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Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx decide to form a music production company called
The Terror Twins. They are subsequently bombarded with demo tapes from
aspiring bands. Now sober and clear headed, Nikki also starts to listen
to a broader range of music that opens his mind to different melodies,
runs and hooks. It spawns many new creative ideas.
Mick Mars and Emi Canyn move into a new
Californian house together.
Vince Neil sings at the Party Ninja’s Benefit Concert in Los Angeles.
Cathouse club owner Rikki Rachtman sets Nikki up on a blind date with
the October 1987 Playboy Playmate Brandi Brandt, after she breaks off
with his Cathouse co-owner and Faster Pussycat vocalist Taime Downe
when finding a used condom in his garbage. The first night they sleep
together, her mum calls. Nikki recognises her Mum’s voice, realising
it’s Bree Howard’s daughter he is with, who he had a fling with before
the Girls, Girls, Girls tour as they auditioned the Nasty Habits backup
singers. He spends more time with her though, feeling emotions he hasn’t
felt for so long now that he is sober. A couple of weeks later, Nikki
moves away from her to begin work on the next Mötley Crüe album.
With much help from alcohol and drug rehabilitation specialist Bob Timmons,
a cleaned up Mötley Crüe moves to Vancouver, Canada to record their
new album at Little Mountain Studios with Bob Rock producing. The album
is scheduled for a 4th July release. Vince arrives a day later after
Fred Coury from Cinderella invites him to stay in Hawaii for their Honolulu
concert, where he jams with them on The Rolling Stones classic Jumping
Jack Flash. Vince recently gave Fred a black 1983 Porsche 911 turbo.
One of the first people Nikki sees in
Vancouver is actress Demi Moore, who is shooting the film We’re No Angels,
and was the first person to tell him about Alcoholics Anonymous five
years ago. They have dinner with Bob Rock at his home and he later turns
down a ride back to her hotel as he has Brandi on his mind instead.
A song about Nikki’s near-death overdose
called Kickstart My Heart is worked on as the first song for the new
album. Nikki brings it in thinking it doesn’t have a hope in hell of
making the album, but it reminds Tommy of Ballroom Blitz by the Sweet.
Bob Rock is meticulous in his work, often making Mick spend two weeks
just doubling a guitar part until he feels it is perfect, which frustrates
Mick. Vince often only gets one word of a song on tape after a whole
day’s work due to the critical and demanding nature of Bob Rock’s work
ethic that pushes Mötley to the limit of their abilities for the very
Also under the guidance of rehab specialist
Bob Timmons, Aerosmith works on their Pump album next door to Mötley,
so they often drink water together and go for jogs after a day in the
studio. The Crüe has a personal weight trainer with them in Vancouver,
over-seeing daily work-outs and runs.
Twenty four songs are demoed, including
a two-minute metal rap song Monstrous rumoured firstly to be on the
Ghostbusters II soundtrack and then also to be the title of the new
album. The chorus is inspired by The Wizard of Oz and gets stuck in
Nikki’s head for weeks. Another rumoured album title is Sex, Sex, and
Rock ‘n’ Roll. They write and record a ten-minute song called Say Yeah
about Nikki Sixx impostor Matthew Trippe. A Mick Mars concerto with
cello, viola, flute, guitar and drums is also touted for inclusion on
the album. Other titles of songs written include Stop Pulling My Chain,
Brotherhood, Too Hot to Handle, Rodeo and the bluesy Get It For Free,
which is about a girl supposedly selling Bibles door-to-door, except
she’s selling herself instead.
Nikki phones the guys from Skid Row and
asks what they are doing. When they say they are just watching reruns
of the TV show Leave It To Beaver, Nikki invites them to come to the
studio and sing on the album. They also jam with Cheap Trick at their
local show, and invite them to participate on the album.
A thirty-thousand-strong crowd at Vancouver’s BC Place stadium goes
wild when Vince and Nikki join Skid Row on stage for their encore song
Live Wire. Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler and Joe Perry join headlining act
Bon Jovi for their second encore later in the evening.
Vince tees off with Willie Nelson at the Calabasas Golf and Country
Club in California for the Celebrity Invitation Classic golf tournament,
as part of the TJ Martell Foundation’s Rock ‘n’ Charity Weekend.
Vince captains the Rockers softball team as they play against Sam Kinison’s
Rollers in the TJ Martell Foundation’s Rock ‘n’ Softball game at USC’s
Dedeaux Field in front of a sell-out crowd of 3,500.
Vince has a cameo role as a rock star in the Police Academy 6 movie
but his scene is cut from the final version as they have too much footage
One Sunday night, Nikki and Tommy have
dinner with Bob Rock in Los Angeles. A glass of wine with their food
turns into the rest of the bottle and before long Nikki phones a dealer.
They go to a club for more drugs, girls and debauchery, before Bob gets
them out of trouble by taking them back to A&M Studios where they carve
swastikas into the walls.
Pretty Boy Floyd releases a cover of
Mötley’s Toast of the Town on their Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz
A Los Angeles radio station falsely announces
the Crüe will play at the Roxy. The following Wednesday, a thousand
people cue up around the corner of the venue, hoping to see the band.
Former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones
releases his new album titled Fire And Gasoline. The second track called
We’re Not Saints is written by Nikki with Steve Jones, along with his
bass player Terry Nails.
The second album from German metal band
Craaft, titled Second Honeymoon and released on RCA Records, thanks
Tommy for his contribution.
Nominees for the MTV Video Awards are announced by Vince and Arsenio
Hall during a press conference at the Saxonlee Art Gallery in Los Angeles.
While back in Los Angeles, Vince undergoes surgery to correct a diagnosed
deviated septum, which had been causing his face to swell over his years
of alcohol and substance abuse.
With an abundance of tracks recorded
in Vancouver, Mötley Crüe considers releasing two separate albums in
quick succession, since they are contractually prohibited from releasing
a double album. Nikki says the likely album title of the second release
would be Mötley Crüe: The Ballads. Its release is primarily dependent
on the success or failure of their next album.
Mötley manager Doc McGhee is in the final stages of putting together
a huge rock concert in Moscow, through his Make A Difference Foundation,
to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Woodstock. Each band will
play a fifty-minute set, stripped down with no props, pyrotechnics or
special effects, and there will be no headlining act. The running order
is to be Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe and Bon Jovi to finish
the show. All proceeds from the two-day concert are to benefit anti-drug
and alcohol charities.
Nikki now sports a new full sleeve of tattoos down his right arm; one
of the first rock stars to do so.
Mötley plays a forty-five-minute set at the Moscow Music Peace Festival
for their first-ever sober performance. Prior to the show, the concert’s
Production Manager tells Mötley they have been demoted in the line up,
which makes Tommy livid that Doc’s newer client in Bon Jovi is getting
favoured over them and Scorpions, who are very popular in Russia. Nikki
and Tommy tell Doc they are going home since they are not going to be
an opening act for Bon Jovi’s ninety-five-minute set, but they end up
sorting the issue out and playing ahead of Ozzy. The concert draws an
attendance of more than 100,000 and is watched by a worldwide television
audience of a billion people.
At the start of Bon Jovi’s set to finish
off the night, a huge amount of pyro explodes. Knowing that permits
would have needed to have been organised well beforehand, Tommy finds
Doc backstage and punches him. While he is lying on the ground, Nikki
tells him that he is fired as Mötley’s manager since it’s the second
time he has outright lied to them about details of the concert.
On completion of the second day’s performance in Moscow, Mötley flies
back to Los Angeles via France and New York. Having now split with Doc
McGhee as their manager, they encourage his partner Doug Thaler into
also splitting from McGhee Entertainment, Inc. and managing them as
his own company’s first client. Doug agrees and soon forms his business
called Top Rock Development Corporation.
Once back in Los Angeles, Vince goes
on a ten-day white-water rafting trip down Idaho’s Snake River. He calls
Sharise on his way home who tells him of an altercation she just had
with Izzy Stradlin’ of Guns N’ Roses at the Cathouse club. After trying
to advance on Sharise and being turned down, Stradlin’ pulled her top
down in front of many people. Sharise slapped him in the face but then
he kicked her in the stomach.
For the second successive time, the title track to the new Crüe album
is released as the first single. This time it’s Dr. Feelgood with Sticky
Sweet as the B-side track. It’s Mötley’s first Top Ten hit, climbing
as high as number six and charting for sixteen weeks, the longest of
any Mötley single to date. The video for Dr. Feelgood is shot in a large
aeroplane hangar in Pomona, California and has a feel similar to the
movie Scarface. Mick's original riff for the song was titled Planet
9 from Outer Space. Sticky Sweet was the last song written for the album,
with the lyrics being penned in the studio in supposedly less than a
Mötley Crüe’s fifth album is released, titled Dr. Feelgood. Costing
around $600,000 to produce, it features guest appearances by members
of Skid Row, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, along with Jack Blades and Bryan
Adams, who Tommy first met in a Vancouver strip club while recording
the album. Cover artwork was originally going to have band mascot Allister
Fiend drawn as a mad doctor holding a big syringe. However, the final
design of a dagger and a snake is a piece of tattoo flash, designed
by Sunset Strip Tattoo artist Kevin Brady, who also designs the new
Mötley Crüe logo. The forty-two-second opening track T. n T. (Terror
‘n Tinseltown) was made by recording ambulance officers talking into
their walkie-talkies, followed by driving their ambulance back and forth
across the recording studio’s car park.
Mötley presents the award for Best Heavy Metal Album at the MTV Music
Video Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.
While the rest of the Crüe waits in limos outside the event, Vince waits
backstage while Guns N’ Roses plays with Tom Petty. Vince then decks
guitarist Izzy Stradlin’ with a punch in the face as he comes off stage,
as payback for recently hitting on then kicking his wife at the Cathouse.
Mötley’s security chief drags Vince away and as they are about to leave
the building, Axl Rose tells Vince he is going to kill him. When Vince
encourages him to bring it on, Axl walks away.
This is the start of a feud between the
two bands. Axl Rose starts to say in the press that Vince sucker-punched
Izzy and he has been insulting Guns N’ Roses for years. Vince feels
betrayed after showing Axl vocal tricks to help him out, while they
supported Mötley on the Girls, Girls, Girls tour. Axl challenges Vince
by sending at least six messages to fight at places like Tower Records
in Los Angeles, or on the boardwalk at Venice Beach, but Axl never shows
up. Meanwhile Izzy calls Vince and apologises for his behaviour.
Still angry at the incident and the way Axl has handled it via the press,
Vince responds on MTV, telling Axl to name the place and time. He proposes
a Monday night fight at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles. Eddie
Van Halen and Sammy Hagar from Van Halen say they’ll put up the money
to stage the fight at New York’s Madison Square Gardens. No fight eventuates
and Vince’s offer still stands to this day.
Dr. Feelgood is released in Australia.
On Tommy’s twenty-seventh birthday he receives a phone call from Ray
DiMano at Elektra telling
him that he finally has a number one album on the charts in Dr. Feelgood.
Mötley plays a 150-minute Dr. Feelgood warm-up show at the Whisky under
their pseudonym The Foreskins, which is also used for the filming of
their next video, Kickstart My Heart. Arriving at the venue in a vintage
ambulance driven by rock comedian Sam Kinison, they play their first
club gig since the early days. The set includes songs from Too Fast
For Love previously never performed live. Photos from the night are
also used in the Dr. Feelgood tour book.
Vince spends four or five days filming
in Denver, Colorado at Redrocks for a movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.
Vince plays a rock star named Bobby Black from a band called Black Plague.
Drummer Randy Castillo also acts as a member of Black Plague, along
with Phil Soussan on bass. After Vince is killed in the movie’s plot,
an investigation starts into his death. The movie also stars Andrew
Dice Clay, Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street),
Ed O’Neill (Al Bundy from Married With Children), Wayne Newton and Priscilla
Presley. Mötley Crüe writes and records the title track called Rock
N’ Roll Junkie for the soundtrack. It was the last song recorded, along
with the Tommy Bolin classic Teaser, before they left Little Mountain
Studios in Vancouver.
The European leg of the Dr. Feelgood tour starts in Essen, Germany,
once again with the Nasty Habits on board and this time with Skid Row
in support. It was decided Europe should be the first region to tour
this album, since they missed out on the Girls, Girls, Girls tour following
its cancellation. Before the Crüe enters the stage, Frank Zappa’s song
Crew Slut from his Joe’s Garage Volume 1 album is played to the audience.
Vince throws beds out of a hotel window onto a couple of Mercedes cars
parked below. German police search the hotel for the culprit with Uzi
guns and Rottweiler dogs.
In Amsterdam, Nikki sees a she-male beat up a junkie. He is surprised
by everyone smoking hash in coffee shops. People come up to him on the
street with heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy. He buys some animal, dwarf
and scat movies to show the others. The band members go to a live sex
show where a guy, with track marks up and down his arms and a tattoo
of a syringe on his foot, has sex with a chick right in front of them.
A black lady has guys eating a bratwurst out of her vagina.
The first printing of Revolutionary Comics Inc.’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll Comic
- Mötley Crüe” is released.
A report surfaces that Matthew Trippe has dropped his lawsuit, which
turns out to be false.
Dr. Feelgood becomes Mötley Crüe’s first single to achieve Gold status,
while the album now achieves double-Platinum status having sold two
million copies in the U.S.
Mötley’s European tour concludes in Scotland. On arrival back in the
U.S. the Crüe rehearses on stage at the San Diego Sports Arena for five
With Mötley’s continued success, their second album from six years ago,
Shout At The Devil, now achieves triple-Platinum status.
The U.S. Dr. Feelgood tour starts in Tucson, Arizona and is set to continue
through until April next year before heading overseas. An aeroplane
for the tour is leased from a charter company in Texas; the same plane
Def Leppard used and called Hystouria #1 on their Hysteria tour. The
plane receives a facelift to emblazon it with Mötley logos. It’s also
decked out with a mini recording studio inside its plush interior. A
huge stereo system is built into the plane’s walls, as are numerous
colour TVs, a laser disc player and a video machine. Thirty six Marshall
stacks and thirty six SVT stacks accompany Mötley on the tour. An impressive
laser light show is also used, similar to the one used in Neil Diamond’s
The tour also sees an innovative and
breathtaking drum solo from Tommy Lee on a new contraption, again built
by former navy submarine hydraulics specialist Chris Deiter. As Mick
finishes his guitar solo, Tommy holds onto a bungee rope before being
slowly pulled up to the top of the venue by a chain motor. He then takes
his place in a flying drum kit with electronic pads and huge speakers,
which moves along hidden tracking while he plays along to some of his
favourite rock songs. The medley includes Houses Of The Holy then Kashmir
by Led Zeppelin, Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh, Rock and Roll Hoochie
Koo by Rick Derringer, Back in Black by AC/DC, California Man by Cheap
Trick, Ballroom Blitz by the Sweet and Back In The Saddle by Aerosmith.
After bringing the show closer to the people at the back of the venue,
his contraption turns around and he heads back towards the stage. Tommy
triggers a sampled sound of a long descent as he puts his foot in a
strap and grabs the rope again, before free-falling and stopping a few
feet above the heads of the people nearest the front of the stage. Once
back up on stage, he removes his braces one at a time before quickly
downing his leather g-string and mooning the audience.
Tommy participates in a promotional motorcycle ride-a-thon called Love
Ride 6 from Glendale to Malibu in benefit of the Muscular Dystrophy
Association. He also drums on the song Shocker performed by The Dudes
Of Wrath on the Shocker movie soundtrack. The song also features Paul
Stanley from Kiss and Desmond Child on lead vocals, Whitesnake’s Rudy
Sarzo on bass, and Vivian Campbell on lead guitar with Kiss’ Bruce Kulick,
who is not credited on the album’s liner notes.
Mötley Crüe’s Kickstart My Heart single is released backed with She
Goes Down. Like their previous single, it also spends a total of sixteen
weeks on the U.S. charts, but only reaches number twenty six. Footage
from their warm-up show at the Whisky is used for the video, mixed in
with high-speed motor racing thrills and spills action. The zipper noise
heard at the start of She Goes Down was sampled from a porno movie by
Tommy. Twenty years later Vince says, "There's some sex being done
in the background if you listen real closely. We can't say who's
doing it though, but prostitution is legal in Vancouver." It is the quickest song ever written by Nikki.
Mötley contributes their Vancouver recorded cover of ex-Deep Purple
member Tommy Bolin’s song Teaser to the Make A Difference Foundation’s
Stairway To Heaven/Highway To Hell album. They also feature on a cover
of Led Zeppelin’s classic song Rock N Roll with Skid Row, Zakk Wylde
and Jason Bonham, recorded back in August at the Moscow Music Peace
A song called LA Jets written by Nikki
Sixx and Lizzie Grey when they were together in their band London before
the formation of Mötley Crüe is included on the second album from Lizzie’s
new band Ultra Pop, titled Adventures in Fantasy.
In hometown Los Angeles, a huge billboard
reads “Have a Mötley Christmas and a Happy Crüe Year!” as part of Elektra’s
The Crüe plays a huge sell-out show at Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey.
The encore includes Jailhouse Rock with Sebastian Bach from Skid Row,
Dimebag Darrell from Pantera, Ace Frehley from Kiss and Ace’s friend
Gordon Gebert on keyboards.
Mötley finishes the decade in a powerful position within the music industry,
having enjoyed success throughout their formative years in the 1980s.
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