Tommy Lee and the Street Drum Corps' Frank Zummo present Bezerk - an
exclusive project commissioned by Guitar Center, featuring some of today's
top drummers and artists - as part of the Drum-Off Grand Finals at The
Wiltern in Los Angeles. Performing in front of a capacity crowd, the
line-up of artists includes Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Matt
Sorum (Guns 'N Roses, Velvet Revolver), José Pasillas (Incubus), DJ
Aero, Sully Erna (Godsmack), and Jay Weinberg. Hosted by Jane's Addiction
drummer Stephen Perkins and Mighty Mike, the historic evening also includes
an emotional tribute to Led Zeppelin's John Bonham by his son Jason
Bonham and guests Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa. An exclusive collaborative
performance by Tool's Danny Carey and Brann Dailor of Mastodon is a
further highlight of the event. Nineteen-year-old Ramon Sampson from
Cordova, Tennessee beats four other Drum-Off finalists from all across
the U.S., winning a prize package worth more than $40,000 and earning
the title of Guitar Center's Drum-Off champion. Guitar Center also inducts
drum icons Billy Cobham and John Bonham into Guitar Center's Drum Legends
as part of the evening's festivities.
Tommy drops by The Public Record booth at this year's Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Vince Neil flies out from his Las Vegas hometown on the inaugural flight
of his new charter jet service Vince Neil Aviation. He heads to the
Cayman Islands in the Caribbean with wife Lia, after celebrating their
fifth anniversary last weekend. Vince Neil Aviation is ready to offer
flight services to New York, Europe and south of the border. The company
will operate a Learjet 35, a Hawker 700 and one additional jet. Vince
will also use them for his solo concert tour in South America next month.
Vince launches his Tres Rios Tequila in the Caribbean with a two-hour
meet-and-greet at Tortuga Liquors, where he autographs specially-priced
bottles purchased during the event. Later in the evening, he performs
a solo show at The Brick House where patrons also enjoy his tequila
cocktails served by Tortuga Rum Co.
Vince cancels his scheduled attendance at the private opening beach
party for the Cayman Cookout sponsored by Food & Wine magazine, the
Ritz Carlton, and the Cayman Islands Tourist Board. He was also scheduled
to play a solo concert at the Grand Cayman Hard Rock Café later in the
Mick Mars attends the annual NAMM convention in Anaheim, meeting fans
in the Fender and Marshall booths.
Playing a free concert to celebrate the
two-year anniversary of his bar Feelgood's in West Palm Beach, Florida,
Vince performs the Sex Pistols' classic No Feelings during his set.
The song is also said to be included as a second cover version on his
forthcoming solo album.
Mötley Crüe commences the first of ten Canadian concerts on their Dead
of Winter Tour with The Joe Perry Project and Airbourne in Victoria,
British Columbia before a near-capacity audience of 5,300. The stage
is set-up with an imitation rock backdrop and a steampunk theme to the
microphone stands and the face of Tommy's bass drum, which is adorned
with different-sized metal cogs.
Nikki confirms his split with girlfriend Kat Von D by saying, "I want
to wish Katherine nothing but the best in her life. She has loved and
inspired the hell out of me and I know I have done the same for her
in these almost two years we ruled the earth together. We are taking
a break from our relationship for reason’s that we will choose to keep
personal. You won't find me saying a bad word about her and I don’t
believe visa versa; we have too much wonderful history together to ever
Security usher a couple out their upper bowl seats in Winnipeg's MTS
Centre for having sex during the first four songs of Mötley Crüe's concert.
No charges are laid and the venue does not call police, deeming being
kicked of the concert is enough punishment.
Nikki issues a buyer beware statement to fans: "Years ago an unauthorised
biography called An Education in Rebellion was written about me without
my approval or support. It was never endorsed. In fact, I disapproved
and considered legal action because I felt fans were getting ripped
off by being sold a book without my involvement. I feel fans have bought
it under the assumption that I approved of it because the writers have
collected interviews from people that make it seem relevant. These people
who were interviewed have told me afterwards that they had no idea that
their conversations were being used for an unauthorised book. I want
to say that I do not, now or ever, approve of people riding the coattails
of other people's hard work and personal lives - this is criminal, in
my opinion. This is no different than what the paparazzi does or the
gossipy crap that perches like vultures on our newsstands with magazines
like the National Enquirer. The writer and publisher are now 're-releasing'
the book with updated information based on my success with Mötley Crüe,
Sixx: A.M., The Heroin Diaries and other ventures I'm involved in. It's
scummy at best, to be honest. My attorneys have already sent them legal
letters directing them to stop, but they know the loopholes and how
to get around them. Believe it or not, the law allows anyone to write
a book about anyone else without getting proper permission, which is
really crazy, because my fans think this was endorsed or approved by
me, and it's not. This is sad. These people are now partnering up with
a company to sell ownership rights to the book's master rights, even
though they are my life rights - again, bordering on scum. As a fan
of music, I do not buy anything unauthorised, because I know, unless
the artist signs off on it, it's hearsay, gossip, and made up to pad
the pockets of the writers, publishers, etc. Their website gives people
the false impression that these 'auctions' have the fans buying some
portion of revenues that go to artists or songwriters. In my case, at
least, nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing comes to me
or my family. It's hurtful. It's this kind of thing that makes me even
more excited to do the Sixx Sense radio show. I look forward to shining
a spotlight on issues like this one - issues that go unnoticed and issues
that may otherwise slip through the cracks. In the end, I worry about
the fans being ripped off. I cannot (nor can any of my friends in the
public eye) stop these bottom feeders. If you want to know about Mötley
Crüe, get The Dirt. If you want to know about band members, get their
individual books, but don't support this type of behaviour on this or
any artists... They say they're excited to share this with fans and
that may be so, but if it's not about the money... then donate it to
After wrapping up their own headlining show nearby, Cheap Trick singer
Robin Zander and fellow guitarist Rick Nielsen walk on stage during
the Crüe's concert in Toronto and greet the band and audience.
Mötley Crüe plays the last show of their Dead of Winter Canadian Tour
in front of seven thousand people in Montreal.
Tommy DJs the Superbowl Celebrity DJ Bash with T-Pain at Play nightclub,
Miami Beach, Florida.
"Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx" is launched on rock/alternative music radio
stations. Hosted by Nikki, the program airs nationwide Monday through
Friday from 7pm to midnight local time. Each night, Nikki discusses
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 welcomes celebrity guests, recording artists and
fascinating characters from all walks of life. All this and more is
coupled with radio station playlists. In addition, Nikki hosts a two-hour
original weekend program titled "The Side Show Countdown with Nikki
Sixx" from this month. He'll 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 Sixx: A.M. is busy working on their new album. "DJ layed
down some guitars yesterday. Today is bass and a new tune we're just
finishing up. Some very Sixx: A.M. turns on this album. I don't remember
laughing this much in the studio in a long time. I imagine there is
over two albums worth of material written, but just like last time,
it will probably be a single album - the cream always rises to the top!"
The Vince Neil Band commences their South American tour in Santiago,
Chile before continuing to play sold-out shows in Bolivia, Argentina
Discussing work on the next Sixx: A.M.
album, Nikki says, "Creating new music is like a rollercoaster ride
marked by the highest highs and the lowest lows. This dose of high highs
and low lows doubles while writing a book that requires me to uncover
things from my past I have either forgotten about or chosen to keep
hidden away. Finally, flushing these waves of emotional honesty through
the lens of photography whilst meshing the words and music together
is exhausting, almost to the point of becoming spiritual. The last few
weeks in the studio with Sixx: A.M. has been intense and exhilarating
(not to mention a fucking blast). We finished two more new tunes yesterday.
One will rip your heart out and leave it torn to pieces on the floor,
and one is going to rip your face off. Either way, you're pretty much
fucked; I know I am. I don't see this project as just another 'rock'
record. This is a very important album to us as we are constantly struggling
for greatness and trying to push the envelope. It's not only musically,
but also lyrically condensed into these very potent little potions that
I feel are open to interpretation. When the whole project unfolds, I
hope people will be blindsided by the big picture. I feel we're pushing
ourselves further beyond what we, as a band, ever expected."
Vince offers the self-titled first single and video from his forthcoming
Tattoos And Tequila solo album to fans as a free download from vinceneil.net
after an unofficial version leaked on the Internet. The single was written
and produced by Marti Frederiksen.
Tommy says the title of his forthcoming Methods of Mayhem album will
be titled A Public Disservice Announcement. The first single Time Bomb
will be released this month and the full album is scheduled for release
in May, when it will become the world's first album created by mass-scale
global collaboration. Electronic files of songs written by Tommy and
his team were made available on ThePublicRecord.com on October 5 last
year. By the end of the submission period last month, the page was viewed
over 1 million times and over 10,000 submissions were uploaded. Tommy,
his producer Scott Humphrey and Methods of Mayhem band members listened
to about 1,500 submissions a week - over 200 a day. Tommy listened to
every single submission that was uploaded, chose the best, and integrated
the actual audio tracks into the album's final cuts. Tommy says, "This
really was one of the most incredible experiences I've had making a
record, other than the first time I made a record, because there's nothing
quite like popping your cherry! This record was the craziest thing ever.
Parts were sent in from all over the world by people wanting to participate...
It was insane dude!" A tour for later this year is being planned and
Tommy says, "There's some technology out there right now video and lighting
wise that is blowing my mind. I do a rock band with Mötley. Methods
is not going to be that kind of set up. I want something like Daft Punk
but unique to this. I want a real robot playing bass. I want the show
to start at the mixing board. I want to do everything you're not supposed
to do and hope it works. This is going to be something else, something
I've never done before - that's my goal."
Vince rolls out his new airline fleet to launch Vince Neil Aviation,
based at McCarran Airport’s Signature Terminal in Las Vegas. His first
three jets - a Hawker 700, a Lear 35 and a Gulfstream - are decked out
rock'n'roll-themed furnishings and painted flames fuselage. Vince says,
"The Hawker will hold eight passengers and fly non-stop Las Vegas to
New York. The Lear holds seven but will make one fuel stop en route
to New York. All three are perfect for short, fast hops from Las Vegas
to Phoenix, Aspen, California cities, Mexico and Canada. In fact, I
took the Gulfstream down to South America for our last tour, and we
stopped in Aruba for a few days’ vacation on the way home to Vegas.”
Mötley Crüe's song Girls, Girls, Girls becomes available as a downloadable
song for Activision Publishing, Inc.'s Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero.
As part of the '80s track pack, the song is available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace
for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for
440 Microsoft Points, on the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3
computer entertainment system for $5.49 and for Wii for 550 Wii Points.
In addition, all songs in each track pack are released as downloadable
singles for Xbox 360 for 160 Microsoft Points, PlayStation 3 system
for $1.99 and Wii for 200 Wii Points each. In addition to the in-game
music store and the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 owners
can expand their Guitar Hero music library using the Guitar Hero VIP
Pass Music Store, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE online entertainment
John Corabi plays an acoustic show at Blackmore Rock Bar in São Paulo,
Brazil as part of a five-date South American tour.
Mick tweets that he is working on a new solo CD in his studio.
As part of his Sixx Sense radio show, Nikki hosts a one-hour Inside
Slash special featuring an in-depth interview with Slash about his first
John Corabi will join Tracii Guns' version
of L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat for a U.S. tour dubbed The Triple Threat
Tour from mid-July through August.
Mick has recorded a guest appearance on the forthcoming Murderdolls
full-length album titled Women and Children Last. Front-man Wednesday
13 says, "We had Mick Mars come in and play guitar on two tracks, Drug
Me to Hell and Blood-stained Valentine. He came in, spent a day and
worked on the songs. It was something that Joey Jordison and I talked
about. We didn't want to have any guests on this record whatsoever,
but we were talking about it and we did this song Drug Me to Hell. We
were about to do the guitar solo and I was thinking it had a Mick Mars
kind of vibe to it. We knew someone who knew Mick, they called, it was
done and he was there in three days recording the tracks. It was really
cool to have a guy that I grew up idolizing playing on my record. It
is a really cool thing. He is a great guitar player and I consider him
to be one of the villains of rock. Our manager used to manage Mötley
Crüe too so he is used to dealing with our shit. He called up Mick and
it was done. It was a really cool experience and it was an honour to
have him on the record. I can't wait for people to hear it, it's great
and it sounds like Mick Mars. You will know it immediately."
Frontiers Records will releases the new Vince Neil solo album Tattoos
& Tequila across Europe on June 4. The album includes two new songs
produced by Marti Frederiksen — Tattoos & Tequila and Another Bad Day
- along with a selection of covers songs of bands that were an influence
on Vince. These versions were produced by Vince and Jack Blades. The
full track-listing is: 1, Tattoos & Tequila / 2. He's A Whore (Cheap
Trick) / 3. AC/DC (Sweet) / 4. Nobody's Fault (Aerosmith) / 5. Another
Bad Day / 6. No Feelings (Sex Pistols) / 7. Long Cool Woman (The Hollies)
/ 8. Another Piece Of Meat (Scorpions) / 9. Who Will Stop The Rain (Credence
Clearwater Revival) / 10. Viva Las Vegas (Elvis Presley) / 11. Bitch
Is Back (Elton John) / Bonus track available on first pressing in digipak:
12. Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (ZZ Top).
Nikki tells Billboard that work on the
next Sixx:A.M. album is in the final stages, "We've got a lot of songs
and we're in the final home stretch of buttoning all those songs up.
It's definitely going to be this year - or in a perfect world, it will
be this year. I don't want to jinx it." The new album will be another
concept piece, but he isn't revealing the storyline yet. Nikki adds,
"As a lyricist, I'm really trying to raise my level of quality. Being
able to say something lyrically, to say something that will do more
than just be words, is really hard. It's easy to do when you're writing
a chapter of a book or writing poetry, but it's really hard to do when
you're confined to a melody line."
John Corabi tells Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles that he's relocated
to Nashville, Tennessee where he’s writing songs for country music stars,
after some writers heard material from his albums with Mötley, The Scream
and Union and thought it would be cool to write acoustically with him.
John also continues work on his forthcoming solo album, which promises
to be a diverse affair, "As much as I love a lot of metal bands and
rock bands, the bands I like were really diverse like Zeppelin, Queen,
The Beatles, even Aerosmith to a degree. I just like diversity. I don’t
sit down with anything in mind when I write; I just write. There’s a
song that we do acoustically called If I Never Get To Say Goodbye. With
the right production, it could be a country song, but it still has some
balls to it. It’s got a bit of a southern vibe; I don’t know how you
would word it. I just think it’s a great song. I love the song. I don’t
know what category it falls into, nor do I care." In terms of plans
for the songs' release, John explains, "Once I get twelve songs together,
what I want to do is put four songs out at a time and get those going
while I’m working on the next four. Then once we have twelve songs,
put them on an album for the diehards that want the lyrics and artwork,
maybe even some vinyl. It’s kind of exciting. There’s no parameters
and I don’t think there should be. John also says he's been working
on a TV show idea with some people in Los Angeles, "It’s a production
company called The Conlin Group and a woman named Sheila Conlin. She
loves the idea. It’s a really cool kind of... you know the Extreme Home
Makeover show, it’s kind of like that, but not as extreme. It’s a bunch
of lunatic friends of mine riding around on motorcycles like Robin Hood,
doing good deeds for people.”
Vince hosts the 14th annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament at
Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley, California. The charity tournament
raises money to help eradicate childhood illness.
Nikki says, "Just finished all the bass tracks on the Sixx: A.M. album
this week. James and I have a few lyric re-writes before he starts laying
down final vocals. Listening back to all the songs the other day really
put the album in perspective on how far we've pushed ourselves. I think
the biggest challenge now is lyrically to outdo what we've done musically."
The Vince Neil solo album Tattoos & Tequila is released in Europe on
Frontier Records. The album includes two new songs: the opening title
track and Another Bad Day, which is said to have been originally written
by Nikki for Mötley Crüe's release of New Tattoo in 2000 and just missed
the cut but was actually written by Nikki, James Michael and Tracii
Guns four or five years ago in the lead-up to the Red, White & Crüe
album but dropped because Tommy didn't like it. The rest of the album
features covers of songs by Sweet, Aerosmith, Sex Pistols, The Hollies,
Scorpions, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elvis Presley, Elton John and
most notably Cheap Trick with their song He's A Whore that Vince was
singing in his band Rokandi when the rest of the Mötley members first
saw him sing before the Crüe formed. The Crüe also jammed on the song
during the Theatre of Pain recording sessions. A bonus track of ZZ Top's
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers is available on the first pressing of
Tattoos & Tequila in digipak format.
Tommy organises a rave party for the fourteenth birthday celebration
of his eldest son Brandon. Tommy says, "I bought a huge sound system,
lights, Glo-sticks… The cops came three times and he was so pumped.
He was like, 'Dad, this is the coolest thing; my party got closed down
by the cops.'"
Fight Song is released online as the first track
from Tommy's next Methods of Mayhem album titled A Public Disservice
Announcement, due for release on September 21.
The Vince Neil Tres Rios Cantina at the Las Vegas Hilton has its grand
opening. The themed bar features Vince's Tres Rios tequila along with
memorabilia and photographs from his extensive collection of awards,
costumes and instruments from his storied career. Vince says, "This
year is all about tattoos and tequila for me with my record and new
book coming this fall, and now the Vince Neil Tres Rios Cantina at the
Las Vegas Hilton. Who's luckier than me?"
Tommy will star in an episode of the hit TV show Californication, playing
the role of a singer who has an encounter with Hank (David Duchovny)
while performing at a hotel bar. He joins previously announced Season
4 guest stars Rob Lowe and Lenny Kravitz's daughter Zoe for the show's
return to Showtime across the U.S. next fall.
Poison singer Bret Michaels, who has
recently battled an appendectomy, a brain haemorrhage and a mild stroke,
is keen for his band to tour with Mötley Crüe next year, telling Billboard.com,
"I think it would be killer to do something with Mötley Crüe. Me and
Vince Neil are really great friends, and we're talking about doing something
really cool with the two of us solo, or maybe it could be Mötley Crüe
and Poison, their 30th anniversary and our 25th, and go out together.
It could be the 55th anniversary of Mötley Crüe and Poison! I think
that would be awesome."
Vince performs Another Piece of Meat with the Scorpions during their
headlining set at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland.
After attending the Daytime Emmy Awards and stopping by his Tres Rios
Cantina at the Las Vegas Hilton, Vince gets into an altercation with
a female taking photos of him out the front of the hotel after he asked
her not to and subsequently knocks her camera down. The Las Vegas Police
Department is informed of the incident around 11:53pm and officers look
out for him. Police also receive a call about an erratic driver and
pull Vince over nearly two blocks away near Las Vegas Blvd. Officers
detect alcohol and he is given a field sobriety test and placed under
arrest for suspicion of DUI. He is taken to the Clark County Detention
Center where he is booked for one count of Driving Under the Influence
of Liquor and posts $2,000 bail within the hour. He is due is court
on September 27. Vince was previously arrested in 2007 on suspicion
of driving under the influence of alcohol after police noticed him driving
erratically in his Ferrari, but he managed to work out a deal with prosecutors
in which he pled no contest to reckless driving in exchange for having
the DUI charge dropped. According to Nevada state law, people who are
convicted of DUI twice in seven years must serve anywhere from 10 days
to six months in jail. Vince was previously sentenced to 30 days in
jail and five years' probation for the vehicular manslaughter of Hanoi
Rocks drummer Nicholas 'Razzle' Dingley after an accident in 1984 in
which he was driving under the influence of alcohol. He paid $2.6 million
to the victims and performed 200 hours of community service.
Tommy performs on stage during the BET
Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, playing drums for Ludacris'
performance of My Chick Bad and a rap by Nicki Minaj. He also drums
on the song All I Do Is Win with Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, T-Pain and
Diddy to close the show.
Admitting he had been drinking when Las Vegas police arrested him, Vince
tells MORE, "I made a mistake. I shouldn’t have been driving. I should
have gotten a limo from the Hilton." Vince says he was "slightly over
the limit" when he was arrested.
Vince's new solo album Tattoos & Tequila sells 7,500 copies in the United
States in its first week of release and debuts at #57 on The Billboard
The Side Show with Nikki Sixx premieres on Los Angeles radio station
98-7fm on Saturday. The nationally syndicated weekend program from Premiere
Radio Networks spotlights Nikki in his role as radio host and tastemaker.
In addition to featuring chart-topping music each week, Nikki spotlights
new and emerging artists, talks with guests from all areas of entertainment,
and shares his personal new music picks. Nikki says, "Los Angeles has
been my home since the days even before Mötley Crüe, so I am beyond
excited that The Side Show has found a home at 98-7fm. This is the station
I listen to - my friends listen to it, my family listens to it. It's
the station I wanted to be on and I'm psyched to get started."
Wearing black silk pyjamas, Vince joins Camp Freddy on stage at The
Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas for the event Debauchery
in the Desert. Guests also wore lingerie and pyjamas while enjoying
the jam set from Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison, Matt Sorum, Donovan Leitch,
and Chris Chaney with additional guest vocalists.
Nikki says he is working on a book of his photography that will also
explain why the photography looks the way it does. The book goes back
to him being a kid and why he sees things the way he sees them and what's
the positive side of it. It will contain lots of edgy shots with a lot
of messages and feeling to them, and it will tie-in with the forthcoming
Sixx:A.M. album. He also says, "We're putting together all the final
pieces for the Mötley Crüe movie. There'll be a tour behind that in
Mötley's classic ballad Home Sweet Home is featured in one of three
new Yahoo! Lip Sync commercials to promote Yahoo!'s search engine. Developed
by ad agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Hungry Man director
Bryan Buckley, the campaign consists of three thirty-second spots set
to popular tracks from Mötley Crüe, Kanya West and Lionel Richie. Each
spot paints a picture of a man or woman discontent with their daily
routine and introduces a purple door with a Yahoo! Ringer as a gateway
into an exciting world conjured up by its dreamer. Home Sweet Home transports
a man from his living room into a surreal alternate universe - complete
with a NASCAR driver playing the piano while on fire, a western brawl,
a mechanical bull ride, and more. At the end of each spot the dreamer
is slowly brought back to reality as a Yahoo! search page appears behind
them to 'reveal' their customised search results while characters from
the music videos interact with them in their original environments.
Nikki celebrates the launch of his brand new 98-7fm weekend radio show
The Side Show with Nikki Sixx with a raucous party in the Hollywood
Tower. He says the new Sixx: A.M. album is just about finished
and it's pretty magical. Discussing his next book that is 99 percent
finished, he says, "The Heroin Diaries was really a year in my life,
and it showed my addiction and recovery. If you to peel the onion and
go deeper to the core, you've got to go back to when I was six- or seven-years-old.
You have to go back to what happened to me as a child and how I got
from that point to being a teenager, then from being a teen to starting
Mötley Crüe and becoming an addict. Then recovery…we know that story,
but what we don't know is what happened when I was so young and how
that, going through my brain, was filtered out into all of these different
artistic things I do. I'm a photographer. All of my photography is based
around a lot of what happened when I was much younger. A lot of what
I do in Mötley Crüe is based around that too, but people don't know
what that is. By reading the book, you're going to start when I was
a kid. It's exciting for me because the book has about 150 of my photographs
in it as well, so you start to see the tie-in between who I was as a
kid, who I am as an adult and then what happened in that journey and
how this fucked-up brain of mine works. You see why it works the way
it does, why I'm so positive in my life and why all of that positivity
turns into successful things that I do. Everyone I'm around is successful
because I don't lose at anything I do, and it all goes back to the beginning."
Nikki also recently played bass on Hollywood
Undead's version of Shout at The Devil. When asked how it came to be,
he says, "Danny Lohner was producing Hollywood Undead, and he told me
the guys were going to do a version of Shout at the Devil. I said, "Cool,
when do you want me to show up and play bass?" And, he said, "Really?"
I was like, "Yeah!" It's funny because they didn't think that they could
"afford" me, and I go, "Why would I charge someone to play bass?" He
started laughing! I just said, "Listen, I'll be there at 4 pm and I'll
be gone at 4:04 pm. Just be sure the bass is tuned. That's how long
the song is. I'm going to do one take and be in-and-out." I drove up
the street, pulled into his driveway, walked in the house, the bass
was plugged in, I played the song one time and left. He just said, "Do
what you do!" I've never even heard it, but I loved that they were doing
the song and I like the band so I just went for it."
Tommy says he's trying to get his Methods of Mayhem tune Fight Song
placed with the UFC or mixed martial arts. "That song is right up their
alley. I kind of wrote it for that," he says. The first single from
the new album will be Timebomb and he started shooting the video for
it last night. Chino Moreno from the Deftones sings on the dark and
eerie track Only One, while DeadMau5 worked on the electro tune Party
Instructions with him.
Vince accepts a Hall Of Fame Award on behalf of Mötley Crüe at The Relentless
Energy Drink Kerrang! Awards at The Brewery, London.
Mötley Crüe kicks off their run of European festivals with a performance
at England's Sonisphere festival.
Las Vegas attorney Lenard Schwartzer files a complaint in Clark County
District Court against Vince for failure to pay about $16,000 in legal
fees and costs, eight months after settling Vince's five-year-old bankruptcy
case. In 2005, Vince filed for Chapter 7 protection after amassing $1.5
million in debts, including $4,400 in IRS claims, according to court
documents. He also owed more than $714,000 in secured claims and $784,000
in unsecured claims, the documents said. At the time, Vince listed $208,000
in personal property. He is also reported to have split with his wife
A severe thunderstorm his Sonisphere festival in Pori, Finland forcing
the cancellation of Mötley Crüe's performance and causing damage to
their equipment. Strong gusts of freak winds damage the stages and knock
down tents and fences. Around forty people are injured and receive treatment
in hospital, two of them seriously injured. Iggy Pop manages to play
an acoustic four-track set while Alice Cooper borrows Slayer's kit to
perform, before Iron Maiden closes the festival. Having completed their
European shows, the Crüe heads back to the U.S. while the organisers
say Mötley Crüe will perform at next year’s Sonisphere. In the plane
on the way back to America, Kat Von D breaks off her relationship with
Nikki says the time his recently spent in Europe for Mötley Crüe's tour
"was one of the best times of my life. Not only were the crowds great
but I also had such a wonderful time having Kat along with me for the
whole tour." He says the new Sixx: A.M. album is almost finished and
his tie-in book is almost complete too, tentatively titled This Is Gonna
Hurt, following his original idea of calling it Seven Deadly Sins. Looking
further forward, he says, "Tommy, Mick and myself are excited to get
together later this year and start pounding out some new Crüe ideas
for the future. There is some stuff up this old dog's sleeve that's
going to keep you VERY entertained and I promise you won't be disappointed.
I've got more fucking energy than I have had in thirty years. Thank
you for letting me share my life and creativity with you."
On a night-off from the OzzFest tour, Vince attends a Kiss concert in
Holmdel, New Jersey after being invited by promoter promoter Gabe Reed.
Vince watches the show from the soundboard with fellow guest Lady Gaga.
Following reports that his former girlfriend Kat Von D is dating Sandra
Bullock's ex-husband Jesse James, Nikki says, "My office has been inundated
with requests for a statement or interviews. The only thing I wanna
say is, 'I wish Kat nothing but the very best. Right now I am focusing
on my family, the Sixx Sense radio show, the Sixx: A.M. album and my
upcoming book.' Any quote attributed to me other than this is inaccurate."
Nikki makes a tributary speech to Slash as he is the honouree at the
2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival held at the House Of Blues in West
HarperCollins imprint William Morrow
has set a March 22, 2011 tentative release date for Nikki's new book
This Is Gonna Hurt. The book is part photo, part journal - but
all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling snapshots and stories
that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that
shape his work. Told with the raw authenticity that defined his New
York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries, This Is Gonna Hurt chronicles
Nikki's experience, from his early years filled with toxic waste to
his success with Mötley Crüe, his death from an overdose and rebirth
to his addictions to music, photography, and love. It includes a foreword
by his ex-girlfriend Kat Von D on "Love and Inspiration." Love story,
bad-ass rock tell-all, social commentary, family memoir, This Is Gonna
Hurt offers the compelling insights of an artist and a man struggling
to survive, connect, and find a happy ending - a search that fuels Nikki’s
being. "I want to take you on the journey I am on, in real time," he
writes. "If you don't deal with your demons, they will deal with you,
and it's gonna hurt." The book will include more than two dozen
of Nikki's images. He will incorporate the stories behind the pictures
and how they came to be, including interviews with the subjects so readers
can see "what life is like for those whom society has labelled as freaks."
Following the success of The Heroin Diaries, Sixx: A.M. is recording
an album to be released in conjunction with This Is Gonna Hurt. Some
of the songs were inspired by the author's photographs; others inspired
photographs of their own.
Details from the Las Vegas Police Department
report on the 27 June DUI arrest of Vince are released and show he failed
three field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level almost three
times the legal limit. It says he was pulled over for driving 60 mph
in a 45 mph zone and for weaving between the lanes. The arresting officer
detected the odour of alcohol on Vince's breath and asked him to perform
a variety of field sobriety tests, three of which Vince failed, eventually
giving up by saying, "I can't do this," the report states. Vince was
then asked by the officer to take two breathalyser tests and, according
to the report, he registered .215 and .216, which is nearly three times
the .08 limit.
A woman files a misdemeanour battery complaint with the Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Department in which she claims Vince "pushed her in an elevator"
at the Las Vegas Hilton around 9:50pm. The alleged victim claims he
lashed out unprovoked at her when she shared an elevator with him while
heading back to her suite in the hotel. She says she recognized Vince
from TV but couldn't remember his name and when she struck up polite
conversation and asked Vince to reveal his identity, he allegedly lunged
at her, leaving her with bruises on her arms when he allegedly shoved
her up against the elevator buttons. A representative for the hotel
says, "After reviewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses,
we've concluded that her allegations against Vince Neil are completely
unfounded. We also understand that the local authorities have deemed
her allegations to be without merit. Accordingly, we consider the matter
Methods of Mayhem’s new video for the song Time Bomb makes its premiere
on the TV show Extra. The video features Tommy starring in numerous
fast-paced vignettes coupled with futuristic visual effects and is a
stunning optical companion to the ferociously catchy song. It also features
his current girlfriend Sofia Toufa, who performed as a backing singer
for Mötley Crüe on the Crüe Fest 2 tour, as well as performing on Britney
Spears' Circus tour.
Tommy says he quit drinking ninety days
ago, adding, “I'm a lot clearer, which is scarier; you don't wanna mess
with this now."
Some of the money BP doled out to Alabama in the wake of the oil spill
in the Gulf of Mexico is to be used for a Mötley Crüe concert on October
1. The city of Mobile is set to receive $1.35 million of the $65 million
the state of Alabama will get to assist its economy recover from the
damage done by the spill. Of that money, about $600,000 will be spent
bringing bands to Bayfest, the city’s three day musical celebration.
Although Bayfest was already set to receive $100,000 from the BP pool,
the additional money will allow organisers to pay Mötley Crüe $500,000
for their performance that will bring more fans to the event.
Tommy's next Methods of Mayhem album titled A Public Disservice Announcement
is released worldwide via Roadrunner Records imprint Loud and Proud
Records. The opening song Drunk Uncle Pete was co-written by his sister
Athena and her husband James Kottak, who also sings on the track. His
girlfriend Sofia has song-writing credits on the tracks Two Ways and
Methods of Mayhem performs the single Time Bomb on The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno on NBC-TV with Morgan Rose from Sevendust on drums.
Tattoos & Tequila: To Hell and Back with One of Rock's Most Notorious
Frontmen by Vince Neil and Mike Sager is released by publishers Grand
Central in the USA and Orion Books in Europe. The chapter titles of
Vince's autobiography are the same as the songs from his most recent
solo album of the same name. In New York City, he attends the first
of six book signings scheduled across the U.S.
Vince and music industry leader Jeff Castelaz of Dangerbird Records
are teaming up to launch a new joint fundraising and awareness initiative
for their respective organizations: The Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation
and The Pablove Foundation. Both are fathers of children who lost their
battles with the rare form of paediatric cancer Wilms' Tumor. They return
to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where their children were treated,
and speak at a press conference with renowned physician Dr. Leo Mascarenhas,
who treated their children.
Tommy's new Methods of Mayhem album A Public Disservice Announcement
sells 2,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release
to debut at position No. 153 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Vince is formally arraigned for the misdemeanour DUI and speeding charges
following his drunken driving incident that took place in Las Vegas
late-June. Not having to appear in person at the morning hearing, his
attorney enters not guilty pleas on his behalf. The trial is scheduled
to commence on January 6.
In Baltimore County, Dennis Tetso is found guilty of the second-degree
murder of his wife Tracey, who was last seen going to a Mötley Crüe
concert in Washington during March 2005 but failed to meet her friends
there. Her body was never found. He is scheduled to be arraigned in
Vince is announced as one of six celebrities who will appear this month
on the new six-episode ABC TV show Skating With The Stars, described
as Dancing With The Stars on ice. The other contenders are actor Sean
Young, reality star Bethenny Frankel, Olympic gold medal skier Jonny
Moseley, actress Rebecca Budig, and Brandon Mychal Smith of the Disney
Channel sitcom Sonny With a Chance. The series from BBC Worldwide Productions
will pair celebrities with a world-class ice skater as they prepare
to compete in front of a live audience in a televised ice skating competition.
The skating pairs will be critiqued by a panel of expert judges and
will receive a set of scores based on artistry and technique, and also
by viewers at home, with one couple being eliminated each week. Vince
says, "I was a figure skater when I was 12. When they called, the people
in my office were laughing but I told them, 'I actually used to skate.
I haven't skated for a long, long time. I like to do things that sound
like fun and this sounds like fun.'"
Vince hosts the sixth annual Off The Strip Poker Tournament at the Rio
in Las Vegas during the World Series Of Poker final table weekend. The
star-studded No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament features participants
vying for $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a seat in the 2011 WSOP
main event. A cocktail reception for players and celebrities takes place
just prior to the tournament, and a charity auction is held throughout
play, giving both players and the public the chance to bid on a collection
of music, sports and movie memorabilia. All proceeds from the poker
tournament as well as the auction benefit the Skylar Neil Foundation.
Vince has been rehearsing for Skating With The Stars each day for five-plus
hours. He says, "It's tough work. Sometimes six hours a day on the ice.
You fall. It's cold. You hurt. But I'm loving it, and I think we're
going to surprise fans and a whole new demographic of moms and grandmothers.
I think I'd been on the ice just once since I was twelve years old.
So this was a whole new experience that started a few weeks ago. I'm
so into it we've even been on ice-skating dates! The show, of course,
isn't just skating. We have choreographed dance routines to music. My
only rule has been no feathers. No pink! I'm fortunate because ABC hired
my tour designer to do my outfits for the show, so we'll be looking
Vince and his solo band plays the rock cruise vacation Shiprocked, a
floating festival on board the MSC Poesia that departs Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida, stopping in the Bahamas capital of Nassau and on the private
island of CocoCay. In addition to Vince and other headliners Tesla and
Cinderella, the bands Drowning Pool, Hail!, Broken Teeth, Lynam, Pianotarium,
the Letter Black and the Niki Barr Band also perform.
Vince features in the two-hour live premiere episode of Skating With
The Stars on the ABC television network. He manages to stay on his feet
during his performance but scores the least points from judges.
Nikki’s nationally syndicated radio show Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx
from Premiere Radio Networks adds its fiftieth affiliate. Since launching
last February, Sixx Sense is fast becoming the place to hear it first
for guests from all walks of life, including rock royalty, the first
man on the moon, authors, actors and everyone in between. Dave Grohl,
Jared Leto, Lemmy Kilmister, Perez Hilton, Kat Von D, CSI creator Anthony
Zuiker, Four Agreements author Don Miguel Ruiz, Dog The Bounty Hunter
and others have joined Nikki and his co-host Kerri Kasem for their special
brand of conversation. In addition, they've world-premiered albums and
songs for artists and bands like Buckcherry, Drowning Pool and Slash,
and hosted the announcement for this past summer's Ozzfest.
Nikki joins forces with Keep a Child Alive's co-founders Leigh Blake
and Alicia Keys for the launch of the Digital Death campaign as part
of KCA's larger fundraising effort Buy Life. On December 1 for World
AIDS Day, Nikki and fellow celebrities including Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga,
Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Usher, Jennifer
Hudson, Serena Williams and David LaChapelle will end their digital
lives and sign off from all social networking platforms, including Twitter
and Facebook, in solidarity for those in Africa and India affected by
HIV/AIDS. The participating celebrities will not come back online until
their digital lives have been bought back and $1 million has been collectively
raised for KCA. Nikki says, "Twitter has become somewhat of a lifeline
for many people and I think this is a great way to support such a great
cause. I look forward to my tweet confirming we've reached our goal
of $1 million."
Vince and pro-skate partner Jennifer Wester become the second pair to
be eliminated from the ABC reality show Skating With The Stars, after
receiving the lowest combined judges' scores and audience vote. Vince
says, "It was a lot of fun! It was really a great experience to re-learn
something that I knew so long ago. There are some great skaters here
and I'm really happy for everyone. Plus, the judges were nice to me!"
Vince is currently dating Alicia Jacobs, a former Miss Nevada USA and
Miss United States and currently an entertainment/celebrity news journalist
in Las Vegas. They met in 2007 at the opening of Vince Neil Ink
tattoo studio at O’Shea’s in Las Vegas when Vince gave her a fake
tattoo on her leg.
Nikki is currently dating thirty-nine-year-old actress Denise Richards,
the former girlfriend of Richie Sambora and ex-wife of actor Charlie
Sheen. The couple have been neighbours for years and have now gone on
a couple of dates, including a recent breakfast in Calabasas, California
on the morning after Nikki's fifty-second birthday. The couple are taking
things very slowly.
Tommy spends his New Year's Eve DJing in Jakarta, Indonesia; the
first of five gigs in South East Asia. Nikki enjoys a family beach
vacation in Mexico.
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