Available in the Motley Crue book - Vol. 1 The Eighties
Mötley Crüe’s first European headlining tour gets underway, with Cheap
Trick as special guests on nine U.K. dates. The bands jam together on
stage to the AC/DC classic Highway to Hell.
Mötley plays the first of two concerts at London’s Hammersmith Odeon
on Valentine’s Day and the guys from Hanoi Rocks watch the performance,
as does Brian Connolly from the Sweet. After the show, Nikki Sixx grabs
a taxi with Andy McCoy from Hanoi Rocks in search of scoring some heroin.
They find a dealer on the street that shoots Nikki up inside a house,
as he is already feeling too wasted to inject. Nikki passes out while
Andy tries to wake him up by putting ice in his pants, followed by the
dealer attempting to revive him by hitting him all over with a baseball
bat. When that doesn’t work, the dealer carries him outside on his shoulder
to throw him into a trash dumpster. Nikki vomits on his shoes and comes
back to life.
Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielson introduces Tommy Lee and Nikki to one of
Tommy’s favourite drummers, Roger Taylor of Queen. Roger takes them
and Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander to a Russian restaurant in London
where they drink infused vodka and dine. As seven large lines of cocaine
are presented to the guests on silver platters for desert, Nikki snorts
them all. Back at their hotel bar, Nikki urinates on Rick Nielson’s
black rubber coat.
Mötley completes their European tour in France and heads back to the
U.S. During the last show in Paris, Warren DeMartini from Ratt and Phil
Collen from Def Leppard jam with the Crüe on stage. French TV show footage
from the concert includes Nikki exposing himself as they enter the backstage
area after the show.
Vince Neil announces Mötley Crüe’s participation in Live Aid II during
a press conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. They don’t
end up playing at the concert though.
Back in Los Angeles, Nikki meets his girlfriend Nicole who picked out
a house for Nikki to buy while he was on tour. She shows him around
the house on Valley Vista Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and he hardly leaves;
shooting up to $1,000 worth of drugs a day with her as his veins start
to collapse and dry out. Izzy Stradlin’ from Guns N’ Roses often comes
over, as does Britt Eckland and various porn stars, until paranoia sets
into Nikki and he becomes a recluse. He often patrols his house for
intruders with his .357 magnum and pulls his loaded gun on employees
of his home security provider West Tech Security. The house is interior
decorated with red velvet hangings, gothic furniture, antiques and gargoyles
that loom at you out of the darkness.
Tommy’s second marriage begins as he marries TV star Heather Locklear
in a courtyard in Santa Barbara California with five hundred guests.
Heather currently acts as Sammy Jo in Dynasty and cop Stacey Sheridan
in TJ Hooker. Tommy wears a white leather tuxedo while Heather wears
a white strapless dress to their ceremony. Nikki is Tommy’s best man
but he lets him down as he is too wasted on heroin to fulfill his duties
properly, even shooting up in the bathroom with syringes he hides in
his cowboy boots. Skydivers drop in to the ceremony carrying magnums
of Cristal champagne and once pronounced, twelve white doves are released.
Guests include members of Ratt, Autograph, Quiet Riot, and Night Ranger.
Rikki Rachtman is the DJ for the event.
The couple spends their honeymoon on
Grand Cayman Island and police are called when a late-night fight breaks
out between the newlyweds at the luxurious Colonial Club. Tommy shouts
obscenities, while glasses smash and furniture gets overturned as the
couple argues for over half-an-hour to the sounds of someone getting
slapped. Residents outside their third-floor room tell them to be quiet
and are soon faced with Tommy challenging them, before threatening to
kill Heather. A police car turns up and asks Heather if she wants to
press charges but she says no. The fight continues inside their room
until two more police cars arrive with five officers. The holiday club
soon throws them out of their hotel for the disturbance.
Nikki spends the weekend at the Biltmore
Hotel in Santa Barbara with Nicole, determined to give up drugs, to
no avail. Trying to come up with a way to kick drugs without going to
rehab, he decides that he and Nicole should detox for five days at Doc
McGhee’s home. His manager later says, “Those five days felt like a
year. Nikki was just so sick – I had to keep carrying him from the house
to the hot tub because he was cramping up so bad.”
Nikki receives a letter from Mötley Crüe’s accountant explaining that
he’s been spending $3,500 per day on drugs and in sixteen months he
will be broke, if not dead.
After not responding to his accountant’s letter, Nikki is intervened
on by band management and rehab specialist, Bob Timmons, as he and girlfriend
Nicole agree to check into the same detox hospital on Van Nuys Boulevard
that Vince went to last year. Nikki escapes after three days when they
try and brainwash him with religion. Bob Timmons says he will work with
Nikki using other methods to get him clean. When Nicole comes home after
another two weeks in rehab, they find they are not compatible now they
are trying to live sober, so they break up.
Nikki writes an ode to his sick grandmother
Nona for the soundtrack to the film Out of Bounds. It remains incomplete
when Nikki begins his heroin detox program. With Tommy also on his honeymoon
at the time, Nikki prefers not to use studio musicians on the track.
A six-foot-six personal assistant named
Billy Kid moves in with Nikki to help keep him sober but it doesn’t
take long before they are drinking and shooting cocaine together. They
pick girls out on their TV and imagine different dating scenarios. One
day Nikki sees the video for the song Nasty Girl by Vanity 6 and he
has his management company hook him up with the singer–Prince protégé
and actress, Vanity. Her band was originally called Hookers and she
played a hooker on stage wearing underwear. A week later he heads to
her Beverly Hills apartment for his first date and when she opens the
door naked they are soon a couple and freebasing cocaine together. She
was born Denise Katrina Matthews on 4 January 1959 in Niagara Falls,
Ontario, Canada to a German mother and African-American father.
Nikki writes music for the film Never Too Young To Die with Gene Simmons
from Kiss, including the title track and a song called Boom Boom Boom
Goes The Beat Of My Heart. Nikki’s new girlfriend Vanity stars in the
movie with Gene Simmons. Nikki also writes the lyrics to a song Girls,
Girls, Girls that Gene says are too radical and won’t get played on
the radio, so Nikki pulls all the songs and keeps them for work on the
next Mötley album.
Vince moves into a $1.5 million house in the Porter Ranch estate in
upper Northridge with his wife Beth and young daughter Elizabeth, as
he prepares to turn himself into authorities to start his jail sentence.
Vince enters Gardena City Jail to fulfill his thirty-day jail sentence.
As a trustee, he works by delivering food to inmates, cleaning cells
and washing police cars to earn time off his sentence as credit. Vince
shares his prison cell with two guys, one who was inside for stealing
exotic sports cars like Ferraris and Porches. After spending months
on the road trying to stay sober, the prison guards reward his good
behaviour with privileges of burgers and six-packs of beer. He signs
many autographs and has photos taken with the guards, and is even allowed
to take a female visitor into his cell for sex for an hour one day.
Beth only visits him every day for the first week.
Vince is released from jail, having his sentence reduced to eighteen
days for good behaviour. A friend picks him up from prison and they
drive around Northridge for an hour looking for his new house. After
finding it, he breaks in and sees that Beth has left him, taking everything
except for his gold Rolex and his Camaro Z28 car.
Nikki’s grandfather calls to tell him that his grandmother Nona has
passed away. He gives directions for him to attend her funeral the following
Saturday, to which Nikki promises, but his drug problem prevents him
from attending. He also avoids having to confront his past, confront
his mother and spend time with his family, whom he ran away from as
a teenager; they had abandoned him and he had abandoned them. He shoots
some cocaine and watches Gilligan’s Island on TV instead, feeling immense
feelings of guilt but being too wasted to face his reality. He had a
very close relationship with her, as she virtually brought him up when
he was a child, and Nikki often has nightmares for many years following
this day, about not being there for his grandparents at this time.
The day following his grandmother’s funeral, Nikki resolves to clean
up his act so he can write for the Mötley album. He finishes his ode
called Nona and plays it to his friend and former Mötley A&R man Tom
Zutaut, who is now at Geffen Records, recently signing a new band called
Guns N’ Roses. He loves the tune, and asks Nikki if he can produce the
debut album for Guns N’ Roses. After much goading from Zutaut, he eventually
declines as he has his hands full trying to reduce his level of drug
intake, but it encourages Nikki with his own song writing.
Mötley performs at an all-star jam at The Roxy in Los Angeles, along
with members of Autograph, Kiss, Dio and King Kobra. They jam on Smokin’
In The Boys Room, Highway To Hell and Jailhouse Rock.
Filming finishes for a forthcoming Mötley Crüe home-video, as Tommy
tears the ligaments on both sides of his ankle when he goes over backwards
on his dirt bike doing a wheelie out the front of his house. After having
his leg in a cast for some time, he cuts it off at the beach with a
Vince has a mud pit installed next to
his swimming pool for female wrestling entertainment. He hosts many
parties, often bringing back a dozen girls from the Tropicana strip
club to wrestle nude for him and his friends. The most vicious fighter
of the mud wrestlers is a girl named Sharise, who always wins the bouts.
Randy Castillo frequents Vince’s place, after being introduced to him
by a drug dealer attending many of the parties.
Ozzy Osborne phones Randy and asks him
to join his band on the spot, since his broken leg has now fully recovered.
Randy flies to Scotland the next day and joins Ozzy’s band. Later that
day, he gets a call from Steve Vai asking him to join David Lee Roth’s
solo band and another call from David Coverdale asking if he would be
interested in joining Whitesnake.
Mötley signs a new deal with Elektra Records for a minimum of six albums.
The Crüe is back in the studio working on the next album with Tom Werman,
due to be released next January. Songs are being recorded at One to
One, Rumbo Recorders and Conway Recording Studios, but Nikki finds himself
shooting heroin again, as well as freebasing cocaine. He also gets hooked
on methadone when he tries to withdraw, which considerably slows the
writing and recording process of the album.
During the recordings, Tommy reinforces
the ambient kick sound of his drums with a more open, sub-sonic kick
from a sample. It’s the first sample used in the band’s music.
Vince is offered the role of the Prince in a rock musical version of
Cinderella, but declines due to a conflict with the tour scheduling
for next year. He also turned down a cameo role as a security guard
in the movie Trick Or Treat earlier in the year.
Vince has Kevin Brady tattoo him a design
of a naked woman kneeling on a bed of skulls on his forearm with a banner
underneath reading Girls, Girls, Girls to show his preference for the
title of the new album. Tommy has a very large tattoo of a peacock sitting
on a bonsai tree inked on his right upper leg. It’s his second tattoo
on his right leg, as he already has a grinning devil drinking a Budweiser
beer and holding a pitch fork on his ankle. Vince has a tattoo of Thumper
the rabbit on his right ankle which was inked by Robert Benedetti, while
Nikki sports a banner with a girl’s name on his right ankle.
A forty-four-minute home-video called
Uncensored is released, which includes videos clips and interviews with
the band. One scene shows Vince living it up on Sunset Boulevard in
a $1,000-per-day limo with girls lifting their tops. Rare live footage
of the Take Me To The Top and Public Enemy #1 videos being watched by
the Crüe at Cherokee Studios is also included. The video is directed
by Wayne Isham with Robin Sloan being the Executive Producer of the
Nikki co-writes a song called Falling In and Out Of Love with his former
girlfriend Lita Ford for her self-titled album. Working in the studio
next to her, Lita comes in one day and they sit at a piano together
and start playing and humming the tune. Nikki snorts drugs off the piano
as they try to write. Lita is shocked at how much Nikki has let himself
go but she doesn’t say anything to him about his state.
Spending his Christmas Day alone in his mansion near Van Nuys, Nikki
crouches naked under his Christmas tree with a needle in his arm. He
often spends time high in his bedroom closet surrounded by his drug
paraphernalia and guns, convinced that people are in his house and coming
to get him. He is often too scared to move from this refuge until he
comes down with heroin, usually scored from his dealer Jason.
Nikki’s girlfriend Vanity comes over to his home and they take drugs
all day before arguing. Nikki kicks her out and ends up in his closet
with his grandfather’s gun pointed at the door.
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