"But we finally made the news"
Crüe - You're All I Need - 1987
Vince rings in the New Year with a headline performance in front
of a packed crowd at the Fremont St Experience, right after the
midnight countdown led by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. It’s the
city’s largest private New Year’s Eve party with nine hours of non-stop
entertainment over three stages that includes bands Papa Roach, Blues
Traveler, Loverboy, and Adelitas Way.
A Californian Superior
Court judge dismisses the lawsuit filed against Mötley Crüe by Howard
Scott King back in September 2012, which claimed he gave Tommy the idea
for his 360 degree rollercoaster drum set that he used on tour in
recent years. The judge determines that King never had exclusive rights
to the roller-coaster drum idea and Tommy designed his version on his
own. Tommy is currently enjoying a family holiday on a tropical island
participates in a signing appearance at the Marshall amplification
booth as part of the Consumer Electronics Show held in the LasVegas
lands at #77 on Pollstar's 2013 Top 200 North American Tour chart,
ahead of other hard rock/heavy metal bands Kiss, The Black Crowes, Iron
Maiden, Soundgarden, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper and Def Leppard.
grossed $12.3 million in 43 North American shows last year. Their
148,496 tickets sold averaged 4,368 per show at a price of $82.83 each.
The year's list is topped by Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, The
Rolling Stones and Beyonce.
says the final song Let It Haunt You for the new Sixx:A.M. album is
finished tonight. After working in the studio all last weekend on the
music, he feels the band is topping themselves artistically. Other song
titles mentioned in recent days include Hyperventilate, and Stars.
Vince features on the cover of the latest issue of Food & Beverage
Magazine, along with a story that focuses on his simple philosophy as
the driving force behind all the Tatuado brand of spirits, vodka,
tequila, rum, and his dynamic portfolio of restaurants. Vince says,
"It's all about my simple philosophy: I want to bring to the market
place a brand that people will call out for. First off, great tasting.
Second, absolutely kick-ass packaging. Finally, a price that will not
dent your wallet." Food & Beverage publisher Michael Politz says,
"I am proud to have this rock legend start off the New Year for my
readers. These new projects are obviously the next step in the great
legacy of America's most notorious rocker."
During the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Real Estate company Coldwell
Banker commences a national marketing campaign for the awards season
with the debut of a new sixty-second TV commercial titled Home Sweet
Home. Created by Siltanen & Partners under the direction of
executive creative director Rob Siltanen, the ad features the classic
Mötley Crüe ballad Home Sweet Home set to a montage of all the moments
that make getting home at the end of the day so rewarding: kicking off
your shoes, hopping on the couch, slipping into a warm bath. The spot
closes with the hashtag #HomeRocks, pulling together the music
holds a press conference dubbed
"R.I.P: All Bad Things Must Come To An End" at Beacher’s Madhouse Theatre inside the
Roosevelt Hotel in hometown Los Angeles to announce their last tour and
the band's ultimate retirement after more than three decades together.
"The Final Tour" presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation is set
to kick-off mid-year with seventy-two shows across North America with
very special guest Alice Cooper, commencing on July 2 in Grand Rapids,
Michigan, before the band hits international territories in 2015.
The band arrives at the event in a black hearse with flamethrowers,
while a brass band playing Dr. Feelgood leads the funeral procession
inside to a stage set with headstones for each of the members.
To commence proceedings, former Toronto rock radio host Joey 'Vendetta'
Scoleri hosts a Q&A session with panelists: Rick Franks, Live
Nation's Regional President of North America Concerts, says each event
will run for three-hours-plus and ticket prices will start at $20 to
make it affordable to attend. The band's attorney Doug Mark of Mark
Music & Media Law explains that all band members agree they want to
hang it up while at the top of their game. They've seen many diluted
brands and trademarks, and many bands playing wrong venues with wrong
band members, so together they came up with a methodology for the
members to overcome trademark law, partnership law, and shareholder
agreements and do something that no touring band has done before – sign
an agreement to contractually guarantee they are hanging it up once and
for all. Randy Cortese, Head of Advertising at Dodge, says the
partnership with the band for the tour is a natural fit with their car
brand. Kickstart My Heart will be used in the company's marketing
creatives to celebrate two iconic and notorious American brands during
Dodge's 100-year anniversary. Big Machine Records CEO Scott
Borchetta, who discovered Taylor Swift, says a Country Music Tribute To
will be released this summer as a joint venture between Motley Records,
Eleven Seven Records, and Big Machine Records. He drops names like
Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band,
Cassadee Pope, and LeAnn Rimes as artists contributing their versions
classics. Director of The Dirt movie Jeff Tremaine says for the last
two years he's been knee-deep in getting the film script right, to
ensure the voice of the band's best-selling book is properly captured,
and this stage of the process is just about complete. His goal is to be
shooting the movie this June, and while there is no casting to talk
about yet, they have ideas. The Final Tour will coincide with The Dirt
film that is being prepared to debut in theaters globally in 2015.
Alice Cooper then spends some time on stage and is press quoted as
saying, “Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days. Mötley has
always gone on stage with one attitude and that's to blow the audience
away. That's exactly how we do it. Putting Mötley Crüe
and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really
NEEDS. We’re going to go out there and tear it up, and I can't wait to
see Mötley on stage. Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper – a match made in… Armageddon?”
The Mötley Crüe
band members then take their seats and when asked what they will do
once the tour ends, Vince says he will continue with his restaurant
businesses and will continue to sing Mötley
on stage as a solo artist. Nikki says he will keep active with his band
Sixx: A.M., his Sixx Sense radio show, and will continue to make music.
Tommy says he has some big surprises in store that he can't talk about
just yet, while Mick says he recently moved to Nashville and will work
with lots of musicians to seriously pursue a very diverse solo album,
as well as release a book about his life. Members of the press ask
questions and the band says they are in the beginning stages of working
out the tour production and stage for The Final Tour, which is expected
to last two years or more by the time they take the show around the
world. When asked if the band's last studio album Saints of Los Angeles
will be their last, Nikki says, "You will just have to see." After a
photo opportunity with global media, they then become the first-ever
band to sign a binding Cessation of Touring Agreement to prevent the Mötley Crüe
trademark being used for touring in the future; any of them can sue for
damages if one of them tries to tour as Mötley Crüe and breeches
the agreement that comes into effect at the end of 2015.
Following the press
conference, the band trends at number one on Facebook ahead of
President Obama and his State of the Union address.
Along with actors Morgan
Freeman and Anna Faris, Mötley Crüe guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and
performs on the show's outdoor stage to celebrate the day's big
annoucement. Kickstart My Heart is televised to close the show, and the
band also plays Primal Scream, Wild Side, Shout At The Devil, and Live
Wire for the crowd.
Speaking further about his post-Mötley
plans, Mick says he hasn’t started any work on his book or figured out
who he wants to write with, or help him write it. In regards future
touring, he says he’ll probably put together, “a cool band with some
cool friends of mine and stuff, and go out and do some… you know, a few
weeks here and a few weeks there, touring… but not as the Mick Mars
Band; I won't do that. You'll see a name, and you'll go, 'Hey, who's
that?' 'I don't know' That's the name of the band."
The Bloody Beetroots premiere a video for their song Raw that features
a shirtless Tommy playing drums (with most of his front torso tattoos
Responding to a question on Twitter, Nikki says he recorded a song with
rapper Riff Raff the other day.
Courtney Love is recording a new album at Tommy’s Atrium Studios, and
Tommy says he’s rocking some drums on it.
When asked what he plans on
doing once Mötley
has finished touring, Mick says, "I've got quite a few things in the
fire: I write commercials. I could do things for movies. They always
look for musical excerpts for car chases and scary monster pieces. I
will be writing with John Corabi for his album. With Twiggy, as well,
from Marilyn Manson. I have a lot of things I want to do and people who
want to write with me!"
In Nashville, country artist Justin Moore plays a concert as part of
Country Radio Seminar week. Towards the end of his set, he leaves the
stage and a video of Mötley Crüe plays, before Vince walks on stage
with Brantley Gilbert and they perform Wild Side. After Vince tells the
crowd about the forthcoming country tribute to Mötley Crüe
album, Gilbert leaves and Moore comes back on stage to close the show
with Vince singing Home Sweet Home, Dr. Feelgood and an encore of
Kickstart My Heart. Nikki also attends the show and the seminar to help
promote the album.
Tommy play drums for The Bloody Beetroots at Sanremo Music Festival
Tommy proposes to his girlfriend Sofia Toufa in St. Tropez on the
French Riviera, and tells the world, "There comes a time in a man's
life when you just know your partner is for LIFE! Say hello to my
fiancée and soon-to-be wife, Sofi."
performs at the
Keep Memory Alive Center in Las Vegas for the benefit event to raise
awareness about the
neurological disorder multiple system atrophy (MSA). Bill Murray is one
of the show's emcees, while other artists that perform include Slash,
Alice Cooper, and Matt Sorum.
During a radio interview with Eddie Trunk, Mick says he has written six
new songs in the past week in his home studio, which will be in
contention for his solo album. He also just wrote a new song with Nikki
and they plan to finish it up during next couple of months in time for Mötley's
last tour. When discussing his Ankylosing Spondylitis, Mick says he
hasn't driven in fifteen years because he can’t turn his head. He sold
his red '76 Corvette recently and donated proceeds to benefit A.S.
Mick is the guest on VH1 Classic's TV program That Metal Show.
Nikki and Tommy sit in on the first table read for the Mötley Crüe
movie The Dirt with all the actors. Nikki says, "What a thrill and
crazy adventure. Great writers, producers, directors and team around
this project. To me, it feels like a dysfunctional love story about
four misfits who survive because at our core, we are really a gang. But
here is the big question: what's the rating on this gonna be - XXX?"
Tommy says, "What a surreal experience that was! Lost for words!
Guitar World shoots Nikki and Mick in Los Angeles for the cover of an
upcoming issue of their magazine.
Entertainment Tonight airs
the first of a three-part special on Nikki and Courtney's wedding
preparations. The segment features Courtney at Janene's Bridal Boutique
in Northern California, which is owned by her Aunt. Her dress is
inspired by the one Jennifer Lawrence wore to the Oscars last year –
and took a tumble in.
marries Courtney Bingham at the Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills,
California during a French-themed ceremony in front of one hundred and
thirty family members and close friends, who are greeting by peacocks
upon arrival. Fifty-five-year-old Nikki wears a bandana with his black
suit and tie plus Converse sneakers, and is adorned with silver Chrome
Hearts jewelry. Twenty-eight-year-old Courtney wears a cream coloured
gown featuring an elaborately designed bodice and a very full skirt
with a pleated hem. They eat Courtney's favourite cake: triple berry
from Sweet Lady Jane. After the event, Nikki writes, "Thank you for all
the congratulations on our wedding today. We had a fucking blast to say
the least. Today was a perfect day." He also tweets, "Tommy and Mick
declined to come to my wedding, but Vince was there in great spirits."
The newlyweds then honeymoon in a private bungalow at St Regis resort
on the tropical island of Bora Bora.
John Corabi plays his first
gig with son Ian on the drums behind him. The show at the Mercy Lounge
in Nashville co-incides with the twentieth anniversary of the
self-titled Mötley Crüe album he
sang and played guitar on.
Premiere Networks announces that Kerri Kasem, co-host of Sixx Sense
with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx, has
decided to step down from her hosting duties with the national rock
music radio programs. Kasem breaks the news to listeners on air,
sharing that her decision to leave the programs after more than four
years stems from the time commitment necessary to join Nikki on the
road for Mötley Crüe's final tour, as well as her other radio hosting
duties, upcoming projects and philanthropic efforts. Details regarding
a new co-host for both programs will be announced next week. Nikki
says, "It's been great having Kerri as a co-host for the past four
years. I'm so proud of the work Sixx Sense has done to provide two top
level rock radio programs to millions of listeners worldwide. Although
she will be missed, I fully support her new endeavors."
Premiere Networks announces that veteran radio personality Jenn Marino
will return to her first passion, rock radio, as she joins Nikki from
tomorrow as co-host of "Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx" and "The Side Show
Countdown With Nikki Sixx." The Oklahoma City native previously served
as co-host of the popular afternoon program Priestly & Jenn on
Baltimore's WWMX-FM. Marino says, "I'm incredibly excited for this
insane opportunity. I've been a fan of Nikki for years, and respect him
not only as a radio host, but also as an artist. I look forward to
creating something incredible with him and the entire Sixx Sense team.
To say this is a dream job is an understatement," while Nikk says,
“From the moment I met Jenn, we had great chemistry. Not only does she
have a strong connection to the world of rock music, but she's also
charming, funny and relatable. I think the audience is going to love
her, and I couldn't be more excited to welcome her to the team." Sixx
Sense is a popular rock music program that airs reaches 2.9 million
weekly listeners on more than 100 stations nationwide.
Nikki and his new Sixx Sense co-host Jenn Marino are the featured
guests during the Worldwide Radio Summit luncheon held at the Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel, where Nikki also brings out James Michael and talks
about the new Sixx:A.M. album while playing two songs Gotta Get It
Right and Stars to radio executives.
Vince performs Home Sweet Home as a duet with country singer Justin
Moore on the first night of the two-day outdoor country music festival
ACM Party for a Cause Festival in the shadows of the world's tallest
observation wheel High Roller at The Linq casino in Las Vegas.
At the Revolver Golden Gods event at Club Nokia in Los Angeles,
producer James Michael says he’s working with Mötley
on what may turn out to be the band’s final song. "As we know, the Crüe
is getting ready to hang it up. And we discussed for a while doing a
final song, and that's a tall order. There was a lot of pressure on us
to make sure that we did it right and that we celebrated everything
that they were known for. So I think we've done it. I'm actually
tracking drums with Tommy tomorrow. And it's an outstanding song. I
think it's gonna be an absolutely amazing way to go out swinging."
Following media reports of Vince having bought the Arena Football
League team the Jacksonville Sharks and planning on relocating the team
to Las Vegas, Vince states, “I would like to clear up any confusion
surrounding me and the Jacksonville Sharks. First, yes, me and a couple
of business men from Florida did acquire a minority share in the
Sharks. No, I never said I was 'bringing' a team anywhere. I did say
since I live in Las Vegas I would love to see a team there in the next
few years. I am very focused on the Sharks, and looking forward to a
great season!” Yesterday, Jacksonville Sharks managing partner Jeff
Bouchy released a statement saying, “There have been several reports in
different media outlets over the past several days regarding Vince Neil
of Mötley Crüe
becoming an owner of the Jacksonville Sharks and possibly relocating
the team to the Las Vegas market. Simply stated, the Jacksonville
Sharks are neither relocating to the Las Vegas market nor planning to
ever leave our great city of Jacksonville. We are currently in talks
with Vince Neil about becoming a minority owner of the Jacksonville
team, but those discussions do not include moving the team to another
market, and as of now, neither Vince Neil nor Rockstar Investment
Group, Inc. own any part of the Jacksonville Sharks. We have been in
discussions with Vince Neil over the past several months. If a deal is
reached, he will own a minority interest and will help us elevate the
Sharks brand on a local and national level and we, in turn, will help
educate his group about the great sport of arena football and all
aspects of its business. Vince Neil has aspirations to create a future
expansion team in his current home of Las Vegas, Nevada, which has led
to the confusion with the media. If we are fortunate enough to have a
rock legend join our ownership group, it could happen as early as this
In a Guitar World interview, Mick says the new song the band is working
on is one he recently wrote with Nikki called All Bad Things Must Come
To An End.
Nikki says Foo Fighters'
drummer Taylor Hawkins is going to play on some of the new Sixx: A.M.
album, adding, "What a fucking honor 'cause he is one of my favorite
drummers." The band is planning a photoshoot for the album's artwork,
which will take place in the next few weeks.
Smashing Pumpkins' main man Billy Corgan says Tommy has played drums on
all nine songs being recorded for a forthcoming studio album titled
Monuments To An Elegy expected to be released next year.
After working on a cool cover song yesterday, Sixx: A.M. band members
spend the day with photographer Paul Brown shooting images in the
desert for their new album artwork.
Nikki, Vince and Mick spend time in Nashville doing press for the
upcoming country tribute to Mötley
Crüe. Nikki says he is having fun,
“promoting this amazing tribute album to the Crüe. We're about to be
in the video for the first single off the album: Home Sweet Home by
Vince presents an award at the CMT Music Awards held in Nashville's
Bridgestone Arena. Earlier in the night, he walked the red carpet with
country singer Justin Moore, who tells press that his next radio single
will be his version of Home Sweet Home.
After finishing the recording all his drums for the new Smashing Pumpkins record yesterday, Tommy joins his his Mötley
mates for the first day of their tour rehearsals. Nikki says, "Our
stage set will knock your dick in the dirt, even of you don't have
Nikki says, "Been in band rehearsal with the guys. Lots of surprises:
worked up a new song we just wrote and recorded; might bust that out
live before we even go to radio with it."
After a week of Mötley
tour rehearsals in Los Angeles, Nikki says he is really excited to
shoot the Sixx:A.M. video for their song Gotta Get It Right this
weekend with Paul Brown directing.
Nikki hosts a promotional event for rock band Queen at the iHeartRadio
Theater in Burbank, California. The warmup show with four hundred fans
takes place in advance of their upcoming tour with singer Adam Lambert
and includes the first-ever live performance of the Freddie Mercury
solo track Love Kills, along with seven of their classic hits. The show
was also taped for broadcast via Yahoo. Queen's online tour diary makes
mention of Nikki’s involvement, calling him a "great songwriter, an
engaging radio host and huge music fan, plus, I must say that album
that Mötley did with John Corabi in 1994 just smokes, the best thing the Crüe ever did to my ears."
Vince has been approved to create at new Arena Football League team in
Las Vegas next year, several sources throughout the league confirm. The
expansion team will be in place in time for the 2015 season and Vince
has asked for AFL approval of Las Vegas Outlaws as the team's name.
The Final Tour for Mötley
kicks off at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It's the band's
biggest stage production of their career, which features a drum
rollercoaster dubbed "The Crüecifly" that spins 360 degrees as it tracks fifty-five-feet high over the
audience over two-hundred feet to the back of the arena floor, plus an unbelievable
amount of fire pyrotechnics and a state-of-the-art light show. The band commences their set with
Mutherfucker Of The Year, and as often is the case on opening night,
the show experiences some technical issues, including Tommy putting a
hole in his bass drum during the third song and Mick's guitar cutting
out as they're about to debut All Bad Things Must End – a brand-new song that
was played over the PA before they hit the stage. Tommy plays along to
an electronic mixtape during his solo, which also includes part of Dropping Like Flies
from the 1994 self-titled Mötley
album. After nineteen songs, the band plays an encore of Home Sweet
Home on a rising platform stage at the back of the arena to close out an
impressive first show of their final tour.
changes their set-list up somewhat by opening with Saints Of Los
Angeles, but most significantly dropping new song All Bad Things Must
End after five shows and adding Looks That Kill to the list.
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley credits Tommy, Iggy Pop and Duff McKagan
with helping him stay sober after years of heavy drinking caught up
with him earlier this year when his liver and kidneys collapsed,
leaving him hospitalised for a month. Whibley tells Kerrang that Tommy,
"told me what to expect from people, that not everyone will understand."
Nikki's wife Courtney tells Radar, "When the tour is over we intend to
have a little rocker of our own! I am so excited to have my first baby
with the love of my life." The newly-weds moved into a new
home in California's Westlake Village earlier this week, with Courtney saying, "We are very excited for
the move into our dream home this week. I am decorating it with my
HOW2GIRL expertise. Think Ralph Lauren meets Rockstar!"
The LA Times says Nikki's new mansion in Westlake Village cost $4.125
million and it has 10,300 square feet of living space. He has listed
his former Californian home in a gated Calabasas community for sale at
$2.399 million through Keller Williams real estate, after he originally
purchased it for $1.89 million in 2011. Set on a third-acre corner lot
and designed for entertaining, the stone-clad house features wood
floors, an office with built-ins, a loft, a music room/home theater,
four bedrooms and five bathrooms. A waterfall sits in the garden
courtyard. A swimming pool, spa and barbecue center with fireplace and
pizza oven complete the grounds.
Vintage is announced as the title of the third studio album from
Sixx:A.M. The album will be released on October 7, following next
week's release of first single Gotta Get It Right to radio and iTunes
on August 5, with a video premiere on Vevo the following day. Nikki
says, "Like our favourite bands from the 1970s, Sixx: A.M. is rooted in
songwriting, musicianship and lyrics - three core elements that helped
to define that era. Sixx: A.M. has taken even more pages from this book
on Gotta Get It Right and the rest of Modern Vintage, having hopefully
created a record that demands to be discovered again and again."
Nikki says Sixx:A.M. has just finished four bonus tracks and are
discussing vinyl as a release format for their latest music, while
promising they have a few other tricks up their sleeve too.
An 18-wheel semi-trailer truck hauling Mötley
equipment jackknifes in the southbound lanes of I-65 in Jefferson
County, Alabama at round 4:15am and collides with a vehicle driven by
forty-seven-year-old Wayne Marsh, who dies at the scene. The driver of
Motley's truck is transported to a local hospital. The night's
Crüe concert in Pelham, AL takes place without any apparent interruption.
John Corabi marries his long-time girlfriend Debbie Marie Sorenson in an afternoon ceremony in Las Vegas.
Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe album is released by Big Machine Records in conjunction with Mötley
Records and Eleven Seven Music. The country music tribute includes
fresh country versions of Mötley Crüe songs by some of today’s biggest
lands at number two on Pollstar's Hot Tours tally, based on $12.5
million in reported ticket sales from the first sixteen sold-out shows
of their Final Tour. The top-grosser is their recent hometown
concert at the Hollywood Bowl, where the performed for 16,488 fans,
logging $1.3 million in ticket sales. Sir Paul McCartney takes number
one spot on the chart, while Billy Joel lands behind the
Crüe at number three.
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