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
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
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 evening.
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
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 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 network.
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 solo CD.
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
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
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 200 chart.
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 2011."
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 Lia.
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.
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
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
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 closed."
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
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 Party Instructions.
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 one
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
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 rock smart."
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
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
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