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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, but changing the lyrics to Highway to Krell.
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 at 14432 Valley Vista Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and he hardly
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 single-level home
was built in 1940 and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the
contained 2,289 sqft on a 0.34 acre lot. 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 the palmy courtyard of the Santa Barbara Biltmore hotel bedecked
with gardenias and tulips. Heather currently acts as Sammy Jo in
Dynasty and cop Stacey Sheridan in TJ Hooker. Tommy wears a white
leather tuxedo made by Mötley's stage clothing designer Ray Brown,
while Heather wears a skintight white strapless mermaid-style dress.
The nondenominational forty-minute ceremony takes place in front of
five hundred guests. 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 lavish ceremony carrying magnums of Cristal
champagne. Once pronounced, twelve white doves are released, following
a lengthy kiss. Guests include members of Ratt, Autograph, Quiet Riot,
and Night Ranger, while Rikki Rachtman is the DJ for the event.
Prenuptial revels included a lingerie-and-sex-toy shower for Heather
and a bachelor party with fifteen bikinied mud wrestlers for Tommy.
The couple honeymoons on Grand Cayman Island for three weeks, and
police are soon 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 wedding 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
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 wants to make sure his wife and daughter are safe and well taken
enters Gardena City Jail to fulfill his thirty-day jail sentence.
Immediately granted the privileged position of 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 fan visitor into his cell for an hour one day,
where they have sex. 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. Unable to contact his wife, his AA sponsor friend Keith picks him up from prison and they
drive around Northridge for an hour looking for his new house, since he'd only slept there one night after moving in. After
finding it, he breaks in through the back door and sees that Beth has left him, taking
everything in the houe except for his gold Rolex and his new Camaro Z28 car (although she did take its keys).
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
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 steak knife.
At his Porter Ranch home, 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.
At the MTV Video Music Awards
held at Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Tommy and Vince present
the Most Experimental Video award on stage, which is won by a-ha for
their Take on Me video - the night's biggest winner overall. Tommy and
Vince both wear animal print suits made by the Crüe’s clothing designer
Mötley signs a new deal with Elektra Records for a minimum of six
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
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.
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.
Other footage shows Nikki getting a chest tattoo at Sunset Strip
Tattoos, Mick driving his red 1976 Chevrolet Corvette L82 from his
Redondo Beach apartment, and Tommy riding his Harley Davidson bike
around Hollywood. The video is directed by Wayne Isham with Robin Sloan
Executive Producer of the project.
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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