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Nikki Sixx talks of publishing a book of his poetry, probably titled
The Education of Rebellion, which is said to contain the lyrics of all
Mötley Crüe songs, along with forty to fifty other original pieces.
He buys an Apple Mac computer for the word processing of his poems.
There is talk of Mick Mars doing a jazz
fusion solo album, as well as talk that Mötley Crüe will be the special
guests on a Kiss and Aerosmith co-headlining summer stadium tour.
John Corabi helps form The Scream, a band brought together when Racer
X disbands after drummer Scott Travis joins Judas Priest. Hollywood
Records sign them after only playing two gigs. Corabi is under the guidance
of vocal coach Ron Anderson.
Jim Dandy from the band Black Oak Arkansas joins Mötley on stage for
their rendition of Jailhouse Rock in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
A video for the forthcoming Without You single is filmed on location
in the Galveston Opera House in Texas, following the Crüe’s Houston
concert. A jaguar named Czar from a local animal shelter for big cats
called The Exotic Cat Refuge and Wildlife Orphanage is featured in the
video. It is the first Mötley Crüe to be video directed by Blanche White
and produced by Sharon Oreck, as the Crüe move away from Wayne Isham’s
direction. It’s later voted 1989’s #1 Most Requested Video on MTV.
In the Best Hard Rock Performance category of the 32nd Annual Grammy
Awards, Mötley Crüe's Dr Feelgood is beaten by Living Colour's Cult
of Personality. Other nominees are Aerosmith for Love In An
Elevator, Guns N' Roses for G N' R Lies, and Great White for Once
Bitten, Twice Shy.
Without You is released as a single with Slice Of Your Pie on the flip-side.
It spends the most amount of time in the charts of any Crüe single to
date, reaching #8 in its seventeen-week stint and becoming Mötley’s
second Top Ten hit. The track was written by Nikki about Tommy and wife
Heather Locklear. Slice Of Your Pie previously had working titles of
Slice Of The Night and Slice Of Your Life, with its lyrics being about
a night stalker killing people. Vince Neil plays harmonica on this track.
Dr. Feelgood goes triple-Platinum having now sold over three million
copies in the U.S. alone, while Mötley continues playing arena after
arena. The monotonous and exhaustive touring by the band, now in a sober
state, sees them finding other ways to amuse themselves. Dressed in
all sorts of fetish and fantasy clothing, females backstage entertain
the Crüe with a variety of acts fit for the raunchiest of circuses.
Tommy Lee is once again charged with indecent exposure after mooning
the crowd to complete his drum solo in Augusta, Georgia. He is
arrested on the spot and the band is not allowed to finish their
set. A policeman walks onto the stage and announces that the show is
over, only to be pelted with rubbish by the angry crowd who then
pursue refunds. Tommy is fined $1,647 and Mötley Crüe is banned from
playing in the city ever again.
At the end of his flying drum solo in New Haven, Connecticut, Tommy
descends as usual on his bungee rope but has a feeling his roadie will
not pull the brake on it in time. He panics and lets go of the rope
to reach his foot strap, turning him upside down. When the rope’s brake
is pulled on his twenty-foot plummet, Tommy’s head cracks into the head
of a person in the audience, before he hits the ground head-first and
blacks out. He gets taken to hospital for observation of his concussion,
which not only signals the end of this show, but forces the cancellation
of another show.
In Binghamton, New York, Mötley resumes playing to arenas again following
Tommy’s concussion. He now descends much slower on his rope at the end
of his solo before stopping four times as far away from the crowd than
before. It takes Tommy some time to overcome his fear.
A lawsuit is filed in the Allen Superior
Court in Indiana by security guard Mark Elrod against Vince Neil and
Mötley Crüe, claiming he was hit in the back of the head after Vince
hurled a cowbell off the front of the stage while he was working at
the band’s Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum concert on March 21st. The suit
claims $25,000 in battery damages for personal injuries sustained including
concussion, bruising, swelling and continual headaches, as well as punitive
damages to be determined at a jury trial. He also claims medical expenses
and loss of income.
Mötley Crüe plays their first of five east coast Australian shows at
the National Tennis Centre in Melbourne, before the tour heads to Japan.
Nikki asks Doug Thaler about progress on his poetry book and begins
berating him for not making a deal happen. Thaler only has a few sheets
of old lyrics and feels it’s not enough to take around to publishers
anyway. While in Australia, Vince takes a side-step on his sobriety
A second printing of Revolutionary Comics Inc.’s publication called
Rock’n’roll Comic - Mötley Crüe is released with a revised cover. This
printing comes about after Mötley Crüe’s licensing company, Great Southern,
takes legal action against Revolutionary Comics Inc. following the first
printing of the comic book released last October. The lawsuit is settled
and the comic company turns over 15,000 remaining stock copies that
were burned. The door opens for this second printing to be published
when Mötley Crüe switch licensing companies.
Mötley plays their first Dr. Feelgood show in Japan at Osaka’s Jo-Hall.
Tommy’s parents and wife Heather spend time with him in Japan, while
Vince brings his golf clubs along and spends time on some Japanese courses.
This time it’s Nikki who breaks his sobriety.
After the final third sold-out night at the Budokan in Tokyo to end
the Japanese tour, a bachelor party for Nikki is held at a Tokyo disco.
Two female strippers are invited as special guests. Nikki is engaged
to marry his girlfriend Brandi Brandt. Mick Mars and Mötley backup singer
Emi Canyn are also now engaged to be married.
Nikki Sixx marries Brandi Brandt in Hawaii. After being the October
‘87 Playboy playmate, she also graced the cover of the August ‘89 and
March ‘90 issues. The band takes a break from touring for a couple of
weeks while in Hawaii. Tommy goes with Vince to a strip club on the
island and downs a tray of glowing test tube shooters with Girls, Girls,
Girls playing over the sound system, as he also breaks his sobriety.
The next day in the band dressing room, Tommy confesses to Mick and
Nikki that he regretfully got drunk at a club the night before, while
Vince doesn’t say a word about him being drunk there as well.
The Don’t Go Away Mad single is released and has Rattlesnake Shake on
Side B; two songs written together on the same day late in October 1988.
It reaches #19 in sixteen weeks on the Billboard charts. The video for
the single is once again directed by Blanche White and produced by Sharon
Oreck. It shows Vince leaving New York City to join his band-mates in Los
Angeles for rehearsal. Nikki and Tommy shave the sides of their heads,
which starts a hairstyle trend that bands like Metallica follow.
After the video shoot, Vince takes Sebastian Bach to Newark Airport
in his limo to show him the band's private Dr. Feelgood Lear Jet. On
the way to the airport, they trade leather tour jackets, with
Sebastian getting Vince's that he wore in the video shoot.
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane debuts at movie theatres and stars Vince
Neil. Randy Castillo acts as the drummer in Vince’s band, Black Plague.
In Toronto, Canada, Mötley is presented with triple-Platinum awards
for sales of Dr. Feelgood, as they are also inducted into Skyplace’s
Walk of Fame.
Vince captains the Rockers softball team as part of the T.J. Martell
Charity Rock’n’roll Weekend in Los Angeles, which raises more than $200,000
for cancer, leukemia and AIDS research.
The Dr. Feelgood tour comes to an end in Arizona. Mötley Crüe has played
to over two million people in fourteen countries during the last twelve
months. The tour cost $325,000 a week to keep running, and each band
member walks away with over $8 million clean after commissions.
Tour Manager, Rich Fischer puts together
an offshore boat racing team with Vince Neil to occupy them now that
the tour is over.
With the continued success of Dr. Feelgood, Same Ol’ Situation is released
as a single just eight days away from the anniversary of the album’s
release, making it to #78 on the charts over nine weeks. If Time For
Change was chosen as the B-side, every song on the album (except the
less than one minute intro track) would have seen itself included on
a single. Wild Side is chosen instead. Time For Change features producer
Bob Rock on bass, with Nikki on organ and piano.
The Same Ol’ Situation video was shot
live during the two-day outdoor Stars and Guitars concert at Alpine
Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin and Pine Knob Music Theatre in Detroit,
Michigan. Vince swings a camera over the crowd on a bungee rope, while
a camera mounted in a clear beach ball is tossed around the crowd, capturing
interesting angles of footage. The video sees the Crüe return to the
expert direction of Wayne Isham again. The helicopter featured in the
video that the Crüe land in is the exact one that crashes near East
Troy, Wisconsin on the 27th August killing guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan
and four others. Vince takes an interest in helicopters and begins flying
Don’t Go Away Mad is performed live on the MTV Awards. This marks the
first time that the Crüe plays a song live on TV.
Nikki attends an AA meeting and ends up leading it. He meets Steve Perry
from Journey, actor Rob Lowe and, best of all, Harry Nilsson, who recently
moved into a Hidden Hills home near him.
Mick marries Crüe back-up singer Emi Canyn, who also has her own band
called She-Rock. It’s his second marriage.
The 31-minute home-video called Dr. Feelgood - The Videos is released,
featuring all the promotional video clips from the band’s number one
album. Further interview footage is included on the tape, directed by
Jean Pellerin and produced by Ben Whittaker for The Foundry.
The Crüe begins working on material for a Best Of style compilation
album titled Decade of Decadence, due for release in June next year
to celebrate ten years together. Nikki now has a sixteen-track home
studio installed in his 15,000 square foot mansion that is full of white
marble and tiled pools.
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