Available in the Motley Crue book - Vol. 2 The Nineties
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 schedules.
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 Clockwork Orange.
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 Rock.
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 band following.
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 Quaternary EP.
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 tickets.
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 book.
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 t-shirt off.
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 after firing.
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
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
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
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
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
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 Away Mad.
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 his arm.
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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