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The public is advised that Vince Neil has developed throat problems
that force an end to his solo touring for now. However, he plays
Tuesday nights at his Bar One club in Hollywood. Called Vince Neil’s
Ruby Tuesdays, the Vince Neil All-Stars jam with local musicians.
Mick Mars has three guitars
stolen from A&M Studios in Los Angeles late at night by a guy who
tells security he is Tommy Lee’s brother (Tommy has no brother). One of
the guitars was a gift from producer Bob Rock.
Mötley Crüe decides to
change the name of their new album from ‘Till Death Do Us Part to just
Mötley Crüe, as they feel it doesn’t seem like a new record anymore
since the name has been out there for so long.
Bill Kennedy, who records
Mötley’s demos, plays Nikki Sixx and Tommy some songs by an
industrial-style Seattle band he works with called War Babies. They say
they would like to do something together but can’t fit it into their
Tommy dates Bobbie Brown for the first time; a model and former wife of
Warrant singer Janie Lane with whom she has a young daughter Taylar.
Sleeping at her Reseda home, they are awoken at 4:30am by the
Northridge Earthquake. When her TV set smashes on the ground, they
crawl to Taylar’s bedroom as half the house then falls away behind
them. Tommy grabs Taylar and they run outside into the street, looking
at the remains of their homes with other neighbours as the earthquake
subsides. Bobbie and Taylar then move into Tommy’s Malibu house.
Vince is among more than seventy two celebrities playing golf in the
sixth annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational tournament at the
Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California. The event
benefits the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower Medical
Center in Rancho Mirage, and the Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.
Vince holidays at Hurricane Hole on Paradise Island in the Bahamas with
his strip club entrepreneur friend Michael Peters, and over a dozen
girls who each smuggle bags of cocaine on them for the flight there in
two Lear jets. A film crew is hired to document the nude partying
onboard a ninety-foot yacht anchored off shore. Vince’s girlfriend
Heidi arrives on the third day and after a few days they decide to stay
somewhere onshore on their own as they try to establish their
relationship. A few days later Vince’s jet ski hits a coral reef,
throwing him over the top and cracking a couple of ribs when he lands
on the reef. The last time he cracked his ribs was in his fateful car
accident now almost a decade ago.
Elektra Records hosts a listening party for the new self-titled Mötley
Crüe album at London’s Hard Rock Café as part of a promotional press
tour leading up to its release. In Milan, Italy, fans tears pieces off
John Corabi’s clothing to keep as souvenirs, while a female Italian
journalist tries to make out with Nikki the morning after their press
conference. There are also two U.S. listening parties held; one on the
west coast in Los Angeles and the other on the east coast at The Rebar
in New York City, where members of Anthrax, Pantera, Danger Danger,
Skid Row and the press are treated to free cocktails and Japanese
finger food as they listen to the new album. They then party at a go-go
bar until the small hours of the morning.
The self-titled Mötley Crüe album is released and enters the charts at
number seven, after costing a massive two million dollars to produce.
The original cover showed a picture of Nikki wearing a Nazi uniform but
Elektra order the five hundred thousand copies printed to be destroyed
and for it to be released with a new cover, which is designed by Steve
Gerdes. It is also released with two different coloured logo covers and
booklets; one red and the other yellow. Mötley uses feedback from a
radio contest to choose Hooligan’s Holiday as the first single, with
Hypnotized on the flipside – a previously unreleased demo that also
appears as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the album. The
eleven-minutes-plus Extended Holiday Version of Hooligan’s Holiday is
remixed by the guys in Skinny Puppy. Tommy’s drum track on the single
was one-take, with producer Bob Rock later saying it was the best drum
track he’s ever heard. The song was originally written by Nikki and
John in double-time like Live Wire or Deep Purple’s Highway Star,
before Tommy and Bob Rock slowed it down. The video for the song is
directed by Nick Egan and themed on Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 cult movie A
The song Loveshine features
mandolin guitar played by Bob Rock, while Power To The Music features
Hook Herrera, a harmonica player they found in a club and invited to
jam with them. Mick plays bass on the verses of Welcome To The Numb, a
song originally called Dancing in the Hole and then renamed Chip On My
Shoulder before they settled on the final title. John wrote Driftaway
right before he joined Mötley and it lyrically deals with a lot of the
things happening towards the end of his days in The Scream, where he
wasn’t prepared for a lot of the turmoil, conflict and bullshit within
the music industry.
The proposed Mötley Crüe EP
featuring one song from each member titled Leftovers changes its name
to Quaternary, and a limited edition run of twenty thousand copies are
made available in Canada and the U.S. The mail order details are only
initially found inside the first million copies of the new Mötley Crüe
CD. The solo songs were worked on at the suggestion of producer Bob
John’s contract is amended to provide him with twenty five percent of
all net income, except for merchandising and touring income of which
his share is fifteen percent, in lieu of the weekly payments he has
been receiving since joining the band.
Storm Brieanne Sixx is born as the second child for Nikki and Brandi.
Vince’s girlfriend Heidi Mark graces the cover of this month’s issue of
Playboy magazine. The couple spends a lot of their time at one of
Malibu’s best restaurants called Moonshadows, after Vince ends his
ownership in Bar One. Vince gets rid of his cocaine stash after Heidi’s
jealous ex-fiancé and former vice cop sends them pictures once a week
from the DEA helicopters he organises to spy on them.
MTV News interviews Mötley
Crüe about the new album but focuses on the falling out with Vince and
sarcastically asks about previous videos showing women, hairspray and
fire. Nikki cuts the interview short in disgust and walks out with the
Mötley Crüe’s self titled album achieves Gold status having sold
half-a-million copies in the U.S.
The new Nine Inch Nails album titled The Downward Spiral is released.
As a good friend of front-man Trent Reznor, Tommy is given special
thanks on the song Big Man With A Gun after bringing some strippers
into their neighbouring A&M studio and recording one of them having
an orgasm and using it as a sample at the beginning of the track. He
also drums on two mixes of Closer, even though he’s not mentioned for
credit. Tommy is a fan of the underground techno/industrial scene; an
influence that shows through on his track Planet Boom on Mötley’s
Proposals for a lengthy Mötley Crüe U.S. arena headlining tour are
scaled down, due to poor album and concert ticket sales. MTV refuses to
play the video for Misunderstood as a result of the interview walk-out
a couple of months earlier. Mike Amato, the Crüe’s tour manager,
organises smaller-sized venues, but they still have trouble selling
Vince begins recording his
second album at NRG Studios in North Hollywood with The Dust Brothers
producing, whose previous work includes the Beastie Boys. Its tentative
title is Pirate Radio. Steve Stevens is replaced by guitarist Brent
Woods, formerly of Wildside – a band named after the Mötley Crüe song.
Another change sees Dave Marshall replaced by Marti Frederiksen.
Included in the new songs is a cover of Lust For Life from Iggy Pop’s
1977 album Suck On This, which is intended for inclusion on the
Showgirls movie soundtrack. Vince plays bass on the track that
unfortunately doesn’t get selected in the final soundtrack listing.
Mötley Crüe’s Anywhere There’s Electricity Tour kicks off at the Tucson
Community Center in Arizona with only four thousand people in the
fifteen-thousand-seat venue. Type O Negative and Kings X are the
support acts for the tour. During a radio interview before the show,
Nikki invites fans to come to the station and he promises to put each
and every one of them on the guest list. Two fans show up, signalling
to him the end of any chance the new album will top the previous Dr.
Feelgood release. Mick’s son Les Deal works as the set carpenter on the
tour. The set list winds up with acoustic versions of Home Sweet Home
(complete with an intro played on harmonica), a cover of The Beatles’
classic song Revolution, Don’t Go Away Mad and Loveshine. An order form
for the band’s limited edition Quaternary EP is included in the tour
After playing in front of twenty thousand fans in Mexico City, Mötley’s
accountant Chuck Shapiro advises the band that the tour is not
financially viable and it needs to come to an end. A band meeting is
held the following day and Tommy and Nikki each write a cheque for
seventy five thousand dollars to keep the show on the road. Mick is
unable to contribute due to a lack of funds as a result of his recent
divorce from Emi, and John has recently forfeited his salary of ten
thousand dollars per week.
In Texas, Tommy, John and Dimebag from Pantera go to Benihana’s and
drink Hulk Blood cocktails (a mixture of Midori and sake). They decide
to go to a tattoo parlor where Dimebag has the words ‘Hulk Blood’ inked
on his leg. Tommy gets ‘kill’ and ‘reset’ buttons tattooed on the
inside of his left elbow, while John gets the same buttons on the
outside of his left arm. In their drunken state, they then meet
Pantera’s bass player Rex at a lake to go waterskiing for relief from
the extreme summer heat. John passes out on a bench in his leather
pants while the others ski, and he gets bad sunburn after taking his
On tour in Tulsa, Oklahoma, local authorities try to arrest Nikki for
inciting a riot after he tells fans to rip down the cyclone fence
erected between them and the Crüe on stage, four songs into the band’s
set. No charges are pressed.
Vince’s former girlfriend, porn star Savannah, is found dead by her
manager in her garage after shooting herself in the head with a Beretta
after she breaks her nose in a car crash earlier in the night which
causes disfiguration to her face. Just a few days prior, she asked
Vince to be her date at the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas, but
he turned her down at the last minute.
Mick becomes a grandfather when his daughter Stormy gives birth to a
baby girl Shandi, named after the Kiss song on their Unmasked album
released in 1980.
In a Los Angeles court, Tommy is put on probation and fined two hundred
dollars, after being convicted of illegal possession of a weapon,
following his arrest earlier in the year when his baggage was x-rayed
at Los Angeles International Airport showing a 0.40 calibre
semi-automatic pistol inside. The gun was loaded with ten hollow point
bullets designed to break open and spray metal fragments into the body
Misunderstood is released as
a single backed with Smoke The Sky and a demo version of Hammered.
Mick’s friend and former Deep Purple bassist Glen Hughes provided
backing vocals on the song. The video for Misunderstood is directed by
Brian Lockwood and features a sepia-toned Crüe playing on a house
porch, while the storyline follows the lyrical content.
Mötley is negotiating to
play Donnington Festival for the third time, taking the stage second on
the bill behind Aerosmith. Extreme are then mooted to play second so
the Crüe pulls out, refusing to play before Extreme.
Tommy gets a large tribal
tattoo back job, laid on freehand by Leo Zulueta at Black Wave Tattoo
in Los Angeles; something that his former wife Heather Locklear would
never allow him to have done. After six months of dating Bobbie Brown,
Tommy proposes to her by getting on his knees and giving her a
fifteen-thousand-dollar engagement ring.
In Chicago, Tommy lets off a firecracker from the band’s tour bus. A
piece of bitumen from the ground flies through the air and leaves a
hole in the bus driver’s arm, who is standing quite some distance away
next to John.
Rock Out Censorship’s Anti-Censorship Campaign kicks off at the Mötley
Crüe concert at the Star Lake Amphitheatre near Pittsburgh. T.J.
Rooney, a State Representative from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania plans to
introduce legislation that would make selling or buying stickered
recordings in Pennsylvania to/for anyone under eighteen a state crime.
The bill, titled H.B. 2982, is to be proposed to the Pennsylvania State
Senate’s Judiciary Committee on September 12, with seventeen other
state legislatures sitting on similar proposals. The Crüe invites John
Woods from ROC to say a few words about H.B. 2982 from the stage during
their set, which is well received by the crowd. Pittsburgh TV station
WPXI-11 features the story live from the concert, talking about the
bill and interviewing both John Woods and Crüe members.
Mötley Crüe’s Anywhere There’s Electricity Tour comes to a premature
close due to poor ticket sales, with the final U.S. show taking place
at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
Mötley Crüe advises Doug Thaler that they no longer have confidence in
his management and they part ways, eventually finding a new manager in
Allen Kovac from Left Bank Management, whose resurrections of Duran
Duran and Meat Loaf impressed the band. Mötley’s business accountant
Chuck Shapiro is also sacked.
The one time in the year
that Nikki has sex with his wife Brandi, she falls pregnant. As much as
his marriage is on the rocks, he tries to keep it together for the sake
of his family since he never had one.
The Japanese leg of the Anywhere There’s Electricity Tour begins as a
very keen Mötley and their crew arrives at Kansai New International
Airport in Osaka. Also arriving is Tommy’s fiancée Bobbie Brown and
while her name is now tattooed on his neck, he becomes increasingly
annoyed by her drug habit that fuels many arguments between them.
Nikki, Tommy and Bobbie go downtown in Osaka, shopping and feasting on
sushi, tempura and crab. At a place called American Village, tons of
kids start to follow them around, very excited to witness the Crüe, and
Tommy and Bobbie kiss many times.
In the morning, Nikki buys software from a shop called Nihon Bashi for
himself and as a present for Tommy’s birthday today. During the first
show of the tour later at night, Tommy receives another birthday
present: a spanking onstage from Bobbie Brown.
Mötley performs a sell-out show in Hiroshima. Tommy thinks he’s funny
by deciding to play the Gap Band’s song You Dropped The Bomb On Me as
the intro music. At the end of the show when the house lights go back
on, John’s song from Quaternary titled Friends plays over the speakers.
Due to a lack of hotel accommodation because of the Asian Games they
fly out after the concert to stay in Fukuoka, where they play the next
The rest of the Sixx family, including their babysitter, flies in to
Tokyo to meet Nikki and the Crüe. The Sixx family shops in a toy store
called Kiddyland the next day. Gunner leaves with a new toy samurai
Coming out of the Tokyo Hilton elevator on his way to attend a radio
interview in the hotel, Tommy greets many invited guests waiting to
attend a wedding ceremony on the same floor, dressed only in a
bathrobe. After the Tokyo show that night, they go out to dinner at a
Yaki Niku beef restaurant with members of their record company, dining
on beef tongue and seafood. On the way, Nikki buys Brandi a bunch of
her favourite flowers – Lilies.
After playing in Sendai the previous night, the Crüe plays their final
show of the tour in front of fourteen thousand fans at the Budokan in
Tokyo. Half an hour prior to going on stage, John decides he wants to
walk on wearing a Japanese Kabuki mask, so the staff goes through
pouring rain to find and buy the mask he wants. Nikki brings his son
Gunner on stage during the show, and during his drum solo, Tommy stops
to take a picture of the crowd. Backstage after the show, Mötley is
presented with Gold albums for sales of their self-titled Mötley Crüe
album in Japan.
John heads to The Lexington
Queen club and gets drunk. He sees a sign saying that the Vince Neil
Band will be playing next week. The Polish model he’s with, whom he met
earlier in the night, says she is going to the show so John mentions
she can say hello to Vince from him. At 3am he heads back to her
three-room place for a raucous party of her drunk and naked eleven
housemates; he stays the night before the flight home in the morning.
Nikki and his family fly out of Japan for a holiday in Phuket, Thailand
while Tommy and Bobbie fly to Fiji. Mick heads back to Los Angeles with
John, keen on writing songs in his studio.
The Vince Neil Band plays a show in Tokyo. Vince heads to The Lexington
Queen club afterwards, where the Polish model that John was with a week
earlier passes on a hello to him. Enraged, Vince flips over a table,
before throwing a beer bottle at her and cutting his hand open in the
process, as he abuses her. She phones John to tell him of the incident.
Smoke the Sky is released as a single. MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball won’t
show the video due to its lyrical content. The guerilla-style video
clip is again directed by Brian Lockwood and is filmed with one camera
in rehearsals, funded by the band themselves as times get tough.
Having completed work on his
new album, Vince spends a lot of time in Florida – home state of his
girlfriend Heidi – where he often visits The Dollhouse strip club in
Fort Lauderdale. As Warner Brothers’ executives decide the best
approach to marketing his album that innovatively mixes rap beats with
rock, a power struggle causes large-scale firings at the label. This
leaves Vince without his main contact in Michael Ostin, which pushes
the release of his new album further back. Subsequently, Vince delves
further into his motor racing interests and drives for the P.I.G. Indy
Lights racing team owned by a Long Beach Police sergeant. His pit crew
consists of guys from the sergeant’s SWAT team, until the racing team’s
possessions are seized following the sergeant being busted selling
cocaine from the police evidence locker.
Mötley starts working on their next album with a plan of returning more
to their roots with a straight-ahead rock’n’roll style, instead of the
darkness that their last album consisted of. They write new songs at
A&M Studios with Bob Rock producing called The Year I Lived In A
Day and La Dolce Vita that they are very happy with. However, they soon
decide they will no longer work with Bob because they feel he is too
expensive and will over-produce the album. Bob Rock is the next to be
fired, following the band’s previous firings of their manager and
accountant. The Crüe is angry with Elektra not being behind their
self-titled album released earlier in the year, so they want to leave
the label and do it alone.
Mötley plays a Christmas benefit acoustic jam with the Boxing Ghandis
at the Troubadour with an entry fee of two dollars plus two cans of
food. Towards the end of the night when they play Loveshine, the
Ghandis come on stage with Teddy Andreadis from Guns N’ Roses on piano
and Glenn Hughes on lead vocals. They finish the night with Don’t Go
Tired of the constant fighting with his fiancée and seeing no chance of
their relationship working, Tommy asks Bobbie Brown to leave his home.
Tommy tells her that she can have her possessions back when she returns
the fifteen-thousand-dollar engagement ring he gave her. When she
refuses, he leads her to the door. An hour later the police arrive and
allow her to take some of her possessions. Tommy protests but he is
handcuffed and arrested for spousal abuse, after Bobbie claims he
choked her. When Tommy is released from his cell a couple of days later
on fifty thousand dollars bail, he finds that Bobbie has taken every
item in his home, including his chairs, tables and bed, only leaving
him with one fork in the dishwasher.
Tommy and Bobbie see each other a few times after their separation and
have sex, but they still find themselves arguing. After getting angry
at Tommy because Bobbie thinks he likes one of her friends, Tommy picks
up a vase and smashes it on her apartment floor before leaving. He
heads to the house of his junkie friend Sedge who shoots Tommy up with
two cc’s to escape his issues with her. The quantity is too much for
Tommy though and he is soon rushed to Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los
Angeles after overdosing. Later in the night, Sedge and another friend
Doug come to the hospital and take the tubes out of Tommy’s arms and
the wires that connect him to machines, and they escape from the
hospital with Tommy before the media finds out about the overdose.
Tommy later says the first
time he took heroin was at Nikki’s place at Valley Vista Boulevard back
in 1986. He would always shoot up in the rose tattoo in the crook of
Tommy and some friends go to the Sanctuary club on New Years Eve and
Bobbie Brown meets him there. The friends sit in a booth drinking
Cristal champagne and taking ecstasy, when a waitress comes over and
gives Tommy a shot of Goldschlager cinnamon schnapps liqueur from
Pamela Anderson who is one of the owners of the club. Tommy doesn’t
realise that she had sent shots to everyone in the club, and thinks it
was just for him. He walks over to her table and squeezes in between
her and her friends before licking her up the side of her face. Pamela
then laughs and turns away, licking the face of the girl next to her.
Tommy slams his shot then throws the glass at the bar, breaking all
kinds of glasses and bottles, blaming his outburst on his Greek
heritage. They talk for most of the night while Bobbie gives them dirty
looks from the bar. Tommy walks Pamela to the car of her girlfriend
Melanie as they leave at around 2am, and after asking her several times
for her phone number she gives it to him. Tommy calls Pamela over and
over again during the next six weeks, trying to arrange a date between
their busy schedules. During one message he sings her a version of the
Oscar Mayer theme song about his penis, which grabs Pamela’s attention.
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