Available in the Motley Crue book - Vol. 2 The Nineties
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
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, remaining unreleased.
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.
They wait over four hours for Vince to also arrive at rehearsals before
they have new tour manager Mike Amato send Vince a fax, since his phone
line only gives the busy signal when they try to reach him. The longer
they wait, the more irate they become as Vince only needs to travel
half the distance they did.
Vince calls the studio and argues with
Nikki, not really wanting to attend. 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 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 agrees.
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 young Californian groupie and porn star Savannah
(real name Shannon Wilsey), where they stay up for four days straight
on pills and cocaine at the Maui Hilton before Savannah has convulsions
after overdosing. Vince calls an ambulance and follows her to the hospital.
They continue partying when she returns from hospital the following
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 them
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 asks John if he wants to jam with them 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 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 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 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. 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
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.
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
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. He soon
dates star of Beverley Hills 90210, Shannen Doherty.
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. 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, Vince’s manager Bruce Bird dies after
having an aneurism. A mutual friend in Burt Stein offers to help out
until Vince finds a new manager, but continues on after they bond.
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 diabetes.
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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