also feels the songs sound insane. Final
papers for a worldwide deal are expected to be signed in the next two
Tensions mount between Vince’s band and Poison after their concert at
the Assembly Hall in Champaign, Illinois. Vince’s bass player Alan Vine
gets into a scuffle with Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, stemming from a
disagreement about a girl. Vince punches Poison bassist Bobby Dall
before approaching front-man Bret Michaels, who was in the middle of a
meet and greet with fan club members outside his tour bus. As Bret
signs an autograph for a girl, Vince pushes past her and yells at Bret
how they’re a bunch of pussies, before grabbing him by the shirt and
trying to fight him. Poison’s security pulls Vince back so he punches
their security guard Big John in the head. Security holds Vince up
against a truck while Bret yells at Vince to talk like brothers and
come on the bus and calm down. Some police officers soon join them on
the bus and discuss the situation for a couple of hours. A handful of
Canadian dates remain on their tour together with Skid Row.
JVC will launch a new multi-million dollar national branding campaign
this fall, featuring movie, music and extreme sports celebrities that
appeal to the campaign’s twenty-five to thirty-four-year-old target
market. The new campaign, comprised of print, outdoor, broadcast and
Internet elements, includes the husband/wife team of Nikki and Donna,
award-winning filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer, multi-Platinum rock band
Nickelback, singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, and world champion snowboarder
and mountain biker Shaun Palmer. The campaign will feature separate
print and outdoor ads starring Bruckheimer, Loeb, Palmer and
Nickelback, while Nikki and Donna will appear together with their
two-year-old daughter Frankie-Jean. Media will include publications in
the men’s, women’s, music fan, musician, and entertainment categories,
including Blender, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, FHM, Guitar
Player, Playboy, Premier, Spin, and others. The broadcast component
will include closed-captioning sponsorship spots on major market
television news programs. A series of full-motion video spots featuring
interviews and other video footage with each celebrity will run on a
variety of websites.
planning a new album that will feature a variety of multi-talented
drummers playing various instruments. Sevendust’s Morgan Rose, Dave
Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana fame, Godsmack vocalist Sully Erna,
and Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins have all been approached
by Tommy about contributing to his drummers’ album. Morgan Rose tells
MTV that Tommy’s, “idea is to get a lot of drummers together and
there’s a pile of us that can sing and play guitar. He’s the torch
holder for drummers, so this will be something really cool. I’m
flattered as hell to be a part of it.”
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter says Tommy has given him a lot of respect
and he is probably going to be playing some drums on his upcoming
second solo album, which will begin recording in the next two weeks for
an early 2004 release. Tommy is expected to co-produce several tracks
on it, for which he is also said to have co-written material. Carter
also plans to work with producers Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins, and
Teddy Riley, and artists like Snow, and maybe even Elton John.
Vince tells the Edmonton Sun that he has no relationship with his
Mötley band-mates. “Nikki’s trying to get everyone back together.
Tommy’s already agreed to do it; Mick’s already agreed to do it. I
really don’t want to do it. I’m having too much fun doing my own thing.
There’s no brain damage, it’s fun, you just go out and play. Basically
nobody likes each other in Mötley Crüe, so why would I put myself in
that kind of position when I’m perfectly happy doing what I’m doing
Vince sheds some light on his recent run-in with Poison saying, “This
whole tour, the guys in Poison have been belittling the guys in my
band, and I’d had it. My guys are single and every night they go out
and find girls in the audience to bring backstage. So the guys in
Poison start taking our backstage passes off the girls and replacing
them with Poison passes. Then they called my bass player into their
office the other day, with management, and they say ‘You are not
allowed to talk to any Poison girls.’ Riled by the treatment of his
band, Vince says he went to talk to Poison front-man Bret Michaels. “I
just wanted to say, ‘Dude. You’ve gotta get your guys under control.’
But their security guard is a bonehead marine that would rather use
force… So he grabbed me and threw me. I’m no pussy. I got up and
punched him in the head. That’s when Bobby Dall came up and tried to
start something, so I smacked him, too.”
In the current German issue of Metal Hammer magazine, Nikki says Crüe
management and MTV are discussing a possible mtvICON event to start
raising the profile of the band in the build-up to the movie and
Nikki says Rich Wilkes has written eighty percent of the first draft of
the Mötley movie and has recently spent time with Tommy on the project.
Paramount Pictures is ready to approve the budget once they have
approved the script. Hoping to tour around the film’s completion, Nikki
says Vince has some resentment that need to be ironed out, even though
he speaks with him and his other band-mates often. He reiterates that
the tour would not be about money to him, rather a desire for “one last
kick-ass tour where everybody including the band walk away with a smile
on their face,” but acknowledges he is powerless in the end.
and Mötley Records are preparing to release the band’s Greatest Video
Hits on DVD on November 11, containing every video clip the band has
ever made. This will follow-on from a mutli-CD and DVD package from
Universal Europe titled Loud As F#@k due in a few weeks. The
long-awaited box set is now titled Music to Crash Your Car To and is
most likely going to be released in the first quarter of 2004. Nikki
says it will be a collectors’ package with no new music on it, since
they have scraped the bottom of the barrel with the re-releases. He
says box sets don’t always sell a lot but he feels it’s a cool thing to
Tommy guests on The Sharon Osbourne Show, taking viewers on a
fast-paced tour of Los Angeles revealing ‘5 Things You Didn’t Know’
Meat Loaf’s album Couldn’t Have Said it Better is released in the
U.S.A. on Sanctuary Records and features the title track, Love You Out
Loud and Man of Steel written by Nikki with James Michael. The latter
is likely to be a single and is a duet with Meat Loaf’s daughter –
Mötley back-up singer, Pearl Aday. It’s Meat Loaf’s first all-new
studio album since 1995 and his eighth studio album overall.
Nikki sues skateboarding magazine Thrasher and the Vans shoe company
for allegedly using his image in an ad without his permission, after
they used photographs of him with pro-skater Tony Trujillo at a San
Francisco ceremony organised by Thrasher magazine and sponsored by
Vans. Nikki agreed to present Trujillo with a Skater of the Year award
at the ceremony on 7 December 2002, because he knew Trujillo was a
Mötley Crüe fan but was later surprised to see photos taken at the
ceremony in an ad for Trujillo’s signature Vans shoes. The lawsuit says
the caption above one of the photos, “Live Fast, Die Young,” is
“somewhat reminiscent of the title of Mötley Crüe’s first album Too
Fast For Love. The lawsuit also notes that Nikki has his own clothing
line, N.Sixx by Dragonfly, which seeks out the same youthful consumers
targeted by Vans. Vans attorney Craig Gosselin said the company had not
seen the lawsuit, but planned to fight it.
In Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, celebrating his birthday, Tommy jams at
Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Mexican Meltdown with former Alice in Chains
guitarist Jerry Cantrell, members of Sammy’s Waborita’s and Red Hot
Chilli Pepper drummer Chad Smith. They play an impromptu medley of The
Beatles’ Come Together, Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Give It Away,
Montrose’s Rock Candy and Alice in Chains hits Man in the Box and No
Excuses. Hagar says, “This was one of the absolute highlights in my
career.” Sammy tells Tommy that he had talked with the other guys in
the Crüe, planning to surprise him with a cake and a reunion.
Apparently ninety five percent of the band was down with it, the rest
wanted a contract and payment up-front. Tommy’s trip also coincides
with the day the manuscript for his autobiographical book is turned
over to his publisher.
The Mötley Crüe edition of 20th Century Masters/The Millennium
Collection is released and features twelve of the Crüe’s signature
tracks. Spanning the years 1982 to 2000, from its first album to its
most recent original release, the 20th Century Masters/The Millennium
Collection Of Mötley Crüe is less about chart hits than about Crüe
Vince guests on
a Las Vegas radio station in the lead-up to his charity golf
tournament, now being held in both Las Vegas and Malibu every year. He
says Nikki has donated his custom ‘57 Chevy to be auctioned at this
month’s event and he is now in talks with his Mötley mates, planning a
Crüe tour for next summer.
Vince joins Night Ranger on stage at Boulder Station in Las Vegas for
renditions of Smokin’ In The Boys Room and Girls, Girls, Girls.
Nikki joins Vince on stage during his solo show at the Key Club in West
Hollywood. Nikki and his Brides of Destruction band-mate Tracii Guns
break into Shout at the Devil, followed by Piece Of Your Action. After
some on stage words from Poison’s CC DeVille, they play Looks That Kill
before Nikki departs. Vince then continues the show with Girls, Girls,
Girls – this time joined on stage by Playboy Playmate Shauna Sands.
Nikki later says he had lots of fun and had forgotten how good it feels
to play those songs. Rockers in the crowd include Fred Coury, Taime
Downe, DJ Ashba, Stevie Rachelle and Nikki’s long-time friend Bruce
Kulick of Kiss and Union.
Around 1:20am a
twenty-one-year-old man opens fire into the crowd at the Rainbow Bar
& Grill’s patio area, after a fight had occurred inside the club
moments earlier. One of the four-to-seven bullets from his
nine-millimeter handgun collects Bruce Kulick in his right leg, another
grazing his temple, as he starts walking to his car outside the nearby
Key Club after Vince’s show. A friend of Cypress Hill’s B Real is also
shot in the foot as he eats at the Rainbow. When the gunman’s
ammunition runs out he is set upon by the crowd in the middle of Sunset
Boulevard, beaten and held down until police arrive. Kulick is treated
at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as the bullet went through his leather
pants and thigh above his right knee, narrowly missing the major artery
and bone. He is released from hospital around 5:30am feeling lucky to
be alive. The gunman is treated for injuries sustained and held in
custody, having been charged with counts of assault with a deadly
Vince plays the Galaxy Theatre in Orange County and asks the crowd what
they would like to hear. After Sister of Pain is requested, Vince
stumbles through the song forgetting the verse lyrics, until a fan in
the crowd passes him the CD booklet to read from. Ten Seconds To Love
is next, with Vince completely forgetting the second verse. Later in
the show, his son Neil Wharton joins him on stage and sings Looks That
Kill and Dr. Feelgood.
Tommy accompanies former wife Pamela to the premiere of her new film
Scary Movie 3 at the AMC Theatres’ Avco Cinema in Los Angeles,
Pamela Anderson tells US Weekly magazine, “I think I’ve got a good ten
years left in me, which is sad. Maybe fifteen, if I’m lucky,” as she
battles hepatitis C, which she was diagnosed with in 2001. She says she
is happy that her kids are having a healthier, better relationship with
their dad Tommy, as they ‘spend a lot of time together as a family now,
going to movies, cooking dinner, everything.’
Murder Music releases Looking Through on their label Wormhole Records
via distribution through Underground Inc./ Caroline. The album features
a guest appearance by Tommy, drumming on track four – Disconnect.
Vince hosts the Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament in Las Vegas at
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the Tuscany Golf Club. Nikki
donates his custom ’57 Chevy to the event’s auction. NHRA Funny Car
driver Ron Capps participates in the golf tournament and honours Skylar
with a special decal on his car for the weekend’s third annual ACDelco
Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Vince will
work in Capps’ pit crew for the race.
Nikki says it has been a blast having Mick live at his house recently
while construction is going on at his home. A year or so later, Mick
says the doctor gave him two days to live due to a bout of pneumonia
followed by an infection caused by black mould growing in his house,
which is why he was living with Nikki. Apart from Mick keeping his
whole family in stitches, Nikki says there has been lots of guitar
riffs and talk of doing it one more time – even thoughts of doing a few
straight-up metal songs for the soundtrack to the movie. Nikki says
Vince came up to Los Angeles a few weeks ago and they hung out all day.
Nikki also says, “As for the assholes who put Vinnie down… don’t f@ck
with us… we’re allowed to fight and dog each other. That’s what
brothers do… but anybody else… You can f@ck off…”
The Brides of
Destruction album has been titled Here Come The Brides and is now ready
for its Japanese release next month. Nikki says there are Brides tour
offers coming in for Japan and Europe and the American record deal is
finished, so they will now start ramping up what they want to do for
America in preparation for its release early next year.
Tommy attends the Fredericks of Hollywood fashion show as part of
Fashion Week to check out competition for his forthcoming lingerie
line. He also reports for The Sharon Osbourne Show. Pictures published
of Tommy kissing ex-wife Pamela at their sons’ soccer game indicates
their romance is perhaps on again.
Universal Music and Mötley Records release Greatest Video Hits on DVD,
containing every video clip the band has ever made. It is the first
time all Mötley Crüe videos have been provided on DVD; twenty seven
videos in total in new 5.1 mixes and stereo remastered audio, including
six alternative videos that are uncensored, remixed or alternate
versions. A new interview segment with Nikki and Tommy is also
included. Fans have the ability to choose the play sequence of the
videos with a personal play-list feature.
The long-awaited first volume of the three-part box set titled Music to
Crash Your Car To Vol.1 is also released. The four discs included
present tracks from the band’s first four albums, including the
original Leathür Records version of Too Fast For Love, with deluxe
Pink and Tommy spend the night together at the debut of Jive Jones’
party at Avalon in New York, where they share a passionate kiss in full
view of everyone in the VIP area and order three bottles of vodka and
two bottles of whiskey for their entourage. Tommy repeatedly tries to
get Pink to lick a lollipop in his mouth, and sings along to Looks That
Kill before dragging her to the dance floor. Earlier in the night, the
couple attended In Touch’s first anniversary party at Deep, where Tommy
was a guest DJ. Long-time Crüe fan Pink ditched her motocross lover
Carey Hart earlier this month because “he got too dull for me.” Tommy
and Pink spend the night together in a Manhattan hotel.
Nikki announces Brides of Destruction has signed a three-album deal
with Sanctuary Records for Europe and the U.S.A through his production
company 12-11 Productions. The band’s first video will be shot this
year prior to their debut album release in March.
According to one of Sweden’s biggest daily newspapers Aftonbladet,
Mötley Crüe will be headlining next year’s Sweden Rock festival to be
held 10-12 June 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The first few confirmations
for the annual event will be announced at the Sweden Rock 2004 kick-off
party at Draken in Stockholm on November 28 where Doro will headline
the night’s concert.
John has begun work on the authorised biography of his life story,
being co-written with biographer Jake Brown. The book will offer a
candid account of his life story, including his stints in The Scream,
Mötley Crüe, Union, Ratt, and the Brides of Destruction, and will
include interviews with family members, band members from Mötley Crüe
and others, as well as from fellow rock and metal contemporaries. A
summer 2004 release date is expected.
In response to talk of the Crüe headlining the Sweden Rock Festival
next year, Nikki says the anticipated farewell tour and movie are not
expected to happen until 2005. He says there ‘may be some warm-up dates
in 2004 but in the land of Mötley he doubts it as nothing ever runs on
time.’ This comes after Launch Radio Networks just reported Nikki
saying the band will most likely embark on a reunion tour next year, as
all original members seem to be ready for a reunion tour. Nikki says he
spoke with Tommy on the phone a few nights ago who said ‘I’ve looked
forward to going and making some new music.’ Nikki said they talked
about that and “who knows what it’ll sound like, what it’ll be like,
but it’ll be us. We’ve been offered the OzzFest twice, but it’s been
hard to get Vince and Tommy on the same page as far as wanting to play
together. I think all that water’s under the bridge now.”
An April 22 trial date has been set in Dayton Justice Court next year
for Vince to face his misdemeanour battery charge, stemming from an
incident on July 10 this year where Vince was accused of grabbing
prostitute Andrea Terry, aka TrixXxie Blue, by the neck and throwing
her against a wall at at a Nevada brothel called the Moonlight Bunny
Ranch. Vince posted $1000 bail after he was charged, following the
criminal complaint filed on July 17. He was not arrested and is
scheduled to enter a plea before the trial starts. His lawyer, Scott
Freeman, describes Terry as an opportunist, saying “Celebrities are
always targets for this type of behaviour.”
Hanoi Rocks members Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy fax a statement to
Entertainment Weekly concerning the title of Mötley’s box set, Music to
Crash Your Car To, Volume 1, saying, “The despicable title by the
‘Motley Crude’... is the most tasteless and murderous gimmick to
cash-in on the past that we’ve ever heard of. There’s nothing ‘cool’ or
‘funny’ about death... How low can you go?” Their comments are fuelled
by Vince’s drunk-driving and vehicular-manslaughter accident nineteen
years ago this month that killed his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer
Nicholas ‘Razzle’ Dingley, and for which he served thirty days in jail
and forked out over $2.6 million in restitution. Nikki retorts that the
title was meant as a “sarcastic statement towards a lifestyle” and
didn’t realise the connection until Vince recently expressed
misgivings, but the product was already on the shelves by that time.
Nikki heads to Toronto this week for Brides of Destruction press
promotions and to hang with Sanctuary Records staff. Japanese press is
set for next week while filming of the video for Shut The F@ck Up has
been pushed back until next month. They plan on having producer Drew
Stone direct the clip.
said to be releasing a new movie directed and produced by Stone on
February 1 titled Death or Glory. The documentary focuses on America’s
illegal car culture world and features Shut The F@ck Up as the lead
Promoter and host of Lotus club’s Friday night party Ronnie Madras
walks in on Tommy simulating sex with Pink in front of a urinal in the
club’s men’s room. Earlier in the evening Tommy, Pink and a sexy young
girl with a blonde mohawk reportedly took turns making out with each
other at their banquette, when Tommy wasn’t playing drums on their
metal champagne bucket with two forks. Pink spent £20,000 to fly Tommy
from Los Angeles to New York in a private jet. Upon arrival, Tommy
waited in the Saturday Night Live studios while Pink was being
interviewed before they partied the night away at Serena’s club in the
basement of the Chelsea Hotel.
Vince and his fiancée Lia Gerardini attend the 2003 Billboard Music
Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where Tommy presents
the award for Hot 100 Female Artist of the Year award with Darryl
McDaniels of Run DMC, and current girlfriend Pink performs on stage.
Brides of Destruction releases their debut album Here Comes The Brides
through Universal records in Japan.
Vince attends Jeff Beacher’s Comedy Madhouse at the Las Vegas Hard Rock
Hotel. Other guests include Nicky & Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and
American Idol winner Justin Guarini.
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