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Tommy Lee pleads no contest to misdemeanour battery at the Beverly Hills
Municipal Court over the Viper Room nightclub incident on September
29, 1996. Henry Trappler’s lawyer, high-profile feminist attorney Gloria
Allred, pushes for a jail term. The case is settled when Judge Elden
Fox orders Tommy to pay $17,500 in restitution to Trappler, who was
said to have been hospitalised for four days. He also supposedly had
to use a cane for two months and was unable to return to his paparazzi
job because of post-traumatic stress disorder after the incident. Tommy
must also perform more than two hundred and fifty hours of community
service or pay about $5,000 in fines by March 11. He is placed on probation
for two years. A civil lawsuit also litigated by Gloria Allred could
get under way by April.
Tommy says Mötley Crüe is working on an album of cover tunes to be released
mid-year. The proposed live album discussed at last year’s listening
party shows is disregarded, since bootlegging was allowed on the Mötley
Crüe Vs The Earth tour so fans could make their own live album. Tommy
is also writing songs for a forthcoming solo album, due to be recorded
in April for release next year.
Nikki Sixx continues work on new music at his home studio Butt Cheese
West with Goonsquad and Automatic being the titles of some new songs.
The debut Union album makes its world premiere on HardRadio. Fans worldwide
are able to listen to all the tracks on demand over the Internet.
At the annual NAMM Convention in Los Angeles, John Corabi talks with
fans and signs autographs as the first Union single Old Man Wise is
prepared for release to radio the next day. John plays an acoustic set
at the Hard Rock Café with Bruce Kulick. Nikki also visits the convention
and spends a lot of time talking with software vendors.
Tommy enters a plea of not guilty to his misdemeanour assault charge,
stemming from the Mötley Crüe show in Phoenix on December 11 last year.
The judge presiding over the case allows Tommy to fax his plea in, instead
of attending the Arizona court in person. Nikki also faxes his plea
four days later.
Mötley Crüe enters the studio to begin recording an album of cover songs.
The working title is A Record to Crash Your Car To.
The two-week Union Stateside Promo Tour
begins and includes visits to eleven cities.
John and Bruce Kulick perform an acoustic set on air from Rebel Radio
in Chicago, consisting of tracks from their forthcoming Union album,
as well as The Beatles’ song Hide Your Love Away and the Kiss classic
The Second Annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament is held at Malibu
Country Club, raising $65,000 for sick children in hospital.
The guitar work of Mick Mars features
on the Carmine Appice project titled Guitar Zeus. Appice has drummed
for some of the most internationally-renowned rock bands in history,
beginning with Vanilla Fudge, while his writing credentials include
two of Rod Stewart’s major hits. Other guest artists on the CD include
Paul Gilbert, Brian May, Slash, Yngwie Malmsteen, Neal Schon, Bob Daisley,
Steve Morse and Ted Nugent.
The owner of the Hard Rock Café chain, Peter Morton, invites Tommy and
Pam to stay in Las Vegas to celebrate Valentines Day and attend the
final show of The Rolling Stones tour the following night. For Valentines
Day, Tommy has a florist plaster the room full of rose petals for Pam
and orders Dom Perignon champagne to the room. Later in the night, a
tipsy Pamela gets upset about her state and being away from baby son
Dylan, who is no longer being breast fed. Tommy hits Pamela for the
first time, as he gets mad with her not spending enough time with him,
choosing to instead spend it with their kids and her parents, who Pamela
recently flew in from Canada to help out with the children. He questions
her love for him.
Tommy and Pam sit front row at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas for
the final show of The Rolling Stones tour. As they sit with Brad Pitt,
Chris O’Donnell, Leonardo DeCaprio and David Spade, Rolling Stones band
members Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards drink champagne from Tommy and
Pam’s glasses while they rock on stage. After the concert, Pam hits
Tommy when she finds him talking to a stripper. Tommy responds by pushing
Pam against a wall before forcing her into their hotel room and out
of public view. Pam leaves Las Vegas in their car and heads back to
At their Mulholland Highway residence in Malibu, California, Tommy cooks
a stir fry meal for his family but gets annoyed when he can’t find the
pan he wants to use, as their housekeeper did not have it where it should
be. When Pamela tells him to calm down as it’s just a pan, he feels
it’s just another demonstration that she doesn’t care about his feelings.
Highly strung from recent events, Tommy throws all the pots and pans
in a drawer before yelling at Pam and kicking the drawer shut with his
slippers, which escalates their arguing and makes their children start
to cry from their bedrooms.
Pamela picks up baby Dylan and starts to phone her mum to ask her to
come over but Tommy hangs it up, wanting to resolve the issue without
the intervention of her parents. Pam’s therapist has previously told
her to ignore Tommy when he’s angry or looking for attention because
he gets enough attention being a rock star; so she does. She continues
to try and call her parents but Tommy keeps hanging up the phone. Pamela
then punches Tommy with a clenched fist that connects on his jaw and
throat. He grabs her firmly by the shoulders as an attempt to calm her
down but she calls him every name under the sun before going to get
Brandon from his room, who is crying. As she storms past, Tommy swings
his leg and kicks her rear with his slipper before following her into
their son’s room. Tommy tries to take Brandon out to see the frogs in
their backyard pond to calm him down and defuse the situation but Pamela
refuses to let the child go. As Tommy wrestles Brandon away, Pam stumbles
backwards with Dylan in her arms after Tommy pushes her and she breaks
her fingernail on a little blackboard. Dylan bumps his head on the chalkboard
too. Tommy goes to the pond at the front of their house to see the frogs
At 7:45pm Pamela makes a two-minute emergency
call to 911, telling them Tommy has attacked her while she was holding
their baby son, Dylan and in the presence of son Brandon. Tommy and
Brandon make their way inside from the pond and as he settles Brandon
down in his playroom, two police officers enter the room, without him
even hearing them come in. Tommy is handcuffed and placed in the squad
car, telling them that Pamela should also be arrested too since she
hit him as well. In the squad car and wondering why the officers won’t
listen to his side of the story, Tommy is told that Californian law
dictates that it’s whoever calls first and if he had of called then
the whole situation would have been reversed. The arresting Sheriff’s
Deputy Angie Prewett later says to press that Pam sustained “a very
minor hand injury and some redness on her back.” Her hand injury is
the broken fingernail that had drawn a small amount of blood.
From the car, Tommy sees the officers carrying an antique Civil War-era
pistol that hung on their wall as a decoration and he knows they will
deem it to be a firearm possession. Pamela leads the officers to their
gun safe where they find Tommy’s collection of mostly-illegal guns including
.38 Specials, Uzis, Mack 10s, shotguns, riot guns, .44 Magnums, Beretta,
Glocks and FNC Assault rifles. Tommy is taken to Malibu’s Sheriff’s
Station at 10pm where bail is set at $1 million, double the standard
amount as police feel the guns violate his current probation. He is
scheduled to be arraigned at the Malibu Municipal Courthouse in two
days. The future of Mötley Crüe is once again in jeopardy, as are the
negotiations with Elektra Records as the band tries to get released
from their contract.
The debut album from former Mötley Crüe
vocalist John Corabi and his new band Union is released on both CD and
vinyl formats. The first twenty-thousand-or-so CDs have Old Man Wise
missing from the track listing on the back of the packaging. The album
ranks number one in the day’s sales nationwide in the U.S.A.
Pamela releases a statement saying she will vigorously cooperate in
prosecuting husband Tommy to the full extent of the law. Pamela asks
for and is granted an emergency protective order against Tommy that
prohibits him from contacting her. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s
office files a criminal case against Tommy, charging him with one count
of spousal abuse, one count of child abuse, and one count of illegal
News crews eager to get the scoop on Tommy stake out the jail, the court,
and his Malibu home. At the Malibu Municipal Courthouse, Tommy attends
his arraignment but doesn’t make a plea as his lawyer is involved in
another case at the time. Local newspapers feel Tommy is now facing
a four-year jail term just for probation violation. Pamela files for
divorce in the Los Angeles County Superior Court citing irreconcilable
differences. She also asks for legal custody of their two children and
wants her maiden name of Pamela Denise Anderson restored. She instructs
Tommy’s lawyers to move his possessions out of their home today.
Internet Entertainment Group President Seth Warshavsky announces his
company has obtained a sixty-minute lusty Hawaiian Love Trio video from
an undisclosed source that features Vince in 1993. He says Vince has
signed an agreement giving permission to put the video on the web and
to distribute it worldwide as a retail video. IEG and Vivid Video, one
of the leading adult film production companies, have formed a joint
venture to create an Internet/video package of the video that shows
Vince having boisterous sex with two girls: Janine Lindemulder, a triple-X
film star who is also one of America’s top adult models and featured
in Vince’s Sister Of Pain video clip, plus a mysterious third party
identified only as voluptuous adult magazine supermodel whose name cannot
be disclosed. It is later revealed to be Brandy Sanders, who leaked
the tape to the distributors.
At his formal arraignment before Malibu
Municipal Court Judge Lawrence J. Mira, Tommy pleads not guilty to charges
of spousal abuse, child abuse, and illegal firearms possession. A prosecutor
alleges that Tommy attacked Pam three times on the day she called 911
and each time she was holding their baby Dylan. She also says Tommy
kicked Pam once in the back and once in the buttocks. The judge orders
Tommy to have no contact, in person, by telephone, or in writing, with
Pamela Lee, their sons and Pam’s parents. He also orders Tommy to stay
away from drugs and alcohol, to enroll immediately in an anger management
program, to turn in his passport, to stay in Los Angeles County, and
not to possess a firearm. Judge Mira halves the bail to $500,000 after
stating he did not want to set bail, but he was constitutionally required
to do so. One of Pamela’s attorneys Stephen Kahn says Pamela “is in
fear of her life and the life of her children.” Tommy pays his required
bail money and is released and he heads back to his Malibu home. Pamela
has taken the kids and left in the meantime.
Tommy releases a statement through his spokeswoman Hayley Sumner saying
he has no plans to contest the divorce and that his paramount concern
is the happiness and well-being of his two sons. He also says, “My attorney
Charles English has forbidden me to discuss with anyone the details
and precise nature of the case and I will abide by any orders that the
courts may make. I’m asking everyone to please not judge me or the situation
until you have heard all the facts.”
With the media circus set up outside
his home, Tommy is tired of being tailed by a convoy of cars and a helicopter
every time he needs to go out. A plan is hatched by his engineer Frank
Gryner and producer friend Scott Humphrey. Tommy escapes by driving
to a location in the middle of the night and jumping on a mountain bike,
riding through dirt fire roads in the canyon with a flashlight until
they end up at Scott’s home. Here he is set up with a room and music
instruments to play, as he has a recording studio downstairs dubbed
The Chop Shop. Tommy lives here for a few months and works on his new
John meets Layla Dawn at The Key Club on Sunset Strip when he goes there
with Brent Fitz and Eric Singer to talk to the promoter about Union
playing a show at the club. Layla is in attendance to see Circus Of
Power play and she and John instantly become a couple. Layla moved to
Los Angeles just over two years ago after attending the Art Institute
of Atlanta, being enrolled in Music Business Management.
Nikki and his wife Donna return from a vacation at Telluride where they
relax away from their kids and go snowboarding. He reminds us that “Nothing
is as it appears from the outside” in regard to Tommy. He plays Tommy
some of the new Mötley Crüe songs he has been working on.
Some more working titles of new Crüe demo songs are Bloodsucker, Erotic
and Americoma. Nikki has performed all the vocals, guitar and bass lines,
as well as the programming of drum tracks on these songs, ready for
the other band members to add their replacement parts.
Just prior to cancelling his America Online account, Nikki makes it
known that his new record label for exploring fresh music and other
projects is called Americoma Records. The name is taken from a painting
that Nikki and Donna created and now hangs in their home.
A ten-minute excerpt from the seventy-five-minute
Vince Neil Love Trio video with Janine Lindemulder begins airing free
of charge on the Internet.
Bruce Kulick masters a bonus track titled For You that is to be included
on the Japanese version of Union’s self-titled debut album due for Japanese
release next month.
Tommy appears at Malibu Municipal Court in California in the morning
for a preliminary hearing into charges of spousal and child abuse. Proceedings
are postponed as expected. Outside the court, Tommy spots photographer
Henry Trappler and walks over to him to apologise for his previous run-in
with him but is stopped by Trappler’s attorney Gloria Allred, who has
launched a civil suit against him for her client.
At 6pm this Friday the Thirteenth, Mötley
Crüe’s contractual ties with Elektra Records are no more, putting them
in total control of the band’s future. The Crüe has all their album
masters as part of their deal and can now proceed with major plans for
the future now they’re free from Elektra and own the rights to their
music catalog in full. Nikki says a major party is planned to rejoice
our freedom, while Tommy acknowledges that Mötley Records just became
a reality. In announcing the end of its relationship with Elektra Records,
Mötley Crüe becomes one of the few groups in history to own and control
its publishing and catalogue of recorded masters. The band and management
are legally bound from discussing the circumstances that led to this
coup and the terms of the deal, but it is generally accepted that Elektra
surrendered control of the masters in exchange for Mötley waiving royalty
earnings that were due to them. Ten later years, Mick says in an
interview that Elektra "owed us a lot of money, in the eight-digit
area. It was like, 'We'll forget this, we'll take our masters, we'll
take seven figures instead of eight and give us our masters.' So it
was done like that, which was really good for us. You won't hear our
songs on K-tel or anything."
It seems that Pamela may subpoena Tommy’s former wife Heather Locklear
to testify in divorce proceedings against him that he is a wife beater.
Pamela has reportedly fled her former Crüe husband to start another
relationship with Hollywood producer Jon Peters.
Court documents show Tommy’s lawyers are requesting that any information
regarding a Nazi swastika tattoo he bore on his arm during his altercation
with Jewish cameraman Henry Trappler in 1996, be kept from the jury
when he goes to court in a week, defending a civil suit brought against
him by Trappler. Tommy faces a lawsuit from Trappler for assault and
battery, negligence and interference with his civil rights, of which
no dollar amount has been specified. Tommy’s lawyer puts forward that
the swastika was “simply a stupid tattoo”. It was never a reflection
of Lee’s views and to include its existence would “needlessly inflame
the passions of the jury” against him. Trappler’s lawyer is opposing
the motion. Tommy had the German military eagle tattoo covered up with
a new tattoo last year in Japan.
As Nikki works on releasing his 1958 project through his new label Americoma
Records later this year, he says Mötley is no longer making a CD of
cover tunes. He also says he’s sure that some day his book of poetry
will be published, which has been on the back burner for many years
now. A warehouse full of paintings is also destined to see the light
of day one year. One of Nikki’s pop art paintings recently raised $10,000
in an auction benefiting AIDS.
Tommy appears at the Malibu Municipal Court to plea bargain with prosecutors
over charges. An agreement is made that Tommy will plead no contest
on the spousal abuse charge, which has the same effect as a guilty plea,
and the prosecutor will drop the charges of child abuse and illegal
possession of a firearm. Judge Mira could have remanded Tommy to jail
on the spot but releases him on $750,000 bail before sentencing on May
20. Under the conditions of the three-year probation imposed, Tommy
will have to spend between six to twelve months in County Jail, pay
Pam’s legal fees, consume no alcohol or drugs, attend his anger management
classes now once a week, perform community service and make a monetary
contribution to a battered women’s program. He is delighted that he
is allowed weekly two-hour supervised visits with his two children.
Tommy could face up to four years imprisonment if he violates these
terms of probation.
Tommy attends court with his lawyer for a civil suit brought against
him by photographer Henry Trappler for assault and battery, negligence
and interference with his civil rights. An undisclosed settlement is
made that settles the suit before the civil case goes to trial.
John and Bruce Kulick wind-up their European trip to promote their Union
Nikki says it looks like he might be
scoring his first movie, as well as putting together the soundtrack
for it. He continues to write lots of songs and looks to become involved
with a new skate, surf and snowboard wear clothing line called Outlaw.
His wife Donna will be doing all the ads for Outlaw in the next few
At his home, Nikki plays Vince a new song about Elektra called Bloodsuckers.
They work together on some songs before burning them on CD and cranking
them in Vince’s Ferrari parked in Nikki’s driveway. The Crüe will enter
the studio next month with producer Bob Rock to record new material.
As Nikki prepares to fly out to Georgia the next morning to meet his
wife Donna at the bedside of her sick Grandma in hospital, he says he’s
putting the 1958 songs Heroes (a homage of sorts to David Bowie) and
Don’t Laugh You Might Be Next into the movie he’s scoring. The heroin
movie titled The Empty Space is due for release next year. It’s being
directed by Jane Seymour and James Keach, who previously acted in a
1982 TV show called Till Death Do Us Part. Nikki also says he has been
in the studio ten hours a day for three months now, as Mötley Crüe prepares
to record before Tommy goes to jail. A tour is a strong possibility
after he gets out, which Nikki says is likely to be after four months.
They have promoters write the presiding judge letters to highlight the
financial straits they would be in if Mötley’s tour does not proceed
if Tommy is in jail for a full six months. Nikki says he is getting
into old rock ‘n’ roll again, like Sweet, Slade, old David Bowie and
T-Rex. Tommy also recently wrote a song that sounds like T-Rex.
Union plays their first live concert at Brick by Brick in San Diego.
The set includes Power To The Music from Mötley’s 1994 self-titled album,
Man In The Moon from The Scream’s debut album, and Bruce Kulick’s first
live lead vocal on I Walk Alone.
Tommy and Pam emerge victorious in the latest round of legalities stemming
from their infamous home sex video. The National Enquirer settles a
libel lawsuit, originally filed by Tommy and Pam after the tabloid reported
the couple had a secret deal with the Internet Entertainment Group that
would pay them $8 million for the sex tape. Details of the settlement
are not released. Tommy and Pam still have their litigation pending
against IEG in the Federal Court.
It is announced that Pamela will be named Best Female Actress in an
Adult Feature for Pam & Tommy Lee: Hardcore & Uncensored at the Hot
d’Or Film Awards for erotic videos and film stars to be held in Cannes,
France on May 18. The video has now become the highest-selling adult
video of all time.
A new television series is being pitched to the MTV network by Nikki
and wife Donna D’Errico, as work continues on new Mötley Crüe songs,
including tracks titled Slave and Bitter Pills. Nikki says rap artist
Coolio is coming over to his home studio to write some metal songs with
him for another artist. In return, Nikki says he wants to get some slow,
grinding, trip hop with ambient background happening, as he enjoys writing
other styles of music.
Vince and fiancée Heidi Mark say they
have set a date for their wedding. They also express their disapproval
of the Vince sex video being distributed by IEG and say their legal
representation could not find a way to stop it.
On radio with Howard Stern, punk band Green Day mentions they may be
touring with Mötley Crüe in the near future, but Tommy’s jail term may
hold things up for a while.
The second Union single October Morning Wind gets added to U.S. radio.
Mötley Crüe hits the studio in Los Angeles with Bob Rock producing as
they begin recording the next album before Tommy goes to jail next week.
In preparation for his plight, Tommy has been physically working out
for the last month.
After four days of recording with Bob Rock, Mötley Crüe has all the
drum and bass tracks completed for the new album. Some of Mick’s guitar
parts have also been recorded, which will be finished in a few weeks
when Bob returns to Los Angeles. Vince’s vocals will also be completed
at this time prior to mixing of the album. The U.S. release is scheduled
for the first day of October.
Tommy is sentenced to six months in county jail for pleading no contest
to a charge of spousal abuse against his now-estranged wife Pamela Anderson
almost three months ago. Malibu Municipal Court Judge Lawrence Mira
tells Tommy that it’s time to be punished for a pattern of behaviour
the system has longed failed to halt, after noting he has been repeatedly
placed on probation for a series of assaults, dating back to 1983. The
judge’s sentence includes a provision that will land Tommy in state
prison for three years, should he violate any of the terms of his three-year
probation, once he is released from jail. Immediately after the sentencing,
Tommy is handcuffed and taken away to begin serving his time. As a convicted
felon, Tommy is now barred from possessing a gun or any other dangerous
weapon for the rest of his life.
Tommy still faces a lawsuit filed by
photographer Henry Trappler. His plea in the spousal abuse case amounts
to a violation of his probation for a criminal conviction stemming from
the Trappler case, meaning he could face up to a further one hundred
and eighty days in jail. He could also receive a thirty-day term if
found guilty of a misdemeanour assault charge for allegedly knocking
over a security guard at a Phoenix concert last December.
At 8pm, Tommy is checked into Men’s Central
Jail in Los Angeles. He is undressed before having his nipple rings
and his nose ring cut off with wire cutters, and reluctantly allowed
to leave his earrings in, as they are made of surgical steel and too
tough for the cutters. He is then placed in a single-person cell separated
from the rest of the inmates, primarily due to his celebrity status
and concerns for his safety. He will be escorted by a sergeant whenever
he is removed from his cell.
Mötley Crüe prepares to finish the two
new tracks titled Bitter Pill and Slave for the forthcoming album that
will be a greatest hits package, which Nikki says will include some
live and remixed goodies. A DVD version is set to also contain all sorts
of rare video footage.
Union cancels the remainder of their club tour dates and they play their
seventeenth and last show of the tour in Columbia. They decide it’s
best to regroup, while letting the radio adds and support for October
Morning Wind continue to build, before they hit the road again stronger
in a month or two. John also wants to explore the possibility of lining
up an opening slot with another act for a summer tour or setting up
another tour of their own. Being a new band on an independent label,
Union has found itself in the challenging position of hitting the road
without major tour support and needing to sustain itself financially
week to week.
Mick works on some music at Nikki’s house as they prepare the guitar
work for completion next week on Bob Rock’s return. Nikki and Vince
will then fly to Bob’s house in Hawaii to complete the vocals and mixing.
Nikki says the album cover is likely to be an image of a pill bottle
with little pills all over the place that have the song titles on them.
He asks fans on AOL which album title is best out of Crucial Crüe, Bitter
Pills or Psychopharm, of which he leans towards the latter. He also
says the album will not include any leftover tracks from the 1994 self-titled
album with John.
Nikki speaks with an upset Tommy in jail
everyday, who is in a 6x11-foot white cell with only bright white lights,
a metal sink, a metal bed, a little toilet and no windows except for
a small 12x12-inch one on the door, through which he can see a little
way down the hall. The cell was formerly occupied by one of the Menendez
brothers. Not knowing if it’s day or night, he’s fed runny eggs for
breakfast at 7am, a jam sandwich for lunch at noon and a bolognaise
sandwich for dinner. He reads little religious pamphlets called Our
Daily Bread before writing on them with a small pencil to kill the boredom
and psychological challenge of being in jail. He is soon initiated to
one of the rituals in the jail: the inmates banging on metal to create
a tribal rhythm to vent their frustrations. When Tommy gets out of jail
he will have a week of sunshine before Mötley Crüe tours Japan and then
Nikki arrives back in Los Angeles from a trip to New Jersey with wife
Donna D’Errico where she was filming some new MTV shows. Nikki spent
time with Skid Row guitarist Dave ‘Snake’ Sabo and wrote a song together
at Snake’s house, which may be used by Snake’s new band Ozone Monday.
Nikki also says the new hits album is tentatively titled Bitter Pills,
being the voted choice of online fans. The album is currently about
eighteen songs in length that spans the Crüe’s career and includes some
remixes of stuff that hasn’t been heard before. He is also finishing
two extra songs for his 1958 project before it’s to be released.
Mick finishes recording all the guitar parts for the new greatest hits
album with Bob Rock and Nikki. Mick is currently living with his girlfriend
Robbie Lauren Mantooth, who is a documentary film-maker and underwater
photographer, as well as having been a former Guess jeanswear and Sports
Illustrated swimsuit model. Mick met her as she worked in the production
office on one of the Crüe’s recent tours and was captivated by her intelligence
and wit. After the tour he called her, before flying to see her in Tennessee
and returning to Los Angeles with her. Robbie has her own company called
Nature Films that supplies photos and footage to Discovery and National
Vince records his vocals with Bob Rock for the new Crüe album. Nikki
apologises to Vince for not visiting him in jail back in 1986, like
he has visited Tommy during his current time inside. Mick visits Tommy
in jail once but is annoyed by the guards being mean to him. Unsurprisingly
to Tommy, Vince doesn’t visit him in jail.
Dave Darling and Nikki finish a couple more songs for their 1958 CD
to be released on Americoma Records. Meanwhile in jail, Tommy searches
inside himself for answers as to why he is in there, as he has the time
to analyse his life and recent events. Through his lawyer, he orders
three books every ten days on relationships, parenting and spirituality
via Amazon.com to keep his mind positively active. He also begins to
work on new songs for a solo project and calls his home answering machine
to record melodies and lyrics for his later use.
The Union CD is released in Japan through East West Records, featuring
a different cover from all other releases and a bonus track titled For
You. The song was originally written for a TV music cue and marks Bruce
Kulick’s second-ever lead vocal performance. It also includes some synth
pulse keyboards played by Mini Mark.
Nikki says a remix of Glitter by German remixer David Roth will be included
on the forthcoming Mötley greatest hits album. The track was remixed
at Abracadabra in Hamburg, Germany. It seems likely that the title track
Bitter Pills will be the first single from the album, as was the case
with their two most successful records to date in Girls, Girls, Girls
and Dr. Feelgood.
Nikki says there’ll be no live songs on the forthcoming greatest hits
album. Previously unreleased songs like Rodeo and Monsterous will appear
when Mötley Crüe re-releases the masters of their back catalogue starting
next year. He also decides to sign Moonshine as the first band on his
new label Americoma Records and plans to take them into the studio next
Tommy has a payphone installed in his
jail cell and even though his judge ordered him not to speak with Pamela,
he tries to make contact with her to try and resolve the issues in their
relationship. They argue together in three-way conversations with their
lawyers and therapists, which soon prompts Crüe management to hire a
PhD intermediary named Gerald Wil Rafferty who helps Tommy with common
sense guidance, effectively becoming his life coach. He also buys children’s
books for Tommy and sends the same book to his home, so Tommy can read
bedtime stories to his children. His telephone acts as his gateway to
the outside, often calling friends to play him music over the phone.
Gerald sets his answering machine to accept collect calls so he can
call at any time and speak his mind.
Mötley Crüe makes front-page news in Florida as thirty-three-year-old
Josephine Allen of Port Richey files a lawsuit after an incident at
last year’s Livestock concert. When Nikki smashed his bass then threw
it into the audience, she was looking the other way and it hit her on
her forehead, knocking her to the ground. Her Palm Harbour lawyer Michael
Reeser says she was taken to hospital by ambulance and diagnosed with
a head injury that left her with trouble concentrating and other permanent
afflictions. The four-page lawsuit says that as “a direct and proximate
result of the negligence of the defendants, plaintiff Josephine Allen
has suffered bodily injury resulting in pain and suffering, disability,
mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, expense
of hospitalisation, medical and nursing care and treatment, loss of
earnings and loss of ability to earn money.” Her husband Garnet, also
thirty three, is suing as well, claiming for “the loss of the care,
companionship, society and comfort of his spouse.” Allen is suing Mötley
Crüe Touring Inc. and Nikki Sixx for the minimum $15,000 required to
put the case in the Circuit Court, but Reeser declines to say how high
the amount could go. They are demanding a jury trial.
Nikki spends time on a song with Moonshine as they get ready for pre-production
next week, prior to hitting the studio. He is also ready to record two
new songs with 1958 in a few weeks; one of them called Kill Your TV.
After losing the payphone in his cell
and his phone privileges, Tommy writes poetry and letters about Pamela
to pass the time. Inspired by the innovative inventions he is shown
by other inmates, he makes his own drumsticks with pencils, razors,
food trays and plumbing. He uses them to play on his bowl, as he used
to do on kitchenware when he was a young boy. Tommy befriends some cockroaches
in his cell, naming them Manny, Mo and Jack, and talks to them while
watching them walk around. Every Thursday towards the end of the day,
Tommy is allowed to spend fifteen minutes alone in a steel cage on the
roof of the jail where he can only see a piece of sky and some sun.
Tommy sits there with tears rolling down his face, thinking about freedom
and how much he has had and taken for granted, and wanting to be somewhere
else. Some weeks he passes on his cage time as it’s too difficult for
him to handle. One day Tommy is pulled aside by the chief warden who
says a couple of the inmates want to poison him and he just wanted to
let him know.
The Sixx family attends the opening night of the Ringling Bros. Barnum
& Bailey Circus.
John makes an appearance at the Detroit Kiss Expo with Bruce Kulick,
having also appeared at the Pittsburgh Kiss Expo the previous day. John
has been recently working with former Kiss drummer Eric Singer on a
recording project of some of Eric’s favourite ‘70s cover material, like
old Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Humble Pie, and Jimi Hendrix. Titled the
Eric Singer Project (ESP), the CD will have Eric Singer on drums and
vocals; Bruce Kulick on guitar and bass; John on vocals, guitars and
bass; and Karl Cochran on vocals, guitars and bass. John’s new girlfriend
Layla Dawn creates the artwork inside the album.
After Tommy tells Nikki that Pamela has left a message on his answering
machine saying she loves him, Nikki advises him that she is now dating
pro-surfer Kelly Slater while Tommy is in jail; the guy she dumped when
she married Tommy in Mexico.
Nikki says the forthcoming album Bitter Pills will now be called Mötley
Crüe’s Greatest Hits and will include Without You, Home Sweet Home,
Too Fast For Love and Don’t Go Away Mad amongst the selected songs.
Tommy strikes a tentative deal with prosecutors in Phoenix to plead
guilty to his assault charge after the altercation with a security guard
during the Crüe concert there last December, receiving an $800 fine
and a thirty-day sentence to run concurrently with his time currently
being served. The plea bargain will mean there will be no additional
time added to his sentence, and he is still expected to serve four months
in total with an early release for good behaviour. Nikki’s pending charges
are not part of these proceedings.
Nikki announces the first leg of tour dates for the next Mötley Crüe
tour. They are no longer touring Japan first as originally planned,
since Tommy will not be allowed to leave the country for some time.
The mixing of the album was completed by Bob Rock two days ago. Nikki
says the final artwork for the album has a funny caricature of the band
on the cover, reminiscent of Aerosmith’s Draw The Line, which is something
they have wanted to do for a long time but never came across one they
loved. It is drawn by Erik C. Casillas, who has also done a lot of the
Outlaw clothing designs.
Union commences their second leg of the tour in Dubuque, Iowa.
Rob Zombie’s solo album Hellbilly Deluxe is released. The album is produced
by Rob with Scott Humphrey, co-producer of the Crüe’s Generation Swine
album, and features Tommy drumming on the tracks Resurrection Joe and
Meet the Creeper. The album was recorded at Scott’s home studio The
Chop Shop while Tommy stayed there earlier in the year as he faced his
spousal abuse charges.
Nikki takes Moonshine, now re-named Laidlaw,
into the studio to record an album on his label Americoma Records. Nikki
is producing the album with the band, while Brian Dobbs is the engineer.
Former Journey front-man Steve Perry contributes vocals to the track
Send My Baby Home.
Tommy is released from LA County Jail at 1:40am after completing just
over three months of his six-month sentence for spousal abuse. He takes
his black jail shoes with him as a reminder of his time. Tommy has spent
most of his time inside reading thirty four self-help books, meditating
and working out with weights he made by filling rubbish bin liners with
water and hiding them under his bed until they were taken away from
him. He also did many push-ups and handstands against a wall. He made
a flower collage from the small stickers on his daily apple. He feels
the strangest part of his experience in jail was giving autographs to
other inmates and wardens. He tells Nikki when he visits him in jail
one Saturday that he can no longer play in Mötley Crüe. He agrees to
do the Greatest Hits tour but says he will bring his portable studio
on the road with him to start work on his solo music.
Tommy is picked up from jail by his friend
Bob Procop and driven in his Bentley to his waterfront house in Marina
del Ray, having a cigarette on the way and closing his eyes to the freeway
traffic that he finds too much to bear after his confinement. He has
a Jacuzzi for a couple of hours with four women Bob had arranged but
it’s all too much too soon for Tommy. Bob drives Tommy to his empty
Malibu home with Bob Suhosky, who was minding Tommy’s home while he
was in jail.
Nikki finds out that Tommy has been released from jail after a friend
says he has seen him shopping. He feels it’s a slap in the face as he
did his best to help Tommy while in jail, even starting a letter-writing
campaign for his early release.
Nikki announces that Laidlaw will support Mötley Crüe on the forthcoming
tour to help set-up the Laidlaw debut CD on Nikki’s label next year.
A Battle of the Bands competition in each city called Kickstart Your
Career will provide winners with the opportunity to open for Laidlaw
and the Crüe. Local winners will become finalists for the grand prize
of inclusion on a nationally-released compilation album. The innovation
is to be supported by Guitar Centre.
Nikki finishes work on the Laidlaw album, including mixing two songs
for a Laidlaw sampler CD that will be available at forthcoming shows
when they support Mötley Crüe. Brian Dobbs is set to mix the remaining
eight tracks in a few weeks.
With Tommy back from a vacation in Hawaii with his producer friend Scott
Humphrey following Tommy’s jail release, and Nikki having completed
work on Laidlaw’s album, Mötley Crüe starts rehearsals for their Greatest
Hits Tour. Meanwhile the first single from the Greatest Hits album Bitter
Pill is U.S.A. rock radio’s number-one most-added track this week.
Tommy’s first interview since his release from prison is aired on the
TV show Fox Files. Ticketmaster announces Mötley Crüe is the fourth-best
ticket-selling artist for the week, behind Depeche Mode, Aerosmith and
On Californian radio, Nikki says rap artist Coolio will contribute vocals
to the song Killing Joke on Nikki’s forthcoming 1958 CD release. Coolio
is also on the Beyond Records label. The release may also include a
contribution by Twiggy from Marilyn Manson.
Some friends throw a birthday party for Tommy, where he acquaints himself
with Carmen Electra. She is now separated from her basketball champion
husband Dennis Rodman after four months of marriage, and has replaced
Pamela Anderson on Baywatch after she left to start her own series V.I.P.
The new Eric Singer Project (ESP) album is to be called Lost & Spaced
and will be available via mail-order in two weeks from Rock Hard Records.
John contributes vocals to half of the ten cover songs, including Humble
Pie’s Four Day Creep, Edgar Winter’s Free Ride, Deep Purple’s Never
Before, Aerosmith’s S.O.S. and Jimi Hendrix’s Foxy Lady that also features
Ace Frehley on lead guitar. ESP is considering a tour early next year
when the CD will be available in retail stores.
Tommy says after the Mötley Crüe tour he’ll be looking for opportunities
to sign and produce other artists on his own Yummy Records label. He’s
also spending time working on his solo project, which includes songs
he wrote while incarcerated. Mick still wants to do a blues-style side
project while Nikki has spoken with Vince about doing a project with
him on the side. A Mötley Crüe album of new songs is also being planned
for a future release.
Mötley Crüe’s Greatest Hits album is released in Japan through Polydor
Records. No bonus tracks are included due to space limitations on the
CD. The CD cover shows the caricature artwork on a black background.
Kottonmouth Kings band DJ Bobby B is
said to be headed into the studio to collaborate with Tommy on his solo
album. The band was recently dropped from their support slot on the
Insane Clown Posse tour for trading backstage passes for marijuana.
Tommy is one of the guests at a party at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion
to promote the premiere of forthcoming movie Orgazmo. Other guests include
Gabriel Byrne, Dwight Yoakam, Robert Duvall, The Crystal Method, Jon
Lovitz and Metallica, who play a forty-five-minute live set.
Mötley Crüe members make a short guest appearance on the number-one-rated
cable television show Raw Is War. The whole band hangs with their biggest
fans in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) including wrestlers Triple
H, Road Dog Jesse James, Badd Ass Billy Gunn, X-Pac and Chyna. Fans
see Tommy’s new dreadlocks for the first time.
Mötley performs at the WWF event Raw is War in Madison, Wisconsin. They
play new song Bitter Pill along with a version of Wild Side with wrestler
Road Dog Jesse James. This is the first time Bitter Pill is played live.
The performances are scheduled for television airing to an estimated
thirty million viewers in a week’s time.
The Mötley Crüe Greatest Hits Tour kicks off in Ames, Iowa with Laidlaw
in support. The set features no drum solo, bass solo or guitar solo,
but rarely performed songs like Ten Seconds to Love as the band packs
in the most amount of tunes possible. The stage is stripped back to
just an awesome light show and the use of confetti. The Crüe is also
said to be featured on the cover of the March issue of Playgirl magazine
but it never eventuates. Crüe security is now handled by Chris ‘Hawk’
Louden, who has previously worked with many bands including Tool. His
primary task is to keep Tommy out of any trouble’s way.
A civil lawsuit is filed in the Federal Court in North Carolina’s middle
district, stemming from the racial incident at the Crüe concert in Greensboro
last October 30. Arrest warrants were later issued to Nikki and Tommy,
charging them with disorderly conduct, inciting a riot, and simple assault
and battery. Security company Show Pros Entertainment Services of Charlotte
and one of its employees John F. Allen allege in the suit that Nikki
shouted obscenities at Allen, kicked him in the shoulder, spit at him
and then told the lighting directors to shine the spotlight on him while
encouraging the audience to participate in the harassment. Allen also
says Tommy poured beer on him while Nikki made negative racial slurs.
The lawsuit makes six claims, including assault, battery, intentional
infliction of emotional distress, slander, interference with an economic
relationship or prospective advantage, and violation of a federal law
that prohibits racially motivated conspiracies. In each of those claims,
Allen and Show Pros are asking for damages in excess of $75,000, as
well as punitive damages.
Mötley Crüe releases their Greatest Hits album in the United States.
The CD kicks off with two new tracks Bitter Pill and Enslaved, followed
by a collection of hits spanning their career. Enslaved was written
by Tommy and Mick and was initially titled Slave. Tommy wrote the bulk
of the song right after his release on bail from imprisonment earlier
in the year. Thinking about his relationship with Pamela, he felt in
trying to make the other person happy, he sort of lost himself and became
somewhat of a slave. The former cover touted for the release is used
on the rear. This features a medicine cabinet with pill bottles labeled
with all the band’s albums. Information on the forthcoming Mötley Millennium
Series is included in the booklet, stating the Crüe’s digitally remastered
back-catalogue can be purchased next year as a box set or individually.
After a hectic day of press and promotions,
Mötley plays their only date announced outside the U.S.A. for this tour
at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada. Nikki says more dates will be announced
next month, which are to include concerts on the U.S. West Coast early
Marvelous 3 releases their new CD titled
Hey! Album. Their Marvelous Records version, containing some different
songs than the standard Elektra release, finishes up with a track Cold
as Hell, which makes reference to Nikki in the lyrics and finishes with
a taped phone message from Tommy.
Mötley Crüe appears on the U.S. national TV show Late Night with Conan
O’ Brien playing Dr. Feelgood and half of Kickstart My Heart. They then
go to the Rob Zombie concert at Roseland in New York.
John plans to have a solo album released
soon through Rock Hard Records, the label that has recently released
the ESP debut CD. An ESP tour of Australia seems very likely in the
near future. A live album with John’s band Union is currently being
finished up for release.
Mötley Crüe’s scheduled appearance on the Howard Stern show is cancelled
after they aren’t allowed into the radio station’s building due to a
legal technicality. In the evening, the Crüe plays live in MTV’s New
York studio for the taping and subsequent airing of the performance
on MTV Rocks Off the following Wednesday. They play Kickstart My Heart
and Dr. Feelgood, followed by Live Wire with audience members on stage
with them. A question and answer session concludes the event. Audience
members were selected from fans entering a competition.
At the Beacon in New York, Mötley is joined on stage by Jesse Camp from
MTV, who lends his vocals to Smokin’ In The Boys Room.
Mötley plays their Halloween Show at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston.
Nikki wears his old striped makeup from the Shout At The Devil era.
Judge Pregerson throws out Tommy and Pam’s suit in the Federal Court
against IEG to prevent their home-video from being sold online. It is
thrown out on the grounds that they signed away their rights to claim
any damages in a 1997 out-of-court settlement.
U.S. sales figures released by SoundScan confirm that Mötley Crüe’s
Greatest Hits will debut on next week’s Billboard chart at number twenty,
the second highest debut after REM at number three. Mötley places higher
than other new releases from Neil Diamond, Bryan Adams, Divine and the
Limp Bizkit releases a video for their cover version of the George Michael
song Faith that mainly presents live footage from their current tour.
Tommy is seen in the video clip along with members of Korn, Deftones,
Primus and Ice Cube.
A hearing occurs in a Los Angeles court
for the lawsuit filed by John against Mötley Crüe.
As Mötley Crüe performs a show in Chicago that is webcast on the Internet,
Nikki says the band will be on tour until September next year. A second
U.S. leg will take place in February and March followed by a third in
the summer. Shows in the rest of the world are also expected to be announced.
The Union live album is being prepared
for release early next year and will include their version of Mötley’s
Power to the Music amongst other covers by The Scream, Kiss and Cheap
Trick. The bonus tracks for the Japanese release will be The Beatles’
Hide Your Love Away and an acoustic version of October Morning Wind.
After arriving in Los Angeles at 2pm in a red convertible Cadillac,
Mötley Crüe holds a two-hour press conference before opening their retail
store S’Crüe at 5:30pm. Vince cuts through the front door of the shop
at 7201 Melrose Avenue with a chainsaw; the other band members kick
in what’s left of the door. In addition to featuring Mötley Crüe tour
merchandise, CD’s and their Mötley Brüe drink, S’Crüe stocks clothes
from both Nikki and Vince’s clothing lines in Outlaw and Bad Bones respectively.
The décor includes zebra-striped floors, Tommy and Nikki’s custom Harley
bikes, a drum kit, as well as some of Mötley’s Gold and Platinum records,
and Mötley logos adorning the walls. The shop window displays huge sign-written
imagery of the band’s Greatest Hits album cover. Tickets for the only
Los Angeles show this year go on-sale at the S’Crüe grand opening, with
remaining tickets ready to go on sale the following day. The store sits
across the street from an antique store and right next door to a General
Nutrition Centre. The band says they are trying to get a license to
open up a tattoo and piercing service in the shop to make it a cool
hang-out for fans.
After the store’s opening, Tommy attends
a stage show called the Triple X Fantasy Review at the Riviera Hotel
and Casino, where he cheers on adult hardcore superstar Jenna Jameson
before joining her backstage and then taking her on a date. The twenty-three-year-old
platinum blonde is one of the reigning queens of the adult movie industry,
appearing on the cover of fifty men’s magazines and starring in thirty
six adult movies in just over four years. Jameson says while she and
Tommy are long-time friends, they have never been romantic with each
other yet. Although he wants to sleep with her, she’s hesitant because
Tommy’s former fiancée Bobbie Brown is a good friend of hers and Bobbie
is said to still want Tommy back.
Mötley Crüe’s Greatest Hits CD is released in Australia through EMI
In Austin Texas, Tommy has his tattooed wedding band saying Pamela covered
up with more ink. Pamela previously had her wedding ring tattoo changed
from reading Tommy to Mommy.
John plays his first gig with ESP in Melbourne, Australia. The band
comprises fellow Union member Bruce Kulick along with Eric Singer and
Karl Cochran. At an in-store appearance earlier in the day, he is surprised
at the large amount of support he receives from Mötley fans on his first
trip to Australia.
Dancing girls dubbed Satan’s Cheerleaders join Mötley Crüe on stage
during their concert in New Orleans. Complete with costumes emblazoned
with 666, the Austin-based troupe dance through Mötley songs Girls,
Girls, Girls and Anarchy in the U.K. Towards the end of the night, many
fans invade the stage. As one offender tries to punch a security guard,
he collects Nikki in the head instead, before being sent flying by a
return blow from the Crüe bassist.
Nikki says the Mötley Millennium Series is likely to be released next
June, July or August. He also says the band is working on their own
book called The Dirt that will air some twisted stuff.
Tommy confirms he will collaborate with
The Crystal Method on his forthcoming solo album tentatively titled
New School, after he recently met them at a party at the Playboy Mansion.
He has also put in calls to The Chemical Brothers and MixMaster Mike
from the Beastie Boys to appear on the CD. Nine Inch Nails guitarist
Danny Lohner has worked on some of the demos with Tommy. Recording is
set to begin in January with Tommy performing the vocal and guitar duties,
while a second drummer will assist with the percussion. The flavour
is said to be in the vein of his Planet Boom track.
After moping around all week because his wife Donna D’Errico couldn’t
join him on the road for his fortieth Birthday, Nikki plays with the
Crüe on stage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to the show, Tommy
and Mick give him a bass amp for his road rig, while Vince gives him
a knife to add to his weapons collection. At one point during the show
as Nikki takes the microphone, two police officers enter the stage and
approach him from behind, handcuffing him to a wheelchair. He thinks
he is being arrested like on his last birthday, until the police start
to dance and strip. Figuring they are male strippers and a payback for
all the years of pranks he has pulled, he unsuccessfully tries to exit
the stage. He is then joined onstage by Donna, also dressed as a police
officer. She tells the crowd he has been a bad husband for being gone
too long and that he is in trouble. Donna asks Nikki how old he is to
which he replies twenty three. After the crowd boos his response, she
says she has it written down somewhere, lifting her top to show off
a four on her left breast and a zero on her right. He then has a mess
dumped on him from above. After the show, Nikki and Donna go to Miami
Beach’s Tantra restaurant where they share the aphrodisiac special of
oysters, sea urchin, shrimp and smoked eel.
On arrival back home in Malibu, Nikki gets further birthday treats from
his family. His house is lit up with Christmas lights all over it and
rose petals lead a trail up the driveway. A solo violinist plays Happy
Birthday to him at the top of the stairs and as he enters his home,
which is full of five hundred helium balloons. He also sees many candles
and further rose petals placed all around. His excited children lead
him to the bedroom that is full of drawings from them, along with roses
and more balloons. He is then given a 1950s Gretsch Silver Jet guitar
with a big red ribbon on it, before dining on his favourite meal: sushi.
Mötley is featured on VH1’s Behind the
Music for the first of an unprecedented eight airings running through
Vince files a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles
against law firm Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mamaro LLP for professional
negligence. The firm represented Vince in personal bankruptcy through
to 16 December 1997 and he claims that prior to then, he discovered
various acts of malpractice in the handling of that case including a
claim that his bankruptcy statements that were prepared by the firm
were inaccurate. Vince also claims that JMBM could’ve corrected the
statements but didn’t and allowed him to testify at his meeting of creditors
that the statements were correct. Because of the alleged malpractice,
Vince says he was sued by a third-party creditor seeking to avoid the
discharge, based in part on JMBM’s failure to perform legal services
adequately. This resulted in Vince having to pay the trustee a large
amount of money in settlement that he otherwise would not have had to
Mötley Crüe plays their final concert for the year at the Phoenix Civic
Plaza in Arizona as they wind up the forty-two-date first leg of their
Greatest Hits Tour.
Union plays a New Years Eve show at the Coconut Teaszer in Los Angeles.
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