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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 Tenth Street 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 shows.

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 2014."

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 Australian 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 cancellation.

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.

While 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.

Tommy 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."

A 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 stage.

Nikki 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 on."

Nikki spends the day writing songs with Electric Love Hogs and Goldfinger front man John Feldmann, and Hawaiian surfer Makua Rothman who plays ukelele.

Sixx: 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."

Nikki is said to be starting a super-group with guitarists John "Feldy" Feldmann from Goldfinger 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 Crüe's 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 theCrüe 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 away, still."

Mick 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 will."

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.

KIA 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 Hell.

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."

As 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.

The 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.

Mötley Crüe 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 show.

Mötley 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'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."

Mötley Crüe 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 theCrüe 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.

Photographer 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."

Mick 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 M
ötley will begin touring again next July.

Robin Leech reports, "Full details of M
ötley 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 called The Young Blood Chronicles, as they release a clip for every song on their latest album Save Rock And Roll.


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