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Tommy Lee is the first band member to check into rehab as he enters a
facility in Tucson called Cottonwood. On his second day, a doctor
brings the demons of his addiction to the surface and Tommy breaks down
when he realises how powerful the force of his addiction is, which has
been controlling him for years. When he sees a sign saying Silence =
Death, he thinks back to his childhood and being punished by being sent
to his room and not spoken to.
week, the other band members fly to Cottonwood to be together, at the
suggestion of Bob Timmons, and they are soon standing in a circle with
their arms around each other singing The Rolling Stones song You Can’t
Always Get What You Want as part of their therapy. After the song,
Nikki Sixx’s resentment towards his parents kept bottled inside causes
him to break down when the counsellor asks them to visualise themselves
as little boys.
resident Matthew John Trippe claims Crüe managers Doc McGhee and Doug
Thaler decided to bring him in as a new Nikki after he was unable to
continue after his serious car crash in mid-1983. He files a lawsuit
against McGhee Enterprises, Inc. citing civil theft and other relief,
claiming royalties that were never paid for songs he claims he wrote.
These include Danger, Knock ‘Em Dead Kid, Girls Girls Girls, You’re All
I Need, Dancing On Glass, and Wild Side. Trippe has a criminal history
of drugs and has been in and out of mental institutions for some time.
McGhee is arrested on a charge of assisting to smuggle twenty nine
thousand pounds of marijuana into North Carolina from Colombia on July
7, 1982 via a shrimp boat, prior to his association with the Crüe. He
has previously been busted for bringing a shipment of cocaine into the
state of Louisiana, so this is his second drug trafficking charge.
After pleading guilty, McGhee receives a five-year suspended prison
sentence, a fine of $15,000, and is ordered to set up an anti-drugs
foundation. McGhee calls it the Make A Difference Foundation.
Neil finally completes his two hundred hours of community service and
probation period, stemming from his vehicular manslaughter charge after
his December 1984 car crash.
A twelve-year-old fan from Hollywood, Florida sets his legs on fire
while trying to imitate the shot in Mötley’s Live Wire video clip,
where Nikki plays guitar with his high heeled leather boots alight. The
boy suffers burns over ten percent of his body. Mötley Crüe issues a
statement saying the band’s stunts should not be tried at home.
Although Mick Mars goes along with the group meetings and therapy in
the early stages, he finds his own form of quitting works better and is
a lot cheaper than rehab. He loses twenty pounds and many wrinkles in
the first few weeks just by being strong minded and not wanting to
drink any more, after becoming so disgusted by the way he looked, how
close Nikki came to dying, and the general state of the band.
Nikki, Tommy and Vince continually check into and out of expensive
rehab facilities as they try and stay away from drugs and alcohol.
Nikki sells his house on Valley Vista Blvd, Sherman Oaks for $500,000 and moves into a new place in
Hidden Hills, where he writes lots of songs, feels disconnected from
reality, and doesn’t go out for months at a time.
In a badly hungover state, Vince marries his twenty-three-year-old
girlfriend Sharise Lee Ann Ruddell at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles,
by a lake with white swans. Wedding garments are made by Mötley's
clothing designer Ray Brown. Sharise grew up in Huntington Beach,
California and loved everything about the surf culture, always wearing
her bikinis. She met Vince through the Tropicana strip club, where she
began working as a round girl holding up signs between bouts, before
becoming a mud wrestler there - she was never a stripper. Their first
date was a dinner at L'Orangerie then the Comedy Club. Vince reportedly
give Sharise $3,000 per month to quit mud wrestling. Pictures of her
posing in the pool with Bret Michaels can be seen on the inside sleeve
of Poison’s Open Up and Say… Ahhh! album. Meanwhile Nikki’s former
fiancée Vanity graces the cover of this month’s issue of Playboy
Sharise live in a huge house within the Bell Canyon gated community,
near Chatsworth, California. Situated on a five-acre block just forty
minutes drive from Los Angeles, the house has a church steeple, its own
moat, waterfalls, a stream running through the backyard, a
nine-hundred-year-old front door, and a train track that runs big
electric trains around the ceilings insides. The problem is that it is
haunted, with weird activity taking place particularly in the bedrooms.
They get out of there and buy a better place on S Summit Ridge Circle
in Chatsworth that overlooks San Fernando Valley. Vince has a car
stacking lift system in his three-car garage so he can house six of the
thirty-five exotic cars in his collection there.
A mis-trial is declared in a $1.3 million lawsuit filed by two
teenagers who claim they were burned by special effects at a 1985
Mötley Crüe concert.
Vince is one of many hard rock stars who participate in the Rock ’n’
Roller Charity Softball game.
Vince and Sharise are rumoured to be separated, after being married for
only three months. The couple find themselves constantly fighting after
Sharise gives up her dancing and wrestling work at the Tropicana.
Vince and Tommy team up with Axl Rose and Slash from Guns N’ Roses and
with rap band Black N White to release a rap song called Rainbow Bar
& Girls for Atlantic Records on both cassette-single and 12” maxi
single formats. Lizzie Grey, who co-wrote Public Enemy #1 on Mötley’s
first album, receives a song writing credit for this track that goes
Gold, selling over half a million copies in the U.S. alone.
Finally off heroin, Nikki finds his sobriety to be a terrifying
reality. He sees a psychiatrist after becoming very confused and
agoraphobic. All his rehab and therapy makes him feel like he’s not
Nikki Sixx anymore. His therapist suggests he tries a new experimental
drug called Prozac to correct his clinical depression and a chemical
imbalance in his body, which helps him to start socialising again. He
goes on a date with actress Lisa Hartman but it doesn’t work out. Nikki
invites Eric Stacy from the band Faster Pussycat to move in with him,
as he has also been through rehab recently.
Mötley records a song called Powerful Stuff for the soundtrack of the
new Tom Cruise film Cocktail. Production with Tom Werman isn’t working
out, so they scrap the song, which is then picked up and re-worked by
The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The song doesn’t appear on the final
soundtrack, but is released by The Fabulous Thunderbirds a year later
and reaches number sixty five on the charts. It features the
lead-guitar work of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s brother Jimmie.
sporting red locks and a large new tattoo of a leopard down his right
arm, Tommy features in Sam Kinison’s singing debut remake of The Troggs
classic, Wild Thing, from his Warner Bros. album Have You Seen Me
Lately? The video also features Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora of Bon
Jovi, Poison’s C.C. DeVille, Billy Idol, Rudy Sarzo of Whitesnake,
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Slash and Steve Adler from
Guns N’ Roses, various members of Ratt, and a special appearance by
fellow comedian Rodney Dangerfield. It also stars Jessica Hahn, a
former girlfriend of Playboy guru Hugh Hefner, as the Wild Thing.
Heather forbids Tommy from being anywhere near her after the shoot, due
to the shameless way she goes after Tommy on the video set, knowing
full well who he is and who he is married to.
Nikki picks up Slash and heads to Imperial Gardens for dinner before
they go to Duff’s place. They then go to a club called Flaming Colossus
and Scream club, before Slash crashes at Nikki’s. They head to a
shooting range the next day with Nikki’s Baretta .380 and a .357.
Nikki visits Mick’s house and they write songs including one called
Mötley Christmas and a Happy Crüe Year for a hopeful Xmas single. A Rod
Stewart-ish type song called Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) and an
upbeat strutter called Rattlesnake Shake are also written. They start
working on another but get tired, opting to play the blues instead.
The band and management are unhappy with the working relationship with
Tom Werman and feel they now need some fresh blood to get the best out
of the band. Quincy Jones is approached but he’s busy working on his
own project and the next Michael Jackson album. They then meet up with
producer Bob Rock, whose influences, thoughts and style are more
aligned with the Crüe’s. They like his previous work with The Cult, Ted
Nugent and particularly Kingdom Come, and decide to work with him on
the next Mötley Crüe album, which is to be recorded in his Little
Mountain Studios in Vancouver, Canada. It turns out he had always
wanted to work on a Mötley record.
Vince buys Tommy an AK-47 gun for Christmas. All of Mötley, except
Mick, boasts large firearms collections, including Berretta
semi-automatics, magnums, 12-gauge shotguns, pistols, assault rifles
and Uzi’s. As a child, Nikki used to hunt with his grandfather using a
30.06 that he made for him.
Mötley Crüe fan club Safety In Numbers (S.I.N.) ceases its operations.
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