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Vince Neil appears with Ozzy Osbourne in Autograph’s video for their
song Loud and Clear, the title track of their third album. Vince and
Tommy cameo as horn players in the Night Ranger video for The Secret of
My Success, and also play in a golf tournament sponsored by Night
As Mötley Crüe enters the studio to begin recording their next album,
Nikki Sixx enrolls in a methadone program recommended by one of his
childhood heroes. His weight soon drops to 164 pounds; 40 pounds less
than a year ago.
Lying around his house all day, naked, Nikki writes a new song called
Wild Side; a raped and dismantled version of the Lord’s Prayer.
However, he generally struggles to write any good songs. One day he
brings a song to the studio called Hollywood Nights that is so bad,
Nikki buys a book written in 1937 by Bernard Falk called Five Years
Dead that inspires a song of the same name and gets his creative juices
flowing more. He also buys an old coffin.
Nikki writes an unused song in open tuning called Veins.
The songs Dancing On Glass and You’re All I Need are written in the
studio when material for the next Mötley album runs short. Nikki writes
You’re All I Need for his ex-girlfriend Nicole. He believes she cheated
on him while he was on tour last year by seeing General Hospital actor
Jack Wagner, whose 1985 song All I Need topped the Billboard Adult
Contemporary chart. Nikki’s lyrics of the Crüe song are about killing
your girlfriend, so he takes a copy on cassette to her home and plays
it to her. She calls him an asshole and Nikki phones some bikers to
break Wagner’s kneecaps.
Nikki is persuaded to have
his ode titled Nona included on the album. With recording finally
complete, all the tracks are mixed at Conway Recording Studios in Los
Wearing a new jacket with a Nazi armband, Nikki enjoys a night out at
the Cathouse in Hollywood, where he shoots up in the VIP bathroom.
Having completed the recording of their new album, Tommy and Nikki fly
first class to New York for a week to oversee the album’s mastering
Nikki and Tommy go on a fishing trip with their engineer Duane Baron.
High on cocaine out on the lake, they hallucinate and play the mastered
Girls album over and over on Tommy’s little ghetto blaster. Their
manager Doc meets them and tells them that Jon Bon Jovi thinks they’ve
written the greatest song of their career in You’re All I Need.
Vince frequents Palm Springs
and the Caribbean to keep amused while not touring. He also spends time
on the road with Bon Jovi for a few days in Atlanta, singing with them
on encore jams and hanging out in a local strip joint called
Tattletales. Tommy continues to ride his dirt bike, as well as
regularly tearing up Californian golf courses. Mick spends much of his
time buying guns.
West Tech Security sends a guard to Nikki’s home, only to find him
naked and waving a shotgun, accusing the guard of bugging his house.
Doc McGhee smoothes the situation over but is tired of Nikki’s out of
control drug paranoia – he sees Mexicans and midgets running round his
house, he sets alarms off, or is seen by neighbours crawling naked
around his garden with a shotgun at least twice a week.
Mötley shoots their video for Girls, Girls, Girls with director Wayne
Isham. With a strip club theme planned for the video, they originally
want to use The Body Shop but since that venue is all-nude and doesn’t
serve alcohol, they end up shooting it at The Seventh Veil instead. By
the time they finish at the club, none of them are functioning
properly. They leave the club in a few cars to go to Wayne’s studio
nearby to film inserts, stopping off at a Mexican restaurant for
shooters on the way.
As a drugged-up Nikki lies on his bed at home with Vanity, he hears
voices and people moving about his house. He starts shouting and fires
his .357 through his bedroom door at them. After barricading themselves
in the bedroom overnight, he later realises it was just his radio and
he shot a hollow point right through his new JBL speakers. As Vanity
leaves the house the following day, she tells Nikki they are soul mates
and asks him to marry her. Not wanting to face her going crazy and
starting another argument, he says yes but feels his funeral will come
before their wedding anyway.
Nikki meets Andy McCoy at a club but wants to leave soon after. They
head back to Nikki’s place where he shows a sober Andy his closet and
encourages him to get high. Andy tells Nikki that he has a habit and
leaves. Nikki sees his friends abandoning him one by one.
A big party is held at Nikki’s place. Slash wakes up in Nikki’s spare
bedroom with lots of girls, and having wet the bed in his sleep.
In his drug-induced paranoid state, Nikki has heavy wooden shutters
fitted to all the windows on his house. He thinks about going to rehab
but feels he has too much to do. He even injected heroin into a vein in
his penis a few nights ago, thinking he looked fantastic He sleeps with
a gun and puts it in his mouth tonight and considers pulling the
trigger to end the insanity.
Unable to stop binging on cocaine and heroin, Nikki calls drug recovery
specialist Bob Timmons, who comes over to help him. Part of the
twelve-stop program for curing addiction is accepting there is a
greater power in the world than you, so Bob asks Nikki to get on his
knees and pray to God to lose this obsession with drugs – Nikki
refuses. Doing $500 or more of heroin a day, he hatches a plan cut his
intake by more and more each day, and go on to methadone when low
enough so he can get off completely.
With his grandfather Tom living at his home for a week, Nikki registers
for a thirty-day program in Burbank. He plans on only taking methadone
for three or four days and then going cold turkey to get off drugs. He
throws away all his drug utensils.
The title track of the new Mötley Crüe album Girls, Girls, Girls is
released as the first single, backed with another new song called
Sumthin’ For Nuthin'. Girls, Girls, Girls peaks at number twelve on the
U.S. charts, which is the highest placing for a Crüe single to date as
it spends fifteen weeks on the charts.
When Mick Mars originally
came up with the song, he didn’t like it very much, so he went home and
demolished a bottle of Jack Daniels before coming up with a new lick.
The soloing at the end of the song drops off, as Mick falls off his
stool while recording it. The opening motorbike sound was recorded in
the courtyard of Conway Studios with Tom Werman revving one of the
guys’ Harleys. For the outro bike sample, Werman rode Vince’s Harley in
Franklin Canyon and recorded the bike shifting through its gears.
Vince plays a demo version of the song to his friend Michael Peters,
owner of the Pure Platinum chain of strip clubs, and he promises to
play the song on the hour, every hour, in every strip club he owns; a
promise he is said to have kept to this day.
The subsequent Girls, Girls,
Girls video clip is quickly banned by MTV, due to topless strippers
dancing, and they opt for a censored version for airplay instead that
Mötley has up their sleeve. The video also sees the avid motorcycling
Crüe riding their Harley’s, having recently formed their own Harley
Davidson riding club called the Dark Angels. Vince’s new mud-wrestling
girlfriend Sharise appears in the video, as well as on the inner-sleeve
of the new Girls, Girls, Girls album. Professional female wrestler and
wet t-shirt queen Quisha also features in the video.
A Girls, Girls, Girls listening party is held inside The Body Shop
strip club at 8250 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood to celebrate the band’s
fourth album release set for the following day. Sick as a dog, Nikki
takes a handful of painkillers and lots of whisky to get him through
the event. After dogging the band in his press interviews, Yngwie
Malmsteen shows up at the event, so Mötley has security throw him out.
The much-anticipated album ships Platinum and debuts at number five;
the highest debuting album since Stevie Wonder’s Hotter Than July
opened at number four in 1980. It’s also the highest debut of a metal
album since Led Zeppelin’s epic The Song Remains The Same debuted at
number three in 1976. Girls, Girls, Girls eventually climbs to number
two but is unable to dislodge Whitney Houston’s second consecutive
number one album, titled Whitney. The Crüe hears that retailers were
ready to report their album as number one when Clive Davis says he will
fly all of the retail heads to Australia first-class and put them up in
five-star hotels to see Whitney Houston, if they report her as number
one. The band feels that Girls should have been their first number one
Girls, Girls, Girls features
gospel singers performing backup vocals, as well as street noises
recorded in downtown Los Angeles. Ted Nugent’s band member Dave Amato
also contributes back up vocals, as does Pat Torpey, who previously
drummed for Robert Plant and Belinda Carlisle, and later joins Mr. Big.
The final track on the album is a live version of Elvis Presley’s hit
Jailhouse Rock, recorded at Long Beach Arena, California on the
previous Theatre of Pain U.S. tour. Nikki comes up with the design for
the album cover, which once again displays a new Mötley Crüe logo, this
time designed by Chris Polentz, over a photo of the band on their
Harley Davidson motorbikes taken by Barry Levine.
Nikki gets a German short-haired pointer puppy and calls it Whisky.
Tommy dreams that he was playing the drums upside-down, and he wants to
turn it into reality. He tells management and hopes they can design a
drum kit that can spin around like a gyroscope while he’s playing it.
After rehearsals, Gene Simmons drives over to Nikki’s house in his new
black Rolls Royce and they write songs together.
In preparation for the forthcoming tour, Vince sells his house and
rents an apartment in Hollywood, putting most of his possessions in
storage. Mick loses sixteen pounds by halving his alcohol consumption,
but he prepares large bottles for the tour labeled Mars Ade; his own
cocktail of tequila, orange juice and grenadine. He stores his car at
the house of his friend, who smashes the passenger’s side and asks for
$500 to look after it while he is away. With lawyers and accountants
pushing him hard for child support payments, Mick still finds himself
broke, even though the band has now sold millions of albums.
Inspired by Merry Clayton’s work with the Rolling Stones, and Madeline
Bell and Doris Trio’s backing vocals in Humble Pie, the Crüe decides to
employee a couple of back-up singers for the tour. They work with a
female vocalist Bree Howard who previously toured with Jimmy Buffet as
a percussionist and has also sung with Robbie Nevil, but they decide
against her joining as Nikki starts having sex with her. They audition
more than ten singers in their Burbank practice facility to the song
Dancin’ On Glass, before Donna McDaniel and Emi Canyn are chosen today
and dubbed the Nasty Habits. Nikki’s concept is to have three sexy
women on stage with their top-half dressed in a nun’s habit and dressed
nastily from the chest down, but the two girls wear a range of skimpy
clothes on stage instead. Emi tells them at the audition that she has
only been married for six months, but wants to go on tour to get away
from her husband. Vince tries his luck with both of the girls at the
audition but gets knocked back.
Vittoria Hohman of Florida files a lawsuit against Mötley Crüe and
concert promoter Beach Club Promotions after Mötley’s performance at
St. Petersburg’s Bayfront Center on 20 December 1985 caused her to lose
all hearing in one ear and partial hearing in the other by the time she
left the concert. Her fourteen-year-old daughter Kellie suffered
temporary damage as well after they sat front-row for the show, less
than three meters from the stage right next to a wall of speakers. The
case is settled out of court by mutual agreement two years later and
the band’s insurance company compensates her with around $30,000.
Rolling Stone magazine holds
a photo shoot with the band for an upcoming cover story.
After being clean for over a month, Nikki has a little shot of heroin
in his hotel bathroom, to celebrate being off heroin.
The Girls, Girls, Girls U.S. tour kicks off in Tucson, Arizona with
Whitesnake in support, after a week of technical run-throughs and
rehearsals at arenas in San Diego and Arizona. The show is powered by
the largest amount of PA ever taken on the road by any band. Theatrics
include a giant inflatable Harley Davidson motorbike and a spinning
drum cage for Tommy, which was developed in conjunction with former
navy submarine hydraulics specialist Chris Deiter, after many stage set
design companies told them it couldn’t be done. It is built for about
$80,000 by welding the cage to a forklift, mounted on yolks from a
garbage truck, connected by a heap of cables and pumped into flight
with hydraulics fluid. During rehearsals Tommy would get dizzy as he
played upside-down in his spinning cage, but he soon overcame this by
staring at a spot while spinning; something he recalled from his ballet
lessons as a child. The cage can only spin five revolutions forward
before spinning back to unwind the microphone cables. Nikki and Tommy
scull from Jack Daniels bottles onstage as part of the show, and Jack
Daniels even release a promotionally labeled Mötley Crüe bottle as part
of their affiliation. Not in great shape, Nikki vomits on the side of
stage during Tommy’s solo, as his body is not geared to going full tilt
yet. His girlfriend Vanity goes back home after embarrassing the band
as she dances in the photo pit during their set.
Rather than Mötley traveling
between shows on a tour bus, they use an eighteen-seat Gulfstream One
jet, sporting a Mötley logo design with a scantily-dressed cowgirl
riding a bomb, a-la World War II bomber planes. It is fitted out with
beds, couches and a black leather interior. The stewardess lays out
drugs and drinks on each band member’s meal tray before they board;
white wine and zombie dust (a mix of the sedative Halcyon and cocaine)
for Nikki, a cocktail and zombie dust for Tommy, vodka for Mick and a
sleeping pill for Vince.
The tour plans to head to
Japan in December after the U.S. dates, then on to Europe in January.
They then schedule a return to Los Angeles on the 1 February for a
couple of months off before a further American leg with Guns N’ Roses
Girls, Girls, Girls is released in Australia.
Tommy has sex with Tawny Kitaen, the girlfriend of Whitesnake front man
David Coverdale. He knew her from days when she used to do drugs with
Ratt’s Robbin Crosby.
The road becomes ‘the airport blowjob tour’ as there’s always a line of
girls waiting for the band at the airport, so they take them into the
bathrooms of the private airports.
Nikki’s tech Tim Luzzi goes
on stage every night in a priest’s robe while Nikki grabs his hair,
tilts his head back and pretends to make him drink Jack Daniels.
Tired of the pain from his degenerative bone disease, chronic
depression sets in with Mick. When anti-depressants from psychologists
and anaesthetics from pain management counsellors don’t assist, he
turns towards alcohol more, as his own secret medicine. He sculls six
shots of vodka then a can of Coke before he goes on stage every night.
He then drinks a glass of straight vodka from the side of the stage
during the show, before drinking his Mars Ade once the show is over.
Mick also starts seeing Nasty Habit backup singer Emi Canyn, much to
the rest of the band’s disapproval, since they have a rule to not sleep
with anyone who works for the band. They punish the couple by pouring
drinks on them and smearing food over their luggage, amongst other
things. Mick feels disillusioned and disgusted in his band-mates. He
considers walking out of Mötley Crüe.
Vanity tells the press during an interview that she is engaged to Nikki
Sixx and they are going to marry on Christmas Eve. He sports the Roman
numeral V tattooed on his upper right arm for Vanity, but feels she
always makes his life difficult as their relationship is purely based
on drugs and entertainment instead of love or even friendship. She has
also lost a kidney to her drug habit, and is starting to lose her sight
and hearing as well.
After their Chicago concert, the Mötley band members head to a
transvestite bar where they drink vodka shots, eat caviar and laugh at
all the characters of the night. Two twins make out with each other in
front of them as entertainment. Fans hanging outside the club for hours
prompt the police to come in. When they see silver trays with silver
lids covering lines of cocaine on them, one of the officers says they
love the band and if any cops try to bust them while they’re in
Chicago, just call them.
Video footage for the upcoming single Wild Side is shot during the show
at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. Vince informs the
crowd they are going to film as cameramen enter the stage. The song is
played twice, allowing all the aspects of the show to be captured for
the video. Director Wayne Isham has cameras set up to capture all
angles of the Crüe’s live concert. He wants to put a camera on Nikki’s
bass but he doesn’t let him, so he puts it on Mick’s guitar instead. A
huge plexiglass ball with a camera in it gets tossed around in the
crowd capturing crazy shots before it gets broken. Wild Side is the
first Crüe song to be recorded using computer technology, as Tommy
played a chunky guitar riff and chopped it into sixteenth notes.
Mötley’s debut album Too Fast For Love reaches Platinum status, the
last of their four albums to break the million-copies-sold barrier.
John Corabi’s wife Valerie gives birth to their son, who they name Ian
Mötley plays a great outdoor show at Buckeye Lake in Ohio in front of
forty thousand people with Whitesnake and Anthrax in support.
Arriving home for a few day’s break, Nikki writes a song called A is
For Asshole, and can feel depression building inside him as an
accumulation of issues.
Returning to their hotel in Philadelphia after their concert, Tommy and
Nikki lock all the doors of their limo as their driver gets out to open
their doors. They then drive off around the parking lot with the driver
chasing them, before crashing it into the hotel gate.
Wild Side is released as a single with Five Years Dead as the B-side
track. The song was written at SIR Rehearsal Studios.
In his Parker Meridian hotel room after the Mötley show in New York,
Nikki shoots up too much heroin and overdoses. Vanity finds him passed
out in the bathroom with a needle lying next to him.
Before the Crüe’s show in Rochester, New York, someone breaks into
Vince’s dressing room and steals his clothes and wallet with five
thousand dollars in it. When he then goes to get some dinner, Vince
slams a jar of Gulden’s Dijon mustard against the backstage wall, when
he sees there’s no Frenchie’s mustard for the sandwich he is making,
even though he’d been asking for the rider to be changed for weeks. The
smash severs many tendons, nerves and an artery, almost cutting one
finger off Vince’s right hand. The show is cancelled and he is
airlifted to the Hand Centre in Baltimore, where he undergoes an
eight-hour operation the next day. Management tells press that a bottle
of mustard exploded in his hand while he made himself a hamburger.
Vince wears a full cast up to his elbow for a month, and bandages for
three months following his specialist surgery.
Aerosmith releases their
ninth studio album Permanent Vacation that includes a track called Dude
(Looks Like A Lady), which was written about Vince Neil. Aerosmith
front-man Steven Tyler once saw Vince in a bar from a distance and
thought he was a woman, until he noticed a lot of girls coming on to
him. Intrigued at how he picked up chicks while looking like one, the
two met and chatted. The Crüe’s repeated use of the Californian word
‘dude’ was noted and taken as inspiration for the hit song. Steve Tyler
and Joe Perry leave a note on the windshield of the Crüe’s tour plane
one night, telling them that they are crashing and burning and they can
help them since they have been there before. The Crüe laughs-off the
warning from their idols.
Nikki tells Vanity on the phone that it is over between them, but they
still see each other from time to time and do drugs.
Mötley Crüe is hit with a $5,000 lawsuit by a woman claiming to have
suffered “severe hearing dysfunction and mental anguish” after
attending a Mötley Crüe concert with her daughter.
The Crüe’s Girls, Girls, Girls album is certified Double-Platinum,
having now sold more than two million copies in the USA.
Karen Dumont stays at
Nikki’s house to keep an eye on things while he is on tour.
Shortly before 8am, an earthquake tremor measuring 5.9 on the Richter
scale occurs twelve miles east from downtown Los Angeles, directly
under the city of Whittier, causing eight deaths, $350 million in
property damage, and leaving 2,200 people homeless. At home between
shows on the tour, Nikki runs out of his house naked, grabbing only his
most important possession: his freebase pipe. He has to break a window
on his side door to get back inside his house after locking his keys in.
Nikki rides his Harley to the band’s sold-out hometown show at the
Grand Western Forum. As he arrives at the venue, a cop pulls him over
and says he was speeding. When Nikki can’t produce a driver’s license,
the cop says he’s going to jail; Nikki says if he’s not on stage in an
hour there’ll be a riot. He arrests Nikki and puts him in the back of a
police car, before Doc McGhee sorts the situation and has Nikki
apologise to the cop for swearing at him.
Having not slept in days from drugs, Nikki skips his flight on the
Mötley plane as the band travels to play a huge, prestigious show at
Oakland Stadium. Out of his mind on cocaine, he feels as though he’s
going to have a heart attack. Doc organises a later flight on a
commercial jet and when Nikki finally arrives at the stadium in a mess,
they hold a band meeting and confront him about his excessive drug use.
Tour security chief Fred Saunders later says, “There were countless
management meetings called during the Girls tour just to try to work
out what to do with Nikki. By the end of the tour, I was hiring
security guards at each hotel and just leaving two of them on his door
Mötley’s show at the Tacoma Dome in Washington State is filmed and in
later years becomes one of their most widely bootlegged concert videos.
A fan dies from a drug overdose at the venue on the night. Nikki’s mum
attends the show, after visiting him at his hotel with his sister Ceci
and her two young boys: two-year-old Jake and baby Caleb. In a
drugged-out state, Nikki tells them to go away and calls them every
name under the sun.
On a day off between shows in Canada, Nikki and Tommy shoot up a lot of
cocaine and heroin. When they run out, they shoot up Jack Daniels.
You’re All I Need is released as the third single from Girls, Girls,
Girls and is the first time Mötley have so many singles released from
an album. The song peaks at number eighty three during its eight-week
stay on the U.S. charts. All In The Name Of... is used as the B-side on
the single, which is said to have been written about the young porn
star Tracii Lords. It is also the Crüe’s opening song of their set list
being performed live on the tour.
After their show in Winnipeg, Tommy goes to Nikki’s hotel room with
Fred Saunders where they sit around drinking and snorting. After a
while, Nikki sneaks out of his room and douses another room’s door with
lighter fluid and hair spray, before lighting it, knocking and running
off thinking it was Rich Fisher’s door. It sets off the fire alarms and
scares a young Chinese guy and his son who open the door that is
ablaze. Nikki ducks back into his room and laughs at all the commotion.
Tommy and Nikki go to a Toronto club called Rock’n’Roll Heaven, where a
fist fight develops after a patron makes a snide remark to Tommy about
his wife Heather. They then do a radio interview with Joey Vendetta on
Q107 to promote their upcoming concert, and get wasted in the studio.
David Coverdale from support band Whitesnake joins Mötley on stage in
Montreal for their rendition of Jailhouse Rock, as Whitesnake plays
their final show in support and Guns N’ Roses get set to take over.
Whitesnake was originally only going to play a few early dates on the
tour, but Mötley management happily increased their fee from $4,000 per
night to $10,000 so they would stay on the tour, as much as they bored
the Crüe members.
Steve Deske and Mary Ann Rizzo win MTV’s Mötley Cruise to Nowhere
competition and join the Crüe on a five-hour luxury boat cruise in the
Bermuda Triangle, following a private cocktail party at the ritzy Elbow
Beach Hotel the night before. Two wild cross-dressers attend the party,
one who designed costumes for the band and happened to win a contest
and one who later goes on to front The Toilet Boys as Miss Guy. The
contest winners are driven around in limousines and given $1,000
After the cruise, Vince and
Sharise spend the weekend on Florida’s Captiva Island before the Girls,
Girls, Girls tour resumes.
Mötley Crüe shoots a video with Wayne Isham for You’re All I Need on
Halloween. The video clip is based on the movie Taxi Driver and is
further inspired by the self-destructive relationship of Sid Vicious
and Nancy Spungeon. After viewing the first version of the video that
doesn’t feature the band at all, the record company instructs them to
add some band footage, which is shot at Wayne Isham’s studio. When
finally released, the video is banned by MTV due to its graphical
content, particularly of one scene showing a body bag being zipped up,
coupled with the nature of the song’s lyrics.
In Mobile, Alabama, Guns N’ Roses plays their first show supporting
Skid Row approaches John Corabi this month to join them as their
front-man but end up recruiting Sebastian Bach from the band Kid Wikkid
instead, who recently supported Mötley Crüe in Canada.
After their show at Lakefront Arena, Nikki and Slash go into the French
Quarter of New Orleans. They get wasted in some bars, after getting
refused entry at the Dungeon because Nikki cut the bra off the owner’s
girlfriend last time he was there.
Nikki and Slash drink shots in their hotel’s bar for hours on their
night off, when they start wrestling. Nikki falls on top of Slash and
when he wakes up next morning in Tommy’s drum tech Spider’s bed, he
feels pain in his neck. Doctors tell Slash he has four dislocated
After throwing up spaghetti on the bar at the Ritz Carlton hotel in
Atlanta, Slash immediately orders another shot to keep drinking with
Tommy and Nikki cut Doc McGhee’s hotel bed in half with a knife, so
when he gets into it later that night it collapses. Nikki tries to
throw Fred’s bed out the window and gets a black eye for his trouble,
while Mick tries to jump out his hotel window. Wondering why he has no
pubic hair, Doc tells Nikki the next day that they all had their
penises out on the bar and poured Jack Daniels on them and lit them on
On the Mötley jet traveling from Fort Myers to Fort Lauderdale after
their show, Nikki taunts Nasty Habit Emi and her religious ways by
standing in the middle of the jet with his pants down and begging God
to strike him down. As Emi cries, Tommy gets the pilot to do a barrel
To celebrate the final Guns N’ Roses support show, the Crüe surprises
them by having about twenty-five pyro blasts kick in as they commence
Welcome to the Jungle. Lead singer Axl Rose wears a Mötley Crüe t-shirt
on stage. After the Florida show, they party in a conference room with
a heap of booze and about two ounces of cocaine that they snort off the
backs of six or seven naked girls before making out with them. They
trash the room as they leave and Tommy takes some pills and passes out,
so Rich Fisher pushes him in a wheel chair through the airport and onto
the plane at noon the next day to head back home.
Mötley lands in Japan to commence their Girls, Girls, Girls tour with
some press commitments. Tommy is busted with some marijuana in his drum
kit and is bailed out of the situation by their Japanese tour promoter
Mr. Udo without any charges being laid. When they get to the hotel,
Tommy drops a wine bottle out of a tenth storey window. Nikki feels
sick, sweats a lot, and cramps up with pain because he has no heroin.
Whilst still on probation, Vince downs a pitcher of Kamikaze cocktail
at a Roppongi restaurant, before flipping a table over on four Yakuza
mafia gangsters in suits after he thought they were talking about him.
They subsequently pull guns from their waists and aim them at Vince
from on top of the over-turned table. Mötley’s security chief Fred
Saunders rolls Vince onto the floor and out into their waiting limo.
Vince later wakes up naked on the floor of his hotel room, not knowing
what had happened. Next morning, he discovers he is missing his $12,000
diamond and gold Rolex watch that management gave him after lasting
three months without a drink following his tragic car accident three
years earlier. He also sees the girlfriend of the Yakuza that he took
back to the hotel has gone.
Later in the night, Nikki
gets arrested on his birthday in Tokyo, after being involved in a
couple of fist fights at The Lexington Queen club in the Roppongi
district. The first is with Tommy, who believes Nikki hit him in the
mouth, while Nikki feels Tommy was so drunk that he fell over before he
ever connected. The second is with an American tourist, as he smashes
him in the nose before his head hits a steel pole, cracking it open and
spilling blood over his eyes. Mick leaves the club wearing the owner’s
Godzilla mask and terrorises people in the street with his pants around
his ankles, urinating along the side of the road. He stomps on glasses
and tries to breathe fire from his rear.
Heading back to Tokyo by train after their Osaka show, Tommy and Nikki
down fifteen or so bottles of sake before they pour Jack Daniels over
the heads of unsuspecting commuters, including back-up singer Emi. They
order curry and smear it all over the walls in the high-speed Bullet
Train, amongst other riotous behaviour. Nikki shouts angrily at Mick
and suddenly throws a Jack Daniels bottle at Mr. Udo, after he tells
them to settle down, but it misses its mark by a long shot and smashes
into a businessman commuter, who collapses to the ground screaming with
blood streaming from a wound in the back of the his head. Mr. Udo calms
the Terror Twins, Nikki and Tommy, by pressing his thumb into the back
of their necks. When the train stops in Tokyo, lots of Japanese Riot
Squad police run along side their carriage, along with many fans. They
handcuff Nikki and after Doc McGhee tells them he is his manager, they
cuff him also, placing them both in a police car. Tommy hassles the
police so he can go with Nikki too–to no avail. In jail, Nikki asks Doc
how he likes his tattoos and asks if he should show the police.
Mr. Udo comes to the police station at 4am and they sign an apology
note for the businessman who was hit with the bottle. When Doc and
Nikki are before the sergeant with a translator that Mr. Udo brought
with him, they tell the police that the bottle accidentally slipped out
of Nikki’s hand and broke. He says he will also tell the American press
how hospitable the Japanese people are on his return to the USA;
instead of translating Nikki’s question to the sergeant of “If my balls
were on your chin, where do you think my dick would be?” Nikki and Doc
are released from jail at 5am but Doc has to take care of paperwork
taking him until night. Just before he crashes in bed back at his
hotel, a drunken Vince bangs on his door telling him that he should
fire the travel agent because he was trying to make out with the
Yakuza’s girlfriend, but his girlfriend Sharise was in his room, having
just arrived from the U.S. without his knowledge. Doc punches Vince in
the face and closes the door.
Nikki calls the hotel front desk and complains about the fans banging
on his window; however his room is on the twenty-sixth floor.
After winding up their Japanese tour the previous night by playing the
last of three nights at the famous Budokan in Tokyo, Tommy heads back
to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with Heather in his new three-million
dollar home, a hilltop spread on a golf course with panoramic views.
Tommy pays a once-off $60,000 for exclusive golf club membership. Mick
and Emi Canyn look forward to spending some quality time at home off
the road and away from the hassles of other band members, while Vince
looks forward to spending time with girlfriend Sharise; the mud
wrestler from the Tropicana. With no lady nor home life to go back to,
Nikki decides he is going on a solo tour of Asia to enjoy drugs and
prostitutes with nothing but a packet of condoms, commencing in Hong
Kong, followed by Malaysia, Beijing China, then a finale in Bangkok.
Doc McGhee tries to stop Nikki from going but Mr. Udo says he will
accompany Nikki on the journey. Doc then draws the short straw with
Doug Thaler after feeling obliged that one of them needs to join them
as well. Mr. Udo sits next to Nikki on the way to Hong Kong and tells
him that the last time he saw a friend in the same state as Nikki, he
died. Nikki shrugs it off but becomes more interested as he learns it
was former James Gang and Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin, who
overdosed in 1976 at twenty five years of age. Once they arrive, they
go to a Chinese restaurant that Mr. Udo says is one of the best in the
Nikki goes shopping for antiques and buys a Chinese table made from
cherry wood with pearl cherry blossom inlays for his dining room. He
later meets Doc and Mr. Udo for a few drinks in the hotel bar before
they go to a whorehouse that poses as a strip club. He hears a band
playing a Mötley Crüe song as they are shown into a private room with
four bottles of Cristal champagne, two bottles of Jack Daniels, a
bottle of vodka and huge plates of food. They order different
fetish-styled prostitutes to entertain them, like one would order food.
Nikki scores a gram of cocaine and a quarter of ‘china white’ heroin
from the girls, once Doc and Mr. Udo have left. He then orders ten
prostitutes in Nazi helmets for Doc that arrive at his hotel room while
he is on the phone to his wife, and more for Mr. Udo. Nikki later
returns to the hotel with some of the prostitutes and passes out.
After waking up, throwing up and shooting up the last of his cocaine
stash, Nikki discovers the prostitutes stole his cash, before he meets
Doc and Mr. Udo in the hotel lobby where they tell him of their disgust
in the prostitutes he ordered for them the previous night. Mr. Udo
flies back to Tokyo while Doc organises flights back to the U.S. the
following day, thus ending the Sixx solo party tour. At night, Nikki
wanders the Hong Kong streets with his female translator Li, intent on
looking for drugs, when he comes across a soothsayer dressed in a brown
robe at the end of a long alley off Wanchai Road. He pays four Hong
Kong dollars and the old soothsayer runs his hand across Nikki’s before
curling it up and pushing it away. He says to the translator that Nikki
will die before the end of the year and he can’t change his ways. Nikki
asks Li if those guys are just to lure tourists in Hong Kong but she
sadly tells him they are never wrong. They head back to the hotel and
Nikki calls his dealer in Los Angeles to instruct him to meet him
tomorrow with the usual $10,000 worth of heroin and some cocaine (along
with syringes) when he lands back in the United States.
Nikki flies into Los Angeles International Airport from Tokyo, where he
gets high on a 10cc shot in the limo that picks him up to take him to
his recently purchased house, which former girlfriend Nicole chose
eighteen months ago. He looks in his mirror and sees himself
disintegrating; his hair falling out in clumps, needle tracks down his
arms, and a puffy alcoholic face.
Wanting to escape his
loneliness with a night on the town, he calls friends Robbin Crosby
from Ratt and Slash from Guns N’ Roses. Nikki’s silver limousine picks
up Robbin from his home and they head to the Franklin Plaza Hotel where
the homeless Guns N’ Roses stay. He greets Slash at the room’s door
(the one next to Dave Ellefson from Megadeth’s room) with a bottle of
whiskey and an antique beaver-hair top hat that he had thrown up on in
the limo on the way. They drive to the Cathouse club with Slash’s
Scottish girlfriend Sally McLaughlan, scoring some heroin that they
pick up from Robbin’s dealer on the way. While at the club for hours,
the guys often go in and out to the limo to do drugs. The last time
they do it, they don’t come back for Sally, so she walks back to
Franklin Plaza on her own on her first night in Los Angeles.
The guys head back to the
hotel with some fans following them from the club. Robbin’s dealer
meets them there with some Persian heroin he just got. Sally arrives
back at the hotel and furiously tries to talk with Slash who is passed
out on the couch, so Nikki goes into Steven Adler’s suite with the
dealer. The dealer ties Nikki off and shoots him up, turning him blue
in an instant. Nikki knocks on Slash’s door and collapses on the floor
when Sally opens it. With one look at Nikki turned blue, the dealer
jumps out of the hotel room window and over the balcony, running down
the street yelling out that he just killed Nikki Sixx.
With Slash paralytic, Steve
Adler and Sally start beating on his chest to revive him and Adler
slaps him in the face with the cast on his broken arm. They drag him
into the bathroom and Adler runs off, so Sally tries to get Nikki into
the shower to get cold water onto him. Slash comes into the bathroom,
sees Nikki and starts freaking out as he lost a friend Todd to a heroin
overdose a few months ago. Sally gives Nikki mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation over the bath while trying to calm Slash, who smashes the
shower screen, sending shattered glass all over Sally and Nikki. After
punching Slash out, Sally yells for someone to call 911 as a last
effort to save his life from an overdose. The paramedics arrive quickly
and take over from Sally’s mouth-to-mouth, ripping his t-shirt off to
give him adrenaline as they take him out of the room. The police then
question everyone in Axl’s room, not spotting a bag of dope and a vial
After being dead for some
minutes, at the hotel named the same as his birth name–Franklin, Nikki
has an out-of-body experience. He hears, “We’re losing him” and tries
to sit up to see what is going on, before shooting upright and slowly
ascending towards bright light all above him. He sees his body on the
gurney covered head-to-toe and being pushed into the ambulance by the
paramedics who had to pronounce him dead. He also sees the fans that
had followed them, as well as his silver limo.
Nikki’s limo driver Boris
calls Vince telling him what the dealer said and that he saw Nikki
being wheeled out into the ambulance with a sheet over his face. News
of Nikki’s death spreads fast, quickly reaching radio stations, which
announce Nikki’s death. Not long after that, Mötley tour manager Rich
Fisher calls Vince and tells him of the overdose. Tears roll down
Vince’s face. Slash calls Tommy and tells him that they tried to do
everything to keep him alive but the paramedics wheeled him out with a
sheet over his face. Doug Thaler calls his co-manager Doc McGhee, who
has just finished dinner with Bob Krasnow of Elektra Records, and tells
him of the death. Rich Fisher calls a hung-over Mick Mars and breaks
the news to him that Nikki is dead, asking him to call England and
cancel the band’s forthcoming European tour for him, which is due to
commence on January 10. Mick calls Kerrang! magazine and makes up some
lame excuses for why they aren’t coming over any more.
After almost giving him up
for dead, a second attempt of a double-dose jab of adrenalin brings his
out-of-body vision down fast through the roof of the ambulance with a
painful jerk, as the shots kick-start his life again. He opens his eyes
to see a needle in each side of his chest and hears a man say that
no-one will die in his ambulance, before he passes out.
When he awakes in
Cedar-Sinai Hospital to a policeman shining a torch in his eyes and
asking where he got the drugs, he abuses him and is told he’s not being
held on any charges. Against medical advice, Nikki pulls the tubes from
his nose and the I.V. out of his arm, before signing himself out of
hospital wearing only his leather pants.
Outside in the hospital car
park, he sees two teenage fans crying on the kerbside and holding
candles because they heard on the radio that he had died. Speechless
that Nikki is alive, the girls drive him home to Van Nuys in their
Mazda and lend him one of their jackets. They hear his death being
reported on radio stations on the way, while Nikki realises that he
does have millions of people that do care about him. He gets dropped
home at 5:45am, much to the amazement of Karen Dumont, who received the
bad news call from Doug Thaler a couple of hours earlier. Apologising
that he couldn’t find his key, Nikki goes straight to his answering
machine and changes the message to say, “Hey, it’s Nikki. I’m not home
because I’m dead” before shooting up from a lump of heroin stored in
his medical cabinet. He passes out again.
The band’s accountant Chuck
Shapiro calls Vince saying a reporter called him for an obituary quote.
Chuck puts Vince on hold while he calls the hospital to verify,
returning to tell him the nurse just saw him leave.
Doc McGhee finds out Nikki has escaped from hospital so he heads to his
office and calls in Doug Thaler. They cancel Mötley’s European tour,
blaming exhaustion as the official reason. Nikki wakes up on his
blood-covered bathroom floor with his heroin needle still dangling out
of his bloodied arm. He hears his answering machine play its message to
Doc, who had arrived at his house with Doug, finding him passed out
again in the bathroom while Karen had gone to work. They talk him into
coming to Doc’s house in Tarzana for detox. Bob Timmons works with him
at Doc’s house while Steven Tyler from Aerosmith calls daily, telling
him he is going to die forever, as an effort to bully him into cleaning
Tommy and Heather have a big disagreement on Christmas Eve. Tommy
realises he needs to become sober in order to save his marriage, as he
is at the point where he has become violent when under the influence of
Doc soon calls a band
meeting in his living room and management presents a united front,
telling them they will be paying back the European concert promoters
for the cancelled shows, out of their own pockets, then advising they
will quit if the band doesn’t straighten up. Every band member agrees
to go to rehab, and they make a pact that they all have to be sober
before recording of the next album commences.
Nikki’s father dies in San Jose after having a heart attack in his
shower. Nikki doesn’t find out about his death until ten years later.
He spends Christmas at home with Karen Dumont, Sally McLaughlan and
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