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Mötley plays their opening show on the first leg of Ozzy Osbourne’s
Bark At The Moon tour in front of nine and a half thousand people in
Portland, Maine. They meet Ozzy for the first time during his
sound-check, and he instantly takes a liking to them. He hardly spends
a night on his own tour bus, preferring to travel on the partying bus
of the Crüe instead. Ozzy’s photographer Ross Halfin takes many tour
bus photos of them with groupies.
Tommy Lee sees snow for the first time in his life on tour in Buffalo,
New York. Backstage after the show, he finds out that his girlfriend
has posed for the current February issue of Penthouse magazine on
newsstands without his knowledge, after a fan passes comment on the
pictures. Tommy punches the fan unconscious with one hit, before
Mötley’s manager Doug Thaler convinces the fan not to press any charges.
At the Limelight Club in Manhattan, New York, the members of Mötley
Crüe are awarded Gold albums for Shout At The Devil, signifying half a
million copies sold.
After their Gold album presentation the previous night, Mötley is
awarded Platinum albums on stage during their first-ever show at the
famous Madison Square Gardens in New York City. This is the band’s
first Platinum award, as they have now sold over a million copies of
Shout At The Devil.
When Tommy walks into his
condo with his Gold and Platinum awards for the first time after the
tour, his girlfriend Candice throws a plate at him, smashing the glass
framing of his Gold award, enraged over a photo she found of Tommy
engaged in a sexual act with some girls.
Nikki Sixx takes his awards
with him to the island of Nantucket where he plans on meeting some
girls, one of them actress Demi Moore who is working on the movie set
of One Crazy Summer. Demi shared a similar childhood to that of Nikki
in many ways, with her father leaving before she was born, then being
around drinking, arguing and beatings, and moving home a ridiculous
amount of times. She greets Nikki as the prop-plane lands, who in a
wasted state, falls down the plane’s steps onto the tarmac, smashing a
bottle of Jack Daniels from his hand while his awards hit him in the
head. Having been through Alcoholics Anonymous herself, Demi suggests
the program to Nikki, who learns of it for the first time.
Mötley Crüe and Ozzy get up to all sorts of debauchery on tour. In
Memphis, Ozzy, Tommy and Vince Neil nearly get arrested for urinating
on a police car, after getting very drunk on sake and lying in the
middle of a freeway. When they get back to the hotel, Ozzy defecates in
Tommy’s bathroom and wipes the faeces all over the walls in his room.
When a concert is cancelled after Ozzy injures himself on the set
shooting the video for his song So Tired, they still come through the
town and do a radio interview. Ozzy and Vince notice keys in a car’s
ignition so they steal it and frighten pedestrians, before smashing its
windows and ruining its upholstery. The Crüe is also attracting a lot
of religious protesters due to their supposed worshipping of the devil.
Elektra releases Looks That Kill as the first single from Shout At The
Devil, with Piece Of Your Action on the flipside. It spends ten weeks
in the charts and peaks at number fifty four.
Mötley and Ozzy arrive in New Orleans on the second night of Mardi
Gras. Vince and Ozzy check out some local strip clubs, while Tommy,
Nikki and Jake E. Lee from Ozzy’s band get themselves into a knife
fight at a bar called Dungeon on Bourbon Street, After messing around
with the girlfriend of the bar's bouncer, Nikki says they got thrown
out and cut, as guys with spiked clubs were trying to smash them in the
Mötley arrives at their hotel for their show in Lakeland, Florida and
head to the bar. Ozzy enters with a dollar bill placed between the
cheeks of his ass, and offers it to other drinkers. He runs off with
the bag of an elderly woman after she hassles him over his antics, and
soon goes to the pool wearing a summer dress he finds in her bag. He
soon tells Nikki that he feels like doing a line of cocaine, but they
have none. So Ozzy then walks over and snorts a long line of ants up
his nose before urinating on the pavement from under his dress, and
licking it up. He challenges Nikki to copy him, who also urinates on
the pavement, but before he has a chance to lick it up, Ozzy beats him
In Denver, Colorado, Tommy runs down the hall of their hotel in his
leather g-string. Spotted by an old lady, she calls the police who look
for a man with long black hair. The first door they knock on in the
vicinity is the room of Mick Mars, so they take him to jail and fine
him. This is luck for Tommy, since he had been convicted of disturbing
the peace earlier in the year and sentenced to two years probation.
While playing the final show of the first leg in support for Ozzy in
Portland, Oregon, sixteen pounds of glittery flour is dropped from the
lighting rig onto the heads of Mötley Crüe throughout their
forty-five-minute set. As they leave the stage, Ozzy and his band-mates
continue the attack by throwing custard at the Mötley members. Ozzy
then goes on stage in fishnets and garters. Vince soon comes out on
stage clanking in a knight’s full suit of armour, to give Ozzy his
drink: a cup full of flour in the face, before mooning the audience as
he leaves the stage. The Crüe also gets even by walking on stage naked
under Monks’ clothes, flashing Ozzy and his band.
With Mötley’s popularity
growing, Ozzy opts for the lamer Slade to open as support on his tour’s
Shout At The Devil peaks on the US charts at number seventeen, while
Too Fast For Love also enjoys its highest position at number seventy
Randy Castillo plays drums on the second solo album titled Dancin’ On
The Edge by Nikki’s girlfriend, Lita Ford. He joined the band after his
roommate, who played in Lita’s band, called upon him to replace their
fired drummer. On the tour following its release, he is introduced to
Nikki and Tommy at Lita’s Los Angeles concert, and they quickly become
This month’s issue of Record
Review magazine features Mötley Crüe on the cover for the first time in
their career, and a telephone interview with Nikki from Glen Falls, New
York before they played their second show with Ozzy.
The Crüe commences their six-week second headline tour at the Orpheum
Theatre in Boston with Saxon and Glasgow’s Heavy Pettin’ in support,
playing to audiences between 3,000 and 8,500.
Too Young To Fall In Love is released as the second single from Shout
At The Devil and is again backed with a B-side from their previous Too
Fast For Love album; this time the track chosen is Take Me To The Top.
It peaks at number ninety and spends only two weeks on the U.S. charts.
The oriental-themed video for the single is set during the 1920s in
Shanghai, China. It is shot in an abandoned train tunnel under a 12th
Avenue warehouse on the outskirts of Manhattan, New York, over thirty
five hours using six sets and fifteen actors, running up a total
production cost of seventy five thousand dollars. One of the actors is
a young Michelle Yeoh, while a little boy named Billy acts in the clip
by passing Nikki a note during a scene. The video is directed and
produced by Martin Kahan, whose previous clips include Lick It Up by
Kiss and Rock School by Heaven, both of whom Mötley has recently played
shows with. Tommy phoned Nikki after seeing one of his video clips and
said he wanted to work with this outrageous director for their next
Mötley plays the final show of their headlining tour in Memphis and
celebrates by having Kevin Brady from Sunset Strip Tattoo join them on
the road to ink the band’s name on all of their upper left arms. In
Evansville, Indiana two days earlier, Kevin tattooed a USDA Choice meat
stamp on Vince Neil’s left buttock. Tommy has a red rising sun with
Japanese symbols for rhythm and power tattooed on his left shoulder.
The Crüe then heads out to
begin playing another ten dates with Ozzy from tomorrow, including two
festivals: the Am Rock Fest held about fifteen miles outside Kalamazoo
in Michigan, and the Iowa Jam in Des Moines, Iowa in front of fifty two
thousand punters with Accept, Night Ranger and Ted Nugent also on the
bill. It’s around this time that a Mötley Crüe vs. Quiet Riot war of
words begins after their vocalist Kevin Dubrow says the Crüe sucks and
wouldn’t sell a record.
Nikki’s grandmother calls to let him know his Mum has had a heart
attack and is in a very bad condition. He feels he should call her but
feels he doesn’t really know her, or care, since it’s been ten years
since he’s had anything to do with her.
With a sell-out show in Syracuse, New York, Mötley kicks off a further
thirteen headline shows, this time with their good friends in Ratt as
support on seven of them, following release of their Out Of The Cellar
debut album. Tommy previously appeared in Ratt's video for You Think
You’re Tough, and makes another appearance in their Back For More clip,
this time with Nikki acting as policemen – they frisk drummer Bobby
Blotzer up against the wall of the building at 8080 Melrose Ave. During
the tour, Mötley
develops a habit of biting everyone they like, often breaking the skin
on people's arms.
The U.S. tour in support of Shout At The Devil ends in front of eight
thousand people in Springfield, Massachusetts. After the tour, Vince
and wife Beth move to 916 Esplanade, Redondo Beach into a two-bedroom
apartment on the fourth-floor of the ten-story high-rise right on the
beach front, not far from Mick and his girlfriend Linda Correia. Nikki
soon moves in across the street from Mick with Robbin Crosby from Ratt,
as his girlfriend Lita Ford goes on her own tour. His apartment only
has one bed and Robbin lets Nikki sleep in it while he crashes on the
floor. Nikki buys a new Corvette and makes out with other women. He
soon hears that Lita is dating Mick Cocks from the band Heaven and
formerly Rose Tattoo, after apparently being introduced by a local
punk. Tommy and Nikki go to Lita’s house and beat the punk with pieces
of wood. Lita later calls Nikki and abuses him, also telling him they
didn’t meet through that punk.
With his friend Bob, a stoned Nikki fires a huge skyrocket out of his
garden. It sets a forty-foot palm tree on fire that falls onto a 1965
Mustang convertible, sending it up in flames. Nikki thinks it’s
Nikki flies to Seattle to visit his sick mother who has recently been
committed to a mental institution. It’s the first time he has seen her
since she put him on a Greyhound bus to his grandparents’ home in Idaho
six years ago. After asking if he wrote Looks That Kill about her,
Nikki checks her out and takes her to his sister Ceci’s place, before
catching the next plane back to Los Angeles where he feels he belongs.
Around this time, Tommy’s
new champagne-coloured ‘82 Corvette runs over his foot as he urinates
The Crüe makes their first trip to the U.K. and plays the huge Monsters
of Rock Festival in Donington at noon in front of about sixty thousand
metalheads. The set comprises of songs Bastard, Ten Seconds To Love,
Looks That Kill, Live Wire and Helter Skelter. After kicking off the
show, Mötley is followed on stage by Y&T, Accept, Gary Moore, Ozzy
Osbourne, Van Halen and AC/DC. A cow’s eyeball is hurled at the band,
amongst other animal parts, and it lodges in Tommy’s drum riser. At the
end of their set, Nikki throws his bass into the crowd and it lands on
a fan named Stu Taylor, smashing his glasses and cutting his head open.
A number of people take the guitar to the side of the stage to smash it
up and share out the pieces.
The Crüe moves on with a lot of the bands on the Donington bill (Dio
replaces Y&T after one show) to play six shows throughout Europe;
the first in Stockholm, Sweden. Backstage at this show, Nikki lifts up
Eddie Van Halen’s shirt and bites him on the stomach, before Vince
bites him on his hand, all much to the disgust of Eddie’s wife, Valerie
Bertinelli. At the Ritz hotel in Paris, France, a wasted Vince kicks in
and shatters the glass entrance door as he tries to take a phone call.
Playing in Nuremburg, Germany, Mötley opens the show that in time turns
out to be the last Van Halen performance with David Lee Roth singing.
The mayhem continues afterwards as they get high in the hotel room of
Dio’s keyboardist Claude Schnell. While Claude leaves the room for a
while, they throw his beds, chairs, desk, TV and dresser out of the
window on top of two brand new Mercedes Benz cars parked below. On his
return, he soon answers his door to German police with Rottweilers,
before Dio’s entire band is kicked out and banned for years. After the
final show in Turin, Italy, Nikki travels to Paris where he spends a
few days, before flying back to Los Angeles and meeting back up with
the rest of the band.
Mötley Crüe begins recording demos of their new material for their
third album, which is scheduled for release next January. A song title
of Raise Your Hands To Rock is suggested by former Ozzy Osbourne
drummer Carmine Appice. They also work on the previously demoed Nobody
Knows What It’s Like To Be Lonely.
The success of Shout At The Devil assists Mötley’s debut album Too Fast
For Love to achieve Gold status, now having sold five hundred thousand
copies of the Elektra version in the U.S.
Mötley returns to London as they prepare to tour Europe in support of
Iron Maiden on their Powerslave Tour. They attend the Iron Maiden party
at Legends nightclub and photos of Vince and Tommy ‘working’ with
female friends circulate quickly afterwards. Rehearsal venues include a
kids’ gymnasium in London, and a thirteenth century castle recommended
by AC/DC. Nikki captures a lot of events at these rehearsals on his
video camera, including footage of Mick poking his white butt out of a
The first of over twenty shows with Iron Maiden takes place in Cologne,
Germany, before moving through Belgium, France, Denmark, Sweden,
Finland, Italy and Switzerland. During the tour, practical jokes
continue as members of Iron Maiden handcuff Vince to the stage so he
can’t sing, and they chant Alka Seltzer into the PA system during
Helter Skelter. The Crüe then brings a table and chairs on stage during
Iron Maiden’s set, and sit down and enjoy a beer.
The final show of the Iron Maiden support tour takes place in Basel,
Switzerland. Vince is so wasted that cortisone shots from doctors
aren’t helping him to sound any better on stage any more. In the hotel,
Tommy and Vince let off a flare in their room after buying some flare
guns. They run out of their room to get their manager Doc McGhee, to
show him how funny it is that the flare landed on Tommy’s mattress and
set it on fire. On return, they realise they left their keys in the
room. Smoke pours out the door and the sprinklers come on after a hotel
worker finally opens it. They get kicked out of the hotel the following
day, after breaking mirrors in the elevators.
As their last Shout At The Devil show, Mötley Crüe also plays their
first U.K. headlining gig to wind up their European dates, in front of
almost three thousand people at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West
End, with Stratus in support. Nikki wears a dark green one piece jester
suit and paints his bass the same colour. Vince trips on a monitor
during the set and they are generally disappointed with their
performance. A new song called Raise Your Hands To Rock is played live
for the first time. The English crowd again throws strange butcher
meats at the band during the songs, while Tommy pulls a dart from his
drum tech’s back while he plays. The dry ice smoke machine then blows
up on his drum tech Clyde, whose face is badly burnt from the scorching
water. As they leave the stage, Tommy moons the crowd with his bare
butt for first time.
Tommy Lee Bass marries his girlfriend Candice–real name Elaine Margaret
Starchuk–after she says she wants to marry him when he returns from the
European tour. They open the phonebook and pick a minister within
minutes, before Tommy picks out her wedding ring in downtown Los
Angeles. At seventeen years of age, Elaine Starchuk first arrived in
L.A. from her native Vancouver, Canada, and danced using the stage name
of Candice Starrek at The Body Shop on Sunset Boulevard as well as
other clubs. That same year, a couple of her photos were published and
led to a call from Penthouse to do a shoot. Her marriage to Tommy lasts
three months. Before they were married, she found a photo of Tommy
doing sexual acts with two girls and in their first week of marriage,
one of the girls keeps calling their home phone number (that Tommy gave
them while he was drunk) and hanging up, causing the newlyweds to
argue. Convinced Tommy is having an affair, she enters the kitchen
where Tommy is making a peanut butter sandwich, and tries to stab him
with a butter knife grabbed from the drawer but the knife doesn’t go
through. The final straw comes after they go to one of the first
WrestleMania matches and head for the Tropicana afterwards to watch mud
wrestling. On the way in the limo with Vince, Beth, Roy Thomas Baker
and Tom Zutaut, Candice continues to rile Tommy by calling his mum foul
names, after she recently called her Lisa, the name of Tommy’s previous
girlfriend. When she doesn’t stop, Tommy loses restraint and punches
her in the mouth knocking a temporary cap off her tooth. This is the
first time Tommy ever hits a woman. She later claims Tommy forced her
to abort their unborn child.
Mötley heads back to Los Angeles for a short break before recording
their new album. In the meantime, a Helter Skelter picture disc begins
pressing in the U.S., released with a huge poster and insert inside.
Elektra is now giving Mötley the red carpet treatment and they plan to
do big Christmas promotions and radio giveaways with the picture disc.
With his girlfriend, house and most of his friends gone after being on
tour for over a year, Nikki decides to go on a Club Med holiday to the
French-owned island of Martinique in the Caribbean, with Ratt’s Robbin
Crosby and photographer friend Neil Zlozower.
Vince is throwing a party at his apartment in Redondo Beach. Members of the Finnish band Hanoi Rocks
end up partying with them for days, as they are on their month-long
first U.S. tour, supporting their Two Steps From The Move album. A
couple of girls with apartments in the complex also party with them, as
well as Vince’s neighbour Jim Thomas, who is an NBC anchorman.
A couple of days into the
party after taking some Quaaludes, and drinking Jack Daniels and a mix
of Brandy and Kahlua, Mick has enough of the abuse dished out to him by
his girlfriend Linda. He walks out of Vince’s home onto the beach
where he wades out into the water with his drink, intent on drowning
himself to end it all before he blacks out. Vince later spots him
washed up on the beach in his leather pants, jacket and boots, but Mick
just wants to be left alone.
Vince asks his neighbour and
car enthusiast Jim if he wants to drive his new red ‘72 Ford De Tomaso Pantera
sports car to take him to the liquor store so he can restock the party.
Jim declines since him and his fiancée are heading off to a French
restaurant in Malaga Cove. As he leaves, he introduces Jim to Razzle
who says he'll go to the store with Vince instead.
drives to the store with his passenger, twenty-four-year-old Hanoi
Rocks drummer, Nicholas ‘Razzle’ Dingley, picking up a couple of
hundred dollars-worth of beer and other alcohol, which Razzle holds in
his lap during the ride back. At 6:38pm, just three to four blocks from
his home 0.4 miles further ahead on the same street, Vince’s car skids
sideways for thirty-five feet, as it goes through a fifteen-feet wide
wet spot of residential water run-off on the road. He loses control of
the vehicle that’s doing 65mph in a 25mph zone at the time. The car
heads into oncoming traffic on the beachfront Esplanade northbound
lane, and at three hundred and eleven feet north of Topaz St, in the
block halfway between Sapphire St, it collides into the passenger’s
side of the only oncoming vehicle: a white ’67 VW driven by
eighteen-year-old Lisa Hogan, a resident of Rancho Palos Verdes. Her
twenty-year-old passenger and boyfriend, Daniel Louis Smithers, is
injured in the crash, as is Vince’s friend Razzle, whose passenger side
of the vehicle takes the crash impact. Vince is concussed and has
cracked ribs and minor facial cuts when the ambulance arrives. When
Tommy arrives at the scene on foot after hearing sirens go by Vince’s
house, he sees Vince sitting on the kerb with his head in his hands,
and also sees Razzle’s blue Converse sneaker in the middle of the road.
Vince’s blood alcohol level reads 0.17 when given a breathalyzer on the
scene–well above the legal limit of 0.10. He is read his rights and
taken by police in their squad car to the nearby city of Torrance, due
to Redondo’s jail being given its yearly painting.
Razzle is taken to Redondo’s
South Bay Hospital while Tommy drives his wife Candice, Vince's pregnant wife
Beth and members of Hanoi Rocks there. After a long wait, a doctor
advises them that Razzle died at 7:12pm, after his severe head injuries
were too much. Lisa Hogan is rushed in critical condition to the intensive care unit
of Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance where she remains in a
coma until the end of the month, with a broken arm and two broken legs.
Her head injury leaves her liable to fly into psychomotor seizures as a
result of some brain damage. Daniel Smithers is taken to South Bay
Hospital suffering a broken leg and some brain damage. The driver of a
third car involved, twenty-five-year-old Karimi Khaliabad of Torrance,
This date is ironically the
first day of U.S.A. National Drunk Driving Awareness Week. The final
five Hanoi Rocks shows in California and Arizona of the band’s
thirty-city U.S. Tour are cancelled, including what was to be their Los
Angeles debut next Friday night.
Thinking he has drowned himself, Mick heads back to Vince’s house from
the beach, where he sees Tommy, Candice and Beth crying. He tries to
walk through a glass door to hear them, thinking he is a ghost, but
ends up flat on his back in the sand.
is questioned about
the accident by police, before they send him home as the sun comes up,
where Beth and Tommy are waiting for him. Vince still has Razzle's
blood on his Hawaiian shirt and short. His phone runs hot with
many calls from people asking what had happened. Manager Doc McGhee
calls to tell him that the police have decided to arrest him for
vehicular manslaughter, so he turns himself in to the precinct station
where he is charged.
As Nikki enters Miami
airport, returning from his holiday in Martinique, a fan wearing a blue
blazer tells him that Vince has died in a car crash. Nikki calls Doc
McGhee from a payphone and gets the full story.
The band’s managers Doc
McGhee and Doug Thaler were also on vacation at the time of the crash,
and refuse to comment on the accident when contacted by their office.
Staff members at Elektra Records are warned their jobs will be on the
line if comments on the situation are made, due to the high possibility
of lawsuits, should any damaging statements be made. Elektra decides to
cancel the huge Helter Skelter picture disc promotional campaign and
subsequently recalls the product from any further sales.
Vince is freed by posting $2,650 bail after being booked for
investigation of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.
Daniel Smithers is transferred from South Bay Hospital to a hospital in
Ventura, California to be nearer his family. He attends rehabilitative
therapy to learn how to speak all over again, as a result of his brain
damage sustained. Ironically, he previously worked as a counselor at
the Palmer Drug Abuse Program. Meanwhile sales of Mötley Crüe and Hanoi
Rocks albums effectively double, as Vince grows a beard and continues
to struggle to come to grips with what has happened.
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