Available in the Motley Crue book - Vol. 2 The Nineties
Mötley Crüe plays their final show in support of their self-titled album
at Club Shelter in Pasadena, California. This turns out to be John Corabi’s
last performance with the Crüe. John moves out of Mick Mars’ house and
in with his new girlfriend Robin, who works as a model.
After battling cancer for two years,
John’s mother passes away; this adds to his stress levels. When her
health insurance and social security don’t come through, John sells
many of his possessions including his Harley, to pay her bills. He also
borrows money from an uncle, expecting to pay him back with his first
publishing advance from his next album with the Crüe.
After calling Tommy Lee to set up a date, Pamela Anderson cancels it
when she gets called away to Cancun, Mexico to do a calendar photo shoot
for the Beach Patrol suntan lotion line. Having broken off his engagement
with Bobbie Brown and now determined to win Pamela over at any cost,
Tommy takes an American Airlines flight to Cancun the next day with
two friends, Bobby Fernandez and Doug. Upon arrival, he calls five hotels
in search of her before finding out she is staying at the Ritz-Carlton
on his next call. He anxiously waits for her to call him and when she
finally does they arrange to meet. Tommy shows up in the hotel lobby
in his white singlet top but management feels he is too casually dressed
to enter the bar or restaurant, so they catch a taxi to a place called
Señor Frog’s. The couple hit it off and they then spend every night
together at restaurants, bars, nightclubs and the beach before capping
the nights off in Pamela’s penthouse suite.
After completion of her photo shoot obligations, Pamela decides to stay
in Cancun with Tommy for another two days. They go to a massive disco
called La Boom and Tommy proposes to Pamela by taking a silver ring
off his friend Bobby’s pinky finger and putting it on hers. They get
blood tests at a hospital at 2am and have a lot of trouble finding a
priest available to marry them.
Tommy Lee marries twenty-seven-year-old Pamela Anderson in Cancun, Mexico.
This time around there is no white leather tuxedo for Tommy as they
get married on the beach in their bathers, alongside the Camino Real
Hotel in the late afternoon as the sun sets. They sip local cocktails
called chi-chis while celebrant Judge Pedro Solis Rodriguez reads their
vows. Tommy carries Pam into the sea to conclude the ceremony. Erotic
photos from their wedding night are handed over to Playboy for inclusion
in a new home-video titled The Best of Pamela Anderson. The Canadian
born model and actress has graced the cover of Playboy an astounding
five times – more than any other woman in the magazine’s long history.
Instead of traditional wedding rings, the couple chooses to have each
other’s names tattooed as a band on their fingers. Tommy’s best man
is his friend Bobby Fernandez, drummer of the Electric Love Hogs, who
had two songs on their 1991 debut album produced by Tommy. Their wedding
party includes bikini competition contestants from La Boom nightclub,
while the winner is selected as Pamela’s maid-of-honour. Pamela’s best
friend Melanie is horrified that she got married after she had returned
to the U.S. from Mexico. Pamela was born of Finnish descent after her
grandfather Juho Hyytiainen left Finland for the U.S. in 1908 and changed
his name to Anderson.
Tommy and Pam leave Cancun and head back to Los Angeles, deciding on
the flight that they will head to Tommy’s Malibu beach home. Upon arrival
at LAX, they are swamped by photographers and reporters who follow them
to Tommy’s house where more are waiting. Pamela calls her parents to
tell them of her marriage and they tell her to get a divorce immediately.
Having heard of the wedding on the news, many angry messages from Bobbie
Brown are left on Tommy’s answering machine because she feels they are
still a couple. Tommy and Pamela have to hire security guards to patrol
24x7 and keep paparazzi off the hills around their residence.
Tommy and Pam have a second marriage ceremony at Tommy’s rented beach
home in Malibu, California. The night has a space theme to it with Tommy
wearing a silver cape and best man Bobby Fernandez wearing an Ace Frehley-style
cape and matching helmet. Pamela also wears a silver cape and boots,
as does her best friend and maid-of-honour Melanie. The couple exchange
vows before Reverend Jerry Fike, who even moonwalks for the party. Just
before Tommy met Pamela he found a house on top of a Malibu hill that
he put in escrow. The couple soon moves in and starts planting many
trees on the property and redecorating. They call it their Love Palace.
At a meeting in New York with Doug Morris, the CEO of Elektra’s parent
company Warner, Mötley has pressure put on to get Vince Neil back in
the band and to get rid of John. New head of Elektra Records, Sylvia
Rhone, encourages John to stay, seeing Mötley as a tax write-off and
hoping they will break up so she can allocate budgeted funds to other
artists she supports. They insist John needs to become more of a star,
telling him that he needs to have choreography lessons and vocal training,
as well as a stylist.
Vince takes model Christy Turlington to Las Vegas for the opening of
the Hard Rock Casino. With Christy sitting on his lap as he teaches
her how to play Roulette, Tommy walks by and they exchange a smile and
a nod of their heads. An intoxicated Vince later passes out and some
friends carry him up to his room.
John is invited to attend the opening
with the rest of the Crüe, so he and his girlfriend Robin buy new clothes
to wear to the event. The day before, Nikki Sixx calls him and says
not to come as the casino has only left passes for the more high profile
members of the band. This infuriates John.
Vince comes second in the Toyota Grand Prix celebrity race in Long Beach,
California that also features actors Matt Le Blanc, Grant Show, Cameron
Diaz and Anthony Edwards. Each participant competes in an identically
prepared Toyota Celica GT Liftback over ten laps. After about fourteen
minutes of racing, Alfonso Ribeiro takes the chequered flag for the
second consecutive year.
Vince’s four-year-old daughter Skylar
comes down with flu-like symptoms during the day. Later at night, she
doubles over in pain and can’t walk to the bathroom, so her mother Sharise
takes her to West Hills Medical Centre where she is rushed into emergency
and opened up. The doctors soon remove a cancerous tumour the size of
a softball from an area behind her stomach, after initially thinking
her appendix had ruptured. It was the tumour that had exploded, spreading
cancer throughout her insides.
Sharise phones Vince at the hotel where
the Grand Prix drivers are staying and beginning to celebrate, and in
her hysterical state, tells him that Skylar has cancer. Vince arrives
at the hospital an hour later, joining Sharise and her mother in the
emergency waiting room. After another hour, they are allowed in to see
Skylar in intensive care, who is hooked up to life support machines
and tubes. They sit by her side together after having not spoken to
each other in the last two years following their separation.
Skylar is transferred to the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles so they
can ensure all the fragments of the tumour, which ruptured around her
abdomen, can be removed. Vince rides with her in the ambulance and upon
their arrival she is given a CAT scan. Having arrived from Florida,
Heidi joins Vince and Sharise in the waiting room for the CAT scan results,
which indicates further cancerous tumours on both her kidneys. Later
in the week, doctors operate to remove the tumours but when they open
her up they are horrified by the size of the growths. They decide to
leave everything intact as removing the tumours would most likely be
fatal, so they try saving her kidneys and shrinking the tumours to a
removable size by using chemo and radiation. Skylar remains in a lot
From a balcony of his new Malibu mansion, Tommy loads, pumps and aims
his sawn-off shotgun at an American Journal TV crew after noticing them
hiding and videoing him and Pam relaxing in their home, as renovations
are carried out on their residence. The couple detests the paparazzi
and their constant harassment.
Vince’s second solo album, now due for
release, changes its name from Pirate Radio to Carved in Stone. The
public is told the album’s release has been pushed back to August because
the Japanese label wants a simultaneous worldwide release to prevent
losses due to importing.
With his daughter so sick in hospital,
Vince begins drinking heavily to cope with his depression, anxiety and
anger. He spends his time either at the hospital or at Moonshadows restaurant
in Malibu. One day Vince is involved in a road rage incident on the
Pacific Coast Highway after a guy cuts him off in a BMW. Vince abuses
him, so the guy stops and gets out of his car. Vince punches him in
the face, splitting his knuckles to the bone, while onlookers call an
ambulance for the other guy. Upon arrival at the hospital, the doctors
bandage his hand after x-rays reveal he has broken bones in his hand.
The Los Angeles Superior Court files a further dissolution judgment
on reserved issues for Tommy and Heather’s divorce. The court decides
upon the division of assets and liabilities between the couple.
Tommy and Pamela make a promotional appearance at the Cannes French
film festival as publicity for Pam’s new film to be shot called Barb
Wire. On their way back to Los Angeles they stop in London to promote
a new soft drink with aphrodisiac qualities called Virgin Energy, created
by Virgin Records founder Richard Branson.
Vince records a ballad for Skylar called
Never-ending Love, which is planned to be released as a CD single and
video with all proceeds to benefit children’s hospitals. He also plans
to give a percentage of money he makes on the next tour to children’s
hospitals as well.
The aggressive cancerous tumour on Skylar’s
right kidney has grown despite the radiation treatments, and now pushes
her abdomen against her lungs, making it hard for her to breathe. Vince
and Heidi do their best to make her smile by watching Disney videos
together and singing children’s songs. Vince also dresses up in an Easter
Bunny costume to hand out eggs at Easter.
The doctors decide Skylar can finally
go home and have chemotherapy as an outpatient, even though she is getting
shots of morphine for the excruciating pain. It’s the first time in
more than a month that Skylar is in her own bedroom at Sharise’s house,
but her stomach hurts constantly. Four nights later, she is back in
hospital and doctors find she has a bowel obstruction from the previous
surgery, after some scar tissue formed on her intestines and twisted
them. Skylar has her third operation within two months. Following the
operation, her condition deteriorates. The large tumour on her right
kidney presses against her lungs causing her to pant fast. Three days
later, she undergoes a fourth operation to remove the right kidney.
When they open her up, they find the cancer has spread to her liver,
intestines and the dorsal muscles in her back. The surgeons decide that
removing the monstrous tumour will cause too much bleeding and she would
probably die on the operating table, so they patch her up and hope for
Nikki’s wife Brandi gives birth to their third child in Tarzana, California
and they name him Dekker Nilsson Sixx. The name Decker comes to Brandi
in a dream and Nilsson is chosen in remembrance of the late singer Harry
Nilsson, who was a friend of Nikki and Brandi’s. Dekker’s weight is
7lb 11oz at birth.
The oncologist in charge of Skylar’s doctors calls Vince and tells him
that his daughter has stopped breathing. They put her on a respirator
and give her medication that essentially paralyses her so she won’t
expend unnecessary energy. Over the next six weeks her body continues
to fight. Vince begins to blame himself for her condition because cancer
runs on his mother’s side of the family.
Mötley Crüe’s Theatre of Pain and Girls, Girls, Girls albums are both
certified four-times Platinum, now having sold over four million copies
in the United States alone.
Ugly Kid Joe releases their Menace To Sobriety album through Polygram
Records. The second-last track titled Oompa includes a spoof cover of
Mötley Crüe’s song In The Beginning.
Mötley Crüe is recording their ninth album (including the Quaternary
EP) with a working title of Personality #9 in the front living room
of Tommy’s new house (dubbed Tommyland Studio) with the control room
setup in the garage. Due to the construction work at Tommy’s new home,
he and Pamela have been spending time at Pamela’s condo, while the band
soon moves their recording work to Nikki’s space-age home studio called
Butt Cheese West, which is still being wired to full professional standard
as they try to figure out how all the new equipment works. Tommy and
Nikki are producing the album with Scott Humphrey, who worked as an
engineer on their Dr. Feelgood album and has never actually produced
a band before. Tommy and Nikki pay for a lot of the album out of their
own pockets. After the commercial failure of their previous album, they
intend to go back to a Too Fast For Love meets Shout At The Devil sound.
However Tommy and Nikki quickly head towards a futuristic sound with
Humphrey, a Pro-Tools computer software master. John soon gets frustrated
with the daily changing of songs, making it difficult for him to get
his vocals down. More new song titles include Let Us Prey, Blackbox,
Take Me In Your Wings, Melody, and Wrote My Name In Blood. Nikki and
Tommy say they are working on a track with Mötley fans House Of Pain
but a tune never eventuates.
Newlyweds Tommy and Pamela announce they are expecting their first baby
Ten days after the announcement that Pamela Lee is pregnant, she miscarries,
collapsing in their Malibu home. The paparazzi chase them to the hospital,
even cutting off their ambulance on the road as they attempt to get
the best pictures. They leave the hospital via a back exit but see a
crowd of paparazzi on a rooftop across the street. They take off down
the 405 freeway and are followed by a French man, woman and their dog
in another car. When they snap pictures alongside them, Pamela starts
smashing her passengers-side door into their car and screaming at them
after Tommy runs their car off the road. He cuts them off on a shoulder
of the highway, trapping their car from going anywhere, before jumping
on their hood and kicking in their windscreen with his boot. They decide
not to go back to their Malibu home for fear of more paparazzi, so they
book into the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Ray instead. They charter a
yacht and start to relax.
One evening as they head back through
the hotel lobby, just a few days after the miscarriage, Pamela bends
over to pick up Tommy’s cigarette packet he had dropped when a drunken
businessman walks out of the restaurant with his wife and kids and says
“Nice ass” to Pamela. Tommy punches him in the face while holding his
Motorola mobile phone, knocking him out. Police soon come to their room
and ask Tommy what happened but then say they won’t take him in and
the guy won’t press charges. A month later a lawsuit arrives and he
forks over a large sum to settle it. Tommy gets depressed for weeks
after the miscarriage, as he really wants to have a child of his own.
Vince’s fiancée Heidi Mark is Playboy
magazine’s Miss July ‘95. The former model and Hooters employee has
had acting roles on The Young and the Restless, Baywatch, Married with
Children, and been a guest warrior on American Gladiators. She is of
Finnish descent and her father John is a divorce lawyer.
Vince’s daughter Skylar undergoes an extremely risky eight-hour operation,
as a final chance to remove the tumour that has overtaken her body.
Her fifth operation is the family’s final bid for her recovery. A six-and-a-half-pound
tumour the size of a football is removed, along with her right kidney,
half her liver, part of her diaphragm, a piece of back muscle and the
tumour from inside her left kidney. Vince asks to view the large tumour
and he’s sickened by the sight and size of it when taken to the pathology
labs. She recovers day by day after her fifth operation, until she can
speak and smile. Vince stops drinking at Moonshadows and prepares his
house for Skylar’s return.
Six days after her operation, Vince is greeted at the hospital by doctors
as he brings in a giant panda for Skylar. They tell him that it seems
an infection has developed around her remaining left kidney and they
need to operate on her to clean the area. Skylar undergoes a sixth operation
in an attempt to cleanup infection from her left kidney. Her condition
deteriorates afterwards as her remaining kidney isn’t working well and
her lungs fail regularly. She falls in and out of a comatose state.
Vince’s Carved in Stone album is finally released. The track Skylar’s
Song – previously called Never-ending Love – is included as a loving
tribute to his daughter. The Japanese release includes a cover of Chicago’s
1970 hit 25 Or 6 To 4.
Vince drinks extremely heavily at Moonshadows
again, knowing his daughter is slipping away. The oncologist advises
it is best for her family to visit and say their goodbyes.
Vince completes work on a video clip for Skylar’s Song. It features
his home-video footage of Skylar from over the years, as well as footage
of Vince at his Malibu beach home, Sea Manor.
On painkillers and still unconscious, Vince tells Skylar that he loves
her before he leaves the hospital with Heidi to get some dinner at Moonshadows,
while Sharise and her parents sit with Skylar. Just as they sit down
at a table, Sharise calls and says he needs to return to the hospital
because her vital signs are dropping fast. Sharise sits by her side
as Skylar’s Song plays in the background. Sharise tells her, “Don’t
be scared, sweetie. Go to sleep now. It’s all right.” Minutes later,
Skylar passes away peacefully. Caught in traffic on Pacific Coast Highway,
Vince arrives ten minutes later. Later, he drives back to Moonshadows
after leaving the hospital and inebriates himself with alcohol and Valium
pills in an effort to cope with his loss.
Skylar Lynnae Neil is buried in a small pink casket at Forest Lawn Cemetery
in the Hollywood hills. At the service arranged by Heidi and Vince’s
friend Bob Procop, her life is celebrated. Tommy and Pamela send a large
flower arrangement to the funeral, since they are currently in Europe.
Tommy speaks with Vince on the phone for over an hour after learning
of Skylar’s passing.
Immediately following the funeral, Vince
is put in a limousine and driven to Anacapa rehabilitation facility
in Oxnard, after Heidi had been liaising with rehab specialist Bob Timmons.
Vince escapes and heads back to his Malibu home where he swallows as
many pills as he can from his medicine cabinet before passing out. He
then checks himself into the Universal City Sheraton Hotel. Vince sleeps
under the hospital blanket Skylar died in because it still smells like
her and makes him think she is still alive. He wakes up screaming every
night from nightmares, often seeing evilly distorted images of her tumour
that he viewed in the lab.
Ringside seats at the World Heavyweight boxing title fight at the MGM
Grand Garden in Las Vegas between Peter McNeeley and Mike Tyson are
occupied by Tommy and Pam. While they kiss, they miss Tyson’s eighty-nine-second
Vince is coaxed by Heidi and Bob Timmons to check into the Betty Ford
Center, but he flies to Palm Desert for a week to play golf as a preferred
way of escaping. After drinking heavily every day at the Marriott hotel,
he soon takes a taxi to the Betty Ford Center and checks in.
A new Mötley tune titled The Xmas Song is to be included on the Broken
Arrow movie soundtrack around Christmas time, but it never eventuates.
Pamela comes to Nikki’s home recording studio every Friday with a bottle
of vodka and insists that everyone gets drunk with her. X-rated porno
photos of Tommy and Pam adorn the pages of magazines worldwide. Pamela
begins work on her Barb Wire movie, as Tommy works on some music for
After three days of rehab at the Betty Ford Center, Vince finds the
therapists to be too much, so he leaves and catches a taxi back to the
Marriott in Palm Desert where he plays golf, drinks and passes out every
day during the month.
Pamela throws a three-hundred-thousand-dollar surprise party for husband
Tommy on his thirty-third birthday. When he arrives home, she dresses
him in a white fur-collared, purple king’s robe and crown before having
his face covered with white face paint. Pamela dresses as the ringleader
in a top hat and a tour bus picks them up from their home. Upon boarding,
nine little-people sing Happy Birthday to Tommy while champagne flows
amongst his friends dressed in drag. The bus takes them to a remote
field out in the middle of nowhere called Semler Ranch and two rows
of flames line the entrance for hundreds of feet. More midgets appear
and welcome them to Tommyland before rolling out red carpet between
Inside Tommyland is a world of midgets,
confetti and bubble machines, torches, a Ferris wheel and rollercoaster
amusement rides, lions and tigers in cages, contortionists and acrobats,
fire-eaters and jugglers, a balloon blower on stilts, and even a couple
of dancers flown in from Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. They walk into
a large Arabian tent where a concert stage awaits them, with pillows
to sit on in the audience. Tommy’s baby grand piano also sits on the
stage, after Pamela had its wrought iron legs redone with silver and
gold leafing of his koi tattoos and favourite ring art.
All of Mötley Crüe jams onstage throughout
the night, as does Slash and other members of Guns ‘N Roses, and also
the Electric Love Hogs, following a rock set by a band named Crown.
They feast on gourmet food before a guy dressed as Mighty Mouse brings
out the birthday cake at 3am, followed by everyone playing midget football
on their knees with Tommy as the Quarterback. The party ends at about
7am when everyone gets taken home on stretchers by hired ambulances.
A film crew captures the night’s events on 35mm for a future video release.
Pamela thought up the concert over an
hour in the bath tub with a note pad and then spent a month organising
it all, while Tommy thought she may be cheating on him as she was being
secretive and devious.
Redemption is to be the new label that official Pamela Lee merchandise
will be sold under in the near future. Redemption is to market exclusive
videos, short films, swim-wear, lingerie and furniture that Pamela and
Tommy are designing. Pamela’s newest line is rubber clothing.
Tommy and Pam have an argument and Pam leaves to spend the night in
her Malibu condo. She calls a friend to come over and console her, who
finds her in an unconscious state having overdosed on almost three-hundred
Ibuprofen painkillers and some sleeping pills that she washed down with
champagne. She also tests positive to cocaine and amphetamines from
a hospital urine sample. Hours later, a doctor from Westlake Medical
Center calls Tommy to advise of her emergency admission, under the name
of Barbara Happy. The press is told she was taken to hospital complaining
of flu-like symptoms. She is released two days later with confirmation
that she is four-weeks pregnant. Tommy and Pam’s first child is due
to be born in the middle of next year.
Vince leaves Palm Desert and checks back into Anacapa in Oxnard, primarily
for treatment and counselling of his grief, as well as his abuse of
alcohol and pills. He starts to come to terms with his daughter’s death
more, and pledges to commit more of his time to charity work to assist
other children and parents who are suffering. While in rehab, his divorce
with Sharise is finalised and he realises their bond through Skylar’s
illness ended when Skylar passed away. His fiancée Heidi moves in to
his Malibu home.
Nikki’s relationship with wife Brandi
struggles. Now a father of three, Nikki feels it’s perhaps time to track
down his father to let him know he is a granddad, after last speaking
with him in 1981. He calls a pool construction company in San Jose where
he last knew Frank Feranna worked, but he is told that his father is
dead and is asked if he is Randy when telling them that he is Frank’s
son. He calls his mother to see what she knows and she insists he is
alive. Nikki is still unaware of his father’s actual death on Christmas
Day in 1987.
The next day Brandi takes a vacation
to Hawaii without Nikki and their kids, so he hires a private investigator
to follow her after being suspicious of her. Photographs are taken of
her with another guy Adonis, the cousin of a concert promoter that had
been to Nikki’s house many times before. Nikki confronts her and says
he wants a divorce. Brandi threatens to take everything from Nikki,
including his children.
John participates in Counter AID, a week-long fund-raising event to
help promote LIFEbeat. LIFEbeat grants money to AIDS organisations throughout
the U.S. and supports people within the music industry who are living
with AIDS. Other celebrities participating include hip-hop artist Warren
G, Alice in Chain’s Mike Inez, and the Lakers’ basketballer Cedric Ceballos.
John guests in-store at Tower Records on Sunset Strip for two hours
to autograph t-shirts and take Polaroid pictures while fans make donations
to the cause.
Tommy and Pamela spend the Christmas season in Europe in search of snow,
while major renovations are still being carried out on their Malibu
home. Harrod’s in London allows the couple to shop for an hour and a
half before the doors open to the public, previously only privileged
to the Queen and Princess Diana.
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