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Mötley Crüe plays their final show in support of their self-titled
album at Club Shelter in Pasadena, California. The event is a benefit
show for one of the premier guitar techs in the world, Sammy Sanchez,
after he lost his daughter in a tragic accident. The night kicks off
with a surprise support set by Billy Idol with Steve Stevens, Matt
Sorum and Duff McKagan who play Communication Breakdown, Shakin’ All
Over, Paranoid, and Rebel Yell. Mötley takes the stage for a short
thirty-minute set, which includes Hammered as the only song from their
latest album. Danny Boy from House of Pain sings backups on Live Wire
as a special guest, who loses his wallet after stage-diving into the
thin crowd. The performance turns out to be John Corabi’s last with the
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
Just before Tommy met Pamela
he found a house nestled in the hills of Malibu that he put in escrow.
The estate at 31341 Mulholland Highway is a six-bedroom, six-bathroom
Spanish villa built in 1991, and features a two-story rotunda entrance
with Spanish tile floors, a wood-beamed ceiling, and wrought-iron
balustrading. Encompassing 7,462-square-feet, the house includes
multiple dual-sided fireplaces, and spa-like bathroom as part of the
master suite. Outside, there is a huge lagoon-style swimming pool and
spa with waterfalls, a koi pond, a grill and multiple patios so they
can enjoy their 2.3 acres of land with striking views of Calamigos
Ranch, Celio Farms and Rocky Oaks wineries. 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.
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 their hospital emergency and opened up. The doctors soon remove a
stage four 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 really spoken to each other in the last two years following their
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 of
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.
At Easter, Vince dresses in
a full-size Easter Bunny costume and visits Skylar in the hospital; she
doesn’t know it’s him until he starts talking. Another time, Vince has Warner Bros bring in Bugs Bunny and Sylvester to try and cheer her up.
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. Ownership of
the home they built at 4970 Summit View Drive, Thousand Oaks,
California transfers to Heather.
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
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 a miracle.
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.
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
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
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. The album sells less than
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
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. In his poor condition, Vince does not attend. 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
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
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 its soundtrack.
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 the fires.
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
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.
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. Between the
financial impact of his divorce, and Skylar’s medical bills that
totaled about two-and-a-half-million dollar, he is under some financial
strain. However, he is happy that his fiancée Heidi moves in to his
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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