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Mötley Crüe's Home Sweet Home ‘91 Remix enters the U.K. charts at #27
while a possible European tour for February or March is touted,
dependent on the success of the single. Elektra tells Mötley their
upcoming U.S. Summer tour will be the biggest on the circuit, which is
the last thing the road-weary Crüe really wants to hear.
A Decade of Decadence home-video is released containing promo clips
spanning the Crüe’s career, along with interviews and backstage
footage. No different version of Primal Scream with naked women is
included, nor is a video clip for Angela as previously conceptualised
by Nikki Sixx.
Mötley works with computer
programmer Tim Byers to develop a CD-Rom project titled Digital
Decadence. The application’s interface is broken down by each album to
give users quick access to viewing song video clips. It also includes
virtual backstage passes to the show, so fans can watch from behind the
scenes. A distributor is not sourced and the project terminates,
Mötley is sued for the
second time by a fan claiming to have suffered hearing loss after
attending a Crüe concert. Twenty-five-year-old Clifford Goldberg of New
York says the band and promoter were negligent in failing to monitor
sound levels during the show and he sues for seven million dollars to
recompense his hearing loss.
Vince Neil celebrates his birthday at The Roxy. He spends time with
actor Robert Patrick, best known for his role in Terminator 2, and they
talk with a girl named Lenay before Vince's wife Sharise hits him in
the nose with a glass. Vince and Sharise are ejected from the club
after Vince slashes the manager in the face with a bottle he smashes
during the wild brawl that ensues. The club owners consider pressing
drunk and disorderly or vandalism charges against him.
Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars drive for over two hours through
one of the worst flash-flood storms Los Angeles has seen this century –
so bad that Governor Pete Wilson declared a state of emergency and
urged everyone to remain indoors. They wait over four hours for Vince
to also arrive at rehearsals before they have new tour manager Mike
Amato send a fax to Vince at his Simi Valley home, since his phone line
only gives the busy signal when they try to reach him. The longer they
wait, the more irate they become.
calls the studio and argues with Nikki, not really wanting to attend
due to the weather. As they wait for him to come to the studio, someone
says they saw him out, drunk with a girl at three in the morning. Upon
Vince's arrival, they tell him during an argument that they are
thinking of getting a new lead singer. Vince says the new album is
stupid and disapproves of keyboards being used, before storming out of
the studio, feeling he has been fired. Nikki feels he quit the band,
and the point remains an interesting debate for many years. The
pressures of non-stop album recording and touring has worn the band
down and certainly fuelled the split.
Tommy, Mick and band management attend a meeting at Nikki’s house. The
band is discouraged from getting rid of their vocalist, bearing the
status of their new $25 million record deal in mind. A unanimous vote
seals Vince’s fate and he is out of the band after Tommy and Nikki have
grown too tired of his behaviour. Manager Doug Thaler reluctantly calls Vince and
tells him the rest of the band doesn’t want him around and he’s not to
speak with any of them.
There’s no love lost this Valentine’s Day as Mötley issues an official
statement on Vince’s departure stating, “Race car driving has become a
priority in Neil’s life, and he’s dedicated much of his time and energy
to it. The Crüe’s relationship to Vince began to deteriorate because
his band-mates felt he didn’t share their determination and passion for
music. Vince was the only Crüe member who didn’t regularly participate
in the song writing process.”
Lead singer of The Scream,
John Corabi, reads a Spin magazine interview with Nikki who says he has
been listening to and loving their debut album. John calls the office
of Mötley manager Doug Thaler intending to thank Nikki for the plug. He
is also keen to have Nikki write some songs with him for The Scream’s
sophomore album. John doesn’t speak with Doug, as ironically, he is on
the phone with Nikki who is asking to get in touch with John.
Ten minutes later as John is about to leave his home for the final show
of The Scream’s tour with Dangerous Toys, Nikki and Tommy call him from
Nikki’s car phone in confidence. Nikki tells him about Vince’s
departure and asks him to audition after the weekend, to which John
John features as the rhythm
guitarist in Sass Jordan's current video for her song Make You a
Believer, along with Kelly Nichols from LA Guns.
Vince goes to Hawaii with porn star Savannah, where they stay up for
four days straight on pills, alcohol, heroin and cocaine at the Maui
Hilton before she has convulsions after overdosing. An ambulance is
called and she goes to hospital. By the time Vince arrives at the
hospital, Savannah is released, so they return to the Hilton and find
their bags are at the front desk. After being kicked out, they check in
to the Four Seasons Maui and continue partying.
John Corabi meets the Crüe at a Burbank studio to audition. Being
largely unfamiliar with Mötley’s music having not owned a Crüe album,
John is also aware of the difference in voices between him and Vince
Neil. He tells a receptive Nikki on the phone the previous night that
he doesn’t really want to sing Girls, Girls, Girls. As he enters the
studio, the band is jamming on the Jimi Hendrix song Angel. They begin
the audition by playing the cover songs in the Crüe’s repertoire:
Helter Skelter first, followed by Jailhouse Rock and Smokin’ In The
Boys Room. After giving John lyric sheets they jam on Dr. Feelgood and
Don’t Go Away Mad. John feels comfortable that he gets along well with
the members and notices Tommy instantly likes the heavier sound, due to
Corabi’s deeper voice. John is asked back the following day to jam with
Kik Tracee front-man Stephen Shareaux jams with Mötley, before John
Corabi auditions with Mötley again, this time in front of Doug Thaler,
Chuck Shapiro and band lawyer David Rudich. When the management team
leaves, Tommy and John are keen to jam on some other
songs. John asks if he can use one of Mick’s guitars before they start
jamming on Jazz Gillum’s blues classic Reefer Head Woman, which
Aerosmith covered on their Night in the Ruts album. They are impressed
that John can play so well and love the fuller sound it gives them.
John then shows them a riff he came up with back when he was in Angora and they start turning it into a song that
becomes Hammered. They then work on an acoustic piece that soon becomes
the introduction in Misunderstood. John sings some of Nikki’s new
lyrics for a song called Loveshine before going to the bathroom. On his
return, Tommy tells John that he is the new front-man for Mötley Crüe,
while Nikki says he has to remain quiet about it until legal issues are
dealt with. John has never seen the Crüe live in concert before but
celebrates once he arrives home by drinking two bottles of Dom Perignon
with four friends and his wife, after they have them chilled on
anticipation of the news.
After rumours circulate that his excessive drinking caused the split,
Vince issues a statement saying he didn’t like the musical direction
for the new album. “I wasn’t fired for drinking and I didn’t leave the
band to pursue auto-racing, although it’s been a hobby of mine for the
past seven years. But it’s never interfered with my music. Music has
always been top priority in my life. It is true, however, that I didn’t
share the same enthusiasm for the band’s new musical direction.” Vince
is yet to drive in his first professional auto race.
On his return from Hawaii,
Vince checks himself into the Tucson rehab clinic he has previously
attended, where Savannah sends him a different pornographic picture of
herself every day until Vince is caught with them. When Vince gets out
of rehab, he finds Savannah is dating someone else. He leaves wife
Sharise and daughter Sklyar and moves to Las Vegas, where he lives on
the third hole at the Desert Inn Country Club for a short while.
The Crüe sends John and his
wife Valerie two crystal vases with two dozen roses to welcome them
into the Mötley family. Mick often calls John by his surname, Corabi.
This soon morphs into Crab, which sticks as his new nickname.
With no official word publicly on who the new Mötley lead singer will
be, those rumoured to fit the bill include John Corabi, Marq Torien of
the Bulletboys, David Lee Roth, and Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy. More than
twenty years later, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row says he was asked to
join the band, but declined.
After hooking up with a new
manager Bruce Bird, Vince writes the song You’re Invited, But Your
Friend Can’t Come with Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw from Damn Yankees in
twenty minutes, for the Disney Organisation’s movie Encino Man. Michael
Cartellone plays drums on the track that is recorded at Rumbo Recorders
and The Record Plant. With the assistance of his attorney, Vince signs
a $4 million record deal with Warner Brothers, with a $2 million advance. He also lives in the
Hollywood Hills home of Brat Pack actor and sex symbol Rob Lowe, after
befriending him at the weekly sobriety for celebrities meetings that
they attend. Lowe has recently split from his wife Sheryl Berkoff after
a video-taped sex scandal with a sixteen-year-old girl in his Paris
hotel room in 1989 hits the tabloids. Vince and Rob spend many nights
on the town together, picking up rock groupies at the Rainbow and
actresses at huge film parties.
Vince races in the celebrity race as a lead up to the Australian Indy
Car Grand Prix. Vince and his co-driver Bruno Lucarelli are put out of
the Ford Celebrity Challenge when another car swipes Vince’s tail end,
shoving him into a concrete barrier.
Vince makes his professional auto racing debut in the first of twelve
races in the 1992 Firestone Indy Lights Championship season, held at
Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona. For P.I.G. Racing, he starts
in grid position fourteen and finishes the race twelfth at the end of
the seventy-five-mile race. Coached by his Irish teammate Tommy Byrne,
Vince has also been taking lessons from famous racing drivers Al Unser
Jr. and Michael Andretti, as he works towards his long-term goal of
racing in the Indy 500.
You’re Invited, But Your Friend Can’t Come is released by Vince, backed
with another song from the Encino Man soundtrack by T-Ride called
Luxury Cruiser. Vince and his solo band perform the song live on the
MTV Movie Awards.
John continues writing and rehearsing with the Crüe five days a week at
Audible Sound in Burbank, although nothing is official yet. He brings a
song called Driftaway to the Mötley table, which he had previously
written when he was in The Scream. While the band works on and
contributes to all songs in their own ways, John and Nikki work
together on every lyric. They plan to have the new album titled ‘Til
Death Do Us Part finished by the end of the year, ready to match a
release from Vince.
One night all the Mötley
Crüe band members go to Sunset Strip Tattoo and get some new tattoos
saying ‘Til Death Do Us Part. Tommy gets his around the bottom of his
leg above his ankle by Mike, Mick gets his on his left upper arm by
Kobo, while Nikki and John have it tattooed on the back of their left
upper legs with 92 after it by Eric Blair. Greg James from Sunset Strip
Tattoo designs an amazing album cover image depicting a death tarot
card that is not used for the final cover, or any other purpose.
Vince moves out of Rob
Lowe’s house and into the Bel Age Hotel on North San Vicente Boulevard,
West Hollywood, where he also stores his three Ferraris, Harley
Davidson and Rolls Royce. Along with some friends, he buys into the
up-market Bar One up the road from his hotel, which houses a five-star
restaurant, a bar and dance floor. Here he meets and dines with many
Hollywood celebrities, including Sylvester Stallone and Christie Turlington. He soon dates star of Beverley Hills 90210,
Vince wants his friend and former Cinderella drummer Fred Coury to work
with him but he is busy with his band Arcade, also featuring Stephen
Pearcy from Ratt. Billy Idol hears Vince is looking for a guitarist and
mentions it to his former axe man Steve Stevens, who gets in touch with
Vince through their mutual friend, clothing designer Ray Brown. After
the demise of the Atomic Playboys, Stevens is now recording in
Jerusalem Slim with former Hanoi Rocks vocalist Mike Monroe. Issues
soon come to a head with Monroe and Stevens leaves him to join Vince;
the second time Mike Monroe’s band has split up because of Vince. Vince
then enters the Record Plant studios, with renowned Bad Company and The
Baby’s producer Ron Nevison at the helm.
On rhythm guitar in the
Vince Neil Band is long-time Crüe fan and bassist of nine years Robbie
Crane, who came on the recommendation from Vince’s brother-in-law Gary
Ruddell. Born and raised in Hollywood, twenty-four-year-old Robbie
first saw the Crüe in concert at the Starwood when he sneaked out of
his parents’ home when he was thirteen. His dad owns a tyre shop and
his mum is a housewife. Most of his family plays instruments but Robbie
is the only one who pursues it professionally. He was Bobby Dall’s bass
tech on Poison’s Look What the Cat Dragged In tour, and he was a
boom-mike operator on porn movies. His previous bands include New Haven
with Tim Kelly of Slaughter, Tuff with whom he did some demos, and he
rehearsed briefly with Lynch Mob. The first time he plays guitar in a
band, or on stage with a band, is during the video shoot for the You’re
Invited But Your Friend Can’t Come video clip. Kris Lord plays lead
guitar in the clip.
Phil Soussan plays bass for
the Vince Neil Band having previously been Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist
during 1986 and 1987. Former Mötley back-up singer Donna McDaniel helps
out with additional background vocals.
Nikki spends some time in Jamaica where he smokes lots of pot and
drinks magic mushroom tea as the rest of the band works on guitar
tracks. Sobriety challenges him again.
Former Enuff Z’Nuff drummer Vikki Foxx officially joins the Vince Neil
Band after guesting in the video for You’re Invited, But Your Friend
Can’t Come, followed by a live performance with them at the MTV Movie
Awards earlier in the year. Raised in Brookfield, Illinois, he once
played in a Chicago band with Life, Sex & Death’s front-man
Stanley. Vikki records his drum tracks for the upcoming album in seven
days. While laying down the drum tracks in the studio, Vince's manager
Bruce Bird dies suddenly from a brain aneurism. A mutual friend in Burt
Stein offers to
help out until Vince finds a new manager, but continues on after they
John is set upon by three
Mexicans on his way home from the store to get milk. They steal the
jewellery from his neck after hitting him in the back of his head with
a gun and stabbing him multiple times in his back and hand with a
screwdriver. Mötley loans John and Valerie money to move from their
one-bedroom house in a dangerous neighbourhood to the safer suburb of
Thousand Oaks. They also give him a brand new Harley Davidson so the
band can all ride together. With John spending more time with the other
Mötley members, his relationship with wife Valerie deteriorates, made
harder by their five-year-old son Ian Karac Corabi being diagnosed with
former girlfriend Leah Graham, whom he was dating when Mötley Crüe
formed, dies after being stabbed to death in Covina. The
thirty-eight-year-old suffers cardiac arrest brought on by her
sixty-six stab wounds, allegedly inflicted as a result of a drug deal
gone bad. Her six-year-old son and fifteen-year-old daughter then live
with Leah's parents in Colorado.
John Corabi signs a contract to legally become a member of Mötley Crüe.
He is to receive $300,000 for work on the forthcoming album, $5,000 per
week plus all expenses paid whilst on tour, and $2,000 per week at
other times. He is also to receive twenty five percent of the
publishers’ and writers’ share of all songs composed whilst he is in
the band. The contract states that new negotiations are to be drawn up
following his first tour with the band.
Vince issues a lawsuit against Mötley seeking five million dollars in
damages and twenty five percent of profits from all future albums, as
well as his re-instatement into the band. Vince purchases the licensing
rights to Hawaiian Tropic swimwear, adding it to his Xposure swimwear
label that he reportedly designs, distributes and manufactures.
Mick helps his wife Emi
Canyn form her own band called Alice ‘N Thunderland. He buys them
Marshall stacks, cabinets for bass player Mitch Laney, a new kit for
drummer Jeff Dennis, a flying V guitar for Chet Thompson, as well as
studio time. Mick also buys a beach condo in Marina del Ray that Emi
moves into. John moves into the guest house of Mick’s home as he
separates from wife Valerie.
Bob Rock flies down to Los Angeles to meet with the band at Tommy’s
house to discuss their ideas for the new album. Upon arrival, he is
horrified to see Tommy and Nikki under the weather after a night of
binging on cocaine, alcohol and pot. Rock informs rehab specialist Bob
Timmons of the incident, which turns out to be another one-off
occurrence. Nikki and Tommy commit to sobriety again as the band tries
to match the success of Dr. Feelgood by heading to Vancouver to
commence recording the new album with Bob.
A Sega Genesis pinball game called Crüeball is released with three
Mötley tracks featured on it in midi format: Home Sweet Home, Dr.
Feelgood and Live Wire. It also features Allister Fiend on the cover
and throughout the game’s bonus levels.
While in Canada, the Crüe has a two-hour photo shoot at the Ross Bay
Cemetery in Victoria. Photos from the session are used to generate
further interest in the band through rock magazine articles.
In their efforts to stay sober and healthy, the Mötley band members not
only stay away from drugs and alcohol, but red meat, cigarettes and
caffeine as well. They take vitamin pills and work out with a trainer
in the mornings.
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