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Mötley Crüe manager Doug Thaler wants the band to take a long time
working on their next studio album as it will be a big challenge to
write an album to top the hugely successful Dr. Feelgood. The
opportunity of renegotiating a larger record contract given more time
is also in mind, after the band’s attorney David Rudich suggests to the
band members, management and their business manager that he feels the
time is right to renegotiate based on their tremendous success; to
which they agree. Despite the fact the band has at least two albums to
deliver on its current record contract signed in September 1986,
Elektra is approached with a proposal, without threat that the Crüe
will go to another label.
Dr. Feelgood becomes Mötley’s highest selling album, now reaching
quadruple-Platinum status. Brokum release a series of trading cards
called RockCards, featuring Mötley Crüe and other popular hard rock
Nikki Sixx and Brandi’s first child is born and named Gunner Nicholas
Sixx. He measures fifty two centimeters long.
Tommy Lee and Vince Neil accept an American Music Award on behalf of
the band for Favourite Heavy Metal / Hard Rock Album. Dr. Feelgood is
chosen ahead of Poison’s Flesh & Blood and Aerosmith’s Pump albums.
and Heather move into their new three-million dollar home, fifteen
minutes away from their previous home. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom
Mediterranean-style mansion at 4970 Summit View Drive, Thousand Oaks,
California is in the gated community of North Ranch. Decorated in a
Victorian Country style, their single-storey hilltop home includes a
twenty-one-foot-long underground wine cellar, a master suite with
his-and-her baths opening onto a courtyard with a fountain, a sauna, a
forty-foot long 'Great Room,' and a gym. It also has a recording studio
for Tommy in a guest room. This 8,115 square foot house with panoramic
views was newly built for them on a 3.88 acre lot adjacent a golf
course, to which Tommy pays a once-off $60,000 for exclusive club
membership. With not enough room to park their cars, including Tommy’s
new Ferrari Testarossa, he buys the vacant lot next door for $900,000
so he can park them there. Tommy is keen to make a family of his own
with Heather, now being the only Crüe member not to have a child.
At an L.A. Kings game,
Richard Marx asks Tommy to play on a heavy track he has written called
Streets of Pain and Tommy accepts.
a lull in Crüe activities, Vince gets involved with car racing. He
starts out by buying a go-kart and racing it at a track in Oxnard,
before going to racing school in Sebring, Florida. He then progresses
to racing Formula Fords and then moves into Indy Lights.
collects model cars from all over the world, as well as specialty
license plates. He also collects art, including some works by Dali, but
he is also starting to drink heavily again, often coming to album
rehearsals drunk and leaving early to make out with girls on his way
home, including young Californian groupie and porn star Savannah (real
name Shannon Wilsey), even though his wife is pregnant at home.
For the second year in a row, Mötley Crüe is nominated in the Best Hard
Rock Performance category of the Grammy Awards and beaten by Living
Colour: their Time's Up album beats Kickstart My Heart. Other nominees
are AC/DC for The Razor's Edge, Faith No More for their song Epic, and
Jane's Addiction for their Ritual de lo Habitual album.
daughter for Vince and Sharise is born and named Skylar Lynnae Neil.
They recently moved into a mansion in Simi Valley, which they feel will
appropriate to raise her. That night at the hospital, Vince tells
Sharise that he’s going home to sleep since he can't sleep in the
hospital bed in her room, but he goes to porn star Savannah's apartment
on Laurel Canyon Avenue instead.
The Crüe forms their own record label called Mötley Records, which is
affiliated with Elektra. The Crüe can sign people and produce artists
on Mötley Records, but it’s distributed by Elektra, which is in turn
internationally distributed by WEA. Mötley Crüe is the first band on
the new label.
Word gets out that Mötley is
keen to renegotiate their record deal with Elektra and other labels
express interest, including Geffen, the new place of employ for A&R
executive Tom Zutaut who first signed the Crüe to Elektra almost nine
years ago in 1982.
Indiana security guard Mark Elrod is awarded nine thousand dollars in
damages after filing suit against Vince Neil and Mötley Crüe a year
ago, shortly after he was hit in the back of the head when 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 21. Vince claimed he
thought he threw the cowbell to a stage-hand like he did in all the
band’s shows on the tour, while Elrod claimed lighting was sufficient
for Vince to be able to determine that he wasn’t the stage-hand ready
to catch the three pound metal bell and acted recklessly instead.
Doug Thaler phones Vince and tells him that he is not welcome at band
rehearsals until he finds sobriety again. Without telling anyone, Vince
flies to Hawaii with a porn star until he has to return when his credit
cards reach their limit. After calming wife Sharise, he checks himself
into a rehab facility in Tucson, Arizona where the band soon visits and
encourages him to make the Crüe his priority again, to which Vince
agrees. Sharise says in years to come that this cheating is when their relationship really started to fall apart.
Tommy drums on the title track The Urge from Stu Hamm’s third solo
album released today. He also contributes backing vocals to the track
If You’re Scared, Stay Home. The liner notes of the album reads, “Tommy
Lee appears courtesy of Elektra Records and Heather Locklear.”
Nikki and Mick Mars co-write the song Die For You on Alice Cooper’s Hey
Stoopid album. Mick plays guitar on the track, while Nikki plays bass
on the track Feed My Frankenstein and is really pleased to work with
one of his heroes. He even phones Alice to ask if he was thinking of
doing a video for Feed My Frankenstein. Alice says he is thinking about
it and if he does then Nikki will be the bass player in it. Other
guests on the album are Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve
Vai, and Joe Satriani.
A video for the forthcoming Mötley single Primal Scream is shot in
three hours from 1pm, the fastest of their videos to date. Another
version of the video is made for a future home-video release, featuring
naked girls dancing around, some covered in mud, some with blood and
others with water. The band and actors are lit with only a light bulb
on a stick, creating a dark and eerie feel to the video.
Mötley plays a warm-up show at the Marquee in London, once again under
the name The Foreskins, in the lead up to their second Donnington
Monsters Of Rock Festival appearance. The English press misspells the
name and advertise The Fourskins, which punters think is a return of
the defunct English skinhead/punk band. This is Mötley Crüe’s second
club gig in ten years. They play Primal Scream live for the first time
and also perform a cover of the Sex Pistols’ classic anthem Anarchy In
The Crüe plays Donnington for the second time, going on stage after the
Black Crowes and Queensryche, and being followed by Metallica and
AC/DC. Mötley’s stage set includes a huge backdrop portrait of the
famous Mona Lisa painting that has been modified so she is showing her
middle finger to the crowd. While in Europe, Nikki slips up briefly
with drugs again.
Mötley commences a further run of eight European Monsters of Rock shows
in Budapest, Hungary. Pre-recorded tapes are used to replace the Mötley
back-up singers, the Nasty Habits.
Primal Scream is released as a single, backed with Dancing On Glass and
live versions of Red Hot and Dr. Feelgood. Tommy wrote the chorus of
the new song that hits number sixty three during its five weeks on the
After the Monsters of Rock
tour through Europe, Nikki stays two weeks longer until the end of the
month, enjoying a family holiday in the South of France where he sits
in the sun, writes songs on guitar, and swims naked in the
Mediterranean. He also has some conceptual ideas for an animated video
for the song Angela, which is planned to be included on a forthcoming
Decade of Decadence home-video. The song was written by Nikki about his
wife, Brandi Angela Brandt. However, on return to the U.S., the couple
soon begins to fight and Nikki spends half of his nights at hotels.
Vince spends some time
charity fundraising in Australia and promoting the forthcoming Crüe
compilation album. His new car-racing hobby gets more serious when he
becomes the co-owner of an Indy Car Racing Team in Long Beach
California, with former Formula 1 driver Eddie Chiva. He spends many
weekends at race meets and Crüe management hears he is often up
drinking all night at them. Vince uses his racing as an escape from
problems he is having at home with wife Sharise, plus him feeling like
he’s becoming an aging rock star now that he is thirty years old. He
tells Crüe manager Doug Thaler of his issues and pleads with him for
Mötley’s Decade of Decadence album is released. It enters the Billboard
charts at number two behind Garth Brooks who jumps from number four to
number one with his Roping The Wind album, and Guns N Roses at number
three and six with their Use Your Illusion releases. Decade of
Decadence celebrates Mötley’s tenth anniversary with remastered
versions of Crüe classics and three new songs recorded at A&M
Studios, once again with producer Bob Rock. It ends with the Sex
Pistols cover Anarchy In The U.K. that sports the first take of Vince’s
vocal recording. Mick Mars started playing the riff one day in
rehearsals and everyone joined in, thinking it sounded great. Nikki
then obtained the lyrics from Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, who likes
the Crüe’s version. Johnny Rotten calls Vince to tell him that he loves
it. The song is included as preference over a new track Punched In The
Teeth By Love. The album also features a live version of Kickstart My
Heart recorded in July last year at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. It
also includes a cover of ex-Deep Purple member Tommy Bolin’s song
Teaser. The album cover is a collage of Mötley images, conceptualised
and put together by a Crüehead, Mark Jackson. A small picture of him is
also included on the cover.
Richard Marx releases his third album titled Rush Street that features
Tommy drumming on the album’s ninth track called Streets of Pain. Steve
Lukather of Toto and Randy Jackson also play on the track and Tommy is
thrilled to have worked with them in the studio.
Mötley releases their new Home Sweet Home ‘91 version and it peaks at
number thirty seven. It spends seventeen weeks on the Billboard singles
chart, the longest of any Mötley single to date, equal with Without
You. The new video clip, directed by Matt Mahurin, differs from the
original version in 1985. It contains a lot of scenes that can’t be
shown on MTV, including a shot of an eccentric multi-billionaire lady
at her home rubbing her cheeks on a statue of a man urinating. Tommy
re-recorded his signature intro and outro on a grand piano for this new
‘91 Remix version, having never been satisfied with the Roland keyboard
sound on the original track.
The Crüe insists that MTV
plays the Primal Scream video during their daytime rotation and the
Anarchy In The U.K. video at night. It’s the first time in history that
MTV plays two videos from the same artist in their rotation. The
Anarchy video is directed by Brian Lockwood and features a blend of
backstage and live footage of the band during their recent European
Monsters of Rock tour.
Tommy produces two tracks
with Mark Dodson, titled Sittin’ Pretty and Just Another Day, on the
debut album released by the Electric Love Hogs. Tommy is also pictured
on the album sleeve, riding a hog. The relationship came to be after
Tom Zutaut, now at Geffen Records, heard that Tommy was looking to
produce a band and encouraged him to see one of their shows at the
China Club in Hollywood to check them out. If Electric Love Hogs didn’t
sign to London Records, they were to be signed on the new Mötley
Vince says he would like to record and release his own solo album one
day. The album would probably be cover versions of his all time
favourite rock songs.
Decade of Decadence goes Platinum, as have all of Mötley Crüe’s
previous five albums. The song Angela from Decade of Decadence is
released to radio as a promo single for airplay.
Mötley signs a new five-album deal with Bob Krasnow at Elektra Records,
bearing a twenty-five-million-dollar advance. In addition, the band
will receive a royalty rate in excess of $2.18 per unit for CD sales,
and $1.50 per unit for cassette and LP sales, on both their existing
catalogue and any new material. Should the band continue to perform in
line with its track record, the deal could be worth in excess of thirty
five million dollars. Mötley Crüe management has been in negotiations
on the deal with Elektra since January.
Rehearsals begin in a
Californian warehouse for a new Mötley Crüe studio album, with a
two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off schedule for band members, especially since
Bob Rock is too busy to produce at this time. One new song is titled
I’m a Victim of a Psycho Bitch, while others include Try This One, New
Blooze and Bittersweet. They plan on recording seventeen to twenty
tracks for the new album. Nikki says the songs are very dark and
lyrically profound, dealing with current and critical subject matter,
while musically they are extremely aggressive with complex
arrangements; some are in the vein of old Black Sabbath. Whenever Doug
Thaler visits the studio, Vince is never there, often claiming he is
too tired to sing. The rest of the band members are also annoyed with
his apparent lack of commitment to the new work and it’s not too long
before he starts taking Thursdays and Fridays off to go to car race
Heather buys Tommy a thirty-thousand-dollar guitar for Christmas,
having been inlaid with mother of pearl when it was custom made for
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