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Mötley Crüe is dragged into a lawsuit filed last October between Steven
Tyler's former management company Kovac Media Group (doing business as
Entertainment) and his lawyer Dina LaPolt, which claims she cost Tyler
a $6 to $8 million pay raise in 2011 in his contract for another season
with American Idol. Kovac Media Group chief Allen Kovac now claims that
LaPolt attempted to retaliate against him for the lawsuit by
"conspiring" to "set up a competing management company" to steal away
Mötley Crüe - the band Kovac has been representing for the past fifteen
years. Declarations by Mick Mars and Tommy Lee are filed along with new
court papers by LaPolt, asking a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to
strike Kovac's complaint based on California's anti-SLAPP statute.
The Hollywood Reporter says
that according to Mick's declaration, he first learned of what had
happened last October 15, when he got an email from LaPolt describing the
dispute and stating that he should get an independent attorney if he
was concerned. Mick says he was "completely shocked and mad that Mötley
Crüe's manager had sued our lawyer. I trust Dina implicitly, to the
point that she is my trustee if I die or become disabled." A few hours
after getting the email, he says he was informed that Pam Malek, the
band's business manager, had told one of Kovac's attorneys to draw up
documents giving Kovac $200,000 of Mötley Crüe money. According to
Mick, the money was supposed to repay a personal loan that Kovac had
given to Vince Neil (who is not a shareholder in the band), but Mick
said that he never voted for that to happen. "Once I saw Pam Malek's
email, I got very concerned about her ability to be unbiased and act in
my best interests," says Mick. "Because Pam is also the business
manager for 11-7 Recording Corp. (one of Allen Kovac's companies) and
represents many of Allen Kovac's clients, I felt she was controlled by
him and would do whatever he demanded, whether or not it was in my best
interests." Eventually, Malek was terminated, and Mick hired new
representatives. Mick calls Kovac's assertion that LaPolt was
interfering and guiding him to retain new business reps to be "false
and ridiculous" and that "any strain between Mötley Crüe and Allen
Kovac is caused by Allen Kovac's actions." Tommy echoes that same
sentiment, saying that he is also upset that Kovac has added claims
against the band's lawyer, LaPolt. Tommy is angry that he now has to
give a deposition and feels like he was entitled to a better heads up
about this. "Obviously, I would have the right to know that they were
having problems performing under our management agreement," he says.
Last year's Kiss and Mötley Crüe tour grossed $19.1 from its forty-one
shows, landing at number forty eight on Pollstar's 2012 Top 200 North
American Tour chart. The Crüe grossed another $3 million from their own
Schecter Guitar Research announces a partnership with Nikki and the
forthcoming release of his signature bass named the Schecter Sixx that
will reflect Nikki's style, both visually and sonically, while being
able to withstand the punishing rigors of the road from opening night
to the end of tour closing set. Nikki says, "It was an exciting and
creative process to work with Schecter on the new Schecter Sixx
Signature Series Bass. It was important to all of us to design a bass
that would feel right as well as sound amazing in the hands of all
players, not just me. Every detail about the new Schecter Sixx comes
from all of our collective experiences - whether it's my thirty years
of playing live and recording or Schecter's unprecedented standards for
making quality instruments for players of all genres. Simply said, this
bass rocks!" The Schecter Sixx: Nikki Sixx Signature Bass has a
mahogany body with five-ply maple/walnut neck and a rosewood neck,
finished in satin black or vintage sunburst.
Nikki introduces his Schecter Sixx signature bass with an exclusive
signing at the winter NAMM conference in Anaheim, California. On his
switch from Gibson to Schecter, Nikki has said, "I was very loyal to
Gibson for a lot of years, but towards the last few years the quality
of the instrument became not very consistent and it became frustrating
for me - some would sound great and some wouldn't."
A judge dismisses most of an $8 million dollar lawsuit against Steven
Tyler’s attorney Dina LaPolt, brought on by his former manager, Kovac
Media Group/Tenth Street Entertainment. The suit alleged that LaPolt ruined
negotiations with American Idol in 2011 costing him millions of dollars
for a second season of the FOX show. But LaPolt’s attorneys presented
declarations from several rock stars including Tommy and Mick who
signed declarations showing their displeasure with their manager suing
their attorney. Another matter in the lawsuit where Kovac claims LaPolt
is trying to manage Mötley Crüe herself and steal them away from Kovac
is still to be dealt with.
Nikki says Sixx: A.M. has six new songs ready for their next album,
adding, "We'll probably knock another ten around and then we'll figure
out which ten we put on a record and then we'll figure out when we're
gonna release it. The biggest problem for Sixx: A.M. is that I'm in
Mötley Crüe. It's a great thing because people know of Sixx: A.M.
because if they like me in Mötley, then they're willing to give it a
listen. But, Mötley is a big machine and it's busy and it takes up a
lot of time. So there's very little amount of time for me to take Sixx:
A.M. out and tour. I think I would like to go out in 2013 and do some
shows, maybe a month's worth of shows, just to kind of feel what it
feels like. I think at some point I would like for Sixx: A.M. to be a
bigger priority as far as a live act than it is now."
Asked if there is talk of a new Mötley Crüe album, Vince tells Music
News Nashville, "No - no new album. What I'm hearing is that maybe two
or three or four more songs might come out to go with that song we
released [last] year, but it will be something like an EP, not an
album. Our schedule seems to have a lot of touring. If something did
come out in the form of an EP, it would probably be in the beginning of
As Mötley Crüe heads to Australia to embark upon their biggest tour in
that country, they announce an eighteen-show 2013 Canadian Tour during
April and May that is the most expansive run through the country in the
band's history. The Crüe will be supported by Big Wreck.
Photographer Freddy Hernandez files a lawsuit against Tommy in the
Circuit Court Of The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit that covers Florida's
Palm Beach County. The lawsuit alleges that on July 7 last year, Tommy
was at a public beach in Palm Beach County and the photographer was
also a visitor at the same beach, taking pictures of Tommy. It alleges
that Tommy touched and/or struck the photographer without his
permission, by hitting his camera as it was being held, and as a
result, the photographer suffered injuries.
From his hotel room in Australia, Nikki says, "James sent through
another track from the new Sixx: A.M. album for me to track bass on, so
that's what I am up to for the next few hours. As beautiful as it is
outside here in Adelaide today, I think I’m just going to hang in the
room, finish off this song and then send to it James to lay into the
session back in Nashville. The way Sixx: A.M. is recording this album
is we all get together and write the songs face-to-face and then record
it in pieces. Sometimes we’re together and sometimes we’re in separate
towns (and countries) since none of us live in the same city. It’s
really the best of both worlds creatively. This album is another leap
into the adventurous, and to be honest, I don't think any of us know
what this album will actually end up sounding like and for some odd
reason I think we really like the idea of that. I hope we can to find
the time and a way for us to tour behind this album."
Tommy says he will no longer participate in Mötley's paid
meet-and-greet sessions with fans. Tommy explains, "For those of you
that are asking why I am not doing anymore meet-and-greets, it's got
nothing to do with me not wanting to meet the fans; I just don't agree
with doing it under the certain given circumstances. I love you all and
I'll gladly high-five y'all if I see you out 'n' about - and you won't
have to pay me for that."
During an interview in Australia, Nikki talks about plans to end Mötley
Crüe on a high. He says, "I want to finish our movie and put out a new
album. We'll be back in Australia and that'll be it. I can honourably
say, 'We did it our way and we're never coming back.' It's important
that when you do a farewell tour that people understand that when you
put a bullet in the back of the horse's head, and it goes down, it's
not a plastic bullet it's a fucking shotgun blast. You know, blow its
fucking brains out, it's never coming back. It's the only way I can
look at myself in the mirror and do a farewell tour. That's it. So when
we take our final bow, it's it. I will cry. I cry thinking about it. So
it's very emotional and I just think it's important that we finish what
we started and then, you know, it will be whatever it will be. It could
be beautiful. It could be a beautiful ending! When you go and see a
great movie - I'll leave you with this: when you go and see a great
fucking movie and it ends and you go, 'Fuck!' like, you walk out and
you go, 'That was amazing! That blew my mind!' It's not like, 'That
blew my mind and, um, maybe there'll be a sequel to it'."
Following Tommy and Mick's solos on stage, the Crüe ends their
concert at Allphones Arena in Sydney short by four songs when Vince is
unable to continue his performance. Nikki apologises to the crowd,
telling them that Vince was in pain throughout the show and has been to
taken straight to hospital from the stage. Rushed to hospital by
ambulance, he immediately undergoes a CT scan. The severe internal pain
was caused by kidney stones and he undergoes surgery the following
morning to have them removed. Nikki says, "He was doubled over on his
dressing room floor five minutes 'till show time and was told by the
promoter to not even play, but Vince said he couldn't do that to the
fans. I've seen Vinnie go onstage with broken bones, his voice
completely blown out and torn ligaments, but he never ever cancels.
Just like an athlete, you sometimes have to play through the pain, but
last night it became too excruciating."
Vince makes a full recovery from surgery to remove kidney stones and he
takes to the Brisbane Entertainment Center stage, ensuring the final
two performances of the band's Australian tour proceed without
In regard Mötley's set list, Mick says that even though the band's 1994
self-titled album with John Corabi on vocals is one of his favourites,
the band is "staying true to the original four" when it comes to live
song selections. Hence no songs from New Tattoo are played either,
since Tommy was not a part of that album. He says the forthcoming
Canadian tour will feature "a whole new production that the world
hasn't seen yet." When asked if new music from Mötley Crüe should be
expected in 2013, he says, "I'm hoping so. We're having meetings
starting next week to discuss all kinds of stuff and a record. You
know, there will be a record, new tour all that kind of stuff, all
together like a package. And BAM! We'll hit the world with that one."
Mötley Crüe announces their return to Las Vegas for an exclusive
twelve-show residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from
September 18 through October 6. The fall shows will be an all-new
production and the band is pushing their own envelope once again. The
production will be designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership
with AEG Live. There will be plenty of surprise elements for fans and a
set-list full of hits. Nikki says, "We are proud to have pioneered the
Las Vegas rock residency last year and can't wait to come back this
year to take it over the top with a brand new show that will be unlike
anything you've ever seen Mötley Crüe do before."
Ikea releases a new TV campaign in the UK that focuses on their outdoor
range of products and features a family's battle against a gnome army,
set to a cover of Mötley's song Time For Change by The Budapest
Philharmonic Orchestra and The Heritage Singers. The TV campaign will
be supported by outdoor, press, and online activity.
When asked about Nikki's recent comments that Mötley's next studio
album will be their last and then they'll do a farewell tour and call
it quits, Vince tells QMI Agency, "We're going to put out some new
music next year and then it's our farewell tour - we'll do the world
one more time and then call it a day. Our farewell tour (will be like)
2014 or '15. Tours last about two years, so to finish the world, you've
got to do the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia... it takes some time." As to
the reason why the Crüe will then end, Vince says, "It's time, that's
really it. Do you want to go out on top rather than fading away? And
that's it. You know, I'll continue to sing Mötley with my solo band and
put out solo records and stuff, and Nikki's got his radio show, and
Tommy wants to be a DJ, and so we'll see what happens."
On the day he turns sixty-two, Mick is knocked down by a concert
attendee who rushes the stage at the end of playing Primal Scream at
Spectra Place in the Canadian city of Estevan. Luckily, Mick’s only
injury is a scraped elbow, while his security guard Rhyno sustains two broken
ribs during the incident.
In the afternoon before their performance at Mohegan Sun Arena in
Uncasville, Connecticut, Mick, Vince and Nikki attend the unveiling of
a Mötley Crüe star on the casino's Walk of Fame.
As Mötley Crüe completes another touring leg in Atlantic City at Trump
Taj Mahal, Tommy plays his 360 drum-kit rollercoaster for the last
time. Afterwards he says, "A bottle of champagne smashed on the coaster
last night as it sets sail for the scrap-yard! Man, we've given so many
people the thrill of a lifetime together! All the crazy fuckers who've
I've strapped in with me who had the balls to ride with me, and all the
spectators that have watched from afar – cheers to ya all! This one’s
for the history books, kids! We did it! On to design the next
Spectacular!" The first of its kind contraption has been a highlight of
Crüe shows over the last two years after its stage debut on 7 June 2011.
The life of Nikki's mother Deanna Richards comes to an end after
seventy-four years. Nikki says, "Writing a beautiful song about regret.
Pain always serves up the most brutal truth. I cannot see a ray of
sunshine and not find the beauty in the inevitable rain cloud coming in
behind it. I have made mistakes. Do lyrics and melody really make up
for lost time? The saying 'This too shall pass' works both ways."
Chevy Metal, the Los Angeles-area classic rock cover band featuring Foo
Fighters' drummer Taylor Hawkins, plays a gig at the Malibu Inn where
Nikki joins them as a special guest on renditions of Looks That Kill
and Live Wire. The
band also consists of Hawkins' drum tech Wiley Hodgden on vocals, and
Mick Murphy of My Ruin on guitar.
Island Def Jam’s recent signing Clinton Sparks releases a video for his
song Gold Rush that features Tommy drumming, along with 2-Chainz,
Macklemore, Tyrese and Sofi. Sparks, a Boston-based DJ, was nominated
for a Grammy for his work on Lady Gaga's Born This Way album from 2011.
writing lyrics for the next Sixx: A.M. album at home, Nikki says he'll
be cutting bass parts tomorrow with front man and producer James
Michael, before DJ Ashba records his guitars parts soon upon
return from Canada where he's touring with Guns N' Roses. He says,
"This album is coming together fast. Time to start thinking
of an album title."
After the release of his
recent acoustic Unplugged album, John Corabi says he is working on an
electric album for release on Rat Pak Records, promising more details
soon and saying it'll be his best work to date.
returns from a ten-day holiday in Greece with Sofi, where they attended
a friend's wedding and enjoyed much of what Tommy's motherland has to
offer. He says, "I had countless memories of playing soccer on the dirt
streets, the smell of the bakeries, the old Greek men drinking muddy
coffees, the beautiful people in general - men and women everywhere here."
special Nikki Sixx Edition of Blublocker's Black Aviator sunglasses is
released. The vintage black nylon shades come with a
drawstring pouch, collectible sunglass pin, neck-strap, and custom
collectible package box that features an image of Nikki playing live on
says, "As an artist,I have really been riding a creative high lately.
In the end I believe I was put on earth to create (anything and
everything). I feel like I am in my zone lately. It's not easy to keep
it up day after day, month after month, and year after year, but you
soldier on. Eventually if you've fallen out of your groove you always
find your way back home and if you focus hard enough on what you want
to achieve, you will be even better at it than you were before. I see a
lot of young artists' flame-out so fast and I have to say the biggest
secret to long-term success (in any field) is to just keep doing it
over and over and don't give up; never quit. The crazy-makers and the
naysayers will do their best to drag you down but only if YOU let them
- use them as motivation! So much exciting stuff coming up for Mötley
Crüe, Sixx:A.M, Sixx Sense radio and The Heroin Diaries Broadway play.
It's all about forward progress and not perfection, just keep keeping
spends the day writing songs with Electric Love Hogs and Goldfinger
front man John Feldmann, and Hawaiian surfer Makua Rothman who plays ukelele.
A.M. has agreed on the title and art direction of their album, as they
continue to finish recording the last of the album and zero-in on what
the first single will be. Nikki says, "Photo sessions, videos, going
over album cover concepts and mapping out release dates are all
hovering above our heads now. The excitement is growing and things
look great for us to play live at some point." He also says, "I am so
proud of this album from the ground up. These songs are very unique.
James, DJ and myself feel we have topped ourselves but in the end you
will be the ones who make that decision."
is said to be starting a super-group with guitarists John "Feldy" Feldmann from
and Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low, along with Australians Jess
Origliasso from The Veronicas on vocals and 5 Seconds of Summer drummer
Ashton Irwin. However, the project doesn't get off the ground.
The October 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine features a
story on Mick and his vast collection of rare Gibson and Fender
guitars, including a ton of vintage Stratocasters. Talking about all the
guitars he's owned over the years, including the trusty black 1972 Les
Paul Custom that he used to record the band's early albums, Mick says,
"The '72 Les Paul Custom that I used to play in the early days is now
hanging in a Hard Rock Café somewhere in Florida. I didn't want to let
go of that guitar, but I was forced to do it. I don't miss the pointy
guitars. They all sounded really bad to me, and I hated all of them.
They just didn't work for me. Companies kept giving me all of these
different guitars to try, and I would end up trying to break them. Now
they're all either kindling or I sold them off long ago." After
acquiring a few vintage instruments during the Eighties, it wasn't
until the early-Nineties that he earnestly sought after them, around
the time the band was recording its 1994 self-titled album with
John Corabi. "That’s when I started playing Fender Strats," Mick says.
"I owned a few vintage Stratocasters by then, and I loved how light a
real Strat felt. One of the first real Strats that I ever owned was
pieced together using '63, '64 and '65 parts. I bought it for $1,200
while we were on the Girls, Girls, Girls tour in 1987. The pickups
didn't work, so I put humbuckers in it and installed a Floyd Rose. Even
though it's really beat up, it's a player's guitar. I still use it
on stage and in the studio." When the band hit a rough patch towards the
end of the Nineties, Mick found himself in the position of having to
sell many of his prized vintage guitars, until the band's resurgence in
the early to mid-2000s provided him the capacity to collect again.
"I've slowly and carefully rebuilt my collection," he says. "I got
really serious about collecting guitars again about ten or twelve years
ago. I now have about one hundred guitars. I managed to keep some
really cool instruments, but I like to have a lot of different things
to play around with, so I'm always adding something new to my
collection. I have guitars from the Fifties and Sixties as well as a
few Seventies guitars. Some are really cool, and some are my player
guitars. I don't have very many guitars that I don't play much. Even if
I don't take a particular guitar on tour because it's too valuable and
difficult to replace, it usually gets played in the studio. In the
studio, I go for a lot of different tones," he explains. "I never record
an album using just one guitar and one amp. Sometimes I'll start a
track with a stock Strat and do overdubs with something funky, like an
old Harmony. I like to put something that sounds trashy behind
something that sounds really good. That makes the track jump. I'll use
just about any guitar you can imagine in the studio. It's all about
what you do with the different tones and how you mix and match them."
Doing some press to promote Mötley
upcoming Las Vegas residency, Vince says all the talk about a farewell
soon for the band "is definitely for real", adding, "I think we'll
start the tour around May - I'm just kind of guessing on that, but in
the spring of '14, and we'll do one more time around the world and
kinda call it quits. It’s just time. Mick’s health is not that good,
and touring is tough on him. I’m sure in five, ten years’ time we’ll
probably do something together again, but it’s not gonna be like a Kiss
farewell to the farewell to the farewell tour. We’re not gonna be like
that.” Vince expects the Crüe
to release some new music in the future, probably for the soundtrack of
the still-developing film adaptation of the band’s best-selling
autobiography The Dirt, saying, "It's going to come out at some point
before our tour starts," Neil reports. "We're hoping an early-spring
kind of thing." He also expects his next solo album will be in motion
by the time the Crüe packs it in. “I’m planning to release something
maybe before the end of the Mötley run. That way it would come out right towards
the end of that, and I can just go straight from Mötley and
continue touring on that. That’s the idea now, at least. It’s a ways
tweets, "Any rumours regarding a farewell tour due to 'my poor health'
are BS. I am doing fine, my AS has never kept me from touring and never
Eater National reports that in forty-five days, Vince will open Tatuado
Bar-B-Q in the 14,000-square-foot Rock & Rita's restaurant and bar
at Circus Circus hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip.
Motors holds a Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp themed party at the San Diego
Hard Rock Hotel as part of a program for auto journalists reviewing
their new 2014 line. Vince sings Girls, Girls, Girls and Home Sweet
Home with the band featuring Bruce Kulick (Union, Kiss, Grand Funk
Railroad) on guitar, Phil Soussan (Vince Neil Band, Ozzy Osbourne,
Ronnie James Dio, Billy Idol) on bass, and Ty Dennis (The Doors of the
21st Century) on drums. The mini-set concluds with AC/DC's Highway To
Working on the next Sixx:A.M. album, Nikki says, "We've been in the
studio all week cutting more bass, vocals and guitars. Some more new
songs have emerged; we will keep you posted as we're getting closer to
the finish line."
a salute to the brave men and women of the U.S. Air Force, Vince sends
one hundred of Nellis Air Force base's finest to a private pre-show
reception at his Vince Neil's Tatuado Cantina, followed by a special
performance of the Raiding The Rock Vault music experience at the LVH
Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. As a long-time supporter and admirer of
those who defend the U.S. from the skies, he wanted to take an
opportunity to give back to those brave aviators who protect and defend
the country's freedom in the air every day.
Bloody Beetroots' new album Hide
is released and features a guest appearance by Tommy Lee on the
song Raw. The album from the Italian musician known as Sir Bob
Cornelius Rifo also features Sir Paul McCartney and Peter Frampton as
guests on tracks.
kicks-off their second Las Vegas residency dubbed An Intimate Evening
in Hell at The Joint, a four-thousand-person capacity venue inside the
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The first of twelve shows starts with a
new inclusion Red Hot, which primes the crowd for a concert filled with
unprecedented amounts of fire shot from the stage, overhead, and from
Nikki's bass guitar. Too Young To Fall In Love is the other addition to
the setlist of the band's greatest hits. Tommy's drum kit sits on a low
pentagram-shaped riser that also gets set on fire and shoots flames
skywards, while the band's stage clothes (sprayed with fire-retardant
pre-show) and production are themed red and black. With fire marshals
on duty throughout, risk is reduced by having no singing and dancing
girls on stage. Plans for stage robots were dropped as a result of
safety concerns, but the fire marshals give a last-minute clearance for
Tommy's piano to be set alight during Home Sweet Home. In The Beginning
segues into Shout At The Devil, before Kickstart My Heart is the final
encore that closes the scorching ninety-minute show. Vince says,
“There’s no question this is the most dangerous theatrics ever created
and far more than anything we expected. But, hey, this is Vegas, and we
do bigger, bolder, badder, sleazier here better than any other place on
Earth. We have the best fire tech experts in the world. This is so over
the top, the only thing cool is what we do! Basically, we’re setting
everything on fire in a way that's never been done before.” Actor
Nicolas Cage says it's the best rock show he's ever seen, while Adam
Lambert and Queen's Roger Taylor also spend time backstage after the
ends their twelve-concert Las Vegas residency, selling 32,083 tickets
from a possible 36,570 capacity. The $3.1 million in revenue from the
spectacle dubbed An Intimate Evening In Hell lands the Crüe at
number five on Billboard.com's Hot Tours list of top-grossing concerts.
In regard the forthcoming Sixx: A.M. record, Nikki says,
"The album is turning out amazing but we have missed the deadline for this
year. Sorry, no Sixx: A.M. for Xmas but it's looking good for early next
year. New song Stars is one of our favourites at the moment."
Responding to a recent article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that
said Vince told friends at a Hard Rock Hotel poolside party that he’s
heading for Donald Trump’s boardroom as a member of Celebrity
Apprentice, Vince says, "The rumour about Apprentice was started by a
loser wannabe reporter Norm Clark, who I haven't seen or talked to in
over two years. I've talked to the show but that's it… but if I got the
offer I'd do it! Sounds fun!"
Tommy guests at the School of Rock in Los Angeles and says he had the
best night ever jamming with nine- to fifteen-year-olds, adding, "Watch
out musicians these kids are comin' to getcha!"
Deadline reports that after capturing the top box office spot last
weekend with Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, director Jeff Tremaine will
next helm Dirt, a feature film that tells the decadent coming-of-age
story of Mötley Crüe,
based on the band's bestselling autobiography. The film will be
produced by LBI Entertainment’s Rick Yorn and Julie Yorn, along with
10th Street Entertainment and Erik Olsen. Amanda Adelson is
co-producing. Californication scribe Tom Kapinos is polishing the
script, and the film is being set-up independently by CAA to shoot
early next year, with the agency repping domestic distribution rights.
Tremaine, Strauss, and Kapinos are represented by CAA, while Tremaine
is also represented by attorney Warren Dern.
Tremaine has spent most of his career as the behind-the-scenes
ringleader of the Jackass crew. He says, "I've been offered a lot of
scripts but Dirt is something I pursued with everything I had. I've
wanted to make this going back to 2001, when we were just planning the
first Jackass movie and I found out that David Gale at MTV Films had
just optioned the book. First of all, I had no idea how to make Jackass
into a movie, but I said to him, let me direct that movie, too. He
said, yeah, of course! He was being sarcastic, because he had the same
level of confidence in me as a director as I did at that time. Luckily
for me, the movie never got made, and when this project became
available, I put everything I had into chasing it and convincing
everyone that I am the right guy for it. I really feel I am."
worked for years to get their movie rights back from Paramount, which
had several drafts of a script Rich Wilkes wrote when David Fincher was
aboard to direct. Since the Crüe
owns the rights to all of their songs and publishing, Tremaine can have
full use of the band's songs and lyrics. Whether they use the band's
recordings or find actors to replicate the Vince Neil vocals, that will
depend on a casting process just getting underway. "It's the spirit
we’ve got to get right," Tremaine said. "It's important to get actors
who play, or who understand how to deliver the charisma it takes to be
onstage. Rock stars have a swagger. Some of what they went through is
funny, but overall this movie is not going to be a comedy. It's pretty
dark. I think fans of what I've done will like this movie, but it's not
going to make you fall out of your chair laughing."
The VIP Opening of Vince Neils' Tatuado Eat-Drink-Party! takes place at
Circus Circus on the Las Vegas strip. Vince is joined by a packed-room
full of guests that includes fellow musicians DJ Ashba, Phil Lewis,
Vinnie Paul and Ron Keel, along with actor Michael Berryman who fans
will recall as
the Principal in Mötley's
Smokin' In The Boys Room video. In an effort to bring the rock'n'roll
vibe of the Sunset Strip to Las Vegas, Vince partnered with long-time
restaurant aficionados and owners of Kahunaville at Treasure Island,
David Tuttleman and Mark Green, to rebrand Rock & Rita's as Vince
Neil's Tatuado Eat-Drink-Party! and Vince Neil's Party Bus Bar. The
fourteen-thousand-square-foot venue showcases the combination of
Vince's affinity for tattoos and tequila with Tuttleman and Green's
emphasis on a fun and exciting party-like environment.
Mark Weiss was an integral part of the creative vision for the
restaurant and bar areas, and says, "In 1982, after shooting Mötley Crüe
for their first national magazine spread, Vince took me to the infamous
Rainbow on the Sunset Strip. We ate, we drank and we definitely
partied. When I walked into Rock & Rita's to be a part of the
creative design team on this project, I was immediately taken back to
those days at the Rainbow and was inspired to help create the feel and
passion of the Sunset Strip." The venue is decorated with photos and
artwork of Vince, along with some of his prized possessions including
gold and platinum records. The venue opens to the public in four days.
In regard the forthcoming Sixx:A.M. album, Nikki says, "We wrote and
recorded two more songs this weekend. It's a diverse album covering
many different genres. We think it's our best work so far."
joins Rob Zombie and his band on stage at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena
for a cover of Grand Funk Railroad's classic We're An American Band to
close the concert. Mick is enjoying living outside of Nashville now,
after moving there this year when he sold his home on W Moon Shadows
Drive in Malibu, California that he’d lived in since 2007.
Vince participates in the Fundraiser to Benefit Brennan Rock & Roll
Academy by singing Kickstart My Heart with the cover band Hairball.
Other singers to participate in the event held at Orleans Arena in Las
Vegas include Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Stephen Pearcy, Kip Winger, Tom
Keifer, Joey Tempest, Jack Blades, and members of Kiss.
Nikki and his Sixx Sense radio partner Kerri Kasem have spent months
designing a unique Victory Cross Country 8-Ball motorbike, which is
now offered as the grand prize in a sweepstake. Nikki added cast metal
details, a top-notch one-off insane paint job, Arlen Ness custom
hardware and CNC-engraving for the engine covers and wheels, along with
a custom front fender, cross pattern-cut sidecase covers, and an
alligator skin seat. The Sixx Sense Victory Cross Country 8-Ball is
worth an estimated $35,000.
Mick marries his Swiss girlfriend of over six years, Seraina "Fai"
Schönenberger, in a private ceremony this Friday the Thirteenth.
Vince participates in a benefit concert for the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve Toys For Tots program at the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel &
Casino, where he joins Jasmine Trias (the third-place finalist on the
third season of American Idol) on stage to sing the Hawaiian-themed
Christmas song Mele Kalikimaka. During his red carpet arrival, Vince
says Mötley will begin touring again next July.
Robin Leech reports, "Full details of Mötley Crüe’s
last-ever tour are expected to be revealed by the end of January. The
global tour will run nearly three years of time and start with
seventy cities in North America in July, before moving on to Europe,
South America, Asia and Australia, and returning eventually to
America. The opening shows will be at the band’s original Sunset Strip
club stomping grounds."
Nikki says, "All the songs on the new Sixx:A.M. are finally finished
being written. I just played my last bass parts today and DJ is
finishing guitars this weekend. We put every ounce of our souls into
this album and we can't wait to share it with you in 2014."
Tommy plays the role of the devil in Fall Out Boy's new video for their
song Death Valley. The video premiere is part eight of their series
The Young Blood Chronicles, as they release a clip for every song on
their latest album Save Rock And Roll.
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