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Neil's Arena Football League team the Las Vegas Outlaws will make their
debut on March 30 when they host their inaugural match, most likely
KISS, the team owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of Kiss. The Las
Vegas Sun reports Vince will be on hand to perform the national anthem
and that plans are being discussed for a possible rival Mötley Crüe and Kiss
mini-concert before game time and at halftime.
Nikki Sixx says, "The only award I look forward to getting is the one I
will probably decline and that's the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It's a
fixed old-boy network that has lost touch with art, song writing craft,
lyrics and influential music and usually has other agendas at hand.
Young bands tell me it's a joke, and these bands are the future."
welcomes another grandchild when his son Neil and wife Marie announce
the arrival of their daughter Hailee Marie Wharton, weighing in at 6lbs
12oz and 20 inches long.
The long-gestating film of Mötley Crüe’s autobiography The Dirt has
been picked up by Focus Features, the arthouse arm of NBC Universal,
and a search for actors will soon begin. Armed with a screenplay
written by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos, Focus is promising a "Dr.
Feelgood" movie that will be an outrageous, larger-than-life depiction of
the band's high (and low) life. Jeff Tremaine, the helmer of the
Jackass movies and Bad Grandpa, which grossed over $102 million
domestically, will direct the Mötley movie. Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and
Allen Kovac will produce, while Chris Nilsson, Steven Kline, and Rick
Yorn will executive-produce. The band members are co-producers on the
film, as well as Amanda Adelson. Josh McLaughlin, Focus’ Senior VP of
Production, will oversee the production on behalf of the studio, after
Josh Peters, Focus’ Director of Acquisitions, brought the project into
Nikki attends the Los
Angeles Art Show where artist Robert Vargas
sketches a charcoal drawing of him in fifteen minutes to support St.
Mötley Crüe announces on Fox News details of their final performances,
marking the end of their touring career. Their final concert will be
held on New Year's Eve, December 31 at Staples Center in their hometown
of Los Angeles where the band's career began thirty-four years ago. The
2015 leg of The Final Tour will see the band play Japan in February,
then Australia/New Zealand in spring. In June, Mötley Crüe will say
farewell to the European Festival circuit with three massive
performances at Download (England), Sweden Rock (Sweden) and Novarock
(Austria) festivals, before taking their can't-miss show back to the
U.S., Canada, and Mexico this summer for thirty-four final North
American shows due to tremendous fan demand.
Nikki says, "In some of the
cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come
see us play last year because of ticket demand so we're coming back to
those places to bring them our full production including the Crüecifly
drum coaster, as well as all pyro and every other bell and whistle.
Even despite the overwhelming fan demand, we can only add so many new
cities in North America because of our commitment to take The Final
Tour global on our final year."
Coinciding with today's announcement and the theme of The Final Tour,
the band also releases its new single All Bad Things, accompanied by a
video clip of highlights of Mötley Crüe's career. The band will give
away their best-selling Greatest Hits album for free in partnership
with Google Play for one week only beginning today. Mötley Crüe is also
in the process of putting together the ultimate collector's album
package for the fans to be released later this year, which will include
the new track All Bad Things amongst many other surprises, details of
which will be announced in the near future.
part of their media promotions for the Final Tour, Mötley Crüe rings
the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange. The band's new single
All Bad Things sits at number one on the iTunes Rock Charts in the US
Mötley Crüe performs Girls, Girls, Girls live on NBC's The
Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
Veil Brides perform a cover of Mötley Crüe's Kickstart My Heart during
their concert at the Metropolis in Montreal, Canada.
Mötley Crüe completes their five-show final tour of Japan
by playing their last-ever show in the country at the Fukuoka International Center. Vince heads to
Maui in Hawaii for a vacation.
their song Stars in the top ten at U.S. radio, Sixx: A.M. plays the
famous Budokan indoor arena in Tokyo with Japanese band Vamps, who will
join Sixx: A.M. on their first headling tour of North America in April.
Playing drums with Sixx:A.M. for the first time is Dustin Steinke of
the Canadian rock band Bleeker Ridge from Orillia, Ontario - they
recently finished recording a new album with James Michael as Producer
that's due for release later this year on Eleven Seven records. Nikki
plays a bass adorned with the rising sun for the Budokan show.
Singer Chelsea Lankes releases a synth-pop cover of Too Young To Fall
In Love on her new EP via B3SCI Records. Born in Texas but residing in
Los Angeles, the singer reinterprets the Crüe classic with electro-pop
guitars and digitally-altered background vocals. She says, "I've always
been a fan of the '80s and particularly hair metal. There are so many
great lyrics and melodies from that era and dressed up a little
differently, they can still be a really great pop song. Too Young To
Fall In Love is an earlier cut from Mötley Crüe, but it's one of their
best. I'm so drastically different as an artist from their sound but
the challenge of making it my own is what makes doing a cover song fun."
When asked during a radio interview if he has any plans to work with
Mick Mars again, John Corabi says, "Yeah, actually I was just talking to him
the other day. A lot of people already know about it, but as soon as
he's done doing this next tour, Mick and I have had some discussions
about possibly going in and doing some writing together and doing a
record, and maybe going out and doing some shows. So we'll see how that
rock band /rif say they will collaborate with Tommy Lee on their next
album, scheduled to be recorded in his Los Angeles studio this April.
John Corabi heads to Sydney, Australia for about a month to work on a
new album titled Revolucion with The Dead Daisies, after participating
with them as part
of a cultural exchange last month as guests of the Cuban Ministry of
Culture, Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban Rock Agency. The trip
came about following President Obama’s deal with Cuba to lift travel
and trade restrictions. The Dead Daisies is a collective that is
comprised of guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses, Psychedelic
Furs), bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), keyboardist
Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses, Hookers & Blow), guitarist David Lowy
(Mink, Red Phoenix) and drummer Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol).
Vince seeks assistance from the courts to force an Oregon woman to
relinquish control of his social media accounts. In a lawsuit filed in
Clark County District Court, Vince claims Kristy Sinsara is making
unauthorised posts that the public and his fans believe are being made
by him. The complaint alleges, “Sinsara maintains control over the
accounts because she is using them to trade on Neil’s fame and
celebrity as a means of promoting Sinsara and her works.” According to
the lawsuit, Vince established Facebook and LinkedIn accounts to
advance his social media presence and interact with fans before he met
Sinsara, who approached Vince in Nevada and offered to manage his
social media accounts; Vince would help promote her as a social media
strategist, in return for her managing his social media accounts. Vince
agreed to give Sinsara access to and administrative control over his
accounts, but he retained ownership of the accounts.
gaining control of the accounts, the lawsuit alleges, Sinsara changed
the passwords and email contact information for them. For a period of
time, Sinsara created content for Vince’s accounts until he terminated
the agreement late last year and asked Sinsara to return control of the
accounts to him, but she continued to trade on his celebrity and fame.
According to the complaint, on February 16 Vince served a formal legal
demand on Sinsara to return control of the accounts but “Even though
Sinsara agreed to relinquish control over the accounts on December 26,
2014 and again on March 1, 2015, she has and continues to maintain
control over the accounts and makes unauthorised posts on the
accounts.” The document claims the unauthorised posts are causing Vince
In a phone interview with
the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sinsara denies the allegations and says
she suspects the lawsuit stems from her dispute with Vince’s
girlfriend, Rain Hannah. Sinsara said she gave Vince the password for
his Twitter account when he asked for it, but he never asked for the
password to his Facebook account. She has “absolute access to Facebook”
but has not posted anything on Vince’s behalf since January. “The last
time I posted something was with his approval,” she said. Sinsara said
she does not have the password to Vince’s LinkedIn account. “This whole
thing is being spun into an absolute lie,” she said. Sinsara said she
gave the Facebook password to Vince’s tour manager, but refused to give
it to Rain Hannah out of concern for Vince.
Nikki is the central
figure in an episode of the television show Rock Icons that premieres on VH1
Classic in the USA.
Vince's Arena Football
League team the Las Vegas Outlaws makes
their debut as they host their inaugural match against
the San Jose SaberCats.
Vince sings the national anthem at the start of the game.
Nikki attends the iHeart
Radio Music Awards with his wife Courtney, where he shares a moment
with Queen singer Adam Lambert on the red carpet. Michael Clifford,
guitarist of Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, wears a Mötley Crüe
shirt to the event. Nikki later tweets, "Congrats @5sos on your award.
Nice Crüe shirt too. See yah next week for some lyric writing."
Members of Mötley Crüe have stood up for their manager Allen Kovac in
his legal dispute with lawyer Dina LaPolt. Kovac and LaPolt used to
work together, but fell out while negotiating a third season on
American Idol for their client Steven Tyler. According to Kovac, LaPolt
derailed those negotiations and then persuaded Tyler to dump his
management services. He sued LaPolt over those claims in 2012 and the
lawsuit was thrown out of court in 2013, but appeal judges overturned
that decision last month, meaning the legal battle is now back in full
Speaking to the LA Business Journal, Kovac says, "I am very
disappointed in how [LaPolt] has acted. She was my lawyer and was also
counsel for Mötley Crüe, but that's all over now. We're in court and
I'm going to let the legal process move forward." LaPolt says in
return, "Allen Kovac looks rather desperate because many people see
this case for what it is: an obvious tactic to punish someone he could
not control." According to the Journal, statements have been submitted
by Mötley Crüe. Mick previously spoke-out in support of LaPolt, but is
now sticking up for his manager, saying, "I believe that Dina's refusal
to properly advise and represent me about pending band business, in
which she played an integral role, and her refusal to bring my attorney
up to speed on the band’s business decisions, resulted in the band and
me being dragged into this lawsuit that does not involve us."
commences their first-ever headline tour with a sold-out show at San
Francisco’s Regency Ballroom last night. The Modern Vintage Tour
commences with sets by special guests Vamps from Japan and Apocalyptica
from Finland, before Sixx: A.M. takes the stage with their song X-Mas
in Hell as the introduction, and then rips into Let’s Go. The live
premiere of Give Me a Love and Relief follows, before they work through
the rest of their fan-selected set-list consisting of This Is Gonna
Hurt, Pray for Me, Dead Man's Ballet, Accidents Can Happen, Miracle,
Live Forever, Gotta Get It Right, Drive, Help Is On the Way, Goodbye My
Friends, Lies of the Beautiful People, and Stars. The band then comes
out for an encore of Skin and Life is Beautiful to complete a very
strong first night. To round out their live line-up, Sixx:A.M. has added
drummer Dustin Steinke of Bleeker Ridge, as well as backup singers
Melissa Harding and Amber VanBuskirk to create the big sounding show
they had always envisioned for the band live. They are also in the
process of writing and recording new music for their upcoming fourth
album that is to be released next year; they already have enough
material for a double album.
attends the 41st Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix in California where he
waves the green flag to start the morning Pro/Celebrity Race,
and then plays an evening solo concert to headline the Rock-N-Roar show
Vince has reportedly been filmed for an upcoming episode of the ABC TV
show Celebrity Wife Swap. His girlfriend Rain Hannah was filmed in
Nashville, while Vince took his swapped wife gambling at Red Rock
Resort, where he put down $50,000 on the craps table as the cameras
rolled. When they reached $660,000 they walked away ecstatically.
During another sequence, Vince had to cook a dinner for twenty friends,
admitting it was the first time he'd ever played chef in the kitchen.
"I hadn't been in a supermarket to do grocery shopping since Mötley Crüe
first went out on the road in 1981," he told the cameras. "I didn’t
know where to find any of the ingredients."
Mick tells Guitar World that he'll still be touring after Mötley Crüe's
final tour. When asked what projects he is working on, he says, "Having
some down-time has given me a chance to go in and look at some of the
older stuff I've written over the last few years and also to work on
some new material. Right now, I’m working with [Alice Cooper guitarist,
songwriter and producer] Tommy Henriksen and have written about nine
songs in the past month and half. I’m coming up with some really cool,
aggressive stuff that’s far removed from what I would be writing for
During an interview where he discusses the differences between Mötley and
his other band Sixx: A.M., Nikki says, "The day Mötley Crüe
plays its last show, I will never play another Mötley Crüe
song again… even if it's one I wrote."
Mötley Crüe plays their first-ever, and last-ever, show in
New Zealand before commencing their tour of Australia.
The Dead Daisies release
their album Revolucion in Europe via INgrooves, which features John
Corabi on vocals and guitar.
Tommy co-writes and
co-produces the debut single Bettie by Violet Chachki, season winner of
the RuPaul's Drag Race TV show.
Crüe makes their last tour announcement ever when they reveal
the cities of their Final European Tour to take place this November.
a press conference at the Law Society in London hosted by Matt Everitt
of BBC6 Music
today, the band gathers in front of European media from twelve
countries and announces the tour dates demanded by their fans. The band
gave fans an opportunity to voice their thoughts and vote on which
European cities they would like to see the band play. An overwhelming
500,000 fans in eighteen European countries shared their messages on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DemandtheCrue and
could track the progress of the conversation via a heat map that was
updated daily. The
November tour dates will be the ultimate farewell to the European
continent as Mötley Crüe will be bringing over their biggest production
and pyro show to date including Nikki's flame-throwing bass and Tommy's
Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as the “Crüesnest” where fans can sit
with the band up close and personal during the grand finale of the show.
Nikki provides an update on
the status of the long-awaited film adaptation of the band's
autobiography The Dirt, which was recently picked up by Focus Features,
the art house films division of NBCUniversal. He says, "It's
interesting, because, in a perfect world, the movie would have come out
during the touring cycle. But almost by accident - or, actually, it is
by accident - the movie is gonna come out when the band plays the final
show. And, in a sense, for us, it is extending
even further. It's gonna be the end, and then the movie comes, and it
keeps the music alive. So we're really excited about that. We've been
talking about [releasing it] sometime next year. [It's] a rough idea,
but who knows?! We don't make movies. It's our first time [doing] that,
and we're learning a lot."
The Arena Football League, as part of its strategic plan to solidify
its financial condition and create a platform for growth, has taken
over operation of Vince Neil's Las Vegas Outlaws. In a collective
decision from the AFL Board of Directors, the team will continue as
members of the Arena Football League without its previous ownership
group in place. The Outlaws have four games remaining in their 2015
regular season schedule.
Nikki tells Rolling Stone that Sixx:A.M. currently has twenty-four
finished songs prepared for the release of two as-yet-untitled,
full-length albums to be released next year. He says, "They'll be
companion pieces, named Volume One and Volume Two, and they'll come out
with a little bit of space between them. Because when a band releases a
double album, a lot of times, about halfway through the second record,
you say, 'Sounds like they ran out of gas…' So by putting them out
separately we'll give the fans time to absorb each one fully. They'll
get the first one. They'll stream it. They'll feel it. They'll hear it
live. And then it'll be, 'Here comes another one.'"
He adds, “There's
a lot about our own experiences in our songs, but there's also always a
light at the end of the tunnel, because we've lived through those
experiences. And on the new material, those themes are maybe even a
little bit heavier."
Once Mötley wraps The Final Tour, Nikki will be channeling all his
creative energy into Sixx:A.M. for the foreseeable future. "We're all
committing 100% of our time to this band, and anything else
that's out there has to revolve around that," he says. "And I think
James and DJ's visions are the same as mine, which is that we want to
play with anybody, anywhere we can. We'd love to headline, we'd love to
be direct support, we'd love to play festivals. We'll do acoustic gigs,
radio stations, whatever. We just want to play. And that's what we're
going to do." Next February, Sixx:A.M. will begin rehearsals for a
major tour - just one component in what will be a big year for the
group with extensive live dates said to keep them out there for two
adds more production to their last leg of The Final Tour. During the
band’s main set finale of Kickstart My Heart, Nikki and Vince are
lifted off the stage on special platforms and fly high into the air and
over the crowd before returning. The band also has a new massive
pentagram that gets lit on fire.
Vince’s attorney James Kohl says the Crüe
singer dropped his breach-of-contract lawsuit that was filed in Las
Vegas state court during March that accused his social media consultant
Kristy Sinsara of hijacking passwords of his accounts and making
unauthorized posts. The lawyer says Sinsara handed over the Facebook
and LinkedIn profile passwords and the case was dismissed in early
June. However, Sinsara disputes this by saying Vince had access to his
accounts all along, adding that he also could have verified his account
directly with Facebook.
Tommy wakes up at 3 am with acute pain from tendinitis, having inflamed
a tendon in his left wrist, most likely from overuse. He is unable to
hold a drumstick, let alone play the night's concert in Buffalo, New
York. He sees a doctor who gives him an injection and says the
inflammation should go down if he doesn't play drums over the next two
days, so he can hopefully play Mötley's next show in Bridgeport,
Connecticut - but unfortunately he is unable to play the next five
After getting a call-up at lunch time, Alice Cooper's
drummer Glen Sobel, who has previously played with Sixx:A.M., does
double duty to fill in and replace Tommy. Sobel preps all afternoon,
then come show time, Tommy assists him by handling some of the
electronics and cueing him through in-ear monitors from side of stage;
he does not perform the Cruecifly drum solo though. Tommy manages to
play the piano intro and outro on the night's closing song Home Sweet
Corabi plays a set of Mötley Crüe 1994 album material at The Basement East in Nashville, Tennessee. The event is recorded and filmed for a future
With Tommy's wrist back
to full strength, Mötley Crüe plays their final European concert at
Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
Crüe plays their first-ever show in the Middle East, when the band
performs at Abu Dhabi Du Arena in the United Arab Emirates. It is also
the band's final concert outside of North America. While in
the city, Nikki and Tommy take time to visit the picturesque Sheikh
Zayed Mosque. Vince heads to the Maldives for a short holiday.
Nikki says, "Finished all my bass parts for both Sixx: A.M. albums
today. Tour dates and album releases being planned as we speak. DJ
Ashba has just a few more solos and guitar tracks to go as James
Michael is finalising his lead vocals and then starting the mixing
process. I feel like we have topped ourselves on both albums song-wise,
but in the end, our fans will make that decision for us." One of the
new songs is called The Rise Of The Melancholy Empire.
English rockers The Struts will support Mötley Crüe in Los Angeles and
Las Vegas at the band's final-ever shows. The Struts say, "We
have been given the honour of being asked to open for Mötley Crüe at
their last four ever shows in LA and Las Vegas!" Nikki says, "When Mötley
Crüe first started out, bigger acts like Kiss, Iron Maiden and Ozzy
Osbourne took us on the road and helped us reach a larger audience. We
carried on that tradition, taking Guns N Roses out on their first tour
and creating the Crüe Fest annual tour to showcase younger talent. With
the final four shows, Mötley Crüe has one last opportunity to share a
band with the world and we thought The Struts were worthy of those last
spots on the stage."
Nikki says the bus that Scott Weiland died on yesterday was the same
one he used on the most recent Mötley
Crüe run of dates. He was found dead
in the bed that Nikki had most recently been sleeping in.
Vince says he doesn't know why his name was among the notable
people whose names were reportedly included on a new list of East Bay,
California residents penalised for violating the Excessive Water Use
Ordinance, which imposes fines on suspected water wasters as a reaction
to the state's drought. Records show that he consumed
more than 2,200 gallons daily at his home in Danville, but Vince says.
"This is news to me. I haven't lived in my Danville, CA house for
over five years. My property manager would have informed me if there
was a violation of Excessive Water Use."
being sued by an investment group that claims it was
defrauded in his ill-fated Las Vegas Outlaws Arena Football
League franchise. Outlaws Investment
Group and Sohrob Farudi have sued Vince and a
group of others in Clark County, Nevada for allegedly misleading them
about the team's finances. They also allege that Vince and
other members of the Rockstar Investment Group falsely
claimed to own the Jacksonville Sharks AFL franchise in Florida, and
that they had been awarded an AFL franchise in Las Vegas, to
be called the Outlaws. Believing that the team was
fully-funded with $3 million, Farudi says he invested
the Outlaws in August 2014, only to learn a week later that
they still owed the AFL $2.5 million. Farudi also
alleges that Vince defamed him to print and broadcast media
by "willfully, wantonly, outrageously, intentionally and falsely"
accusing him of mismanaging the team. Farudi references an August
10 article in the Las Vegas Sun newspaper published under the
headline, "Vince Neil clears the air on team's ouster," in
which Vince is quoted as saying: "The investor was the
managing partner who paid the bills and ran the team, business
dealings, sponsorships and finances. That wasn't our responsibility."
Vince puts his home in Danville, California on the market for $2.575
million, after he purchased the property in the home town of his
ex-wife Lia Gerardini for $2.825 million in 2007. The
Mediterranean-inspired, four-bedroom home includes five full baths, a
solar pool with an elaborate mosaic bottom and arching water jets; a
water fall, and balconies that overlook landscaping that's described as
Tuscany meets tropical meets NorCal. It also features an outdoor
kitchen, scrolling metal work, and a host of chandeliers.
To celebrate the end of Mötley Crüe, a Mötley Krüegoyle Hearse by
Barris Kustoms cruises the streets of Los Angeles, stopping at familiar
haunts of the band's storied past including the Hard Rock Cafe, Whisky
A Go-Go, the Rainbow, The Roxy, The Body Shop, and the Seventh Veil.
The final two Mötley Crüe shows are being captured for a
full-length concert film of their finale, which will also include
exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the last week of
the tour. Christian Lamb has been tapped to direct the concert portion
of the film, while Jeff Tremaine, creator of the Jackass series, is
confirmed to direct the documentary segment. Produced and distributed
by Live Alliance, the film will premiere in theaters worldwide during
2016, as well as via Pay Per View in all cable/satellite/digital
Billed as "Crüe Year's Eve" Mötley Crüe plays their final-ever concert
at the Staples Center in hometown Los Angeles that concludes The Final
Tour. During Tommy's drum solo, his Cruecifly rollercoaster
malfunctions, leaving him hanging upside down above the audience. The
crew manages to help Tommy descend down the rigging and through the
crowd, before they finally get his drum kit back to the main stage for
the show to recover from the unscripted incident. The concert is an
emotional event, with Vince tearing-up prior to Same Ol' Situation, and
again during the band's final song together - Home Sweet Home. The Crüe
bows-out on top, on their own terms. The final three hometown shows are
seen by 37,000 fans and generate $2.7 million in box office revenue,
placing them at number two on the list of top-grossing tours for the
week. The band’s eighteen-month final tour grosses $100 million from
164 shows in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
See a photo gallery from Motley Crue's final show.
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