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Following their impressive performance on The Tonight Show on New Year’s
Eve, Mötley Crüe issues a press release saying that after the initial
twenty five tour dates were announced at their Los Angeles press conference
on December 6, fans in markets where dates had yet to be announced took
to the Internet with ‘Bring The Crüe’ campaigns. Thousands of fans,
using online petitions and the support of local radio stations, pleaded
with Mötley Crüe to bring their show to them. At last count, campaigns
had been launched in over thirty cities in North America. According
to Billboard magazine, 2004 was the touring industry’s worst year in
history. Despite that, Mötley is seeing great success as it is now number
one on Pollstar’s Top 50 Tours list, proving the Crüe is the hottest
ticket around. Allen Kovac, CEO of Tenth Street Entertainment – Mötley
Crüe’s management company – says, “As soon as the initial tickets went
on sale for the tour, we got offers for seventy more cities… but we
can only schedule twenty five North American shows because of our European
schedule, so Mötley Crüe has let the fans decide where they are going.”
VH1 unveils their first New Year, New
You transformation on New Year’s Day with the premiere of Remaking –
a series of specials dedicated to improving the careers and lives of
artists through various forms of transformation. Mötley Crüe front-man
Vince Neil is the first artist that ‘faces the music’ on VH1’s Remaking:
Vince Neil. The hour-long special shows footage of Vince undergoing
a facelift, working out with a personal trainer and most importantly,
kicking his drinking habit. Following his physical transformation, Vince
then teams up with some of the music industry’s top producers to record
a new single Promise Me. Vince’s nine-and-a-half hours in the hands
of his plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan last year included a brow-lift,
upper-lower eyes, partial face-lift, cheek implants, nose job, and jaw-line
Meanwhile Tracii Guns says Brides of
Destruction has acquired a new black-haired, tattooed bassist who is
one hundred percent approved by the current band members and Nikki Sixx.
The band will start rehearsals in two days before commencing recording
on February 1 for a June release. Two Californian live shows on March
2 and 3 are set and the band expects to hit the road as soon as the
record is released or shortly before.
Prior to their reunion press conference a month ago, the four members
of Mötley Crüe were interviewed by Metal Edge magazine for a cover story
about their upcoming reunion tour. Tommy Lee told the magazine it was
strange when the four original members finally met in a room together
again, and seeing Mick Mars was really freaking him out. “We’re all
supporting him, and we’re all being buds, but it looks painful. I don’t
know what to say. It’s quite a shocker, actually.” Mick says his excruciatingly
painful Ankylosing Spondylitis disease has now gone up to his brain
stem and into his throat. He has one vocal cord working and the other
is dead, with a team of doctors trying to figure out how to get it back
so he can have a full voice again. “It gets to your hands, it gets in
your elbows, it gets in your knees, any place there are joints. It starts
in the hips, and that’s why I had the one replaced and need to do another
one. It has nothing to do with age – you could be seventeen or eighteen
years old and have it, and what happens is, they need to cut it out,
or it goes through your whole body. It’s really rough for me being out
on the road, it’s rough keeping up with the schedule. It’s rough enough
for a healthy guy, but I weigh a hundred and twelve pounds and I’m not
fully recovered yet, and I’ve done all this stuff already that’s really
wearing me down faster than I can heal.” When asked why he thinks Mötley
Crüe is getting back together right now, Mick says, “Greed. Not on my
part. And I won’t say on everyone else’s part, but there is greed around
me. There’s greed in everything, though, not just this. It’s everywhere.”
Tommy says he didn’t play on the band’s cover version of The Rolling
Stones’ Street Fighting Man, thinking Josh Freese from A Perfect Circle
did. He says he did play on If I Die Tomorrow, another track called
Liar, and Sick Love Song, which was his preference for the band’s first
Vince chats online with fans at MSN and says the set-list will be the
hits but they’re going to do a lot of old, very obscure stuff that hasn’t
really been heard before like Too Fast For Love. While the band is currently
focused on the tour, Vince says if they all decide to put out another
album at the end of the tour dates, then they will, but they are just
taking it piece by piece and not making any promises. If a band member
decides not to continue, then that will be it, but if they all decide
to keep going then hopefully there will be another full-length album.
The band is reviewing the first scripts for the Mötley movie that they
received a couple of weeks ago, and Vince expects the movie will probably
be out sometime in 2006.
The Federal Communications Commission
has received complaints about Mötley Crüe’s use of profanity just after
midnight during their New Year’s Eve appearance on The Tonight Show
and is beginning a preliminary probe, but it’s likely little will come
of it. In a ruling issued last March, the FCC said the F-word should
never be used on over-the-air radio or television programs when it’s
likely children will be listening. The ruling does not apply to the
hours between 10pm and 6am, generally considered a ‘safe harbour’ for
rougher language and the commission has said that it will take complaints
about language in those hours on a case-by-case basis. A spokeswoman
for the Crüe says it was an off-the-cuff remark and not done intentionally
to test broadcast rules. It seems unlikely the NBC network will face
any financial fallout from the slip-up.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Vince and his fiancée Lia
Gerardini were spotted getting tattoos at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Parlour
at the Palms in Las Vegas ahead of their marriage this Sunday.
As the current featured artist on Sessions@AOL, four Mötley Crüe tracks
performed exclusively for AOL on December 15 last year are broadcast
live over the Internet. A band interview is also made available, along
with If I Die Tomorrow, Dr. Feelgood, Wild Side, and Girls, Girls, Girls.
Vince marries Lia Gerardini at the Four Seasons hotel in Las Vegas,
Nevada. The marriage is the fourth for Vince and the second for thirty-seven-year-old
Lia. Rap star MC Hammer conducts the wedding ceremony, after he and
Vince struck up a friendship during their participation in the first
series of VH1 reality TV show The Surreal Life in 2002. Ordained as
a minister last year, MC Hammer announces, “It’s Hammer time!” as he
escorts Vince down the aisle in front of a celebrity crowd that includes
Tommy, Nikki, Dennis Rodman, Playboy playmate Brande Roderick, Palms
owner George Maloof, Baywatch co-creator Michael Berk, former Britney
Spears manager Larry Rudolph, and Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler.
Vince’s personal manager Burt Stein stands-in as best man after his
intended best man Randy Kubota was hospitalised with serious injuries
when found in a drainage ditch after he left a party at Vince’s home
two days ago. While details of the accident are still a mystery, he
had apparently been pushed out of a car. The newlyweds head to Miami,
Florida for their honeymoon.
Participating in an online MSN Chat session, Nikki says that as they
have been talking about what they want to do visually with the concerts,
they’ve decided to nail it down to a two-hour set, with a different
encore part of the show. He says, “People have always said that Mötley
Crüe is a rock and roll circus in a dark, demented, and unhealthy way.
So I guess you can say we’re taking the circus on the road.” When asked
of the chances of hearing any songs off the band’s self-titled album
with John Corabi, Nikki says it might be disrespectful to play any,
even though they haven’t really talked about it. The band is excited
at talk of capturing footage during the first leg of the tour for a
future live DVD with the original line-up.
Former Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili
Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro records a guest appearance for the new
Tommy Lee solo album with producer Scott Humphrey. Butch Walker collaborated
with Tommy on a track titled Good Times while Andrew McMahon from Something
Corporate guests on the track Hello Again. Tommy says everyone who hears
it says, ‘That’s the one!’ He’s trying to complete the album for a release
that coincides with the airing of his NBC reality show, to strategically
capitalise on its anticipated ten-million viewership.
Jeff Zucker, president of the NBC Universal Television Group, tells
a meeting of the Television Critics Association that Mötley Crüe will
not appear on NBC again because of Vince’s use of an obscenity when
wishing Tommy a happy New Year in the midst of performing Girls, Girls
Girls on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Commenting upon hearing a preview of Mötley Crüe’s new track Sick Love
Song, Tracii Guns says, “I wasn’t sure if Mötley was puttin’ this song
out or not. I haven’t really heard it yet. Nikki, James Michael and
I wrote that song. I am surprised, because Tommy didn’t want me involved.
Someone just actually emailed me and said that song was Tommy’s favorite
out of the new songs (what a f@ckin’ weirdo).” Brides of Destruction
announces that former Amen bassist Scott Sorry will replace Nikki in
the band, and Ginger from The Wildhearts will join as a second guitarist.
After his arrival from England today, Ginger will assist the rest of
the group as they complete the song-writing process for their next album
before entering the studio on February 1 to begin recording the new
CD with titles including White Trash, White Horse, Blown Away, Dead
Man’s Ruin, Brotherhood and Criminal.
Mötley Crüe Inc. authorises the
formation of Red, White & Crüe Inc. this month, for the purpose of
operating the band’s forthcoming touring activity. Nikki and Mick
are shareholders in the company and control the entity. All four
band members act as employees and/or agents of the entity, which
controls touring revenue and accounts for costs and expenses.
As the Crüe’s rock’n’roll circus prepares to hit the road, Nikki says
it’s so cool to be playing songs Mötley hasn’t played in years, and
also never played live at all. He says rehearsals are sounding and looking
really good, with the show at this point being bigger than that of the
Dr. Feelgood tour. The lights are being programmed, the drum solo is
being built, the freaks are hired and are working on their stunts, and
the special pyro effects are being practiced. Nikki says it’s time to
bring the freak show back to rock’n’roll and he, Vince, Tommy and Mick
can’t wait to bring it to your town.
Tommy says he’ll be playing three drum kits on this tour – one main
one that’s acoustic and electronic and two other drum sets that he cannot
say what they are yet. He’s rehearsing with Mötley in the evening and
working on finishing his solo album during the day. When asked who he
would like to play his character in the forthcoming Mötley movie The
Dirt, he says his preference would be Johnny Depp because he knows him
and, “he’s a big music fan and he plays guitar and sings. Being so well-connected
to music he’d do a great job, I just love that guy. He’d be my dream
guy to play me.”
Meanwhile Korn is set to include their
version of Mötley Crüe’s Shout at the Devil on their forthcoming covers
album titled Korn Kovers, along with other covers of songs by Prince,
Psychedelic Furs, Public Enemy, Faith No More, Nine Inch Nails, Black
Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne.
John Corabi and Union perform their first show in over four years at
the Kiss Japan Expo held at Takadanobaba Club Phase in Tokyo, Japan.
With Eric Singer replacing Brent Fitz on drums, the two shows over two
days are Union’s first-ever performances in Japan.
Mötley Crüe releases a new career-spanning greatest hits anthology titled
Red, White & Crüe with three brand-new tracks, including the single
If I Die Tomorrow, a cover of the Rolling Stones song Street Fighting
Man, and Sick Love Song. The Japanese version includes the bonus track
I’m A Liar (That’s The Truth).
Mick says he has been busy re-learning
songs he hasn’t played in twenty years as the band rehearses their show
and Circus de Soleil-style acrobats and fire-breathers practice. When
asked who he would like to play his character in the movie of The Dirt
he says Colin Farrell because he’s better looking.
Tommy has signed a contract with Zildjian
and now plays their cymbals exclusively, using a mixture of As, Ks and
Zs for the upcoming Mötley Crüe tour.
Robbie Mantooth files a lawsuit in a Los Angeles court, suing her former
boyfriend Mick for $10 million in palimony, accusing him of reneging
on a promise to take care of her for life. Mantooth says in the lawsuit
that she met Mick in 1990 and the two became lovers. She says she gave
up her career as a documentary filmmaker and moved into his Malibu home
with him, after Mick promised her repeatedly that he would always provide
for her financially and that the couple had agreed to divide all their
property if they split up. Mantooth says Mick has denied there was any
oral agreement between them and has given her no financial support since
their relationship ended in December 2004, so she is now asking a judge
to award her half of Mick’s property, as well as monthly support and
According to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, Mötley Crüe’s two-CD
‘greatest hits’ collection Red, White & Crüe moved 90,305 units in the
U.S.A. during its first week to debut at number six on the Billboard
charts. However, Mötley Crüe storms the Canadian charts with Red, White
& Crüe debuting at number two with sales of 11,800, just behind The
Game’s The Documentary (11,900), which narrowly holds onto the top spot
for a third-straight week.
Tommy’s upcoming solo album is said to
also feature guest appearances by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Velvet
Revolver’s Slash, Dave Navarro, members of Good Charlotte, and former
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Tommy worked on a song called Making Me
Crazy when he was dating Pink, but since getting back with her former
boyfriend she refuses to work on the track further, or authorise use
her original vocal track.
The coveted opening slot for each show
on Mötley Crüe’s ‘Red, White, and Crüe 2005...Better Live Than Dead’
tour will be a twenty-minute animated movie called Disaster!, directed
by Roy Wood who was part of the team behind MTV’s Celebrity Death Match.
Hand-picked by Nikki, who knows the filmmakers; the claymation film
features the band and is a parody of action films like Twister and Armageddon.
Nikki receives some good news when a
Los Angeles Superior Court jury reaches a verdict in his favour and
awards $600,000 for the commercial use of his likeness without his permission.
The jury also awards interest, expert witness costs, and attorneys’
fees in the settlement, which will boost the judgement’s total award
to approximately $1 million. With his wife accompanying him in court,
Nikki took the stand in his case against Vans Inc., the sneaker and
lifestyle company that owns a majority interest in the annual Vans Warped
tour and was recently acquired by Greensboro-based Vanity Fair Corp.
The jury found that photos of Nikki and pro-skater Tony Trujillo from
a San Francisco Skater of the Year award ceremony organised by Thrasher
magazine and sponsored by Vans, were used by the company without his
permission as part of a national ad campaign for Trujillo’s signature
shoe line. The photo appeared in eight mainstream publications, including
Revolver, Maxim, Stuff, FHM, Blender and Alternative Press with the
caption, “Live Fast, Die Young,” which bore a said resemblance to the
title of Mötley Crüe’s first album Too Fast for Love. The image was
also used for online advertising and for point-of-purchase retail displays
at skate parks around the U.S. The lawsuit also noted Nikki had his
own clothing line, N.Sixx by Dragonfly, targeting the same youth market
as Vans. Nikki’s attorneys Caroline Mankey and Skip Miller of the L.A.
firm of Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil and Shapiro
LLP say, “This outcome will hopefully deter other large companies from
trying to get away with appropriating artists’ images without securing
proper permission and offering compensation.”
On the same day that Nikki makes his
stand in court, Vince is forced to revisit his bitter divorce from his
third wife Heidi Mark in the same Los Angeles courthouse.
Mötley Crüe plays a Valentine’s Day Red, White & Crüe tour warm-up show
in Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan. Performing in front of the capacity
eighteen-thousand-strong crowd with a scaled-down set and production,
the band opens with Shout at the Devil ‘97 and rocks through many songs
from the band’s first two albums early in the set. Once Nikki smashes
his bass at the end of Kickstart My Heart, the band winds-up the show
with an encore of Anarchy in the U.K. With the full-blown staging and
other performers en-route to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the opening
show in three days, Tommy tells Launch that his traditional drum kit
stunt during his solo will be fittingly outrageous, “I guess I can honestly
say this is hands-down one of the most dangerous ones.”
The ‘Red, White & Crüe 2005...Better Live Than Dead’ tour officially
kicks off at the Office Depot Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The
original members play more than twenty songs over more than two hours,
including On With The Show as the third song of the night, plus a medley
of Glitter and Without You turning into Home Sweet Home. The stage is
setup underneath a huge red and white-striped big top circus tent and
throughout the show girls in leather g-strings fly around in the air
across the stage as the band plays. Contortionists, fire-breathers and
evil clowns run around adding to the carnival atmosphere. A midget named
Mighty Mike dressed in black leathers takes a spin around the stage
on a tiny motorcycle before Tommy, Vince and Nikki ride their custom-made
choppers on stage at the start of Girls, Girls, Girls. With kaleidoscopic
images filling the big screens as he plays electronic beats, Tommy is
strapped into a trapeze harness by three dancing girls and flies in
the air from one side of the stage to the other during his drum solo.
He plays each of the additional two drum kits stationed thirty-feet
high in the ceiling, including an oil barrel, trash can and other metallic
objects by hitting, kicking and stomping on them with all parts of his
body to keep the rhythm going. Vince wears a Miami Dolphins #69 jersey
with Neil on the back for a couple of songs during the show. He also
slips and falls down during Primal Scream, cutting his thumb. Nikki
performs a short industrial-style solo on bass and keyboards, but there
is no solo from Mick, who impresses the crowd throughout the night with
his tight fret-work and guitar sound. Sick Love Song is played live
for the first time. A huge amount of pyro is used throughout the show
that includes two short intermissions and one encore at the end, comprising
covers Helter Skelter and Anarchy in the U.K., to close the loudest
show on earth.
Red, White & Crüe is the second-highest debuting album on the ARIA official
Australian music chart, landing at number twenty six. Only Rod Stewart,
who is currently on tour in Australia, debuts higher at number fourteen
In an interview with Wisconsin Music, Nikki says the claymation movie
being used as an intro to the band’s live show will be coming to theatres.
Claymation versions of the Mötley men play a concert in the movie and
they have done voiceovers for their characters. Nikki says each band
member has their own bus on this tour, not because they don’t get along
with each other as people have assumed, but just so they each have their
own space. Both Tommy and Nikki have recording studios built into their
buses. After the Crüe tour, Nikki says he will not be going back to
the Brides of Destruction as originally planned. Following recent public
comments from Tracii Guns, Nikki says, “He talked out of court, and
he said very derogative things, and it’s not OK. Friends don’t do that
to each other.” Andy McCoy from Hanoi Rocks recently claimed that certain
events in The Dirt are “pure lies” to which Nikki responds, “You’ve
got a has-been that never was, just f@ckin’ grabbing at straws to get
attention. Andy, no matter how much you talk about Mötley Crüe, your
band still isn’t gonna make it! Figure it out!”
On stage at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Nikki tells the thirteen
thousand fans in attendance that their show was the first of the tour
to sell-out in less than three minutes, and the band’s Red, White &
Crüe release has now gone Platinum in Canada. The band’s first single
If I Die Tomorrow continues to climb America’s Billboard mainstream
rock chart, reaching number four. Tommy plays the show with a clown-white
painted face for the first time.
Vince tells Launch Radio Networks that the band has made their changes
to the movie script of The Dirt and they’re now in the changing-the-script
stage before casting and pre-production begins, so he feels the movie
probably won’t be out until late next year as Hollywood works so slowly.
Vince also visits the New York City studios of Fuse TV’s Daily Download
and guests on the show.
The March issue of Blender magazine says
Vince will soon inaugurate a range of fine wines from his own Napa Valley
vineyard, before launching his own burger chain called Wild Side Café.
He is also a prime investor in the infamous anti-hangover pill RU-21.
Mötley Crüe announces an additional fifty-seven North American concerts
on Howard Stern’s nationally syndicated morning radio show, as all members
except Tommy join Howard as guests on the show. The new dates under
the Carnival of Sin tour banner will start on July 26 in Los Angeles
after the band’s European tour, and will run through until October 16
in Sioux City, Iowa. Nine shows into an initial fifty-date North American
tour, the Crüe is doing sellout or near-sellout business. In a blockbuster
that few in the industry saw coming, the reunited Mötley Crüe will end
up playing well over a hundred dates in 2005. For the first month of
the summer run, shows will include some festival-style amphitheatre
and arena dates with special guests, fellow Island/IDJ recording artists
Sum 41, The Exies and some of the hottest new rock bands in select cities
to be announced. Following the North American dates, the band plans
to play Southeast Asia, Australia and Japan.
Later in the day, Mötley Crüe members
ring the day’s closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on
Wall Street with Viacom Inc’s Investor Relations Executive Vice President
Marty Shea, which is broadcast on CNBC. A new TV show called Fabulous
Life Of: Mötley Crüe premieres on VH1 later in the night.
Tommy enters the set of Regis & Kelly on the shoulders of touring midget
Mighty Mike, as he and Nikki guest on the popular ABC morning TV show.
Tommy also sports a black eye after one of his drum sticks hit him in
the eye when he lost sight of it in the strobe lights after tossing
it high during a recent concert. Mötley Crüe then performs a sold-out
show at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City in the evening.
Red, White & Crüe moves up six spots on the Billboard 200 to number
thirty five, after selling over thirty thousand units during the last
week, increasing the album’s U.S.-based sales total to just over two
hundred and twenty five thousand copies. The Mötley anthology CD is
the number two Hard Rock Soundscan Album.
Rob Zombie says Tommy has contributed
drums to some of his instrumental tracks recorded to date, as he tries
to finish the unnamed album he’s been working on for over a year. Zombie
is currently writing lyrics and expects to tour this summer, reportedly
as part of Ozzfest, following for a summer release of the new album.
Others to contribute include Josh Freese, Wes Borland and John 5.
During an interview with a Detroit radio station, Nikki confirms the
Crüe has commenced work on material for a new studio album. Asked if
plans exist to release a new CD, Nikki says, “Absolutely. We’re gonna
do a new record. We’re writing it out here [on the road], which is kind
of like how Shout at the Devil was written. It was written while we
were playing all the time, and we were looking for stuff that worked
for us live. And that’s the kind of stuff that we’re gonna be writing
more of. Sick Love Song is probably a good example of where we’re heading.
There’ll be a wide variety of stuff, as usual.”
Real Estate agents Denise & Cory Marks successfully sell Tommy’s home,
fetching $2,475,000 for the estate. Nestled in the hills of Malibu at
31341 Mulholland Highway, the magnificent six-bedroom and six-bath spacious
Mediterranean villa covers 7,462 square feet, sitting on over two-and-a-half
acres of land. The home was where Tommy’s children were born and where
much of his infamous home-video was shot.
Talking about his personal fly-on-the-wall
view of drug addiction book The Heroin Diaries, which is expected to
be released towards the end of the year, Nikki says, “Giving something
back is important. I have a huge passion for kids, runaway kids, kids
from dysfunctional families, kids that are strung-out on drugs and it’s
great for me to able to tie this book in, and to feel passionate about
it – passionate like when I first started making music.” Nikki is currently
working on setting up a new charity foundation to assist kids in need.
According to Signatures Network, the company responsible for Mötley
Crüe’s licensing and tour merchandising, the band is running up the
highest merchandising sales in the company’s history, averaging more
than $10 per head for the first week of shows on the Better Live Than
Dead tour. Signatures Network has created a broad line of vintage and
current Mötley Crüe merchandise for the tour, with top-selling products
including Mötley Crüe panties, a giant Crüe foam finger, bottle opener,
vintage Trunk t-shirts and the band’s traditional black shirts and posters.
Also selling well are Platinum Ticket Packages, which allow fans to
meet and take photos with the band throughout the tour. Limited to twenty
five fans per concert, the packages have sold out at every show.
Handleman Company announces it has entered into an agreement with Tommy
to be the exclusive distributor of his new solo album Tommyland: The
Ride, scheduled to be released in August. Launching a new distribution
model, the deal marks the first time Tommy will release an album without
using the traditional major label infrastructure, and the first time
that Handleman will act as the sole distributor for a major recording
artist. Tommy says, “From the very beginning, I wanted to do something
different with this record, something groundbreaking.” This direct relationship
between Tommy and Handleman will streamline the supply chain and allow
the album to be offered at an attractive cost to consumers, while enabling
retailers to achieve a fair profit margin. To complement its sales capabilities,
Handleman Company has also partnered with a third-party sales consultant
firm, Rocket Science LLC, to handle sales solicitation, retail marketing
and retail account interaction activities for the album. Tommyland:
The Ride will feature guest performances by such established artists
as Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, Carl Bell of Fuel, Deryck Whibley of
Sum 41, Butch Walker, Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, and Nick Carter
of the Backstreet Boys. The album will be released to coincide with
Tommy’s new NBC reality series Tommy Lee Goes to College coming this
McFarlane Toys says the Mötley Crüe deluxe boxed set of action figures
they released late last year was extremely popular and it has now become
hard to find. They have decided to release each of the band members
in a single-pack clamshell, only available at Spencer Gifts stores in
July. Each figure pack, which are the same Shout at the Devil figures
originally released in the deluxe box, will contain its own instrument
plus a small portion of Tommy’s full drum kit. A new Mötley Crüe boxed
set is expected to be released in November.
As Mötley rocks The Joint, the concert venue at The Hard Rock Casino
in Las Vegas, the casino honours the Crüe by featuring the band on limited-edition
casino chips. The $5 and $25 chips are legal tender at all Hard Rock
gaming tables. The band is set to perform again at the same venue in
a week’s time.
Nikki brings his fourteen-year-old son Gunner out on stage to jam on
guitar with the Crüe during Helter Skelter at The Forum in Los Angeles.
By his Dad’s side, Vince and Mick come over frequently to jam with him
as the crowd goes wild. During the show, Nikki says the band plans on
locking themselves in a studio to record a brand-new album before they
commence their Carnival of Sins tour. Mötley is also presented with
Platinum album awards for sales of Red, White & Crüe. Tommy’s children
also attend the show with their mother Pamela Anderson.
Tommy tells MTV that his upcoming solo album Tommyland: The Ride is,
“the best thing I’ve ever done! People will be like, ‘Is that f@cking
Tommy?’ It’s like an event record. This is more like my last record
than the Methods of Mayhem record, which was all over the place. This
one is right down the middle, it’s not so hybrid. It has rock, pop,
everything.” The album will be released to coincide with Tommy’s NBC
reality show Tommy Lee Goes to College, which has been bumped up from
a summer replacement to a fall show, due to the positive feedback. The
show’s theme song will be Good Times, featuring Dave Navarro on acoustic
guitar and producer/singer Butch Walker on the choruses. The album’s
likely first single is a track called Tired, with Good Charlotte’s Joel
Madden on the chorus and Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley and Dave Navarro on
guitar. Joel dropped by the studio and laid down his chorus vocals within
fifteen minutes before catching a flight to Europe.
As Mötley Crüe and its touring party attempt to cross the Canadian-U.S.
border after their Winnipeg show en-route to Grand Forks, the band’s
resident little person, emcee and fire-breather Mighty Mike is detained
by authorities. The band is forced to enter the U.S. without Mike, who
gets transported to Edmonton where he is expected to remain for upto
seven days before being allowed to return to the tour. Vince says, “This
could set U.S.-Canadian relations back a couple of weeks,” while Tommy
says, “It’s no ‘big’ deal, hopefully Mighty Mike will grow from this
experience. We hope he’ll be back with us in a ‘little’ while. The Crüe
will be seeking the assistance of the local little people at the next
tour dates until Mighty Mike can rejoin the tour.
During a phone interview with an Illinois radio station, Vince says
concert footage will be shot within the next week for a new Mötley Crüe
Tommy says he got his seven-year-old son Dylan a PA system for his birthday;
he’s got a little band called The Termites with his eight-year-old brother
Brandon. “They had some friends over and they were taking turns jamming
and making the craziest racket you ever heard in your life. I had a
little tear in my eye.” Tommy says they are also doing karate, soccer,
football, and baseball.
During an interview with Folio Weekly,
Mick says, “I haven’t been laid in over five years. That’s the truth.
I don’t pick up a lot of girls. I’m just totally dedicated to my music
and my guitar, and if I happen to get lucky, then that’s good, too.
I’m saving myself for the right girl. I have higher expectations from
the person I want to be with than just a relationship [based on sex].”
When asked if this might be his last tour, he says, “I don’t know where
this stuff is taking me. I’m going to keep going as long as I can, of
Tommy says the script for The Dirt movie is done. “We’re just interviewing
different directors and at some point we’ll make a decision and then
the thing will get greenlit, start casting and shoot it.” He also talks
about his collaboration with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, “It’s interesting
how we met: Nick was working on a solo record and he contacted my manager
and wanted to have a meeting with me ‘cause he was looking for some
heavier music. So I met the guy and he was absolutely nothing that you
would imagine with him being a Backstreet Boy. Once we met, we got along
immediately. So we worked together and I said, ‘I actually have a couple
of songs that might be perfect for you.’ I played him some stuff and
he sang on it and killed it. One of the songs actually wound up on my
record because he got together with the Backstreet Boys and he put a
hold on his solo project. So the song’s actually on my record. It’s
called Say Goodbye and it’s f@ckin’ beautiful. Kind of a weird collaboration,
but it’s interesting.”
The melodic guitar riff in the verse
was written by Tommy in 1990 as he tried to work it into some Motley
music. He then tried another lyric over the riff during his Methods
of Mayhem days but it still didn’t sit comfortably. Nick’s version of
the song for his record had his lead vocal, but this version for Tommy’s
album is reworked with Andrew Macmahon and just has Nick’s doing background
vocals behind Tommy.
Mötley Crüe’s forthcoming show at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids
on April 27 will be filmed for distribution on TV as well as DVD this
fall. Clear Channel Entertainment, who is promoting the concert, will
produce and distribute the TV show and the DVD on their home-video label,
Clear Channel Entertainment Home-video, from Clear Channel Entertainment
TV. Award-winning director Hamish Hamilton, who has previously shot
concerts by U2, Madonna and Peter Gabriel, will helm the shoot, capturing
the original Mötley line-up playing their biggest hits in a three-ring
circus of freaks under a huge big-top set, including a fire-breathing
midget, sultry acrobats, flying drum kits and enough pyro to light up
a small city. Crüe management says, “The level of interest among distributors
was unprecedented,” while Clear Channel Entertainment TV’s Senior Vice
President Steve Sterling says they are, “excited to be working with
Mötley Crüe and Tenth Street Entertainment for the worldwide distribution
of this incredible show via digital cinema, TV, DVD and other visual
mediums, especially with the Crüe taking the world by storm as they
are now.” The DVD will be distributed to retail in the U.S. by Ventura
Along with Rammstein, Judas Priest, Mastodon and Slipknot, Mötley Crüe
is nominated for the 2005 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Best Live Band award,
with the winner to be announced at the London Astoria on June 13. This
nomination in the U.K.’s most prestigious rock and metal awards is voted
for by the public and readers of Metal Hammer magazine.
After winning a radio station’s Mötley
Matrimony contest from more than a hundred and fifty entrants wishing
to renew their vows or exchange them for the first time, forty-three-year-old
Duane Trump marries twenty-nine-year-old Michelle McGee on stage at
the Veterans Memorial Arena right before Mötley Crüe hits the stage
for their show. Not only did Trump win a unique Mötley wedding in front
of over-five-thousand in Jacksonville Florida, the couple’s prize also
includes a honeymoon to Orlando, dinner for two, and tickets to a theme
Vince says the Crüe will definitely release new music in the not-too-distant
future. “We are going to put out another studio album. Then we’ll take
a little time off, and then we’ll probably tour in support of that album.”
Towards the end of Mötley Crüe’s performance of Kickstart My Heart at
Portland’s Cumberland County Civic Center, the arena’s fire alarms are
set off by the pyro. As they are about to begin their encore songs,
alarms beep and small lights come on while ushers begin to force people
out of their seats to evacuate the building. A voice on the PA instructs
attendees to “evacuate the building” over and over but since the house
lights don’t go on, many fans decide to stay in their seats. A third
of the crowd watches the band’s final encore songs as the rest see fire
trucks arriving once they get outside. After the final song of the night,
Tommy and Vince stay on stage to joke with the crowd about leaving and
also come down from the stage to shake hands with some of the crowd.
Earlier in the evening Vince played a few beats at Tommy’s drum kit,
while he was busy filming the ladies lifting their tops down front of
house. Vince continues to make this a little feature of future shows.
Mötley Crüe is joining efforts to find a Baltimore-area woman missing
since March 6, when she failed to meet friends for the band’s concert
in Washington. Tracey Gardner-Tetso of Rosedale was reported missing
by her husband after she didn’t meet friends at the Red, White & Crüe
Tour 2005 show at the MCI Center. The band will match an earlier reward
of upto $10,000 to increase publicity about the woman’s disappearance.
The earlier reward was offered by the Victims’ Rights Foundation of
Gaithersburg, Metro Crime Stoppers and Aggregate Industries, where Gardner-Tetso
worked as a dispatcher. Nikki says, “We hope our involvement helps bring
more attention to this case, and anyone with information will step forward.”
The failure of audience members to hear a fire alarm at a recent Mötley
Crüe concert has forced Maine’s Cumberland County Civic Center to review
its emergency procedures. The Crüe was finishing its show last Saturday
when about eighty security guards and police officers began politely
asking spectators to leave the building. Right at the end of Kickstart
My Heart, four pyrotechnic ‘concussion bombs’ sent up a smoke cloud
that drifted through the auditorium. Smoke detectors in the arena didn’t
go off because they’re programmed to differentiate various threats,
but a stairwell door was left open, allowing stage smoke to reach a
separate detector and trigger an alarm. Jay Kelley, a fire prevention
officer with the Portland Fire Department, was at the Mötley Crüe show.
While it turned out to be a false alarm, he discussed the issue with
the manager of the civic center a few days after the event.
Mötley Crüe’s involvement in the disappearance
case of Tracey Gardner-Tetso has raised significant interest from national
media. The band has paid to have the thirty-two-year-old Rosedale woman’s
photo distributed on news wires, and the TV show America’s Most Wanted
may feature the story. It’s exactly the result the band wanted, after
learning she failed to meet friends at the Mötley Crüe concert at MCI
Center in Washington on March 6 and has not been seen since. A friend
bought her tickets as a birthday present and her supervisor at work
says, “Tracey loves rock and roll and loves Mötley Crüe. She would not
have missed it for the world.” The Crüe was about to go on stage in
Portland last Saturday night when Nikki checked his email and read a
message telling him about a fan from Baltimore County who was last seen
on her way to a concert by one of her favorite bands – Mötley Crüe.
Nikki says, “I showed it to the band and we were like, ‘we’ve gotta
do something.’ We knew a $10,000 reward had been put up, and we decided
to match that. But what we really could do was get it national exposure.
It’s lit a fire. I know there are a lot of people who are very motivated.
Everyone’s pitching in and it’s good karma and hopefully we’ll find
her alive.” Gardner-Tetso is described as white, five-foot-four tall,
one hundred and thirty pounds, with long blonde hair and blue eyes.
Her last outgoing cell phone call was about 3pm on March 6 and friends
who tried to call her later that night said her phone had been turned
off. Authorities have launched an investigation but have not said whether
they believe it was foul play. Police say there is a record of Gardner-Tetso’s
car passing through the southbound tube of the Harbor Tunnel about 8pm
that same evening, before it was found abandoned on March 17 in the
parking lot of a Glen Burnie area Days Inn, where her husband and family
has since been focusing search efforts. Mötley will be returning to
the Washington area on August 13 for a show at Nissan Pavilion and Nikki
hopes to see Tracey there, “We’ll save two tickets for her in the front
row. They’re in her name at Will Call. We hope she picks them up.” If
anyone has information about Tracey Gardner-Tetso, they are urged to
call Baltimore police at +1 410-307-2020.
The four Mötley Crüe band members attend the MTV Networks UpFront event
at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Others to attend include
Usher, Jessica Simpson, Caprice Bourret, Pepa of Salt-n-Pepa, and Mariah
Actress Tara Reid was recently spotted at the Hudson Hotel looking very
cozy with Tommy, sipping watermelon martinis that were whipped up only
after the busboy was commanded to buy a watermelon. The couple was then
spotted later mixing it up with Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and
Joe Francis at Butter. Reid hooked up with Tommy in Las Vegas and traveled
with Mötley Crüe to their show in Loveland, Colorado.
Vince hosts the invite-only ninth annual 2005 Skylar Neil Memorial Golf
Tournament on Cinco de Mayo at the Malibu Country Club. A live auction
and awards ceremony at the Clubhouse follows the golf, hosted by Tiffany
Granath and Juli Ashton of Playboy TV’s Night Calls. Vince and the T.J.
Martell Foundation held an eBay auction featuring a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity for one lucky winner – who bid $1350 – and three guests
to play golf at the event.
Vince commissions a big rich Cabernet Sauvignon named ‘Vince’ from Adler
Fels Winery in Santa Rosa California for national U.S. distribution.
The wine is a blend of seven fine Napa Valley Cabernets and has a suggested
retail price of $20 for the initial five hundred cases produced.
When an unplanned F-word from System of a Down during their performance
of BYOB on NBC’s Saturday Night Live slips through the censors, it creates
a heap of press snippets for Mötley Crüe by mentioning that Vince also
swore during an NBC New Year’s Eve telecast.
Mötley Crüe’s tour of Australia is officially announced. The band is
set to play four shows early in December with the Grammy-award winning
Motörhead as special guest, and red-hot upcoming Aussie band The Casanovas
in support. Tommy makes a promo visit to Sydney completing a hectic
media interview schedule to launch the band’s first visit to Australian
shores in fifteen years.
As the VIP guest for Australia’s Jack Awards 2005 at Sydney’s Seymour
Centre, Tommy presents the award for Best Live Drummer to Kram of Spiderbait
and Best Live Band award to Eskimo Joe. The Jack Daniels sponsored awards
recognise the best live music in Australia, based on more than a hundred
thousand public votes cast at the Jack Awards website. Tommy gets into
the spirit of the event by taking two water pistols filled with Jack
onto the stage and squirting them at the audience.
VH1 announces a video clip for Mötley Crüe’s Sick Love Song will be
added to their rotation beginning May 16.
During an interview on KROQ’s popular Kevin and Bean morning show, Nikki
and Vince premiere the band’s new single Sick Love Song and announce
Mötley Crüe will be the special guest closing act at the annual KROQ
Weenie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California
on May 21. Other groups on the show include Audioslave, Foo Fighters,
Hot Hot Heat, Interpol, Jimmy Eat World, The Killers, My Chemical Romance,
MxPx, Queens of the Stone Age, Mars Volta, Alkaline Trio, Bloc Party,
The Bravery, Dead 60s, and Transplants. Long-time station Program Director
Kevin Weatherly says, “There’s no denying Mötley Crüe’s massive appeal
and influence. They are rock icons in Los Angeles and across the nation.
KROQ listeners always expect the unexpected and they have been known
to embrace certain bands outside the conventional alt-rock boundaries.
KROQ was the first radio station to ever play Mötley Crüe, and it only
took us twenty years to convince them to play the Weenie Roast. I know
the other bands are psyched to be sharing the stage with the band that
knows how to bring it, Mötley Crüe.”
Nikki attends the Star Wars: Episode
III - Revenge of The Sith Premiere to benefit Artists for a New South
Africa Charity at Mann’s Village Theatre in Westwood, California with
wife Donna D’Errico and son Rhyan.
Nikki and Donna attend the 2005 Covenant with Youth Gala event at the
Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Other celebrities
to attend include Beau Bridges, Buzz Aldrin, Stan Lee, Tito Ortiz, and
Tommy and Nikki guest on an episode of the FOX TV show America’s Most
Wanted in hope that someone will come forward with information about
missing Mötley Crüe fan, Tracey Gardner-Tetso.
Hard Rock president Kevin Kelly confirms
that Vince and the Hard Rock Hotel are teaming up on a motorcycle-café
concept as part of a $1 billion expansion.
During an in-depth interview with Metal-Rules.com, John Corabi provides
some insights into recent events in his life. He says his marriage to
Layla Dawn in 2001 didn’t work out and he is now divorced. Even though
he organised for his girlfriend to attend the current Mötley Crüe tour,
he says he did not want to go, partly-fuelled by disappointment that
they didn’t return his many phone calls prior to the tour when he wanted
to wish them all the best.
While he doesn’t have any issues with
Tommy or Nikki, he says his Union band-mate Bruce Kulick passed on an
email message from Nikki the other week saying, “Tell Corabi I’m sorry
about the Brides and he was right about everything.” John speaks out
on the reason for his departure from Brides of Destruction as being
directly attributed to Tracii Guns, with whom he does not get along
with and feels that he tries too hard to be cool. When John joined the
Brides he spoke with Nikki at length, who said he really wanted him
to contribute to the song-writing but in time John felt he started to
get pushed aside. He was then basically told that they didn’t need him
to write at all, which he did not like. After listening to the record
he soon found himself scratching his head at the mix-match of the songs’
direction. He felt the best song on the record was the song that Nikki
wrote with outside writers for somebody else called Life that drummer
Scot Coogan sings. This didn’t make sense to John as he was concerned
with the impression being left, as band members were also touting front-man
London to be the next big rock star. He feels that stating his case
rubbed Tracii up the wrong way. As John sat at his phone thinking about
the goodbye call he needed to make, Tracii called him and said, “Listen
dude, we got to let you go, I hope you’re not upset.” John said he left
on good terms but apparently Tracii still has an issue with him. On
departing, he told Nikki that there were going to be some egos involved
and now Nikki has also departed the band after a run-in with Tracii.
When asked if he still gets royalties
from his work with Mötley Crüe, John says he is not a very good businessman
so his manager is currently seeking an accounting from the record companies
involved with his past recordings, as he hasn’t received anything from
the Crüe’s CD and DVD products featuring his work that have been released
since he parted with them almost a decade ago. Looking to the future,
John will be touring this summer as the hired guitarist in Ratt. When
that tour is over he wants to continue work on his solo album, saying
he’s been talking with Billy Duffy about writing and working on some
songs. He wants Jeff Blando to be involved in it, and Jerry Cantrell
may also help out. His autobiography written with Jake Brown is also
While enjoying his Australian holiday at Hayman Island on the Great
Barrier Reef after duties at the Jack Awards, Tommy asks two off-duty
staff members back to his hotel room for drinks during his Queensland
stay. Apparently the hotel has a rule forbidding staff from fraternising
with guests and Tommy was unaware that socialising with them could get
them sacked. As a result of the partying, the two female staff members
were dismissed from their hotel jobs and asked to leave the island resort.
Tommy also leaves the hotel and stays on the Airlie Beach mainland in
the Whitsundays before heading back to Los Angeles today.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a historic forty-week deal
that would put Mötley Crüe into the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood showroom
as resident headliners is being finalised. Clear Channel Entertainment
and Planet Hollywood, the Aladdin’s new owners, are planning an announcement
later this year. As the band members currently enjoy being one of the
most successful tours of 2005, each would get a reported $10 million,
a made-over showroom to play in and a role in Planet Hollywood’s grand
opening next summer. Vince has told friends the new showroom will feature
flying motorcycles and dancers on stripper water poles.
Meanwhile, the world unveiling and premier
tasting of Vince Vineyards – Vince’s brand new private label wine from
Napa Valley – takes place in the Pussycat Doll Lounge at Pure Nightclub
in Las Vegas. The beautiful Pussycat Dolls perform specially selected
numbers throughout the party and the event serves as the entree to a
live midnight performance of Girls, Girls, Girls by Vince alongside
the Pussycat Dolls dance troupe.
Johnny Knoxville of MTV Jackass fame has agreed to play the character
of Nikki Sixx in the movie adaptation of the band’s best-selling autobiography
Tommy is excited by the prospect of recording a brand-new album with
the band, and already has plenty of new material in mind, saying, “Nikki
and I both have portable recording studios and I’ve got hours of material
running through my brain. When we’re in road mode there is always down
time to get ideas out and I do have a few ideas that sound to me like
they will make killer Mötley music, so yeah, let’s bring it on and get
a record done.”
Vince says the creation of Vince Vineyards
is a joint partnership with notable wine & spirits veteran Russ Dale.
The two primary partners are joined by legendary music agent Burt Stein
and plan on producing and releasing a variety of fine wines, food-related
products and a future winery project. Vince Vineyards will release its
first two wines to the public this spring. The first release is a 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon, a gorgeous blend of seven different Napa Cabernets,
plus a 2003 Sonoma Chardonnay, produced by renowned winemaker Harry
Parducci. The wines are being manufactured by entrepreneur John Ott,
who recently purchased Adler Fels Winery. Vince says, “I have enjoyed
great wine for most of my life and wanted to create something other
wine lovers could experience and appreciate. Our first two releases
are both amazing wines and I can’t imagine enjoying fresh seafood or
grilled steak with anything else.” Based in San Francisco, Vince Vineyards
wines will be available in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville and New
York, with national U.S. distribution to follow soon after.
Vince also smashes reports of tension
between band members, blaming Duran Duran for fuelling the rumours.
He says, “We’ve had some crap thrown at us recently because we opted
to travel on four separate tour buses that must mean we hate each other,
which is bullshit. If you could afford to do it every band in the f@cking
world would! I read this thing where those f@ckheads in Duran Duran
were like, ‘we all travel together and that’s the only way to tour and
it just shows how f@cked up Mötley Crüe is.’ I was like, ‘Who the f@ck
are you to tell us how f@cked up we are?”
Mötley Crüe headlines the KROQ Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
in Irvine, taking the stage after Foo Fighters, Audioslave, The Killers,
Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Jimmy Eat World, and others. The
Crüe proved to be heroes to many of the rockers on the bill but their
set is plagued by technical difficulties and perhaps a few too many
shots of Jägermeister during their show-closing set. Playing the Weenie
Roast for the first time, they come out all fire and brimstone with
early fave Shout at the Devil, but Vince seems to forget most of the
verses. Nikki and Mick, the sober Crüe members, keep the show going
through a seriously rough Live Wire, during which Vince has problems
with his in-ear monitor and misses most of his cues. Later, Tommy has
issues with his drum set-up, inspiring him to throw a cowbell into the
crowd and give the one-finger salute to a tech. Before their first song,
Tommy could be heard complaining of the feedback coming through their
earpieces. The devoted who stick around are treated to some serious
pyro for Wild Side and Kickstart My Heart but there is no encore and
no Home Sweet Home. Technical issues aside, many fans berate Vince online
for a poor vocal performance, apparently due to intoxication.
During Foo Fighters’ set right before
the Crüe’s performance, front-man Dave Grohl leaves the stage at one
point and ventures out into the crowd. He climbs aboard some equipment
and plays his guitar to the crowd. Grohl’s guitar tech later posts some
pictures on his website and comments, “That’s Dave standing on the Motley
Crew mixing console out in the crowd... Nathan (our light guy) told
me that their sound guy was yelling at him to get off... hehe. I love
it when Dave does this shit.”
Earlier on the main stage, Nikki watched
Queens of the Stone Age from the side with the Offspring’s Noodles,
and Buckcherry singer Josh Todd. “I love Queens,” Nikki said afterward,
while his teenage son Gunner stood nearby. “My little Mini-Me. He flew
in on a chopper today. All his favourite bands are here. And Tara Reid
just told him he’s hot. My wife’s gonna kick my ass. ‘What are you doing
MuchMoreMusic TV show Listed compiles
a list of The 20 Baddest Boys in music with Tommy at number one followed
by Eminem, Gene Simmons, 50 Cent, Liam Gallagher, Jim Morrison, Axl
Rose, Keith Richards, Johnny Rotten, and Snoop Dogg.
When asked what he reads on tour, Nikki says, “I am a CNN junkie, Court
TV junkie; I am also a newspaper junkie. For me, it’s interesting. And
anything that feeds my brain is good for song-writing, so between Hustler
magazine and USA Today, I get my fill. I actually ask the audience different
headline things. Recently, it’s been: Michael Jackson, innocent or guilty?
It’s amazing hearing twenty thousand people all say ‘guilty’ in unison.”
Nikki also says he can’t live without his computer on tour, as well
as his iPod and iTalk that plugs in on top of the iPod to turn it into
a recorder. “I record little ideas on my acoustic guitar, and then when
I plug in my iPod into my computer, it updates it. Then when I get home
I open up the files and I start writing songs.”
Mötley Crüe’s assistant tour manager
Jack Carson explains some items on the band’s backstage rider, “We very
specifically have things like Kraft mayonnaise, we very specifically
have Grey Poupon Dijon mustard, we have a twelve-foot long boa constrictor;
it has an asterisk next to it that says, ‘Please check with your local
FDA authorities to see if this is acceptable.’ And it continues down
the list of soy dream milk substitute, Skippy creamy peanut butter and...
a submachine gun. We have yet to see the snake, machete, or the submachine
Mötley Crüe Inc. files a lawsuit in the Central District Court of California
against NBC, claiming the network violated the group’s free-speech rights
and weakened its sales by banning it from appearing on the television
network after Vince used an expletive on the air when wishing Tommy
“a Happy F@cking New Year” in a December 31 appearance on The Tonight
Show. The band is requesting a ruling that NBC’s ban is unconstitutional,
a court order forcing the network to lift it, and unspecified financial
damages tied to the band’s reduced media exposure. Mötley Crüe claims
they are being “singled out, censored and punished” by NBC and been
made a scapegoat by banning them from further appearances, saying that
when singer John Mayer uttered the F-word two weeks after Vince did,
he was not banned. The lawsuit says Vince had not been aware that his
statement was being broadcast, but in any event, the live broadcast
took place during late-night hours when federal prohibitions on indecent
material have not traditionally been applied. Three weeks later, Jeff
Zucker of NBC told a meeting of television critics that “Mötley Crüe
will not be back on NBC.” He said that the New Year’s Eve edition of
The Tonight Show would be broadcast on a five-second delay going forward.
As a result, the band says a previously-planned appearance on NBC’s
Last Call With Carson Daly was called off. The band also says it was
barred from appearing on other network programs, including Late Night
With Conan O’Brien. The suit says, “NBC’s censorship has caused harm
to the band. At the time the ban was announced, Mötley Crüe was just
weeks away from releasing a new album and commencing a worldwide reunion
tour to support the album release. Critical to the success of an album
release and supporting tour is media coverage. NBC’s censorship caused
Mötley Crüe to lose substantial exposure from critical media sources,
which negatively impacted on sales of Mötley Crüe concert tickets, albums
and merchandise, and interfered with the band’s ability to secure optimal
concert bookings, sponsorships and co-branding relationships”. The lawsuit
says the network added insult to injury by promoting a summer reality
series months later featuring Tommy. The Crüe feels they have been hard
done by and “this ban by NBC constitutes governmentally-pressured censorship
and violates the law the same as if the government itself had ordered
the censorship. It also is self-serving and profit-driven, to protect
NBC’s license and treasury from FCC sanctions”. The suit points out
that when U2’s Bono said “f@ck” in a live broadcast on NBC’s Golden
Globes in 2003 he was not banned, but following Janet Jackson’s now-famous
‘wardrobe malfunction’ aired during CBS’s Super Bowl 2003, the FCC and
Bush Administration “began unprecedented and aggressive regulatory activity,
resulting in the imposition of a record $7.9 million in fines in 2004
against various broadcasters including Viacom, Fox and Infinity”. No
dollar figure for damages is mentioned in the action and Mötley Crüe
Inc. is requesting a trial by jury.
One hundred copies of Tryin’ to be Me,
the first single off Tommy’s upcoming solo release, Tommyland: The Ride,
were reportedly stolen last Friday and were being sold on eBay until
Monday, when authorities had the items removed from the Internet auction
site. The CDs were apparently taken from a drop shipment at FedEx going
to New Jersey that was opened and all contents were stolen.
A television documentary titled VH1 (Inside)Out: Resurrecting Mötley
Crüe premieres, giving an uncensored, unflinching, and brutally honest
look at ‘a heavy metal miracle’ in the making. Documenting the reunion
of the band members, it shows private band meetings, intimate interviews,
top secret rehearsals, recording sessions, photo shoots, and all the
behind the scenes drama you’d expect when Tommy, Vince, Nikki and Mick
decide to get back in a room together again. The show is executive produced
by George Moll and produced/directed by Alex Castino.
As Mötley Crüe plays the first of their European festival concerts at
Rock am Ring in Germany, Vince and Tommy guest on Friday Night with
Jonathan Ross on the U.K.’s BBC One. The humourous show was taped earlier
in the week when Tommy and Nikki flew over to Britain from Germany for
some media commitments. The show aired footage of the band members getting
into a bit of trouble at customs when departing Germany’s Cologne airport
for London, as the already heavily-pierced Tommy was wearing bondage
trousers covered with zips and safety pins. Rather than remove his pants
and all his piercings that kept setting off the metal detectors, Tommy
decided to climb onto the conveyer belt and got himself X-rayed.
Seemingly keen to repair his damaged
relationship with Nikki, Tracii Guns says Nikki emailed him from Europe
today and suggested Runaway Brides as the title of the new album from
Brides of Destruction, the first release since Nikki left the band.
Tracii says the band is going to run with it.
VH1 acquires rights to the six episodes of NBC’s upcoming reality series
Tommy Lee Goes to College and is set to run the first episode on cable
just three days after the broadcast premiere scheduled for August 16,
with two back-to-back episodes to air on NBC.
Tommy makes a cameo appearance in Missy Elliot’s new video Lose Control,
coming in about three minutes into the song and doing some wire work
to fly around and dance with Missy.
Following their run of European festival slots, Mötley Crüe plays the
first of their six U.K. shows at Glasgow’s S.E.C.C in Scotland with
seminal punk band Killing Joke in support. The custom chopper bikes
and flying drum solo are omitted from the show, but lead dancer Jozie
Di Maria still performs on stage with aerialists Alecia Schultze and
In a meeting set-up by America’s TV Guide magazine, Tommy joined Paris
Hilton’s mother Kathy at the posh Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles
recently to toast the odd couple’s upcoming summer reality shows I Want
to Be a Hilton and Tommy Lee Goes to College. Tommy confesses his manners
are far from perfect but was given an etiquette lesson, including tips
on how to drink tea, eat finger sandwiches and make toasts.
Meanwhile, Live 8 promoter Harvey Goldsmith
says he has turned down sixty five bands who wanted to perform at the
concert in London’s Hyde Park on July 2 including Mötley Crüe, Status
Quo, Meatloaf, and chart-toppers Peter Kay and Tony Christie, saying
we simply don’t have room for them.
During a press conference at Toronto’s Mod Club, it is announced that
Mötley Crüe will be one of at least nineteen bands to perform at a Canadian
Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario to help bring awareness to world poverty.
Hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Tom Green, the concert will also feature Bryan
Adams, Deep Purple, Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace, and The Tragically
Hip. Michael Cohl, the Canadian concert organiser and the Rolling Stones
manager, says “It promises to be a great show, but we have to remember
that we’re coming together to urge the government to cancel the debt
and improve aid and trade.” Ticket holders will also see satellite feeds
from other simultaneous Live 8 concerts across the globe, which will
feature an unprecedented line-up of stars including a reunited Pink
Floyd, Sir Paul McCartney, U2, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Andrea Bocelli,
Jamiroquai, Mariah Carey, The Who, Elton John, Bon Jovi, Dido, REM,
Sting, Placebo, Faith Hill, The Cure, Duran Duran, Velvet Revolver,
Destiny’s Child, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, P. Diddy, Crosby Stills
& Nash, Joss Stone, Jay-Z, Green Day, Annie Lennox, and Stevie Wonder.
Johnny Grant, chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee of the Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce, announces that Mötley Crüe is among the entertainers
in motion pictures, television, radio, live theatre, and recording that
have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The
list of 2006 honourees also includes Steve Martin, Charlize Theron,
Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Nathan
Lane – all chosen from hundreds of nominations to the committee at a
meeting held June 20, and ratified by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
Mötley Crüe now joins other legends of music to have received stars
including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, David Bowie, Garth
Brooks, James Brown, Ray Charles, Alice Cooper, Bing Crosby, Jimi Hendrix,
Elton John, Kiss, Liberace, Bob Marley, Ozzy Osbourne, Elvis Presley,
Queen, Frank Sinatra, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder. Nikki later says,
“We like the fact that it wasn’t something that we bought and paid for.
You see a lot of actors and actresses get one right around the time
of their big premieres. It was something that happened because people
voted for us.”
The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) recently updated
their list of all-time, top-selling music artists in the United States,
and report Mötley Crüe ranks at position 84. Based on the cumulative
album sales totals, the most popular heavy metal/hard rock artists in
the U.S. are (sales totals are in millions): #3 Led Zeppelin 107.5,
#10 AC/DC 66, #11 Aerosmith 65.5, #18 Metallica 57, #19 Van Halen 56.5,
#38 Guns ‘N Roses 36.5, #45 Def Leppard 33, #50 Queen 31.5, #59 Ozzy
Osbourne 28.3, #72 Nirvana 25, #74 Rush 24.5, #84 Mötley Crüe 22.5,
#102 Jimi Hendrix 20.5, #109 Kiss 19, #116 Smashing Pumpkins 18.3, #118
Kid Rock 18, #123 Stone Temple Pilots 17.5, #140 Limp Bizkit 16, #149
Linkin Park 15.5, #152 Black Sabbath 15, #158 Korn 14.5, #162 Ted Nugent
14, #181 Poison 13, and #197 Whitesnake 12.
Vancouver-based 604 Records announces they have entered into an agreement
with Tommy for the Canadian release of his new solo album Tommyland:
The Ride, as they prepare for distribution through Universal Music Canada
on August 9. As part-owner of the record label, Nickelback front-man
Chad Kroeger says, “I have been a big fan of Tommy and Mötley Crüe for
many years, and never dreamt that I would get to write a song with Tommy,
let alone release his album on my label. Everyone at 604 Records is
thrilled to have the opportunity to work with an artist of Tommy’s stature.”
Tommy, Dave Navarro and international spinning sensation DJ Paul Oakenfold
host the grand opening of their Los Angeles bar/dining lounge Rokbar
Hollywood at 1710 Las Palmas Boulevard (the former site of Bar Deluxe).
Pamela Anderson attends with Tommy while Dave’s wife Carmen Electra
Mötley Crüe plays Live 8 at Park Place in Barrie, Ontario, Canada in
front of a capacity thirty-five-thousand-strong crowd about an hour
north of Toronto. The band is among the performers at the nine Live
8 concerts held simultaneously around the world to pressure leaders
of the wealthy G8 nations to increase aid to Africa. Mick first enters
the stage around 6pm, ripping a short solo to lead into Kickstart My
Heart. Without the eye candy displayed on their headlining tour, the
band then plays Home Sweet Home and Dr. Feelgood to finish. Tommy plays
with July 6 written across his chest in black ink – the date when eight
world leaders meeting in Scotland will be presented with a workable
plan to double aid, drop debt and make trade laws fair to stop thirty
thousand children dying needlessly of extreme poverty every single day.
The Canadian leg of the landmark event is hosted by Tom Green and Dan
Aykroyd and includes performances by Bryan Adams, Tragically Hip, Simple
Plan, Jet, Our Lady Peace, Deep Purple, Gordon Lightfoot, DMC, Tom Cochrane
and others, before being closed out by Neil Young.
After playing Live 8, Nikki spends some vacation time at Walt Disney
World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida with his family, where he
rides on Thunder Mountain at the Magic Kingdom. Tommy heads to Hawaii
where he holidays with his two sons and their mother Pamela Anderson
where their hugging and kissing sparks more talk of a romance rekindled.
Pamela says of her wonderful family trip, “The kids love it there –
good times! Brandon took his first scuba dive in the ocean after training
for a few days in the pool; it was a great father/son experience. Dylan
and I played on the beach. It was nice to have the family together;
we don’t spend much time with Tommy. It was fun, more fun than difficult!”
Tommy is said to have been threatened by armed guards in Croatia last
week after the owner of a local club felt that Tommy’s DJing/percussion
performance at the club fell short of expectations. At the launch of
a new tennis centre, Subliminal Records head-honcho Erick Morillo was
DJing with Tommy on percussion at a party attended by tennis great John
McEnroe and the rich and famous locals. According to a local spokesman,
the owner of the club didn’t appreciate Tommy’s performance, saying,
“The owner didn’t think Tommy played long enough, and just wasn’t into
it,” the spokesman said. “Suddenly, on their way to the after-party,
Tommy was surrounded by Croatian armed heavies, and Erick, sizing up
the situation, urged pal Tommy to leave with him immediately on his
private-charter plane.” With armed heavies demanding a return fee from
Tommy, they were promised a cheque in the mail before leaving on a plane
back to Ibiza where Tommy and guests apparently enjoyed extensive after-party
Dave Grohl takes a swipe at the Crüe for using backing tracks when they
perform live. He says of his band Foo Fighters, “We don’t try to play
perfect, like on the record. We don’t use backing tracks. That’s kind
of a crutch other bands have up their sleeve. I’d rather sound awful
and have the chance to change things at a whim than sound like Linkin
Park or Mötley Crüe because of today’s technology. They feel naked when
it comes to playing live.”
Meanwhile, the Recording Industry Association
of America officially certifies Mötley’s Red, White & Crüe as Platinum,
for shipments in excess of half-a-million copies. Even though the double-anthology
was not officially certified Platinum until this month, the band was
previously presented with their Platinum awards back in March prior
to their performance at The Forum in California.
Tommy shoots the first video clip for his new solo CD, to the song Good
An advertisement for Red, White & Crüe is part of a new business model
being implemented by video game developers FunCom, where non-subscribers
see ads woven into the Anarchy Online game while a subscription provides
an ad-free experience. Massive Inc. officially announced the network
early last month, and have forty titles lined-up to include the in-game
ads from top publishers like Atari, EA, Eidos and Ubisoft.
Pollstar says Mötley’s Red, White & Crüe 2005...Better Live Than Dead
tour was the sixth highest-grossing tour of the first half of 2005,
grossing a total of $21.3 million over the course of four-and-a-half
months, placing behind: 1. U2 ($48.4m), 2. Celine Dion ($43.9m), 3.
Kenny Chesney ($35.0m), 4. Elton John ($31.7m), 5. Eagles ($28.0m).
The Crüe had the lowest average ticket price for any of the artists
that placed in the Top 10; the only average under $50.
As work on Mötley’s first-ever live DVD featuring all original members
continues, it is revealed that the release scheduled for October 4 this
year will be a special double-disc DVD titled Carnival of Sins and touted
to feature footage from the band’s concert in Grand Rapids, Michigan
earlier this year, along with behind-the-scenes footage, in-depth interviews,
a Claymation film, music videos and more. Nikki says, “We shot it in
high-def, we had eighteen cameras, and it has a lot of the behind-the-scenes,
putting together of the show.” Nikki also says the band is looking forward
to creating some new songs but surrenders, “It won’t be this year. We’re
definitely going back to do an album. The hard part is finding the time.
This tour keeps adding dates and adding dates, so it’s hard to pinpoint
when people ask, ‘When are you going into the studio?’ The only thing
you can say is ‘When the tour ends.’ We don’t know when it will end
yet. It’s more important to have a great record than to rush getting
it out. It’s important for us to put a great record out.”
Pamela Anderson is reportedly set to wed Tommy for a third time after
Tommy apparently proposed to her at Las Vegas’ Palms Hotel & Casino.
Pamela was spotted wearing a big diamond ring on her finger this week.
A source told the New York Post that, “He got her a black diamond with
two grey diamonds on the side.” After Pamela said yes, they flew on
the Palm’s private jet back to L.A. – but they crossed out the ‘l’ on
the side of the jet so it said ‘Pam’s.’ The couple then shacked up at
the Mondrian for the weekend. Despite Pamela’s agent denying the news,
the couple has reportedly told friends the wedding would take place
“this week”. The pair first wed on a Cancun beach in February 1995 after
meeting at a New Year’s Eve party just weeks earlier, but divorced a
year later. They then remarried eighteen months after that, only to
divorce again in 1998.
Pamela says there is absolutely no truth to the talk of her marrying
Tommy for a third time saying, “I have two beautiful children with Tommy
and I will continue to be close friends and supportive of him.” Tommy
tells Entertainment Tonight that he and Pam are taking things slow and
denies having proposed to her.
Back in 1981, a young Mötley Crüe sold an incredible twenty thousand
copies of their Leathür Records independent debut album Too Fast For
Love before it was picked up by Elektra Records and remixed. The original
mix has been unavailable on vinyl for over twenty years…until now, thanks
to Universal Records. Lovingly reproduced, sonically and visually, Too
Fast For Love returns on the twelve-inch black vinyl that captured a
million Crüe fans. As a special added-bonus, a re-production of the
Stick To Your Guns/ Toast Of The Town seven-inch single is included
in every album. The Too Fast For Love original Leathür LP and seven-inch
are released today as a special-run limited to five thousand individually-numbered
The Crüe kicks-off their Carnival of Sins Tour 2005 at the World Arena
in Colorado Springs with a warm-up concert billed as An Evening with
Mötley Crüe, before they are supported on tour by Sum 41, The Exies,
and Silvertide commencing in two days time at Irvine, California.
During his featured guest spot on the nationally-syndicated radio show
Rockline, Tommy says Mötley Crüe has been invited to open up for The
Rolling Stones for four shows in big cities later this year. The Crüe
recently tipped their hat to The Stones with a cover version of their
song Street Fighting Man on the Platinum-selling Red, White & Crüe anthology.
Clear Channel is spending $1.5 million to $3 million on the production
for Mötley Crüe’s Carnival of Sins DVD, shooting concerts in high-definition
video. The DVD will retail for US$24.98 and also includes a bonus disc,
comprised of interviews, a documentary and a clay animation film. To
boost sales of its first music DVD, Clear Channel will be hyping Carnival
of Sins on big screens at venues where Mötley Crüe will be performing.
The company unveiled its DVD strategy at VSDA 2004. Parent Clear Channel
Entertainment operates and promotes concerts at about one hundred and
forty different venues and presents about thirty two thousand events
a year. DVD coupons are expected to be packed inside Mötley Crüe concert
ticket packs. There also are plans for a hundred radio stations, under
parent Clear Channel Communications, to promote the DVD by driving listeners
to check out disc clips as well as online. Apple music service iTunes
is offering a podcast that features preview sound-bites from the Carnival
of Sins DVD.
Nikki is the special guest on Alice Cooper’s
radio show Nights with Alice Cooper. The program is a classic-rock format
and is nationally syndicated on the United Stations network.
The fifth annual Jägermeister Crüefest Hollywood is held at the Whisky
A Go-Go and features Neil Wharton’s Rock N Roll Junkies – a Mötley Crüe
tribute band fronted by Vince’s son.
Steamhammer/SPV announces the exclusive signing of Tommy Lee for the
European territories release of Tommyland: The Ride. Steamhammer/SPV
also announces that they will release the album at a low-budget rate
at the artist’s request. “I wanted to get great new music to my fans
without charging them fifteen or sixteen bucks for a CD. And SPV/Steamhammer
is helping me do that, so I couldn’t be happier,” says Tommy.
Tommy plays Good Times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC with
his backing band that includes Marty O’Brien and guitarist Phil-X of
Powder and The Drills, who also wrote the track Tired on Tommy’s new
The next solo album from Tommy titled Tommyland: The Ride is released
and once again features an array of guests, including Butch Walker and
Dave Navarro on Good Times, Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate on
Hello Again and I Need You, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback on Trying To
Be Me, Carl Bell of Fuel on Sister Mary (a song he had largely written
but didn’t make sense for Fuel to use), Joel Madden of Good Charlotte
on Tired (with fun-poking lyrics, “Tommy got tired of Pamela, Puffy
got tired of Jennifer [Lopez], Ben [Affleck] did too.”), Dirty Harry
on Makin’ Me Crazy (after Pink would not authorise use of her original
vocals), and Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys on Say Goodbye. Tommy attends
an afternoon in-store appearance at Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis before
Mötley Crüe’s show at UMB Bank Pavilion later in the evening.
After an in-store appearance at Best Buy in New York, Tommy guests on
NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien and at one point during the interview
he licks the cheeks of Conan and guest Eva Langoria.
Tommy performs on the Comedy Channel’s Celebrity Roast of Pamela Anderson,
hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Tommy begins his roast with, “I’m here to honour
my loving, beautiful, sexy, blonde, ex-wife tonight. Unfortunately,
Heather Locklear couldn’t be here tonight, so we’re roasting Pam instead.”
The Tommy Lee Goes to College reality TV show premieres on NBC with
two episodes back-to-back. According to Nielsen Media Research, the
show rates third in its 8pm timeslot, drawing 5.2 million viewers to
finish behind the CBS reality series Big Brother 6 (8.7 million) and
a repeat of Jim Belushi’s sitcom According to Jim (ABC) with 6.4 million
viewers. It also beat the season finale of I Want to Be a Hilton, which
NBC aired last week in the 8-9pm timeslot. Viewership of Tommy’s new
show increased with its second episode aired at 8:30pm, drawing 6.1
million viewers and trailing Big Brother 6 and ABC’s repeat of Rodney
Carrington’s sitcom Rodney (6.5 million). It also did well in the demographic
that matters to the networks: the advertising-friendly ages of eighteen
to forty nine where it came in second (4 million) behind Big Brother
with 4.5 million viewers in the demographic. Overall, both of Tommy’s
episodes did better than Fox’s 2005 Teen Choice Awards (4.8 million)
and a repeat of the Gilmore Girls (2.8 million) on The WB.
Tommy’s new album opens at a disappointing number sixty two on the Billboard
200 chart with sales of sixteen thousand copies.
Nikki launches Running Wild in the Night – a fundraising initiative
for Covenant House that provides services in twenty one cities to homeless
and runaway youths, including advocacy, health care, education, vocational
preparation, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal services,
recreation, transitional living programs, street and community outreach
and aftercare. “Having experienced life as a runaway myself, I wanted
to do something to help kids put in this position through no fault of
their own,” says Nikki, who admits that music was perhaps the single
most important factor in saving him from that situation. “I want to
raise awareness and funds for Covenant House and to create a creative
arts program, starting with an emphasis on music, to enable Covenant
House to help young people discover and nurture their talents like I
did through music.” Nikki will launch Running Wild in the Night by auctioning
off a custom, personalised Harley Davidson motorcycle online and teaming
up with outside manufacturers to donate musical instruments, musical
software and computer equipment to Covenant House creative arts programs
designed to promote healing and growth for homeless and displaced young
people. Nikki is also planning to donate a percentage of proceeds from
his recent lawsuit victory with Vans Corporation, as well as a portion
of proceeds from his forthcoming book The Heroin Diaries, which chronicles
his struggles with drug addiction. “A lot of kids on the streets are
addicted to drugs, I know what it’s like, and I know they can help themselves
by finding a Covenant House in their area,” says Nikki. “This cause
is obviously near and dear to my heart, and I’m hoping that my efforts
will enable even one homeless or runaway kid to achieve what I have
in life. Saving the life of one kid who grows up and has a child of
his or her own who could be the person who cures cancer or AIDS – there
is no way to know how far the reach can go.”
Nikki says he and his wife Donna are getting a huge warehouse and turning
it into their creative command centre, consisting of a rehearsal room,
recording studio, areas for Donna to work on acting, and room for both
of their painting and photography interests. There will also be video
editing bays and meeting rooms. Nikki says Donna is preparing for roles
in two movies, while he is writing tons of music.
As one that never wants to follow the same format that’s been done over
and over before, Nikki looks for a new idea for the release of his forthcoming
book The Heroin Diaries. He plans to simultaneously release a soundtrack
of original music based on the book, along with a movie shot for each
song that will tell the book’s story, either as a life of its own or
forming a movie of the book when played all together. So whilst touring
with Mötley and writing new music for the Crüe’s next album, Nikki has
written half the songs for the huge book project, of which Tommy said
reminds him of Pink Floyd’s The Wall meets Alice in Wonderland gone
bad. Not wanting to rush the creative project, Nikki is hoping to shoot
the movies during January and expects a July 2006 release in a perfect
Tommy introduces Cheap Trick on stage during their concert at The Docks
in Toronto, Canada with Alice Cooper.
A video segment on Canadian Idol shows Tommy meeting with the contestants
and giving them some guidance.
Mick says “There is a new album in the works, but we’re taking our time
on it. For me, I would like to see like a Sgt. Peppers, an Electric
Ladyland, something really outstanding and new. I have a zillion ideas
and I’m sure Nikki and Tommy and Vince do, as well. We just haven’t
sat down and started working together yet, because the tour’s been so
extensive.” The band will be on tour in North America until October
16, before heading to Japan in November for six gigs, followed by another
six in Australia in December. Starting in February, they’ll be working
America over for the third time in a year, hitting smaller cities, followed
by another round of European dates and, if things go according to plan,
a South American run – by which point, it will be May 2006. “That’s
the time to start doing a new record,” Nikki tells MTV. “If you look
at the history of the band, from the first record on, we’ve always done
something fresh.” But more than anything else though, Nikki says he
wants to avoid falling into the pattern that’s ruined so many other
veteran bands: rock and roll flaccidity. “I don’t want to be part of
that trend where bands that have been around for more than twenty years
become mellow. Even with U2, a band I respect, everything has this older,
mellower feel to it. You hear that in a lot of rock bands. I don’t mind
having ballads and medium-tempo songs — I just hope we never become
a bunch of pussies.”
Commenting on Pamela Anderson’s decision
to record a duet with Bryan Adams for inclusion on his forthcoming Anthology
album, Tommy says he knows from experience she has never had aspirations
to be a singer and believes her singing debut on the track When You’re
Gone will need to be enhanced by studio tinkering. “To tell you the
truth, I never heard her sing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the
technical magic world of recording studios to make her sound good.”
Mötley Crüe plays their last show with Sum 41, Silvertide and The Exies
on board at Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before heading
home to spend a day with his family before more touring, Nikki says
he is really tired as he and Tommy started and finished a song they
wrote with Scott Stevens and David Walsh from The Exies earlier in the
day, heading straight into the studio to cut a demo without sleep.
One night during the tour, Tommy curiously
clips a jogger’s odometer onto his shoe and after playing the two-and-a-half
hour concert it displays a distance reading of thirteen miles; drumming
night after night on tour keeps him in great shape.
Tommy performs Good Times on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Mötley Crüe participates in ReAct Now: Music & Relief, a four-hour concert
TV special airing commercial-free and simultaneously across all of MTV
Networks to benefit the Hurricane Katrina relief campaign. From the
CMT Studios in Nashville, they perform a magical version of Home Sweet
Home with Chester Bennington from Linkin Park sharing vocals with Vince,
backed with strings, a choir, and other musicians. To benefit victims
of the largest natural disaster in U.S. history, more than fifty musical
acts from every genre come together for the show. The artists deliver
emotional performances and urge viewers to do whatever they can to help
the hundreds of thousands displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
They all head to a recording studio later
in the day with everybody in tow to properly record the version of Home
Sweet Home for a single to be released to raise more money to assist
the people of New Orleans. The single is produced by Desmond Child.
While in Nashville, Tommy films a cameo appearance in the new video
clip XXL from country-rocker Keith Anderson, off his album Three Chord
Country and American Rock & Roll. In one scene, Tommy is surrounded
by glamorous nurses and takes on an Obstetrics and Gynecology role,
delivering a baby boy as he lip-syncs, ‘Oh, mama, he’s a XXL.’
The final episode of Tommy Lee Goes to College airs and is watched by
almost four and a half million viewers in the U.S.A. The episode features
Tommy taking final exams and celebrating afterwards with a party at
the Rococo Theatre.
Five songs into the Crüe’s concert at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Vince
falls while singing Live Wire and crawls off to the side of stage as
the band finishes the song instrumentally. They then go into their planned
ten-minute intermission, which turns into more than thirty minutes before
the circus tent curtain rises as Nikki, Mick and Tommy walk on stage
without their motorcycles. Nikki and Tommy address the audience and
tell them that Vince is on the way to the emergency room and ask for
everyone to remain calm, promising to come back to Atlanta and honour
the tickets with another concert, or provide a full-refund if preferred.
News services soon run incorrect stories stating that it has been confirmed
that Vince broke his leg during the show.
Virginia State’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is investigating
whether the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater violated its
license during their Mötley Crüe concert last week, as they look into
a complaint that a band member carried a video camera through the audience
and encouraged women to flash their breasts for show on large projection
screens. Under state law, any establishment that allows lewd, obscene
or indecent pictures on its premises can have its ABC license suspended
Nikki says Vince’s left leg completely gave out as he performed in Atlanta,
feeling a snap or like he had been hit with something extremely heavy
in the calf. Paramedics backstage said he probably tore something in
his calf and he needed to go to the hospital right away. Wanting to
go back on stage but unable to even stand and in a great deal of pain,
Vince was finally rushed to Piedmont Hospital for assessment and treatment.
Doctors report that he tore the medial portion of his calf muscle, but
it’s not as bad as it could be. Usually these types of injuries take
upto six weeks to heal but Vince feels he will be able to continue to
perform without jumping around, ensuring no shows will be cancelled.
He is expected to make a full and quick recovery, according to his doctors,
who nevertheless urge him to take some time off. The band intends to
return to Atlanta to make-up the show.
During a press conference, Mötley Crüe announces that they will donate
one hundred percent of proceeds from a specially-recorded rendition
of their song Home Sweet Home with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington
to the hurricane relief efforts of Mercy Corps and the American Red
Cross. The track is available exclusively on iTunes from today and will
soon be carried by all other major digital music services in the U.S.,
including eMusic, Napster, MSN, Real/Rhapsody, and Yahoo!/Musicmatch.
The single will also be distributed through leading mobile phone companies,
spanning over two hundred global services. A specially-produced music
video for the single makes its exclusive debut on AOL Music’s First
View program for twenty four hours before screening on all major music
television outlets. Though the sentiment applies to all areas affected
by the hurricane, the music video focuses primarily on New Orleans.
A CD single release is planned for the song for traditional retail outlets
and will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes ‘making of’ documentary.
Mötley Crüe joined forces with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on
September 10 in Nashville for a live performance of the Crüe’s hit single
Home Sweet Home, which aired as part of the MTV/VH1/CMT React Now Music
+ Relief initiative dedicated to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
Following their performance, the band and Chester went into Nashville’s
famed Oceanway Studios to record this new studio version of the classic
hit with Grammy-winning producer Desmond Child and a full, twenty-six-person
gospel choir and twenty-five-piece string orchestra.
Nikki says, “Chester was originally scheduled
to play the benefit concert in Los Angeles but when he heard what we
were doing he wanted to help with this song and video and chose to do
his performance in Nashville with us. Chester is a real artist that
will be making a difference for a long time. This song, both musically
and lyrically, relates to many of the things that are happening now,
as the hardest hit areas set out to rebuild.” Chester says, “Considering
they had a show the night before and then another the night after, it’s
a testament to how awesome a rock band Mötley Crüe is and how much this
cause means to them. The chance to perform with these guys for such
a great cause is something really special. Hopefully, people will embrace
it in the way it was intended. The song really does fit the sentiment
and something special happened when we pulled it together. Everyone
felt as if they were doing something really important.”
New Orleans has a special meaning for
Vince since it’s where he first proposed to his wife Lia. “It happened
right on Bourbon Street and to see what’s happened there is just terrible.
I can’t believe it.” Tommy says, “We tend to be desensitised by the
non-stop media coverage of the relief effort, thinking there’s nothing
more we can do. We’re just happy to have a song and a video that keeps
the awareness of how monumental this task is and that we have to keep
trying to do everything we can to help.”
Nikki says they are currently meeting with movie directors for the silver-screen
version of their autobiography The Dirt. David Fincher (Seven, Fight
Club, Panic Room) was set to be the director but Paramount needed him
to do a huge movie and wanted the Crüe to wait. Nikki assures the movie
“will get made, and it will get made right. The project has to be gritty.”
Drummers Tommy Lee and Phil Collins have
donated autographed drum sticks to a new People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals campaign against fast-food chain KFC. The drum sticks will
be auctioned to raise funds for Peta’s Kentucky Fried Cruelty campaign
to stop the company allegedly abusing chickens at factory farms.
At Sacred Center Tattoo in Las Vegas, Nikki and wife Donna D’Errico
get matching tattoos of rosary beads wrapped around their left ankles
with its cross on their feet.
Tommy is burned when a pyrotechnics explosion goes wrong during Mötley’s
concert in Casper, Wyoming. He suffers minor burns on his arms and face
while suspended thirty feet above the stage during his drum solo. Tommy
plays one more song after he is hurt towards the end of the show, but
the band then cuts the performance short so he can go to the hospital
where he receives treatment as an outpatient. Tommy is expected to fully
recover and no Crüe shows will be cancelled.
Mötley Crüe plays the last show of their North American Carnival of
Sins Tour at the Tyson Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Tommy says he is
recovering from his recent pyro mishap, “I’m getting better. I have
first- and second-degree burns on my arms, singed hair, eye lashes,
face, etc. Every day I get better and thank God I’m home tonight! Home
for a few weeks then Japan, Australia, Hawaii.”
Tommy attends the fashion parade of designer Sheri Bodell at Smashbox
Studios in Culver City, California as part of Mercedes-Benz Spring 2006
L.A. Fashion Week. His producer Scott Humphrey joins him, along with
Mike Einziger of Incubus and Dean Karr, who directed Tommy’s Hold Me
Down video clip.
Mötley Crüe releases Carnival of Sins – their first-ever concert DVD
with original members on Clear Channel Entertainment Home-video. This
double-disc DVD features footage from a concert in Grand Rapids, Michigan,
along with behind-the-scenes footage, in-depth interviews, a Claymation
film, music videos and more.
Mötley Crüe plays with The Rolling Stones at Key Arena in Seattle.
Nikki is excited about going on a photographic
journey through Cambodia and Thailand between the Japanese and Australian
Mötley Crüe shows. He’ll be travelling with Paul Brown and they hope
Ross Halfin, who knows the ins and outs of both countries from many
visits, will also join them. Nikki hoped wife Donna would be able to
make the trip but she will be shooting a movie instead. They will be
hiking into the jungle and very mobile a lot of the time during their
Mötley Crüe plays the last of their two shows with The Rolling Stones
in Portland. Feeling they played well tonight with the band firing on
all cylinders, Nikki says, “Backstage we were all hanging out and Mick
Jagger told me that he and Charlie Watts watched the whole show. He
told me no support band has ever gotten their crowd up on their feet
the way we did. It looks like we will be supporting them for some more
shows in Europe next year.”
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton tours the Palms’ N9NE Steakhouse
kitchen in Las Vegas. Spotted among the Clinton party on their visit
to the restaurant is Vince, former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien,
Hollywood producer Steve Bing, billionaires Ron Burkle and eBay founder
Pierre Omidyar, and baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.
Limp Bizkit’s Greatest Hits is released by Geffen records and includes
Bittersuite Home, a ‘mash-up’ track of Mötley Crüe’s Home Sweet Home
and the Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony.
Tommy performs a DJ set at Medicine Bar in London, England to raise
money for the U.K.’s Our World, Our Say charity, who is campaigning
to raise awareness of and oppose the ID Cards Bill & the National Identity
Register, which is being pushed through the British parliament right
now. Tommy also guests on the Frank Skinner ITV show alongside Ozzy
Osbourne and Kevin Bacon, talking about his solo album and new single
Good Times, plus his reality TV show that starts soon on England’s E4.
He later attends the birthday party of Ozzy’s son Jack with DJ Aero.
Vince hosts the Off the Strip charity poker event at the Hard Rock Casino
in Las Vegas. Players who bought into the $540 No Limit Hold ‘Em event
face a serious distraction by the all-star collection of dancers in
attendance from the hottest Vegas clubs as they vie for a $50,000 prize
pool. Proceeds for the event go to the T.J Martell Foundation via the
Skylar Neil Foundation.
Meanwhile Nikki says he has found hours
of footage of the band throughout their career that he hopes to turn
into a movie. Currently building a video editing facility at his Los
Angeles home, Nikki is stunned by what he has discovered and hints it
may not be appropriate for public viewing, telling Rolling Stone magazine,
“I found, like, thirty tapes! One was called Mick Pissing on an Old
Lady’s Leg in Italy and another Robbing Grave in England.”
A special cinema screening of Mötley’s Carnival of Sins DVD takes place
in select movie theatres in each state of Australia. Tickets to the
one-off event were only available to competition winners.
Prior to Mötley Crüe playing Tokyo as the first of their six shows in
Japan, Nikki says they decided to have support in Japan for the first-time-ever
and invited Buckcherry along for the ride. Doors open at 3pm and the
Crüe plays their one-hundred-and-fifty-minute show. Nikki says, “It’s
weird finishing your show so early and to be walking the streets by
8pm.” He also thanks everybody who bid on his personal items that recently
raised thousands of dollars at auction for his Running Wild in the Night
charity, helping the kids at all the Covenant Houses across America.
Jack Carson steps-up to take over
from Allan Zullo as the band’s tour manager.
From the thirty-sixth floor of his Tokyo hotel room, Nikki says his
wife Donna is in Los Angeles setting up lighting in the photography
area of their studio, while packing lenses and cameras and getting ready
to leave for Cambodia in a few days where she will take photos and film
a documentary of their journey through jungles. She plans on editing
it all together with Final Cut Pro software back at their studio, after
returning from London where she will be starting a new movie while Nikki
is still on tour.
Tommy has reportedly had all copies of his Tommyland: The Ride album
destined for Britain stolen in a heist in Germany. Thieves turned up
to the storage warehouse in Germany in a transit van disguised as the
official exporters in the early hours, offloading thousands of copies
of the CD. All the missing records are expected to worm their way onto
the black market. A spokesperson for the Mötley Crüe drummer says the
theft has not affected the album’s release, which hits the U.K. shelves
As part of their European tour, Union plays a benefit concert in Frankfurt,
Germany with proceeds from the event going to children suffering from
cancer in that country.
Following a press conference at the InterContinental Hotel the previous
day, Mötley Crüe plays their first Australian concert in fifteen years
at Sydney’s Superdome. Nikki dedicates their performance of Red Hot
to Chronological Crue’s Paul Miles, standing front-row-centre witnessing
his first live Crüe concert.
Nikki visits the grave of former AC/DC front-man Bon Scott at Fremantle
Cemetery outside Perth. Nikki says, “We all flew in from Adelaide (Motörhead
too) and went straight from the airport to the graveyard. I went with
Paul Miles, Jozie and [personal security guard] Kimo. Bon really was
an original. Rest in Peace.”
At the Blackjack festival in Perth, Mötley Crüe winds-up the last of
their six Australian concerts with Motörhead, who joins them on stage
for an encore of Anarchy In The U.K. Nikki says he and Lemmy “made a
promise to spend more hang time in Los Angeles and I intend on keeping
my end of the bargain.” After a backstage cake to celebrate Nikki’s
forty seventh birthday, the band prepares to head to Hawaii for one
show on the way back to the U.S. Nikki flies via Hong Kong to catch
up with his wife Donna on her way to London.
Backstage at Blaisdell Arena prior to Mötley Crüe’s Honolulu concert
in front of 4,343 fans, Tommy welcomes teen actor Mickey as a guest
in his dressing room, who will be seen on the big screen in Paris Hilton’s
next film Pledge This.
Tommy emcees the Miracle on State Street 7 concert featuring Alanis
Morisette, Ben Folds and The Fray. After the show at the Chicago Theatre,
Tommy brings Alanis with him over to LePassage, where he cranks the
big beats with DJ Paul Blair. Club owner Billy Dec is spotted hanging
out in the DJ booth.
With the band members now back in Los
Angeles, they meet with their managers around this time to discuss
the Mötley Crüe’s future plans and agree to put a further two years
aside to devote themselves to the band, planning to play more dates
in 2006 than they did this year. They agree to set-up a rehearsal
room at venues during the tour next year for the band to work on
songwriting, as well as providing mini-studios on the band’s buses.
They agree to Bob Rock producing and that he should periodically
come out on the road to hear progress and offer suggestions on the
new album’s direction. Proceeds from a future Carnival of Sins live
CD will be used to self-fund the recording of the new studio album,
to ensure they own the masters and can release it themselves or shop
it to a major record label. They also discuss commitment of the band
members and the need to be fully available, instead of working on
solo projects, so they can best execute their plans for the new
studio album and increased touring.
Tommy and Pamela Anderson dine at Sushi Roko in West Hollywood, having
watched the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the
Houston Rockets together yesterday. After dinner, they go to the Key
Club in West Hollywood where Tommy joins hair-metal cover band Metal
Skool on stage, drumming along to Girls, Girls, Girls while Pamela dances
around a stripper pole in a sexy Santa outfit as she douses herself
with water. A drunken Pamela is carried out at the end of the night
as Tommy holds her up and helps her into a vehicle as paparazzi take
During an interview with Detroit’s WRIF 101.1 FM, Nikki says the Crüe
will commence the songwriting/demoing process for their new studio album
on May 1 next year with producer Bob Rock. “We go back out on tour in
February. We tour into the first week of April. May 1 we start writing
and rehearsals for the new music, probably demoing stuff up. We’re doing
the new album with Bob Rock. And then when it’s ready, we’re gonna cut
it. Our intention is to make the greatest record we’ve ever made. With
that being said, we also believe that if we over think it, it will lose
its rawness, so we wanna get in there and just terrorise the music and
then just get it on tape. That’s the idea, but that’s more of in a perfect
world. We are very excited about making a new record. I think new music
is so important.”
Forty-year-old Craig Titus – Vince’s former Personal Trainer who helped
him lose twenty pounds as part of VH1’s Remaking: Vince Neil special
– is arrested for murder with his wife Kelly Ryan in Stoughton, Massachusetts
as fugitives in the slaying of a woman whose body was found two weeks
ago in Ryan’s burned-out luxury car abandoned off a remote desert highway.
Tommy Lee, Pamela Anderson, Kelsey Grammer, Brooke Burke, Lisa Rinna,
David Carradine, Gary Busey, Oliver Stone, and David Charvet are amongst
the stars at the Malibu home of John Paul DeJoria, CEO and co-founder
of John Paul Mitchell Haircare Systems, during his annual party to thank
movie, television and music star friends and his co-workers for their
Nikki’s family celebrates Christmas early this year as his wife Donna
and son Rhyan take a special mother/son Christmas trip in Cambodia.
Nikki says, “I’m excited for them, yet it somehow feels sad to be in
a somewhat empty house on X-mas. It’s just me and Frankie here until
tomorrow when Gunner, Storm and Decker come back from their mother’s.
I wanted to wish all of you a very happy holiday and thank you for a
great year. There has been a lot of money raised through the auctions
for Running Wild in the Night and that means the world to me and the
kids at Covenant House. I hope you get everything you want this holiday
and at least everything you need.”
Mötley Crüe will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
this coming January 25 in front of the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood,
California. The band is among a number of entertainers in motion pictures,
television, radio, live theater, and recording that were selected in
June 2005 to receive stars on the Walk of Fame by the Walk of Fame Committee
of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. These individuals were chosen
from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held
June 20, and ratified by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. With the
assistance of her daughters, Crüehead Liz Gannon was instrumental in
nominating Mötley Crüe for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Crüe ends 2005 among the top twenty
in North American concert sales receipts, according to concert industry
trade magazine Pollstar. The Rolling Stones’ tour led all other concert
tours in 2005 with US$162 million in gross receipts and an average ticket
price of $133.98, followed by U2, Celine Dion, Paul McCartney, Eagles,
Elton John, Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Diamond, and Jimmy
Buffet rounding out the top ten. Mötley comes in eleventh with US$39.9
million in gross receipts. The Crüe’s average ticket price of $46.48
is the cheapest in the list before Green Day in twelfth place with a
$38.07 average ticket price. Each member of Mötley Crüe nets around
$3 million for the year.
Mötley Crüe celebrates New Year’s Eve with a concert at The Palace of
Auburn Hills in Detroit. During the show, Tommy is escorted onto the
main floor to an area just in front of the mixing desks where he is
connected and lifted above the crowd to play his flying drum solo, before
being led back to the stage for Same Ol’ Situation and the titty cam,
which runs to just a few minutes before midnight. The band members then
hand out champagne to people on the floor before everyone in front of
the stage is sprayed with champagne as thousands of balloons and streamers
fall from the ceiling. The band then plays a version of U2’s New Years
Day that was learnt in several run-throughs during their forty-five-minute
sound-check before the show. Following the encore of Anarchy in the
U.K., Tommy and Vince give out bottles of champagne to fans while Nikki
splatters the seven-thousand-eight-hundred-strong audience with buckets
of fake blood. Mick is then pulled off stage by an over-exuberant female
fan and is rushed backstage for medical attention. The Crüe caps off
an amazing comeback year and looks forward to fresh challenges, achievements
and dramas in 2006.
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