Tommy Lee is enforcing a new rule
backstage at Mötley Crüe shows: those entering his dressing room must
remove an item of clothing. He tells Playboy magazine, "You must remove
one article of clothing - your pants, your top - or else you are not
allowed in my dressing room. That gets the fucking party started so
quick. Everyone's walking around topless."
Publishing announces they recently signed a worldwide publishing
administration deal with Nikki Sixx for his complete song catalogue,
plus exclusive synch rights to the original Mötley Crüe master
recording catalogue. Downtown followed up with a master-use synch
licensing agreement with Eleven Seven Music (of which Nikki is
President). The deal allows it to aggressively pursue Crüe music
placements in various media. Downtown Music president Justin Kalifowitz
says, “Through this innovative partnership, Nikki’s publishing
copyrights and Motley’s master recordings will now be marketed and
promoted in lock-step. Combined with Eleven Seven’s premier roster, we
can now offer the licensing community a destination for the best in
both iconic and contemporary rock music.” Nikki adds, “In a time of
industry consolidation, signing with a boutique publisher who can focus
on thousands of songs instead of millions is just smart business.”
Tommy tells Billboard that he has started work on his second Methods of
Mayhem album, following up his side project's platinum 1999 debut. DJ
Aero and guitarist Kai Marcus are still onboard, and his producing
partner Scott Humphrey "is starting to get involved" as the songs are
formulating. Tommy says, "We're going to start tracking as soon as
Motley is done (touring) at the end of March, and hopefully I'll have
it ready by April/May and done by the top of June." Tommy also says he
wouldn't mind having Methods of Mayhem on the Crüe Fest II tour, which
is slated to begin in July. As for the rest of the Crüe Fest II lineup,
Tommy says it's still being discussed. "There's offers going around all
over the place. We actually talked about that a little. Rob Zombie's
name came up. Godsmack. Alice Cooper. I'd like to switch it up, add a
little bit more variety this year. I think it'd be fun to inject that."
The Hard Rock Hotel
& Casino Las Vegas hosts Vince Neil's 4th Annual Off The Strip
Poker Tournament inside The Poker Lounge. Celebrities, Poker Pros and
the adult entertainment industry's hottest stars join Vince for a
No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament. All proceeds from the poker
tournament and charity auctions benefit The Skylar Neil Memorial
Mick partners with the celebrity services division of Paid, Inc. to
launch a revised version of his MickMars.tv website. The new site is
said to feature "an unparalleled level of fan interaction tied to Mars'
music and guitar playing prowess." Mick plans to use his website to
host online guitar playing clinics and provide interactive tablature
for portions of his most popular and famous riffs and solos, along with
video demonstrations of how he uses his own innovative techniques to
create some of his trademark phrases and sound effects. "Being in
Mötley Crüe has provided me a huge opportunity to personally reach out
and connect with my fans. Now I am able to create this huge vision of a
web platform filled with really cool, interactive features and a chance
for people to dynamically connect with me and my music in a hands-on
manner," says Mick.
Mötley Crüe plays White Trash Circus live for the first time during
their tour warm-up concert at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio.
At around 10:45am, a helicopter carrying Tommy from Palm Springs, where
he performed the night before, flies erratically and too close to a Los
Angeles Police Department chopper over Glendale. The pilot Dave Martz
then fails to follow directions given to him by the Van Nuys Airport
flight tower, before eventually being forced to land at the airport.
Once on the ground, the pilot reportedly tells police that he had been
drinking, so he's taken to the LAPD's Van Nuys Station where he is
later released without arrest after a field sobriety test and
investigation. The pilot's matter now falls to the Federal Aviation
Administration to decide on any further action once toxicology test
results come back. A police spokesperson says, "Tommy Lee was a
passenger aboard the helicopter, but he had nothing to do with the
situation; so he was just released."
Mötley Crüe kicks off its North American arena tour in San Diego as the
band continues to promote its Saints Of Los Angeles album. The bill
also includes Hinder, Theory of a Deadman, and The Last Vegas. Nikki
says of the band's setlist, "We're gonna change some songs around. It's
exciting to go out and play new songs, break out some songs we haven't
played in a while."
Former Mötley front man John Corabi is set to regularly perform in
Monster Circus six nights a month on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
nights in the legendary Las Vegas Hilton Theater from March 19. The
all-star line-up also consists of Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet
Riot, Whitesnake, Dio), Fred Coury (Cinderella), Bruce Kulick (Kiss),
and Tony Montana (Great White). Various guest artists will join the
circus and perform the hits they personally rock out to, creating an
evolving set list. Monster Circus combines a high-octane live rock
concert with sexy dancers, human circus acts, aerialists, freaks and of
course, a tour bus full of platinum certified rock stars. An irreverent
ringmaster along with Sicko The Clown, Monster Circus' mascot, will
lead the audience along the 75-minute journey through the powerhouse
rock and metal anthems of the '70s, '80s and '90s. A nightly after-show
party will keep the circus going.
Mötley Crüe's Friday and Saturday night performances at The Joint in
Las Vegas are the Hard Rock venue's final concerts after fourteen years
of music events from the world's greatest artists. Paul McCartney will
help inaugurate a new 4,000-capacity theater at the Hard Rock Hotel
with a concert in April.
Vince says, "There was a
tear in my eye when I sang Home Sweet Home at the end. All of us up on
stage were a little teary eyed. We'd been told we were specially
selected to close it down as the final act, and that felt very special.
It was an honour, and as fast as we went through the show, it was
suddenly the end. It felt strange that that was it. Before we went on
stage, the Hard Rock executives gave each of us a guitar that they'd
taken off the walls and mounted on plaques to commemorate the night.
They also gave us photographs of all the times we'd played The Joint,
so it was pretty sentimental."
The Mars Volta wins the Grammy for the Best Hard Rock Performance
category in the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, beating
out Mötley Crüe, Disturbed, Judas Priest, and Rob Zombie. Nikki says,
"The Mars Volta is one of my fave bands and they do deserve it, 100%,
so congrats from me to them."
Mick wins a $212,000 default judgment against his former girlfriend
Robbie Mantooth, who he alleged violated the terms of their palimony
settlement. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward A. Ferns signs off
on the action that includes a requirement that Mantooth pay Mick nearly
$80,000 in attorneys' fees and nearly $60 a day in additional interest
until the judgment is paid in full. Mick filed the suit in November
2006 following settlement of previous litigation between him and
Mantooth, in which he gave her a down-payment and agreed to pay an
additional $5,070 a month on a balance of $300,000. He claimed Mantooth
promised not to disclose any financial information about him to anyone
in exchange for receiving the monthly payments, but she later gave
information about his account at City National Bank to a collection
agency in an attempt to use his funds to help pay off an $80,000 debt
she owed and also told the collection agency that he misappropriated
her money and agreed to pay her debts.
Vince says he's loving being back on the road with the Crüe. "We're now
one year in with nine more to go on our ten-year world tour contract.
I'm loving it. This is the fun part, and it all feels great," he says.
"The whole second year is planned out. We've got American cities
through the end of March. We have April off, which is when I'll return
home to Vegas for the Dr. Feelgood [rock club restaurant] opening [in
Las Vegas] and get the Rio tattoo shop underway. In May and June, we'll
hopscotch Europe before starting the second Crüe Fest here at home for
July, August and September. We get October off for vacation and then
return to Europe in November for the missed cities and go back to
Australia and Asia in December. It never stops, but we'll be back here
for the holidays again. On top of that, I've got my solo record coming
out in November."
Nikki invites Cheap Trick's Rick Neilson to the band's concert in
Rockford, Illinois where he spends time with him backstage. Mick
suggests he jams with Mötley on Jailhouse Rock, so the song is added to
the set and they perform it live. Rick catches a ride home on Nikki's
tour bus after the concert. Nikki says, "I haven't been by his house
since 1985 or so, and let's just say, it's a rather foggy memory but
this one is burnt into my memory banks with a branding iron. We ended
up, for hours and hours, looking at his wonderful guitar collection,
and what a collection it is: I played (well sort of, haha) Jailhouse
Rock on Elvis's acoustic, strummed on John Lennon's and Jimi Hendrix's
guitars and a few other insane classics that left me speechless. And
last but not least, the many stories of legends long since gone; an
amazing night. The heart of this man, the legacy of his music and his
band’s influence touch me still to this day."
The cable channel BIO premieres a one-hour episode Biography: Mötley
Crüe. The documentary features concert, tour and personal footage,
music videos and photographs and interviews with all of the band
members as well as featured commentators including the band's manager
Allen Kovac, Billboard Magazine's Christa Titus, author Neil Strauss,
photographer Neil Zlozower and concert promoter Ron Delsener.
While on the road with Mötley, Nikki works on the second Sixx: A.M.
album that will also be a concept album. He says, "I can't really tell
you what the concept is, because I think I'd just be kind of blowing
the surprise, like telling what you're getting for Christmas before it
comes. But it's gonna be a pretty powerful record. You know, sonically
it does fall in line with the Heroin Diaries record, but I think we're
stretching out in certain ways where we can take in other styles of
music and expand upon them."
Mötley Crüe announces they will hit the road again this summer with
some of rock's top touring acts for Crüe Fest 2: The White Trash
Circus. The Live Nation produced tour will visit thirty cities across
North America beginning July 19 in Camden, NJ through September 5 in
Darien Lake, NY. Full tour details, including the line up, will be
revealed at a major press conference broadcast from FUSE TV studios in
New York on March 16, before Mötley Crüe hits the stage at Madison
Square Garden that evening. Last summer's multi-artist inaugural Crüe
Fest that played for nearly half a million rock fans was the most
successful touring rock festival of the summer season. Crüe Fest was
also the number ten tour overall for the summer of 2008, according to
Rolling Stone. Crüe Fest attracted strategic partners including MTV's
Rock Band Game, FUSE Television, JVC Mobile Electronics, Clear Channel
Radio, Best Buy and Fender Guitars, which resulted in a nomination for
a 2008 Billboard Award for Concert Marketing & Promotion. Tommy
says, "Last year at Crüe Fest, we set out to have more fun than humans
are allowed to have. We succeeded beyond that. This year, we are going
to top that and I guarantee we will."
The celebrate this year's twentieth anniversary of the release of Dr.
Feelgood, Mötley plans to theme their Crüe Fest 2 tour with imagery
inspired by Dr. Feelgood. Nikki says, "On this summer's Crüe Fest we
really wanted to give the fans something they've never seen before. And
since it's the 20th anniversary of the release of Dr. Feelgood, we
figured what better way to celebrate than to play it live TOP TO BOTTOM
every night." Eleven Seven Music/Mötley Records will re-release Dr.
Feelgood later this spring. Originally released on 1 September 1989,
Dr. Feelgood reached #1 on the Billboard chart and went on to sell more
than 7 million copies worldwide, producing 5 Billboard Hot 100 hits.
The title track reached #7 on the Hot 100 and earned the band its first
two Grammy nominations.
After a successful run in
downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, Vince opens another Dr Feelgoods
Rock Bar in Miami Beach. The rock bar, located at 222 Espanola Way,
hosts a series of grand openings this week.
Erie, Pennsylvania Mayor Joseph Sinnott declares it 'Mötley Crüe Day’
on stage during the band's sold-out performance at the Erie Civic
Center. Sinnott says he is a big Mötley Crüe fan, explaining that his
first concert was Mötley Crüe back in February 2006 at the same venue.
He thanks the band for including Erie on their tour itinerary.
FOX announces that former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood has
recorded a remake of Mötley Crüe's Home Sweet Home to be played as a
farewell ballad to each finalist who is sent home during the
forthcoming season of American Idol commencing in two days’ times. The
single will be available exclusively on iTunes until March 16 before
then being available through all online music retailers. A portion of
the sales proceeds from Home Sweet Home will benefit The Humane Society
of the United States, a cause near and dear to Carrie's heart. "I've
always loved this song, and besides being fitting for 'Idol', to me,
the title is also very fitting with animal rescue and finding animals
their own homes," she says. "So we felt it was important to tie the
release into an amazing animal charity like the HSUS." A week later,
Nikki says, “I spoke to Carrie a while ago and she wanted to cover the
song, and I was actually going to fly down to Nashville and play bass
on it, but it was during the holidays, and I was just spending time
with my family. After she cut it we spoke, and she was excited about
it. In the end, the thing is, I think we both want to write songs
together. She writes pop songs and I think I’m a pop songwriter,
however the songs are performed.”
The Crüe's concert in Uncasville, Connecticut is filmed for television
broadcast on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. They perform new single White
Trash Circus twice, back-to-back with lots of pyro, along with Same Ol'
Situation and Don't Go Away Mad. The single and part of Don't Go Away
Mad are aired on the show in a week's time.
Mötley Crüe stops lunch-hour traffic in New York City as the band
members arrive for their press conference at the Fuse TV studio on 7th
Avenue in an old-school Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance, accompanied
by two emaciated Goth chicks wearing sexy nurse outfits. Once inside,
they announce the line-up for their second annual Summer Festival tour
Crüe Fest 2 will star Mötley Crüe with Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman,
and Drowning Pool plus introduce Charm City Devils. The Crüe is joined
on stage by Sully Erna of Godsmack, Tyler Connolly of Theory of a
Deadman, Ryan McCombs of Drowning Pool and John Allen of Charm City
Devils as they debut a new music video for the White Trash Circus radio
single version featuring members of all five Crüe Fest 2 bands. As
previously announced, the band is celebrating the twentieth anniversary
of their first number one album by playing Dr. Feelgood from beginning
to end every night of Crüe Fest 2 commencing July 19 in New Jersey.
Mötley will also play hits from their entire catalogue through their
latest hit, Saints of Los Angeles. Nikki says, “We had talked about
doing Dr. Feelgood in its entirety… well, we had actually wrestled with
that, Shout at the Devil, Girls, Girls, Girls, and when we decided on
Feelgood, it was only after that that we realised it was twenty years.
It looks like a big master plan, but it wasn’t.” The tour is a bold
move considering other festivals and tours are scaling back due to the
recession, including Ozzfest, which will not be taking place at all
this year. In addition, the Crüe promises they'll start work on a new
record after this tour. Nikki also briefly intimates that the band has
been approached about a possible Mötley Crüe-themed Guitar Hero. Fans
across the U.S. celebrate the Crüe Fest line-up announcement with
launch parties at local venues airing the press conference and
in-theatre special screenings of Crüe Fest 1.
A Best Buy-exclusive version of Static-X's new album Cult of Static is
released and includes a cover of Looks That Kill as one of two bonus
Mötley ends the next leg of their Saints of Los Angeles tour in
Portland. Nikki tells the audience they chose to play the Cumberland
Civic Centre because it is the same venue that they played their very
first arena show back in 1984 as they supported Ozzy Osbourne, and they
have never forgotten it.
A two-disc Crüe Fest 2008 DVD is released by Eleven Seven Music. Filmed
in Toronto at the Molson Amphitheater on 28 August 2008 by director
P.R. Brown, this event captures the decadence, energy, noise and sweat
that was Crüe Fest with a 15-camera high-definition shoot, mixed in 5.1
sound. The set contains the full Mötley concert along with select
tracks from the other bands that took part in the festival -
Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx: A.M. Crüe Fest was the most
successful rock festival of the summer and was nominated for a
Billboard Touring Award.
Papa Roach releases their
next album titled Metamorphosis that features a guest appearance by
Mick on the track Into The Light.
Cineplex Entertainment presents the big-screen premiere of Crüe Fest
2008 DVD in high definition on one night only across U.S. movie
Mötley's Crüe Fest 2008 DVD sells 7,000 copies in its first week of
release to debut at position No.2 on Billboard's Top Music Videos chart.
Co-produced by Nikki, the third studio album from The Last Vegas titled
Whatever Gets You Off is released. Nikki also co-writes the single I'm
Bad and the ballad Apologize.
EMI and Eleven Seven Music agree to a European sales and distribution
deal that will see EMI provide digital and physical distribution, sales
and marketing services for the label’s roster that includes Mötley
Crüe. EMI will also provide licensing and synchronisation services on a
non-exclusive basis to Eleven Seven’s artists.
Godsmack’s drummer Shannon Larkin says he flew out to see the recent
Mötley concert in Manchester, New Hampshire and ended up backstage with
Tommy and his Jägermeister machine. After a few shots they started
talking about Tommy joining him and Sully on stage for their drum
battle during Godsmack’s Crue Fest 2 set. He says, “Tommy was like,
‘Yeah, let's do this thing,’ so as far as I'm concerned, it's a very
real thing that probably will happen. Sully and I have already started
making a third part for the solo, so it's all on Tommy now. If he wants
to really be a part of it, we're prepared. We'll put Tommy up there on
a third drum kit, for sure! I can't speak for him, I mean I was
backstage doing shots of Jäger with the guy and he seemed pretty
serious. For what it's worth, I do think it will happen. God, I hope it
happens, you know? I love the guy, I respect the guy and all he's done
for the art of drumming… and also, he's one hell of a nice guy. So, if
he just comes up and does the solo for only one or two shows, I'd
consider it a huge honour to have him up there. It'll be a
show-stopper, that's for sure!” Larkin is excited to be playing on Crüe
Fest, saying, “For us, it's like playing with legends! I mean, I was
that 15-year old kid who went out and bought the Too Fast For Love
album when it was still on Leathur Records, before it was on a major
With some time back home in Los Angeles between tours, Nikki says, "The
one difference on a creative level from touring is having my creative
workspace to build the impossible. I always love when I can pull outta
thin air a song, book, design, etc. but mostly lately it's been all
about my photography. I’ve done about six full shoots and six smaller
still-life shoots as well. I've displayed some of it on my MySpace
under Nikki Sixx Photography, but it by no means comes even close to
what I have created or have plans for as a photographer." Nikki adds,
"The new songs for Sixx: A.M. are all so inspiring; it feels like we
may have topped ourselves on this album coming up, and can’t wait for
you to hear what it sounds like. Keep an ear and an eyeball here and
maybe a surprise might get dropped in the next few months."
Vince hosts the thirteenth annual Skylar Neil Memorial Gold Tournament
at Lost Canyons Gold Club, Simi Valley, California.
Tommy joins Static-X on stage at the House of Blues in Hollywood to
perform Looks That Kill.
Mötley Crüe makes a special guest appearance on the season finale of
the hit FOX TV show Bones. Nikki, Vince, Tommy and Mick perform Dr.
Feelgood in The Lab nightclub and interact with Brennan (Emily
Deschanel), Booth (David Boreanaz) and other cast members. Currently in
its fourth season, Bones has built an average audience of 11.3 million
viewers, ranks among the top programs for the 2008-09 season in Adults
18-49 and all key demos and is one of the highest ranked dramatic
series on Thursday evenings.
Carrie Underwood re-enters the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at No.
79 with her remake of Mötley Crüe's Home Sweet Home. Underwood
performed the song on this week's season finale show, and her recording
was heard all through the season as a goodbye song for finalists who
were voted off the show. The Crüe's original version peaked at No. 89,
while their 1991 remix version reached No. 37 in its seventeen-week
stay on the chart.
Mötley Crüe holds a press conference in Moscow as they kick-off their
European tour. It's the band's first time back in Russia since the
Moscow Music Peace Festival twenty years ago. Vince says the band will
continue touring for the rest of this year and into early next year. He
then hopes to release his next solo album and play some solo shows
late-summer/early-fall of 2010. The Crüe will then start writing a new
studio late in 2010 for a 2011 release. As well as writing songs with
other artists, Mick says he's recently been working on his solo album
and his book. Tommy says he plays the Rock Band video game with his two
boys all the time and they beat him. His son Dylan takes cello and
guitar lessons. Eldest son Brandon plays piano and recently turned
thirteen. While celebrating his birthday with fifteen friends, Tommy
put them all in his home studio and recorded them for a track he's
Mötley Crüe's summer
festival tour Crüe Fest 2 announces a partnership with Monster Energy
to add an additional stage at this year's festival. The new Monster
Energy Stage doubles the entertainment value at Crüe Fest 2 with five
extra bands showcasing the next generation of rock, including one local
band in each tour market, chosen by the local presenting radio station.
The performances on the Monster Energy Stage will be staggered between
main stage acts creating a non-stop music event and adding to the
overall festival atmosphere with no change in ticket prices.
Tommy drums on the album Cope by Freeland, the electronica band of DJ
Adam Freeland, which is released today.
After some festival performances and concerts in Scandinavia with
Hardcore Superstar, Mötley commences a run of shows through Germany
with Duff McKagan's Loaded and Backyard Babies in support, as part the
the Crüe's European tour.
Forty-four-year-old Dennis Joseph Tetso is picked up about 3pm at his
workplace and arrested by Baltimore County police, charged with the
murder of his thirty-two-year-old wife Tracey Leigh Tetso, who has been
missing since 6 March 2005 when she failed to meet friends for a Mötley
Crüe concert in Washington. A grand jury indicted him three days
earlier on a charge of first-degree murder.
Mötley Crüe don't get to perform their first scheduled concert in
Greece when heavy rain forces the cancellation of day one of this
year's Rockwave festival at Terravibe Park in Malakasa. The show was
also set to be Tommy's first concert in the country in which he was
born. W.A.S.P., Arch Enemy, Monster Magnet and Voivod were also set to
be included on the day's line-up. The Crüe has one final concert in
Bulgaria to perform on this European trek before heading back to the
U.S. to commence Crüe Fest 2.
Mötley Crüe’s summer festival tour Crüe Fest 2 announces a partnership
with Monster Energy to add an additional stage at this year's festival.
Rev Theory, Cavo, 16 Second Stare, and Shram will perform on the
Monster Energy Stage with one local band chosen by the presenting radio
station in each tour market. The performances will be staggered between
main stage acts creating a non-stop music event. With no change in
ticket prices, rock fans are given the opportunity to see ten great
rock bands for the price of one. The Mötley band members say, “It’s
always been in our hearts to turn our fans onto new rock music. A
second stage seems to be just what the doctor ordered for Crüe Fest 2
and gives loyal Crüe and rock fans more for their hard-earned money.
See ya there.”
James Michael says he wrote some amazing songs in the last week for the
new Sixx: A.M. album during some last minute writing session before
Nikki leaves for the Crüe Fest 2 tour.
After the third day of production rehearsals for the upcoming Crüe Fest
2 tour, Nikki says, "The set is insane. All-new stage. All-new
lighting, pyro and video. Tons of new music. Some of these songs have
never been played live before so we're still blowing off the cobwebs.
To be honest, it sounds pretty damn good. This is my fave set so far
and feels so good be doing something new production-wise. I can't wait
to see your faces when the show starts - it's pretty sick, beginning to
end. I have to say, this show really is a labour of love for us but the
real credit goes to all the crew. They have been working around the
clock for over a month on this. That is the part fans don't see. It
doesn't matter if it's a Broadway play, a rock show or even a movie,
sometimes the real stars of the show are behind the curtain."
Mötley Crüe, its lead singer
Vince Neil, the band’s manager Allen Kovac and his management company
10th Street Entertainment reach an out-of-court settlement of pending
litigation in Los Angeles, Nashville and Las Vegas with Vince's
long-time personal manager and prior Mötley Crüe co-manager, Burt Stein
and his management companies, B Entertainment and Gold Mountain
Entertainment Nashville. All parties are pleased that the litigation
has been amicably resolved. The parties’ global settlement provides for
a complete resolution of the remaining business matters that Mötley
Crüe, Vince Neil and Allen Kovac had with Burt Stein, and allows all
parties to move forward independently with their respective performing,
entertainment and management businesses. In his dismissal order, U.S.
District Judge William J. Haynes Jr. finds all parties have reached a
settlement "of all claims and counterclaims that have been or could
have been brought by each against the other." The terms of the
settlement are not disclosed.
Nikki is among the celebrities whose faces can be seen on billboards
around Los Angeles as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers' outdoor
messaging campaign centred around the tagline "L.A. is my town." Others
featured in the campaign include Bret Michaels, Kim Kardashian, Oscar
De La Hoya, Yoda from Star wars, Tara Lapinski and extreme sports pro
The opening night of Crüe Fest 2 takes place in Camden, New Jersey.
Taking the main stage after Charm City Devils, Drowning Pool, Theory of
a Deadman, and Godsmack, the Mötley show commences with a
wheelchair-bound patient brought to centre stage by a sexy nurse, who
theatrically injects the patient with a huge syringe. As the curtain
drops, the band members play the song Dr. Feelgood from within a small,
bright white padded-cell themed set in the middle of the stage, before
the asylum walls break away to reveal a massive green-tiled mental
hospital set at the end of the song. Backing vocals are handled by two
new Nasty Habits, decked out in corsets and thigh-high boots.
Microphone stands are set-up like intravenous drip stands with bags of
blood and fluids attached, while roadies quickly cross the stage
dressed in surgeon and nurse outfits. The visual theme celebrates the
twentieth anniversary of the Crüe’s best-selling album Dr. Feelgood and
the music matches as the band continues to play every song from the
album in order, from Slice of Your Pie next (ending with a portion of
The Beatles’ classic She’s So Heavy) right through to the first-ever
live performance of Time For Change. The stage set is then reversed to
give a back-alley vibe as the band plays Wild Side, Saints of Los
Angeles, Live Wire, and Shout at the Devil. Nikki tells the crowd that
they chose to play Live Wire tonight, but this song will change every
concert. He invites a ten-year-old girl in the crowd up on stage, and
asks who her favourite band is, to which she replies, “Mötley Crüe.”
After an encore of Home Sweet Home and Girls, Girls, Girls, the band
members - sans Mick - bow to the crowd to say thank you and goodnight.
Following the kick-off of Crüe Fest 2, Nikki says, "95% of everything
went off fantastic, and for a first show that's amazing." Looking
forward, he adds, "Now the circus begins, the trucks are rolling, the
show's begun. This tour lasts until the beginning of September. After
that, some shows in Canada and maybe go back to Europe for selected
arena dates, but besides that, we're pulling off the road until summer
Tommy says his Methods of Mayhem project has signed a worldwide deal
with the Roadrunner Records imprint Loud & Proud Records to release
the band's sophomore album early next year. Tommy says, "I'm so fucking
pumped! I've signed with my friends at Roadrunner. What a perfect home
for my second Methods of Mayhem record. We're about to do what no team
has ever done before. Buckle up and hang on, kids!"
Vince shares some of his views on drugs and rehab, saying, "Most people
go to rehab just to dry out, not to actually stop drinking or doing
drugs. Usually they go there because they've been given an ultimatum by
their wife or boss. They're not there for themselves; they're there
because someone wants them to be there. That's why it doesn't work. You
have to go when you want to go. I don't think I'll ever have my drug
problems licked. I still think about needles today. Thirty years later,
I'll still look at a needle and go, 'Fuck'. It's quite an itch. But I
haven't thought about actually doing drugs in fifteen years. I kind of
cringe at that idea. That was for the old days. But I have a drink once
in a while. That doesn't hurt ya."
As Crüe Fest 2 rolls through Las Vegas, Vince visits his tattoo parlour
Vince Neil Ink at O'Shea's where he signs autographs and mingles with
fans before heading to sound-check at The Joint. He returns to O'Shea's
to help them celebrate their twentieth anniversary by participating in
on-air radio interviews and an autograph signing session. Following
Mötley's show at The Joint, Vince hosts an after-party at his new rock
bar Feelgood's. After hanging out with friends and other Crüe Fest
musicians in the VIP for a while, Vince performs Looks That Kill with
his solo band and concludes the surprise performance with Live Wire
just before 2am. Tommy hits the club Body English with Pamela Anderson
before they head back to Vince's Paradise Tower mega suite to continue
The official grand opening of Vince Neil's Feelgood's Rock Bar and
Grill takes place at 6750 West Sahara in Las Vegas. The night's
highlight is a Rockandi reunion show
with Vince on vocals, James Alverson on guitar, Joe Marks on bass and
Robert Stokes on drums. The band plays covers of Smokin' in the Boys
Room, Anarchy in the UK and Cheap Trick's He's a Whore.
Three Mötley Crüe songs - Live Wire, Dr. Feelgood and Kickstart My
Heart - will be included on the heavy metal soundtrack for the Brütal
Legend video game, available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation on October 13
in North America and three days later in Europe. Brütal Legend is a
third-person action game rich in combat, imagery and storytelling,
delivering lighter-flicking fun sure to melt your face off. It tells
the tale of the ultimate heavy metal roadie Eddie Riggs, played by Jack
Nikki says Mötley will be taking quite a bit of time off once Crüe Fest
2 finishes early next month, "I feel like we're ending being out for
quite a long time, touring and Saints of Los Angeles and the Carnival
of Sins (tour) and Red, White & Crüe... really going away on a big
high to start working on writing a new record and looking forward to
the next Crüe Fest, which will probably be in 2011. There have been
offers and suggestions of other bands that were interesting in going
out and doing Crüe Fest if we didn't do it. It's growing into
something. It's more of a community than just about Mötley Crüe, which
in the end is a really good feeling. There might be a day we don't do
it, a year we're working on something else and somebody comes in and
says 'We want to do it.' We've heard there's interest. It might be a
bit young and premature to do that now, but it's nice to hear it."
Showtime licenses Girls, Girls, Girls for its new trailer for season
three of Californication The spot features series star David Duchovny
leering at pretty girls while the Crüe's classic plays.
Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose plays with Mötley Crüe in Cincinnati,
Ohio after Tommy suffers a burn injury to his left hand from a
firecracker. Nikki says Tommy "messed up his hand pretty bad" in an
accident and following doctor's orders, he has to sit out for a few
shows but will be back behind the kit as soon as possible. He adds,
"Until then, he is at all the shows, jumping around, helping out with
vocals and playing piano ever so lightly on Home Sweet Home. Now to the
hero of the day: Mr. Morgan Rose, the monstrous drummer from Sevendust.
Morgan flew out with only minutes to go before there were no flights
left from Atlanta. He came charging in like a knight in shining armour,
drum pedals and sticks in hand, stepping on stage and pretty much
nailing the show top to bottom first time out. I think Morgan needs a
standing ovation for his dedication to kicking ass."
Morgan Rose plays his last show with Mötley Crüe in Mansfield,
Massachusetts after filling-in on the drums during the last five
concerts as Tommy's temporary replacement. Aerosmith drummer Joey
Kramer joins the Crüe on stage to perform the erncore ballad Home Sweet
Legendary rock photographer
Neil Zlozower releases a book titled Mötley Crüe: A Visual History,
1983-2005 via Chronicle Books. The 232-page hardcover book features a
foreword from Nikki.
Frank Zummo of Street Drum Corps is hired to fill-in for Tommy during
Mötley's next three concerts, in Virginia and North Carolina. Zummo
says, "The first concert I ever saw was Mötley Crüe when I was a kid,
and I've been a big fan ever since. It is a huge honour for me to drum
with one of the greatest rock bands, and filling in for Tommy will be
one of the most amazing experiences of my life!"
Nikki says, "I have been immersed in books again lately. Some needed
reading. Some I'm just revisiting the classics. Just another reminder
of the greatness that was gifted to us before we were here and will be
passed on long after we have passed away... Classics, important. My
audio book of the week is the 1931 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
This classic is read by the magical Michael York; I recommend it
highly." With just ten Crüe Fest 2 shows left he continues, "Trust me
when I say 'I love what I do' out here, there and everywhere onstage,
but I am really excited about the moment I can open the doors to Funny
Farm Studios, so I can get out of my head what's been brewing for
months. The need for the madness to unfold is exhausting."
With his hand healed enough to return to work, Tommy plays the whole
Mötley concert in Atlanta.
Mötley's Crüe Fest 2 comes to a close with its final show in Darien
Lake, New York. During the festival, twenty-three-year-old John Michael
Bieganski is stabbed in the leg by a knife-wielding assailant. Bleeding
profusely, he is carried out of the moshpit by a friend, before being
hospitalised and receiving twenty eight stitches to close a gaping
four-inch long wound on his leg.
Tommy attends the 2nd Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival kick off event
- a Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne at the House of Blues in West Hollywood,
Vince performs a concert at the grand opening celebration for Vince
Neil Ink's newest location inside Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in
Las Vegas, Nevada. Decorated with motorcycles built by Counts Kustoms,
along with leather couches and granite counters, the spacious 2800 sq.
ft. shop with four large stations and a private booth is Vince’s second
tattoo studio. You can also browse Counts, Mötley and Vince Neil
memorabilia, plus buy new Vince Neil Ink merchandise.
Mötley Crüe's Dr. Feelgood is re-released as a deluxe version
incorporating two CDs. The original version of Dr. Feelgood on one CD,
and a compilation disc comprising four original demos from the Dr.
Feelgood sessions, four tracks recorded live when the band played the
Moscow Peace Festival in 1989, plus a remix of Get It For Free.
John Corabi becomes the first one-time Mötley band member to play a
concert in India, when he rocks Dimapur's DSSC Stadium in a band called
Lost Angels, also featuring guitarist Eric Dover (Slash's Snakepit,
Sextus, Alice Cooper), bassist Muddy Stardust (L.A. Guns, Gilby Clarke)
and drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion).
Tommy DJs at the grand opening of The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth at
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Celebrating his 47th birthday, Tommy is one of three judges that picks
Strat5 as the best corporate rock band in the Fortune Battle of the
Corporate Bands presented by NAMM, the trade association of the
international music products industry, and the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame and Museum. Tommy is be joined by noted musician and author Jeff
Carlisi and Making Music magazine editor-in-chief Antoinette Follett as
judges at the ninth annual event, taking place at the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
Public Mayhem commences, enabling fans to download Tommy's isolated
instrumental tracks from his new Methods of Mayhem album so anyone with
a great musical idea for the tracks can upload their part and
collaborate for a chance to be on the album and hit the stage with
Tommy at their record-release show. A wide range of formats are
available to work with, including RiffWorks, WAV, Logic, GarageBand,
Pro Tools and the Four Track 3.0 iPhone application.
Vince drops the first puck at a pre-season Central Hockey League game
in Laredo, Texas between the Laredo Bucks and Rio Grande Valley. The
TAMIU AutMus Fest committee sell raffle tickets at the game to win an
autographed Vince Neil guitar with all proceeds going to charity. Vince
plays a solo show at Laredo's 5th Annual Autmus Festival the following
Vince attends the grand opening of the new Hard Rock Café on Las Vegas
Boulevard and later joins actor Chazz Palminteri for dinner.
Nikki auctions an autographed bass guitar to kick-off the 4th Annual
Denim and Diamonds fundraiser, benefiting children with autism held in
Hidden Hills, California.
Tommy DJs at the Pimp n Ho
Ball in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Vince tells Revolver magazine that he's currently working on straight
ahead rock'n'roll songs for his next solo album. He expects they'll
probably have the music done in November, do his vocals for it in
December and have it complete by January.
Premiere Radio Networks announces it will launch "Sixx Sense with Nikki
Sixx" on rock/alternative music stations in January 2010. Hosted by
Nikki, the program will air nationwide Monday through Friday from 7pm
to midnight local time. Each night, Nikki will discuss music and
lifestyle topics as he gives listeners a backstage look at the world
and mind of a rock star. Delivered with his unique perspective and
attitude, Nikki will welcome celebrity guests, recording artists and
fascinating characters from all walks of life. All this and more will
be coupled with radio station playlists. In addition, Nikki will host a
two-hour original weekend program titled "The Side Show Countdown with
Nikki Sixx". Debuting in January 2010, Nikki will air top-charting
songs, showcase new and emerging artists, and welcome guests from the
worlds of music and entertainment. The program will be available for
air Saturday or Sunday between 6am and midnight local time. Nikki will
broadcast both programs from Premiere's Los Angeles studios. Nikki
says, "Radio has been instrumental in almost every successful endeavor
of mine and it is the best way to connect with a wide audience on a
daily basis. I look forward to being involved in every aspect of
building 'Sixx Sense', from the content of the show, to the web site,
to the logo, to the music beds, to, of course, hosting every day."
Tommy is Tabcorp's celebrity guest DJ at Derby Day, part of the Spring
Racing Carnival in Melbourne Australia.
Nikki says, "Home has recharged the batteries and seamless creativity
is flowing again... I always love it when a friend turns me onto a
book, music or something I haven’t heard about or seen before. There's
some cool stuff out and about and I thought you might like it too: I
took Katherine to see Nevermore - An Evening With Edgar Allen Poe at
the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. Jeffrey Combs delivers the arrow
to the heart in this one-man play. This is a must-see. We loved it! As
a teenager, I fell in love with Hieronymus Bosch. Recently his work has
re-struck a chord in me and I am admittedly on the verge of being
obsessed. If you're a fan of 1400s -1500s European painters, you owe it
to yourself to Google his work. Audio books have taken over my life
recently. Three audio books I would like to recommend are: Tuesday With
Morrie by Mitch Albom, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, and The Mirror
Effect by Dr Drew." Nikki continues, "On a personal front, my
photography is challenging me to go to new heights. I sometimes wonder
if I'll ever get to the level I am striving for. It can be so
frustrating and challenging, as I said before, maybe I should just give
in and shoot 8 by 10. New Sixx: A.M. music is coming along nicely but
no deadline or release dates to even consider. I will say it feels like
the next logical step musically for the band. James Michael used the
word 'important' in describing the new lyrics. Everything is in full-on
creative mode right now and that's when the magic really happens."
Meanwhile Nikki's girlfriend
Kat Von D says of him, "I learn so much from him; this is the most
fruitful relationship I have ever had. We read a lot together and we
are really into self-help books and wisdom books and it's cool; I am
constantly learning from him."
Fans have the opportunity for the first time ever in book publishing
history to participate the online auction of book rights, whereby the
winner will take ownership of a 30% share of royalties for the
forthcoming re-issue of An Education in Rebellion: The Biography of
Mötley announces tour dates for The Dead Of Winter Canadian tour
commencing January 23 with The Joe Perry Project and Airbourne in
support. Nikki says, "Canada has always been one of Mötley Crüe's most
supportive markets. We look forward to going up there again and rocking
people’s faces off."
Vince says his solo band is
going into the studio in about three weeks to record a new solo album
called Tattoos & Tequila. The title track will be released as a
single in January before the album's anticipated release in March.
Vince also says he is looking at a spot in Manhattan where he’s
probably going to open another of his Feelgood’s bar within the next
year. A Chicago establishment is also coming up as he plans to open
fifteen of them next year, followed by another ten Feelgood’s in 2011.
Asked if Mötley Crüe is
moving forward with the film adaptation of their best-selling
autobiography The Dirt, Vince says, “Paramount Pictures bought the
rights to that as soon as the book came out. That was up to them to
make the film. They were going to make it and Director David Fincher
was attached to it at one point. The President of Paramount, Sherry
Lansing, left and it was her baby. Once she left, it kind of fell
through the cracks. We are not movie makers so it’s been out of our
hands and we have nothing to do about it or say about it. If it gets
made, great! If it doesn’t get made, great! It’s sitting there on
somebody’s desk in Hollywood.”
Mötley Crüe reissues their Greatest Hits CD via Eleven Seven
Music/Mötley Records. It is also released as a double vinyl LP. The
track listing is: 1. Too Fast for Love, 2. Shout at the Devil, 3. Looks
that Kill, 4. Too Young to Fall in Love, 5. Smokin' in the Boys Room,
6. Home Sweet Home, 7. Wild Side, 8. Girls, Girls, Girls, 9. Dr.
Feelgood, 10. Kickstart My Heart, 11. Same 'Ol Situation, 12. Don't Go
Away Mad (Just Go Away), 13. Without You, 14. Primal Scream, 15. Sick
Love Song, 16. Afraid, 17. If I Die Tomorrow, 18. Saints of Los
Angeles, 19. The Animal In Me (Remix). The Best Buy version features a
twenty-minute behind-the-scenes documentary filmed at Crüe Fest 2.
Dilana Robichaux releases
her album InsideOut via Kablunk! Records, which features a solo by Mick.
NASA says the seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis have
been playing Mötley's song Home Sweet Home on their return journey from
the International Space Station to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape
John Corabi plays the first of three shows in a row with his newly
formed solo band, comprising Phil Souse on lead guitar, Chris Nolen on
bass and drummer Shawn Hughes. Playing tracks spanning his career with
The Scream, Mötley Crüe, Union and Brides of Destruction, songs in the
set include Hooligan's Holiday, I Don't Care, Outlaw, Til Death Do Us
Part, Power To The Music, Uncle Jack, Love (I Don't Need It Anymore),
Shine and Father, Mother, Son.
Nikki says he is excited to be off the road, home with his kids and
girlfriend Katherine. On the music front, he says, "The new Sixx: A.M.
music is slowly coming along. It's hard to talk up your music without
sounding like you’re pre-selling it. I think it will be best for you to
just hear it. It will be completely different yet very familiar to your
ears… but honestly, I can't wait for you to hear it.” Regarding Mötley
Crüe, he says, “We have a few shows here and there but nothing really
'til 2011 and that's just fine by me.”
Updating fans on his Running
Wild In The Night charity, Nikki says, "The music room at Covenant
House is up and running. Between the sales from The Heroin Diaries and
your contributions, we have raised hundreds and hundreds of thousands
of dollars and the money is really going to good use.” He says his
forthcoming radio show Sixx Sense is “gonna blow your mind. I feel so
at home on the radio and there are some major things coming your way. I
cannot wait for you to hear (and see) it.”
Finally, Nikki says he’s
been “knee-deep in chemicals in my studio dark room as I've been
working with a wonderful photographer named Luther Garlach. He has been
teaching me the magic of 'wet plate.' I have been shooting on glass and
recently on tin, exposing through natural light or UV-intense
artificial light at Funny Farm. So many chemicals, so much to learn… so
exciting. Katherine says I have found what I've been looking for in
photography. She is right, but that doesn't mean I have abandoned my
digital or film approach… I actually feel like I am just getting
started on multiple fronts. I am toying with some ideas but for now I
am allowing them to brew in my brain and not announce anything.”
Vince is reportedly being sued for legal fees by the California-based
law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. They claim he refused
to pay $62,000 for four months of representation in negotiations over
entertainment and corporate agreements in 2008.
The Last Vegas tops the
iTunes critics' 2009 Rock Singles of the Year List with their hit
single I'm Bad, which was co-written by Nikki.
Premiere Radio Networks announces that multimedia personality, producer
and writer Kerri Kasem will join Nikki as co-host of two
soon-to-be-launched nationally syndicated radio programs: Sixx Sense
with Nikki Sixx will broadcast Monday through Friday from 7pm to
midnight local time. Nikki will discuss music and lifestyle topics as
he gives listeners a backstage look at the world and mind of a rock
star. Joined by co-host Kerri Kasem, Nikki will provide his unique
perspective and attitude as the duo welcomes celebrity guests,
recording artists and fascinating characters from all walks of life.
All this and more will be coupled with radio station playlists. The
Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx is a two-hour original weekend
program. Available for air Saturday or Sunday between 6am and midnight
local time, Nikki and Kasem will air top-charting songs, showcase new
and emerging artists, and welcome guests from the worlds of music and
While recording new original songs at friend Danny "Count" Koker's
Desert Moon Productions for his next solo album, Vince is also working
on a cover version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic Who'll
Stop The Rain?
Tommy spends his New
Year's Eve DJing at a club in Atlanta, Georgia.
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