Available in the Motley Crue book - Vol. 1 The Eighties
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.
After a 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
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.
Doc 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
Vince Neil finally
completes his two hundred hours of community service and probation period,
stemming from his vehicular manslaughter charge after his December 1984
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 moves
out of his home near Van Nuys and 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.
Vince marries his girlfriend Sharise Ruddell. He reportedly offers to
give her $3,000 per month to quit mud wrestling. Pictures of Sharise
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 magazine.
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
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
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.
Now 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
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.
The Mötley Crüe fan
club Safety In Numbers (S.I.N.) ceases its operations.
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