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Tour dates for the second leg of Mötley’s Greatest Hits tour begin surfacing
as the band prepares to play shows in northern U.S.A. and Canada.
Former Crüe front-man John
Corabi is one of many musicians that attends the first of two sold-out
Black Sabbath reunion shows at Los Angeles’ Great Western Forum.
Nikki Sixx and Donna D’Errico return home to Malibu from a long overdue
honeymoon, having wed on Christmas Eve 1996.
The Mötley retail store
S’Crüe on Melrose Ave in Hollywood is set to close at the end of the
month, once the three-month lease is up. Merchandise is instead planned
to be sold through S’Crüe Online on the band’s official website. The
website also plans to provide a return of the S.I.N. fan club, with
paid memberships allowing users access to exclusive photos, monthly
contests, monthly interviews from band members, plus more, all online.
Unfortunately there is not enough support for the concept at this time
so it doesn’t get off the ground.
Tommy Lee fronts a regular review hearing of his probation with the
office of the Court Clerk. Malibu Municipal Court Judge Lawrence Mira
orders the probation department to investigate whether an article published
in The New York Post is true. The story indicates that Tommy had been
drinking with Mötley Crüe band-mates at a nightclub in Florida on 11
December 1997; an alleged breach of his probation conditions. Tommy
had thirty three random drug and alcohol tests while on the road and
a further six at home. All tests showed he has had no alcohol or drugs.
IEG announces they will
be releasing a sequel to last year’s best-selling stolen honeymoon tape.
Pam and Tommy Lee: Hardcore and Uncensored hits the Internet later this
week and will be in stores on Valentine’s Day. The new ninety-minute
video is said to contain thirty percent more graphic sex scenes that
were “too spicy to show in the first edition”, as well as footage from
their one-year anniversary party in 1996 where all the guests came dressed
as their favourite alien.
Tommy has spent the first weeks of the year working solidly on his solo
album, tentatively titled Real School. He says U-God from Wu Tang Clan
has rapped on a track called You And I vs. All. Fred Durst from Limp
Bizkit and Kid Rock have also recorded a track titled Get Naked with
him after Tommy invited Durst over to his home one night and Kid Rock
tagged along. He is preparing to commence working with The Crystal Method
and MixMaster Mike from the Beastie Boys early next week. Other participants
include DJ Bobby B of Kottonmouth Kings, Danny Lohner of Nine Inch Nails
and DJ Product from the band (hed) pe.
Nikki says the debut from his 1958 side project is now complete and
will be released around August/September this year, titled Diet For
A New America. First signing to his Americoma Records label Laidlaw
is expected to have their debut album called First Big Picnic released
around the same time.
Forthcoming Mötley concerts
continue to sell very well, consistently placing them in Ticketmaster’s
list of top ticket sellers in the U.S. Since the start of the year,
the Crüe’s Greatest Hits release has risen from #217 to #142 on the
U.S. national album sales chart, signaling the first time since the
early ‘90s that a Mötley Crüe album has climbed after its chart debut.
Due to a missing probation report, Malibu Municipal Court Judge Lawrence
Mira postpones issuing a ruling until March 8 on whether Tommy violated
his probation. The judge says the district attorney’s preliminary investigation,
which involved telephone conferences with key witnesses, indicates the
news reports saying he was drinking alcohol in Florida late last year
were unfounded. Tommy arrives in court with a new beaded hairstyle and
refuses to speak with reporters, leaving that to spokesman Allan Mayer
who tells reporters Tommy has absolutely been in compliance with all
the terms of his probation.
Mötley Crüe commences the second leg of their Greatest Hits tour at
the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Since his release from jail,
Tommy has been constantly writing songs for his solo album with rapper
Tim Dog (later named TiLo), who most recently played with Newport Beach
punk-rap band (hed) pe. What was initially going to be one day of trying
to write a song with him turned into five months of living together
and fourteen tracks to date. The two men were both having problems with
the women in their lives, so they became roomies. The bass player is
Tom Dades, aka Non-Treble, who hails from Minneapolis and was discovered
by Tommy when his band Coup de Grace opened for Mötley Crüe as winners
of the Kickstart Your Career competition. Scott Pfaff, aka Pfaff 2k,
from Fantastic Planet is playing guitar on the tracks. Heavy guitar
players are now being auditioned as a search goes out for a second drummer
to play alongside Tommy. He also wants to have a DJ on board, which
MixMaster Mike from the Beastie Boys has said it would be something
he’d like to do part-time.
Mötley takes their Greatest Hits Tour to Canada where they continue
to delight audiences. This second leg sees the addition of two lesbian
back-up dancers who make out onstage, simulate oral sex, flash the audience,
and grope each other. At one point in the show, zippers are undone to
reveal a huge purple strap-on dildo that is the focus of simulated sex
onstage between the girls. Noise Therapy is the support act playing
on this leg of the tour, along with local winners of the Kickstart Your
The Alice Cooper tribute album Humanary Stew is released in the U.S.
and features Vince Neil and Mick Mars on a version of the classic track
Cold Ethyl from Alice’s 1974 album Welcome To My Nightmare. Other members
that play on the track are former David Lee Roth and Mr. Big member
Billy Sheehan, former Nazareth drummer Simon Phillips, and Bob Kulick,
formerly in WASP and of course brother of Bruce Kulick from Kiss and
John’s band Union are voted 1998’s Best New Artist in the Thirteenth
Annual Metal Edge Readers’ Choice Awards.
Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira rules that there is no evidence to be
found that Tommy violated his probation, based on claims that he allegedly
consumed alcohol at a Miami nightclub last year against judge’s order.
The judge gives Tommy a stern warning, stressing that he is not to even
enter a place where alcohol is sold during his three-year probation,
and a mistake could see him imprisoned for three years. Nikki attends
court to support Tommy and aids his defense by saying that it was a
case of mistaken identity, as it was him who was drunk, not Tommy. Nikki
pointed out that the original gossip column report that said Tommy was
being carried out of a bar drunk, had mentioned he was wearing a cowboy
hat. In reality the hat was being worn by Nikki.
Vince and Mick are interviewed
on U.S. syndicate radio show Rockline by Bob Coburn for ninety minutes.
After spending the day at the Yellow Rose strip club in Austin, Texas,
the pair arrives at radio station KLBJ in separate limos; Vince walking
in with a two-thirds empty tequila bottle and four strippers. Vince
convinces one of the strippers Jozie Di Maria to go on the air with
him. Clearly heavily intoxicated, Vince has trouble answering questions
and is close to incoherent during much of the interview. When asked
what his favourite Mötley Crüe song is, Vince slurs “barbecue pork and
beans.” During the interview two of the other ladies perform oral sex
on each other in full view of station personnel and contest winners
invited to meet the band. Mick finishes the interview alone, telling
listeners Vince has left on a bathroom break. The incident stirs emotions
It is reported on Howard Stern’s radio program that rumours about Tommy
and Carmen Electra dating and having sex are confirmed as being accurate.
It seems that after Carmen caught her new husband and basketball’s tattooed
bad boy Dennis Rodman cheating on her, she told him she was going to
visit her sick grandmother but instead went to Mötley Crüe’s after-show
party at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dayton, Ohio with Tommy, checking
into a room under the name Heywood Jablowme. A former Prince protégé
that released an album that bombed in 1992, Carmen went on to pose nude
for Playboy and work as an MTV host in 1996 before replacing Pamela
Anderson Lee in Baywatch. She has also appeared as a national U.S. spokesperson
for Budweiser beer. Tommy has recently been playing his drums with a
picture of Carmen taped to them. Carmen’s real name is Tara Patrick.
Later in the night at the
annual Austin Music Awards that kicks off the South by Southwest (SXSW)
music conference, Mötley Crüe wins 1998 Concert of the Year for their
show at the Austin Music Hall on 1 December 1998. Austin is reputedly
the Live Music Capital of the World and Mötley triumphs over nominees
Ben Folds Five, Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies, Garbage, Lyle
Lovett, Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Bragg, Elton John and Ani DiFranco.
A Mötley Crüe 1/64th die cast toy car (Issue #2T) limited to a production
of 9,999 is available exclusively from Target stores in the U.S.A. The
black Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird is part of Racing Champions’ Hot Rockin’
Steel Series and comes emblazoned with red Mötley Crüe logos in the
Too Fast For Love album style.
At the Las Vegas airport on the way back to California, Tommy talks
with Crüe publicist Ashley Smith at the ticket counter when a drunk
Vince approaches and demands his boarding pass from her and says she
can kiss Tommy’s ass later. They then sling obscenities at each other
with Vince knowing Tommy can’t do much since he is on probation. Tommy
grabs him around the neck before Vince punches him in the jaw. Tommy
then tackles Vince to the ground with his fist ready to hit him. Tommy’s
security guard Hawk drags him off Vince and away from the scene onto
the plane to protect his probationary situation. As Tommy heads to the
plane, Vince starts yelling out for police saying he has been assaulted
to try and have Tommy arrested and put back in prison.
Tommy tells Nikki on the plane that Mötley will need to find a new drummer,
before sitting as far away from Vince as possible while sulking and
crying. Back in Los Angeles, Nikki talks Tommy into finishing the Greatest
Hits Tour, as he and Vince don’t speak with each other to resolve their
differences. Tommy then gets his own tour bus and dressing room for
the remaining shows and travels on different planes to Vince. Tommy
insists that management ensures that he and Vince do not come into contact
at any time before or after the shows.
As the Crüe arrives in Canada for the final three shows of the second
leg of this tour, Nikki says the band will take the next two months
off to prepare their masters for re-release. It will be called The Mötley
Millennium Series and is being released in a limited edition with digitally
remastered tracks. The first four albums, Too Fast For Love, Shout At
The Devil, Theatre of Pain and Girls, Girls, Girls are expected to be
released in June as the band embarks on a North American Amphitheatre
tour with the Scorpions. The following month will see the re-release
of Dr. Feelgood, Mötley Crüe and Generation Swine, as well as a new
CD called Leftovers that Nikki says will contain lots of unreleased
goodies. Leftovers was the original title of the Quaternary disc that
was released in limited edition with their self-titled album five years
ago this month.
Nikki says the remastered albums soon to be released will have unreleased
songs on each album. The new CD Leftovers has already had its name changed
to Supersonic & Demonic Relics. The Mötley Crüe Box Set is due later
in the year and will include a live album recorded on the Greatest Hits
Mötley has licensed the song Shout At The Devil for inclusion in the
forthcoming movie Idle Hands, scheduled to hit cinemas in the U.S. on
the last day of next month. The track will also be included on the soundtrack
along with bands including Blink 182, Offspring, Rob Zombie, Zebrahead,
Vandals, The Living End, Waking Hours, Static X, Unwritten Law and Lionrock.
Mötley Crüe is confirmed to play the four-day annual Chippewa Valley
Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 16. Mötley is to play on day
two with Def Leppard, Scorpions and Kansas. Other acts to be part of
the event include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult, Poison, Sammy Hagar,
Survivor, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Pat Benetar, Journey and Foreigner.
Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra agree to end their six-month marriage
and file divorce papers. It seems that Carmen has now moved into Tommy’s
Malibu home with him. Tommy hires bodyguards as Rodman tries to get
backstage at recent Crüe shows to have a word with him.
Another Mötley Crüe 1/64th die-cast toy car hits toy shelves in the
U.S.A. (Issue #17T) as part of Racing Champions’ Hot Rockin’ Steel Series.
Again limited to a production run of 9,999 this issue is a candy red
metallic 1969 Camaro and comes emblazoned with Mötley Crüe logos on
the sides in the Decade of Decadence style and a Primal Scream decal
on the roof. A larger 1:24 version is also made available.
After arriving back home from Seattle where he attends his sister Ceci’s
wedding with wife Donna D’Errico, Nikki says a large portion of tunes
on Mötley Crüe’s next album Supersonic & Demonic Relics have never been
heard before, even by diehards. The band prepares to enter the studio
next Tuesday to cut a Spanish version of Glitter, which is also likely
to end up on the Relics album due in July. As the Crüe plans to get
together next week to also make some new music, word is Tommy has been
talking to rapper Snoop Doggy Dog about collaborating on some music
for his solo album.
Nikki also says it seems
Noise Therapy will be signing to his Americoma Records label. He plans
to go to Vancouver soon to spend some time with them before they go
back in the studio for a couple of extra tracks. Noise Therapy supported
Mötley on the recent second leg of the Greatest Hits tour.
Beyond Records releases Musicians Choice, a compilation CD of tracks
from a dozen unsigned acts discovered in the Guitar Centre sponsored
Kickstart Your Career contest. It also includes Mötley Crüe’s Kickstart
My Heart as well as an unreleased track from Sponge titled Today, Tomorrow.
As Pamela Anderson Lee’s spokeswoman confirms that Pam’s breast implants
were removed last week, it is also stated that she has asked for the
end to the restraining order against Tommy, to allow him visitation
time with their two sons whilst in her presence. This follows Pamela’s
recent phone calls to Tommy, and spending more and more time together
when Tommy goes to her place to pick up his boys for visits, once she
found out he was dating Carmen Electra. Tommy and Pam are practically
a married couple again and today he asks Pam to move back into his Malibu
Vince Neil attends the Twenty Fifth Anniversary of the Toyota Grand
Prix of Long Beach, California. This is the largest street circuit motor
sports event in North America and California’s number one annual sports
special event. Vince signs autographs at the Bad Bones booth over most
of the weekend, as well as doing radio interviews promoting his Bad
Bones clothing company.
The Third Annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament is held at the
Malibu Country Club. Runner-up on the day is Vince’s son Neil Wharton,
who plays his round with the son of actor Clark Gable. Monies raised
benefit The Neil Bogart Memorial Laboratories for Children’s Cancer
Leukemia and Aids Research at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
John has been working on
tunes for Union’s second studio album, as they prepare to hit the studio
to begin laying down tracks in the next month or so. The ESP (Eric Singer
Project) CD that features the vocals and guitar work of John is soon
to be released in America and Japan. The American release will be repackaged
to include two new tracks called Twenty Flight Rock and The Who’s classic
Won’t Get Fooled Again. The Japanese release will have the same packaging
as the European and Australian release but will also have two further
bonus cover tracks from the ESP demos included called American Band
and Snortin’ Whisky.
As Nikki checks out some bands including Noise Therapy in Vancouver,
Canada, he says he and wife Donna have purchased a forty-acre ranch
in Agoura Hills. No longer having his Butt Cheese West home studio,
he also plans on building a new studio on his ranch soon so bands he’s
working with can escape the city. Mick and Nikki have been writing tons
of tunes recently, as Nikki says he’s really back into nasty rock’n’roll
again. Tour rehearsals are to commence soon for the upcoming Maximum
Rock tour with the Scorpions. Ticket sales for the tour have commenced
well with ten thousand tickets being sold in five minutes for the Detroit
The hit VH1 production Behind the Music: Mötley Crüe is released on
home-video. The run time is approx sixty minutes, including ten minutes
of additional footage. This episode was the highest-rated in the VH1
On the U.S. syndicated TV show Access Hollywood, Pamela says that she
and Tommy are working on rebuilding their family. When asked whether
she would re-marry him she replies, “I guess we kind of have to, don’t
we? It’ll be more fun now.” She also says Tommy supported her a lot
with her recent breast implant removal surgery.
Talking live on Los Angeles alternative rock station KROQ, Pamela Anderson
Lee states that Tommy has officially left Mötley Crüe. Soon after, a
press release is issued by Mötley’s management confirming that Tommy
will not be touring with the band this summer on their Maximum Rock
Tour and that he has given notice to leave the group. In the release,
Tommy says, “I wish the guys all the best of luck this summer. I will
miss them and the fans, but it’s time for me to totally embrace my family
and my new projects.” Speaking about Tommy’s decision, Nikki says, “We
support Tommy in his decision to take some time off from touring and
trust he will enjoy success in whatever he sets out to accomplish”,
which makes Tommy’s move sound more like a break than an exit.
While Tommy plans to work
on his solo project called Methods of Mayhem, Mötley Crüe asks former
The Cult and Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, who has been with the
Neurotic Outsiders since 1995, to fill in for the tour.
The first-ever Mötley Crüe
show without Tommy is set to take place on July 29 in Washington. Mötley
Crüe’s Tour Manager says the band is planning on extending the tour
with the Scorpions through September. He also adds that they are trying
to work things out, since Pamela is trying to make Tommy quit, as she
has attempted before.
During a morning on-air interview with Los Angeles alternative radio
station KROQ, Tommy announces that his new Methods of Mayhem project
has been asked to join the Family Values tour that is to be headlined
by Limp Bizkit this year. He says the new solo album should be completed
by August, which would coincide nicely with the tour. Tommy also debuts
a new Methods of Mayhem song called Get Naked that features him rapping
over some heavy beats, as well as guest vocals from Fred Durst of Limp
Bizkit. Referring to his decision to leave Mötley, he tells KROQ, “As
an individual, a creative person, I couldn’t do another year of this.
It’s like an artist using the same brush and the same palette of colours.
I just can’t do it.” In another interview later in the day, he says
he had agreed to do several legs of a Greatest Hits Tour in late ‘98
and then to leave the group, which was received amicably. Not surprisingly
then Beyond Records backed away from supporting his Yummy Records label.
He also says another motivation for leaving Mötley Crüe was his belief
that music is headed more in a kind of hybrid direction and that it
became difficult to play the same songs over and over for nearly twenty
years. This radio interview is how Vince and Mick find out that he has
Tommy’s new band features
him on drums, Beastie Boys’ DJ MixMaster Mike (real name Mike Schwartz)
on turntables, and three other musicians: a rapper, a bassist and a
guitarist, which he plans to take on the road with him this summer.
Already recorded is a song entitled Ill Behavior that Tommy says was
totally inspired by his life. The song features MixMaster Mike on the
turntables, as well as former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna,
NIN members Charlie Clouser and Danny Lohner, as well as rapper Snoop
Dogg (real name Calvin Broadus). Tommy is now also being managed by
Snoop’s manager Michael Loren. A few weeks ago, Tommy spent some time
with Snoop near Atlanta where he recorded a song for Snoop Dogg’s side
project The Outsiderz, which is expected to be on that group’s mid-1999
release. Also involved in the Methods of Mayhem album are electronica
duo The Crystal Method, hyperkinetic rapper Busta Rhymes (real name
Trevor Smith) who is ready for upcoming sessions on a song titled Electra;
and former Helmet guitarist Page Hamilton who is expected to play on
a song called Hypocritical. Tommy says he also hopes to record more
tracks with Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst and that he has been in talks
with representatives of big-beat electronica star Fatboy Slim (real
name Norman Cook) about doing a track together.
While Entertainment Tonight
reports that Tommy will be doing guest appearances on Pamela’s TV show
V.I.P. next season, Nikki says he’s sorry this has had to happen to
the fans, and that he doesn’t understand it completely himself. He also
says he really believes Tommy just needs some time for himself to explore
and that the final Crüe chapter hasn’t been written yet, but he also
can’t wait around for other people. Nikki also says Tommy told him that
he wanted to come and see Mötley perform on the forthcoming tour.
The movie Idle Hands premieres
in U.S. cinemas and features the Mötley Crüe classic song Shout at the
Devil, both in the movie and on the soundtrack.
As Mötley Crüe’s fans are angered by the timing of Tommy’s departure
announcement, the Crüe’s current Tour Manager Gordon Spencer says, “Everyone
including Tommy agreed to be committed to this tour ‘til the end of
September 1999. Tommy’s leaving before that was a total surprise to
all of us. The plan was to tour till then and go into the studio to
do a new album.”
The third in the series
of Racing Champions limited edition die-cast Mötley Crüe cars hits store
shelves. This issue #21 of the Hot Rockin’ Steel Series is a green ‘57
Chevy Bel Air with a black roof and red interior. Decal logos from the
Dr. Feelgood era adorn the vehicle.
During an Internet chat on AOL, Nikki says he hasn’t talked with Tommy
since he quit the band as he’s changed his phone number and won’t talk
with the rest of the band. He also feels that Pamela Anderson Lee is
behind a lot of the recent happenings, saying she hates everyone in,
and to do with, the band. While he feels like he’s lost a friend and
a band member, he continues to move forward and says, “I’m not letting
the Crüe die”. Nikki says the songs he’s writing with Mick are, “like
Feelgood meets Shout.” Tommy didn’t want to work with producer Bob Rock,
so now that he’s departed, Bob tells Nikki earlier in the day that he
wants to produce the next studio album. Vince recently quit drinking
and has now lost twenty five pounds as he prepares to kick ass on the
forthcoming tour. A new band on Nikki’s Americoma Records label called
Flash Bastard will open shows on the tour. Nikki says their style is
‘Guns N’ Roses meets early Crüe and Sex Pistols’ and they’re currently
mixing their album at Bob Rock’s studio.
With more interviews being
released, Tommy says he has record company people from Sony, Atlantic
and Interscope interested in Methods of Mayhem. Live shows are set to
feature Tommy on an acoustic drum set and former Nine Inch Nails drummer
Chris Vrenna on an electric kit. Vrenna previously programmed some backing
sequences for the Crüe’s 1997 Mötley Vs. The Earth tour in support of
the band’s Generation Swine album. MixMaster Mike will be on turntables
for Methods of Mayhem with Tim Dog of hed (pe) on vocals and Tom Davies
on bass. Tommy is currently looking for a guitarist as his new band
has now also been offered a spot on a KROQ event in Los Angeles.
Some further song titles
for Tommy’s album are mentioned including Breathe, a song about being
locked up; another title is Metamorphosis. Tommy says he’s looking to
record the vocals of Lil’ Kim to the track Get Naked later this month.
Most of the tracks were recorded in his mobile studio alone in his hotel
room on the Mötley Crüe Greatest Hits Tour, having spawned from his
recent jail time for spousal abuse last year when he would call home
to sing melodies onto his answering machine tape to get ideas down.
Tommy says when Nikki visited him in jail, he told him that his Crüe
appetite was gone, saying, “I can’t do this anymore, dude. I just can’t.
I can’t f@cking do it. I’m dying.” He also says he gave notice to the
band several weeks ago and asked the Crüe’s management company Left
Bank and record label Beyond Records to announce his departure before
tickets went on sale for the Mötley Crüe and Scorpions summer tour.
It seems that Mötley Crüe fans hoping that Tommy is just taking a little
time off from the group to pass his time in a side project are sadly
mistaken as Tommy says, “It’s permanent. This is the music I’m into
and it’s not just a side project for kicks.”
A press release from Mötley Crüe announces their digitally remastered
back-catalogue is set for release next month on Mötley Records/Beyond.
The complete re-issued Mötley Crüe catalogue, now titled Crucial Crüe
instead of The Mötley Millennium Series, will include all studio albums
with new liner notes by the band members reflecting on each album and
extra tracks included. These extra bonus tracks will offer demos and
unreleased songs from the same time period that the accompanying album
was originally issued. This is said to include the original demos for
classics such as Looks That Kill, Home Sweet Home and Kickstart My Heart,
plus songs never before made available to the public. The series will
be capped with the release of a new album titled Supersonic & Demonic
Relics that is to include remastered tracks from Decade of Decadence,
selections from the Quaternary EP, a live version of Dr. Feelgood and
an eleven-minute industrial mix of Hooligan’s Holiday amongst the fifteen
Pamela Anderson Lee invites Tommy on stage as she hosts the World Music
Awards in Monaco by saying, “I want to introduce the love of my life.”
Mötley Crüe announces hard hitting rock drummer Randy Castillo will
join them on the forthcoming tour, replacing Tommy. Randy received a
phone call three days earlier (on his Mom’s birthday) from Ozzy Osbourne’s
wife and manager Sharon, telling him to phone Nikki because Mötley Crüe
is looking for a new drummer. Randy and Nikki talk on the phone for
an hour before Nikki calls him back ten minutes later to offer him the
drum seat, after quickly conferring with Mick and Vince. Randy previously
took over the skins with the Vince Neil Band after the departure of
Vikki Foxx. His best known work has been with Ozzy Osbourne from 1986
until the recent reunion of Black Sabbath. Ironically, it was Tommy
who actually got him the gig in Ozzy’s band. Castillo’s other credits
include work on former Nikki Sixx girlfriend Lita Ford’s 1984 album
Dancin’ On The Edge, as well as last year’s soundtrack to Poison front-man
Bret Michaels’s film Letter From Death Row. Randy also plays percussion
in a Spanish flamenco side project called Azul, which means blue in
Tommy says that Pamela has asked him to do some music for the next season
of V.I.P., which starts filming in June or July. With the timing being
in the middle of his Methods of Mayhem recording schedule, he feels
he could, “get together some crazy beats and some cool sounds” since
he doesn’t think he’ll have the time for the writing of any full-blown
songs. Meanwhile rapper Snoop Dogg and Tommy have strengthened their
alliance and plan to record an album that mixes their signature rap
and metal sounds to be released under the name the Outsiderz. Its release
date is not yet scheduled, but seems likely to come out on Snoop’s Dogg
House Records. In a recent recording session in a New Orleans studio,
Tommy laid down vocals for an Outsiderz song tentatively titled We’re
Gettin’ High in This Motherf@cker. The sessions also featured Danny
Lohner and Charlie Clouser from Nine Inch Nails.
Nikki says Americoma Records artist Flash Bastard will be supporting
Mötley on the next leg of the Greatest Hits tour instead of Noise Therapy.
He also says he’s got an album worth of new material he’s been working
on, which is in an aggressive, old school, hard rock vein and sounds
like classic Crüe from the Shout at the Devil era. Mick also has about
ten songs. After this tour they plan to work on laying down the tracks,
so a new studio album can be released mid-2000.
Union releases a live album on Cleopatra Records titled Live In The
Galaxy. The album was recorded live in Santa Ana, California at The
Galaxy over two sold-out nights on October 10 and 11 last year. The
CD is mixed by Johni’s former The Scream band-mate Bruce Bouillet, along
with Bruce Kulick. Tracks include covers of The Jungle and I Walk Alone
from Kiss’ Carnival of Souls album, Man in the Moon by The Scream, Cheap
Trick’s Surrender and a version of Mötley Crüe’s Power to the Music.
Two additional bonus acoustic tracks complete the album: October Morning
Wind and Hide Your Love Away by The Beatles.
Vince seems set to appear on a tribute album for legendary rock ‘n’
roll band The Crickets, which is being recorded at the Tennessee home
farm studio of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. Vince will be singing
the classic I Fought the Law while other artists include Graham Nash
of Crosby, Stills & Nash fame and Sir Paul McCartney who is scheduled
to record Rave On next month. The project, being called The Crickets:
Pickin’ Under the Influence, is also being filmed for a possible future
documentary. After the tragic death of Buddy Holly in 1959, his band
The Crickets regrouped and continued to record and tour to this day,
however no releases have yet seen the light to date.
Union’s self-titled debut
album is re-released on Spitfire Records. The reissue is remixed and
includes an additional bonus track titled Oh Darling.
Tommy says his judge is going to consider putting him on summary probation,
which would see the lifting of his spousal abuse probation condition
that ordered him not to take drugs or alcohol, or even go to any place
that serves alcohol including restaurants. Tommy is due back in front
of the judge on July 6 in Malibu, California.
Nikki’s side project 1958
seems set to create all the music for the PC video game Half-Life 2,
as well as featuring in the game. Similarly, the Beavis and Butthead
Do U CD-ROM game recently released contains the Union track Old Man
Wise in its soundscape.
Mötley Crüe re-releases the first four albums of their catalogue, dubbed
Crucial Crüe, as a limited edition with digitally remastered tracks
and unreleased songs. Too Fast For Love contains the tracks from their
first independent 7” single Stick To Your Guns and Toast of the Town.
A third unreleased song is their cover of the Eric Carmen-penned Tonight;
a song they used to play live in the early days. The original was on
the 1973 album Side Three by The Raspberries, who have recently reformed
after twenty five years and are about to commence a summer reunion tour.
Shout at the Devil includes the unreleased I Will Survive as well as
Hotter Than Hell, which was later reworked and released on their next
album as Louder Than Hell. The cover features a picture of the four
band members, rather than the original pentagram cover. The new Theatre
of Pain CD features demos of songs already on the album, including an
instrumental version of Home Sweet Home. Girls, Girls, Girls contains
just the one additional track titled Rodeo, which was actually a track
that missed out on inclusion on Dr. Feelgood back in the day. The CD
artwork is the same as the original Elektra releases with an additional
page of liner notes from all band members, except Tommy.
The digital remastering
was performed at Future Disc Systems, one of the world’s largest mastering
facilities, by baking the original analog session tapes to eliminate
shedding, and then enhanced with a bit of analog EQ and compression
before conversion to hi-res digital using Pacific Microsonics converters.
Further digital processing then created the new CD masters, ready for
Marketing initiatives to
support the releases include a selection of promo video clips and major
hits being aired at NASCAR and NHRA motor races from March through November
‘99 and in NHL arenas through the ice hockey play-offs, as well as featuring
on the NHL TV show Cool Shots. In the fall, they will air in NFL stadiums
and on the NFL TV show Blast.
The Crüe has been confirmed to appear on the third season of VH1’s Hard
Rock Live, which begins July 31.
Tommy says he will be recording with Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili
Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro on Sunday, as work continues on his Methods
of Mayhem album. Scott Humphrey is producing the disc, who produced
Mötley’s last album Generation Swine. He also recently produced the
successful solo effort from Rob Zombie that featured Tommy on two tracks.
A cover version of Mötley Crüe’s Too Fast for Love is released on Get
Skintight, the latest album from all-girl punk rock band The Donnas.
Recorded at Toast Studios in San Francisco, the band’s sound draws comparisons
to The Ramones along with Joan Jett and Lita Ford’s early band The Runaways.
Nikki says rehearsals have been a blast as the band prepares some older
songs for the tour, including Red Hot. The band is also working on two
new songs for the next record, as they plan to keep writing during their
forthcoming tour so they can commence pre-production as they come off
the road and aim to have recording completed by the end of the year.
Work on Nikki’s 1958 project
continues as he will be mixing the last of the songs over the next two
days, including a new tune titled El Paso, written by Dave Darling with
Nikki reading some writings from his journal over the top as the lyrics.
In an Internet post titled Greed later in the evening, Nikki says, “We’ve
decided against the box set at this time”.
The lawsuit of former Mötley front-man John Corabi is postponed until
September 8, following a hearing today in a Los Angeles courtroom. John
alleges that he received no credit for composing or contributing to
“at least eighty percent” of the Generation Swine album.
It seems that News Radio
TV show actor Andy Dick and Vince have been on adjacent treadmills at
the Pacific Athletic Club in Los Angeles as they both participate in
their enrolment with Promises, a Malibu-based rehab treatment program.
In New York City for negotiations on a possible solo deal with Epic
Records, Tommy brings a man to follow him around three to four feet
behind, burning a bouquet of twenty or so incense sticks.
Union begins recording new
tracks with producer Bob Marlette, who last worked on Black Sabbath’s
Reunion album in 1998. Some of John’s new song titles are Never Coming
Down, Who Do You Think You Are?, and Dear Friend. A full tour is being
targeted for August.
Nikki says rehearsals in Burbank are now complete as the band prepares
to begin tour pre-production in an auditorium in downtown Los Angeles.
He says he hasn’t seen the band so happy in awhile and it’s exciting
to be playing a lot of the vintage Crüe tunes again like All In The
Name Of and Too Young To Fall In Love. Work on the hardcover book The
Dirt: The Autobiography of Mötley Crüe is about halfway through as they
struggle to have it completed for release at the same time as the live
album that’s scheduled for release this October.
Tommy inks a deal with MCA Records for Methods of Mayhem. His new band
is likely to be debuted on the MTV Awards on September 9. Further tracks
set for inclusion on the forthcoming debut album are Best Friend about
wife Pamela, and Hypocritical, which features guitar from Helmet’s Page
Hamilton. Other tentatively titled tracks include Narcotic featuring
The Crystal Method and Feel What I Feel featuring Limp Bizkit’s Fred
Durst. Tommy says he’s going to ask Stone Temple Pilots front-man Scott
Weiland to also come down and sing.
Gibson Guitars plans to
release Nikki’s own model of his bass called the Sixxbird, which is
essentially a black Thunderbird with a toggle and his wiring set up.
Nikki has the first ten numbered NS 001 - NS 010, of which the first
four will be put away for his kids, one for each band member, while
the rest will be taken on tour with him.
Nikki’s daughter Storm drew a heart with a star in it for her dad on
Father’s Day, which he has tattooed poolside while their kids swim.
He also has a frog inked on the inside of his calf by his flower tattoo
with Storm’s name. Wife Donna gets a sun tattooed on her upper arm,
as they BBQ a rattlesnake they killed earlier in the day. Nikki says
two weeks ago he had a dragonfly also tattooed above the flower, while
Donna got her son’s name Rhyan tattooed, as well as Nikki’s name on
the back of her neck.
The Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 soundtrack is said to perhaps include a
song titled Lucky by Tommy and Snoop Dogg, but it never eventuates.
John and Eric Singer visit Japan for a promotion of their ESP CD where
they are guests of DJ Masa Ito on FM-Fuji before performing live at
The ESP CD titled Lost & Spaced is released in Japan on the Big MF/Zain
Records label. The Japanese release has two additional songs and different
packaging than the US version. John and Eric Singer do a meet and greet
at the Hard Rock Café with Masa Ito, followed by a live performance
at HMV Shinjuku to wind-up their short promotional tour of Japan.
Nikki says Mötley is releasing their cover of the Tommy Bolin song Teaser
to radio this summer. The track was first released on the Stairway To
Heaven - Highway To Hell compilation in December 1989, before being
included as part of 1991’s Decade of Decadence compilation.
Pamela Anderson Lee is reportedly working on a multi-million-dollar
offer in which viewers would pay fifty dollars to watch a live wedding
ceremony to Tommy on TV, followed by the couple sharing sexy, but not
explicit, romantic moments together. Pam and Tommy haven’t committed
to the tempting deal yet.
Famed Hollywood spiritualist
Father Gilberto recently performed a twenty-minute exorcism on Tommy
to release the demons that Pamela’s psychic says made him turn bad.
Tommy’s television acting debut will occur on Pamela’s show V.I.P. when
he appears from nowhere during a fight scene brandishing two guns, before
jumping out of a window after saying, “You haven’t seen the last of
me.” Tommy scores a recurring role on V.I.P. as Pamela writes him in
so he can share her fame instead of being jealous. She orders a $760,000
trailer complete with a king bed so they can spend time alone between
scenes. Tommy recently gave Pamela a $13,000 ring as a symbol of his
renewed love for her.
The summer amphitheatre Maximum Rock Tour commences with Flash Bastard
and the Scorpions supporting Mötley Crüe at Merriweather Post in Columbia.
The show is the first-ever Crüe gig without Tommy hitting the skins.
The show opens with In The Beginning and includes the first-ever live
performance of the latest single Teaser. The familiar Tommy Lee piano
intro to Home Sweet Home is played by Mick on acoustic guitar. No new
songs from the Greatest Hits CD or any tracks from Generation Swine
are played. Two lesbian dancers who previously worked with Jane’s Addiction,
Jozie Di Maria and Ette Lau (who later marries front-man Perry Farrell),
have some fun on stage with whipped cream during Same Ol’ Situation.
The lewd scene caught Howard County Police by surprise, prompting them
to ban the band from returning to the Columbia venue. Police who granted
the band a permit to perform there unknowing of the strip act say they
plan to inform police departments in cities where the band is touring,
so they won’t be caught by surprise too, however they say no one was
arrested in connection with the performance.
Mötley re-releases the final
albums in their back catalogue, namely Dr. Feelgood, Mötley Crüe, Generation
Swine and a new CD called Supersonic & Demonic Relics. The latter features
fifteen tracks from 1991’s Decade of Decadence, the 1994 Quaternary
EP, as well as more previously unreleased and demo tracks including
Sinners and Saints, So Good So Bad, Mood Ring, as well as Monsterous
and Say Yeah that never made the final Dr. Feelgood album.
The new Dr. Feelgood CD
includes the previously unreleased Get It For Free that was demoed for
that album, along with three demo versions of their biggest hits from
the album. The re-release of Mötley’s 1994 self-titled album contains
three songs previously released on singles and EP’s. Generation Swine
sees the inclusion of two previously unreleased songs Wreck Me and Kiss
The Sky, as well as yet another version of Afraid and an early demo
Vince loses his bid to reinstate a lawsuit against a lawyer for allegedly
botching his bankruptcy case. Superior Court Judge for the County of
Los Angeles, Alan Buckner, tells Vince’s current attorney David Cordrey
that the motion is utterly without merit. Vince claimed attorney Joseph
Eisenberg of JMBM failed to advise him “honestly and appropriately”
during his personal bankruptcy case and it cost him “a large amount
of money in settlement.” In May, Buckner dismissed Vince’s lawsuit filed
mid-December last year that sought unspecified damages for professional
Nikki says Mötley Crüe is planning a huge New Year’s Eve show in either
Fiji or the U.S.A. (depending on the performance payment offered) to
bring in the new millennium. They tout the idea to play the entire Shout
at the Devil album from start to finish then come back out after a break
and play for over two hours. They also plan to film the event in its
A week after its release, Mötley’s new single Teaser ranks number one
as the most-added track at U.S. Rock Radio, as well as coming in at
number six at Active Radio.
Tommy says his Methods of
Mayhem album on MCA Records is three-quarters complete as a tentative
release date of November 9 is set.
In the Malibu Municipal Court for his regular six-month progress hearing
as a condition of his probation for assault charges, Tommy is commended
for his recent behaviour, including reuniting with his family. Despite
the positive progress report, the judge refuses a plea from Tommy’s
lawyer to dismiss probation restrictions entirely. He will still be
required to undergo regular drug tests; he can not travel without notifying
the court; he must continue to attend his weekly two-hour anger-management
counselling meetings until he logs fifty two hours and must complete
his community service with an organisation that plants trees. Judge
Lawrence Mira eases the terms of Tommy’s three-year probation by no
longer barring him from entering or performing in places that sell liquor.
This means he can now walk into restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations,
as well as bars if it’s for a legitimate business purpose.
The other former Mötley
member John Corabi may hit the road with his band Union towards the
end of August with Ratt and Great White.
Mötley Crüe plays on day two of the four-day annual Chippewa Valley
Rock Fest in Wisconsin, sharing the bill with Def Leppard, Scorpions
and Kansas. Other acts that are a part of the event include Lynyrd Skynyrd,
Blue Oyster Cult, Poison, Sammy Hagar, Survivor, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts,
Pat Benetar, Journey, and Foreigner.
In a Chicago hotel room, Nikki wakes up with a song in his head that
he calls Dented Halos. He works on it on his mobile studio and says
it’s on its way to being song number five for the next studio record.
On Dee Snider’s new radio show, MTV VJ turn front-man Jesse Camp says
he is to play some dates with Mötley in the future. He needs to find
a new bass player though as former Hanoi Rocks and now his current bassist
Sam Yaffa refuses to play shows with Mötley Crüe.
Nikki says Flash Bastard will play their final Crüe support show in
their hometown Vancouver on August 1, as relations become strained between
them and the Scorpions. Taking a powerful dislike to them both on and
off stage, Scorpions lead singer Klaus Meine issues Nikki an ultimatum
in, “either Flash Bastard goes or we go.” Nikki is forced to remove
the band from the tour but not before making the Scorpions begrudgingly
agree to let Flash Bastard stay on until their hometown show.
Mötley Crüe graces the cover
of the October issue of Guitar World magazine. The issue presents the
forty-greatest metal albums of the eighties, as well as a reflective
interview with Nikki and posters of Mötley and The Ramones.
At the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, Flash Bastard lead singer Donal
Finn has yet another angry clash with Klaus Meine from the Scorpions
in the hallway backstage calling him a “little bitch” and threatening
immediate bodily harm. Soon after, Flash’s dressing room is stormed
by security sent by Klaus, who forcefully remove Donal from the premises.
The band is then not allowed to play their last two shows of the Maximum
Rock tour, including their scheduled home-town final show in Vancouver.
Flash Bastard spends the day in the studio with Nikki as they cut a
nasty rock song that Nikki co-wrote with them titled Burnem Up, about
fabricated, phony corporate bands like N’Sync and Backstreet Boys.
Mötley’s newest member Randy Castillo catches former Crüe member John
Corabi on stage with Union at Los Angeles’ Key Club as part of a monthly
Gazzarri’s Night. John says work on Union’s second studio album is nearing
completion and he likens it sonically to a combination of the band’s
self-titled debut and the album he did with the Crüe.
A Maximum Rock tour support
replacement for Flash Bastard is announced in Nikki’s Americoma Records
In Bakersfield, California, Mötley’s show comes to a close when Vince
is hit in the throat mid-note by a Tequila bottle hurled from someone
in the crowd. Paramedics attend to him backstage and say it doesn’t
look good as Vince is unable to talk. The cancellation of some shows
becomes a possibility.
Vince recovers well from the bottle incident to allow all remaining
shows on the tour shows to continue. Nikki says the band will take a
few weeks off after the remaining dates scheduled in America, before
heading off to play some shows in Japan to complete the tour. His Outlaw
clothing line will be launched in Japan during the tour. A couple of
weeks later towards the end of October, rehearsals will commence for
the new Mötley studio album, hopefully at Nikki’s new home studio if
building works are completed enough. He says the band’s dream is to
record the album on his ranch.
In Salt Lake City, local police issue warrants for Mötley Crüe’s arrest
before they hit the stage, so if they breach any laws they’ll all go
to jail for fourteen days without bail. The show goes off without a
Meanwhile Nikki finishes
a deposition to aid defense of a $50 million lawsuit stemming from the
incident in Greensboro late-October 1997 during the tour supporting
Nikki spends the night in Clark County Detention Centre for “provoking
a breach of peace”, after he is arrested around midnight after Mötley’s
sold-out show at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for derogatory
comments made on stage about the Las Vegas Police Department. A conviction
of the misdemeanour charge could carry with it a fine of up to $1,000
and a sentence of up to six months. Nikki tells the crowd that every
time Mötley comes to Las Vegas the police tell them they can’t be themselves
saying, “The f@cking cops won’t let us be f@cking Mötley Crüe! If they
don’t like it, we can start flipping over cop cars like we did a couple
of years ago.” Police say the eight-thousand-strong crowd began to respond
violently and several people attempted to pick up folding chairs to
throw them. Three members of the band’s crew are also arrested and charged:
Geoff Perren and Christopher Reynolds for obstruction of justice, and
John Gabrielli for battery on a police officer and resisting arrest,
as police attempt to arrest Nikki. The following morning Nikki is released
on $200 bail. Prior to the band’s performance, Nikki and the band were
warned not to make any comments that might endanger public safety during
Vince files a multi-million dollar lawsuit in a U.S. District Court
against Rocketdyne Propulsion and Power, a subsidiary of the Boeing
Company, for contributing to the wrongful death of his daughter Skylar
who mysteriously died of cancer at the age of four in August 1995. The
suit claims Rocketdyne deliberately dumped toxic waste and other hazardous
material on property adjacent to Vince’s former Simi Valley home during
the early ‘90s. Other residents have been currently pursuing claims
against the company because of the increased cancer rates in the community,
although Rocketdyne has steadfastly denied that its operations have
contributed to the rise. Rocketdyne ran ten nuclear reactors at its
Santa Susana Field Laboratory, fifty miles northwest of Los Angeles
during the 1950s to the 1980s. There were several accidents, including
a partial fuel meltdown in 1959. Nuclear research was halted in 1989
but rocket engine and fuel tests continue. Vince says, “I’m stunned
to learn about the things Rocketdyne did. I am prepared to fight for
my child since she no longer can.” His attorney says Skylar’s cancer
was very rare and the cause was unknown. She underwent five operations
and radiation treatment, clocking up almost $2 million of medical expenses.
More than two hundred thousand people have filed a class-action lawsuit
Backstage V.I.P. guests
at the Mötley show in Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre include John
Corabi. He and Nikki have buried the hatchet now that the lawsuit between
the Crüe and John has finally been settled in an undisclosed manner.
Union has now finished mixing their new album at A&M Studios and are
preparing for mastering and sequencing, as well as finalising art work
and credits over the next two weeks. The song titles on the new album
are: Shine, Do You Know My Name?, I Wanna Be, Everything’s Alright,
Dear Friend, Who Do You Think You Are?, No More, Do Your Own Thing,
Dead and Hypnotize.
Tommy says he will be filming
the video in two weeks to the forthcoming first single Get Naked from
his Methods of Mayhem album.
Nikki says the forthcoming Mötley Crüe live album Entertainment or Death
will consist of songs spanning shows from 1982 to 1999. A photo for
the album’s packaging is taken during their show at the Starplex Amphitheatre
in Dallas, Texas the previous night. If time permits before the planned
November 23 release date, the band wants it to be a double live CD for
the price of a single CD. Nikki also says he hasn’t been able to address
the reasons behind his recent arrest in Las Vegas due to legal reasons,
as he prepares a case against authorities. Nikki is also working on
creating the score to Half-Life 2; a sequel to the groundbreaking 1998
Nikki and his bass tech Kevin Briers are toured through the Gibson custom
shop factory in Nashville where plans are finalised for production of
the Nikki Sixx signature bass guitar, now dubbed the Blackbird instead
of Sixxbird. Presented in a flat black finish, the bass will have pickups
wired to Nikki’s specs as well as iron crosses inlayed in sterling silver
up the neck. A black case inside and out will also be standard with
the release and some other value-adds like Nikki’s custom picks and
Mötley Crüe bass tabs will also be included. A limited amount of custom
shop basses will be signed as well.
Around twenty two songs
have been put together for Mötley’s double live album that is now ready
for mixing. Songs include Public Enemy #1, Starry Eyes, Piece of Your
Action, Bastard, Merry-Go-Round and Without You.
As forthcoming dates for
the Family Values tour are released, Tommy says recording is still continuing
on his Methods of Mayhem album so if he is to join the tour, it won’t
be until the shows towards the end of the string of dates.
During Mötley’s show at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Nikki
asks the security guy in front of him to stop shining his flashlight
in the fans’ faces every time they put their hands up. He looks back
at Nikki and mouths ‘f@ck you’ while holding up his middle finger. Nikki
then says, “No f@ck you” and pokes him with his bass. The guard leaves
the area and the show continues. After the show, police advise Nikki
that he is being placed under arrest for battery. He is then told that
for $5,000 he can make it all go away, so he gives in to the blackmail
to finalise the situation.
Las Vegas District Attorney
Stewart Bell says prosecutors examined the material forwarded by police
and have decided to pursue the misdemeanour charge against Nikki stemming
from the concert there, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail
sentence of up to six months. He also says prosecutors have decided
to pursue misdemeanour charges filed against two members of the band’s
Tommy says the first Methods of Mayhem video for his track Get Naked
was shot last night on the back lot at Universal Studios. In keeping
with the track’s title, there were naked people everywhere; naked dirt
bike riders, surfers, skaters, and cops. Tommy was butt-naked during
his shots while wife Pamela also bared it all for the video. Even the
production and film crew were naked. Tommy says, “It is gonna be hands-down
the most insane video ever!” The song is about the stolen Tommy and
Pam home-video, including lyrical reference to an article in the Wall
Street Journal about how $77 million has been generated from sales of
In St. Louis, Nikki is toured around the Ampeg factory as plans begin
on an Ampeg SVT-Sixx bass rig. After playing Ampeg bass amps for twenty
five years, Nikki is thrilled to be involved in his own series with
the amp head being built to his specs. Nikki also says promoters for
the current tour are begging the Crüe to stay on tour a few more months,
saying it’s one of the biggest tours of the year, but the band wants
to stop to make a new record.
After the concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, Nikki is arrested on outstanding
warrants for charges of inciting a riot at a Greensboro concert in October
1997, after North Carolina lawmen waited nearly two years for him to
return to the state. A Guilford County Sheriff says warrants were never
served because of the cost of extradition. Nikki was charged with felony
rioting and misdemeanours of inciting a riot, simple assault and disorderly
conduct. He posts $7,500 bond early the next morning, saying he was
never informed of the charges. Tommy is also wanted on simple assault
and battery charges from the incident, but was not arrested because
he is no longer playing in Mötley Crüe. Local law officers say they
hope to arrest Tommy next time he comes to North Carolina. Nikki says
he’ll fight the lawsuit in Greensboro and appeals to fans that may have
been at the show in ‘97 to come forward as witnesses if they want to
help by telling what they saw.
The U.S. Maximum Rock tour ends in West Palm Beach, Florida. More than
$9 million has been grossed in ticket sales since the start of the Greatest
Hits Tour in October 1998, with the final ten shows earning more than
$1.6 million themselves.
Tommy says he’s taking every chance to spend time with his seventy-five-year-old
father who is terminally ill with Myeloma and has cancer in his bloodstream.
An Aerosmith tribute record
titled Not the Same Old Song and Dance is released on Cleopatra Records.
It includes a version of Chip Away the Stone featuring Vince on vocals.
Other players on the song are former Poison guitarist Blues Saraceno;
former Babys, Ted Nugent and Bad English bass player Ricky Phillips;
Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey; Paul Taylor on keyboards; and former Guiffria
front-man David Glen Eisley on backing vocals. New Crüe drummer Randy
Castillo also features on the track Sweet Emotion. Vince also recorded
a song for an Ozzy Osbourne tribute album when he recorded this song.
Tommy presents an award with Christina Aguilera during the MTV Awards
at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Tommy says he was going
to rip open his trench coat on stage but decided it was not worth three
years in prison since there were police everywhere at the Awards and
he is currently on probation. Later in the night, he asks Pamela to
marry him again.
Nikki and wife Donna D’Errico
promote their Outlaw clothing company at San Diego’s two-day A.S.R.
Nikki won’t be prosecuted for his misdemeanour charge of provoking a
breach of the peace following his arrest after Mötley Crüe’s show last
August in Las Vegas. After prosecutors reviewed videotape of the incident,
District Attorney Stewart Bell said that while Nikki’s statement may
have been offensive to some, it was protected by the First Amendment.
Nikki says the first single from his 1958 album will be called Piece
of Candy. The album titled Diet For A New America is now mastered and
he is deciding on the best release date for it, which may be sometime
in January 2000. The single Burnem Up from his Americoma Records band
Flash Bastard has recently been mixed by Dave Ogilvie and Foo, and is
expected to be released in the near future. The other band on his label
Laidlaw is set for their album to be released on October 26. Their first
single is going to radio now and features Steve Perry from Journey and
the background singers from Lynyrd Skynard. Eddie Van Halen recently
told a band member that lead guitarist Buzzy James is one of the best
players he’s ever seen on slide.
Newspaper reports say a
carefully-worded news release signed by District Attorney Stewart Bell
and Sheriff Jerry Keller admit that arresting officers erred by misinterpreting
Nikki’s reminders of violence during a 1997 concert as an attempt to
urge new violence, which led to his recent post-concert arrest in Las
Vegas. Although the criminal charges were dropped, Nikki’s court days
in Nevada may not be over because he could still file a civil lawsuit,
as Nikki’s lawyer says the arrest cost him a contract with a video game
company and he had to pay legal costs to fight the criminal charges.
Mötley Crüe plans to release a DVD called This Shit Ain’t Brain Surgery
along with their live album. It will contain the entire catalogue of
Crüe video clips, including videos for Enslaved, Afraid, Teaser, Misunderstood,
Hooligan’s Holiday, Smoke The Sky, along with band members’ solo videos
You’re Invited But Your Friend Can’t Come, Sister Of Pain, Can’t Have
Your Cake and Welcome To Planet Boom. The band will do all the intros
and outros for the songs with information or stories on each video.
There will also be interview footage plus rare bootlegs and never-before-seen
goodies from the band’s personal video cameras.
Mötley Crüe’s Greatest Hits album is certified Gold after now having
sold half-a-million copies in the U.S.A.
Nikki says tickets to the forthcoming Japanese tour sold out on the
first day as the promoters really underestimated the band this year.
In preparation for the tour, Nikki has his hair dyed bright red all
over. November’s live album Entertainment or Death will include twenty
one songs, and Nikki says the CD contains minimal fix-ups, unlike a
lot of other artists’ live albums. The band has decided to play VH1’s
Hard Rock Live and Jay Leno’s Tonight Show on Thanksgiving Day to promote
the live album. Their barrage of press is also likely to include VH1’s
Rock Show and Conan O’Brien’s TV show. The band has also decided to
delay the release of their DVD and VHS video This Shit Ain’t Brain Surgery
until next year, as they have too much footage to go through in production
preparation prior to the live album. Also pushed back until next year
is the autobiographical book The Dirt, which is now scheduled for release
on 1 August 2000. As soon as Tommy finishes his part of the book, it
will be ready for release.
A photo shoot is set to
take place early next week for 1958 as all band members are finalised.
Joining Nikki and guitarist Dave Darling is Bucket on drums and Steven
Gibb on guitar. The album cover and a video will be shot when Nikki
returns from Mötley Crüe’s tour of Japan. The song Kill Your TV is no
longer on the album’s track listing.
Nikki says the most important thing right now though is the new Mötley
Crüe album. He says the new tunes are very Shout at the Devil era, blended
with Primal Scream and some of the 1994 self titled album. Mötley will
be the first band to record at Americoma Studios set up on Nikki’s forty-acre
Nikki reveals more information on his diverse 1958 band members, prior
to leaving for Japan. Born and bred in Miami where he worked as a tattoo
artist and piercer, guitarist Steven Gibb is the son of Bee Gees front-man
Barry Gibb. After playing with Boz Scaggs for a few years, new drummer
Bucket Baker recently finished work on the new Michael Jackson record.
Guitarist David Darling, who played on Mötley’s Generation Swine album,
just produced the new album for Meredith Brooks. Nikki says he’s not
into doing any live shows with the band, perhaps apart from some online
Donna D’Errico takes a plane to Japan, the day after husband Nikki.
She falls into a deep sleep after her usual routine of taking a sleeping
pill and a glass or two of wine, and has to be carried from the plane
when she doesn’t wake. She collapses and is taken to the airport’s medical
room where she finally wakes and wants to leave, but is not allowed
to. After remonstrating with the authorities, she is held down and given
a shot with a needle. Since Nikki is doing a TV show and an in-store
at Shibuya Tower Records, an employee of Mötley’s Japanese promoter
goes to the airport to take Donna to the band’s hotel. Upon Nikki’s
return to the hotel, Donna’s breathing is very sporadic from the shot,
before she stops breathing altogether. Nikki gives her mouth to mouth
as they race her down the hotel hallway on a gurney, while the Crüe’s
security chief Hawk phones for an ambulance. On the way to hospital
with IV’s in her arms and an oxygen mask on her face, her pulse flat-lines
for a second before being brought back to life. At the hospital, medics
give her something that brings her to. Donna asks Nikki where she is
and what happened, before asking if he wants to go out.
Mötley Crüe attends a dinner to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the
Japanese radio show PowerRock before heading to Club Chitta, where they
hook up with Def Leppard.
Tommy finishes the Methods of Mayhem CD on his birthday.
Vince’s label VNS Records
plans to release his past two solo albums at some stage in the future.
Vince features on a Warner Bros movie soundtrack to be released on his
label at some stage, as well as recently performing the theme song for
the upcoming Miramax film Reindeer Games that is due out around Christmas
and stars Ben Affleck from Armageddon.
The Japanese Maximum Rock Tour kicks off in Fukuoka with Vince telling
the crowd, “I’ve lost my voice, so I’m gonna do the best I can.” Japanese
TV airs an advert for the show that features a live video of Enslaved.
On Japanese national TV and radio, Nikki presents a bass guitar to the
Hard Rock Café in Tokyo. Nikki’s bass tech says the release date of
the signature Gibson Blackbird bass is still pending. The original plan
was to unveil the bass at the Tokyo Music Fair on October 16 but that
didn’t eventuate due to time constraints and progress with the second
prototype. It now seems likely that the bass will be launched at NAMM
2000 in Los Angeles next January.
It seems Mötley Crüe will be co-headlining two shows with Def Leppard
on New Year’s Eve in both Chicago and Milwaukee.
Tommy says the Methods of
Mayhem CD will be enhanced with the uncensored video version of Get
Naked and an electronic press kit featuring the making of the album.
Meanwhile rumours abound that Tommy will re-marry Pamela in a nude ceremony
on a Malibu beach this New Year’s Eve. Nudity is said to be a prerequisite
for attendance. Tommy addresses the publicity as simply being “more
wack rumours!” while others see it as promotional hype to draw more
attention to his Methods of Mayhem single Get Naked. The couple may
also soon feature in a segment of a new MTV series called Diary, in
which artists narrate their life stories.
The release date of the Methods of Mayhem CD is pushed back to December
7 with a tour looking likely for January 2000 in the U.S. and Canada.
Accompanied by his attorney, Tommy turns himself over to police in North
Carolina, surrendering on an outstanding warrant for assault at a 1997
concert in Greensboro. He is released on $5,000 bond. The trial is set
for sometime in November when he will face charges of felony rioting
and three misdemeanour charges of disorderly conduct, assault, and inciting
A Guns N’ Roses covers remix album titled Appetite for Reconstruction
is released and features John singing Rocket Queen. The album is ‘electronica
vs. metal’ style with all vocals laid over guitar tracks performed by
The guys from heavy metal
band Testament catch up with Mötley Crüe backstage in Tokyo.
The son of Vince’s manager Burt Stein dies after apparently stumbling
head first into a cinder block wall while running sprints at basketball
training. Twenty-year-old Adam Stein of Nashville dies from a brain
aneurysm at around 6pm in the Warren Wilson school gymnasium. Told of
the news upon Heidi’s 5am phone call to Nagoya, Japan, Vince is shattered
as Burt was with him through the ordeal of losing his daughter Skylar.
Nikki says, “We’re not supposed to bury our children, they’re supposed
to bury us.”
Nikki and Randy visit the Atomic Bomb Museum in Hiroshima before going
shopping. Nikki buys a Pokemon Pikachu alarm clock for his kids and
some platform boots for wife Donna, while Randy buys clothes, some boots
and a watch.
As they head back to the U.S. from Japan, the Crüe cancels their New
Year’s Eve show due to their burnt-out state and wanting to keep working
on their new album. With the conclusion of the Japanese tour, Nikki
says he found himself going insane for a while due to the rigours of
touring. He started drinking again on the road after a sober six years,
thinking it would lighten his load. Through his wife Donna and her strength,
he realises that his life falls apart when he drinks. Nikki says it’s
all good again now.
Vince heads to Nashville
to be with his manager Burt Stein to support him through the loss of
his child, as he did for Vince. The loss of life reminds him how short
love is and he decides to finally marry his fiancée Heidi.
The official title for Union’s
sophomore album is The Blue Room. Currently scheduled to be released
on February 22 next year, the CD will feature ten songs. Bruce Kulick
shares lead vocals on the track Dear Friend with John.
John Corabi and ESP play at the First Annual Dallas Kiss Expo in Dallas,
Texas before making themselves available for photos and autographs.
Methods of Mayhem’s video for the premiere single Get Naked debuts on
MTV. The video stars Tommy and TiLo plus special guest appearances by
MixMaster Mike of the Beastie Boys, Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, George
Clinton and Lil Kim in a screamingly raunchy romp through the naked
city. The video is directed by Chris Hafner and produced by Dawn Rose
for Brass Knuckles Productions.
In a press release, Mötley Crüe announces the release of the band’s
first live album Live: Entertainment or Death, due out November 23 on
Mötley Records/ Beyond Music, the same day as a Gun N’ Roses live album.
Live: Entertainment or Death will be a double-CD collection featuring
Mötley Crüe concert favourites and rarities from the original line-up.
As a reward to their fans, Mötley will offer the double CD at a single
CD price with the value of twenty two tracks.
Mötley Crüe performs in New York’s Sony Studios for a television taping
by VH1 for their program Hard Rock Live. The show is tentatively scheduled
to air on Nikki’s birthday.
Union plays three new songs from their forthcoming album during their
show at Brick By Brick in San Diego. Brent Fitz says that Mötley’s Power
To The Music will soon be added back into to their live set list.
Nikki and Tommy get somewhat of a reprieve since they now won’t have
to appear in a North Carolina court on 1997 charges of inciting a riot
until January 19. This means they’ll be able to participate further
in promoting their respective November releases.
The first album released on Nikki’s Americoma Records is Laidlaw’s First
Big Picnic, produced by Nikki. The album cover depicts a 1950s-style
family picnic scene and features Nikki’s daughter Storm and his step-son
Rhyan. The band formed in 1990 in Orange County by slide guitarist Buzzy
James and guitarist Craig DeFalco, who supported himself during leaner
years of the band as a guitar tech for Tesla, Kiss and Van Halen. His
last tech job was for Nikki. When DeFalco gave Nikki a demo of Laidlaw,
he subsequently listened to it and saw the band at a showcase, before
signing them as the first on his new label.
Nikki and wife Donna take
a hiatus of sorts from the entertainment industry as the couple plans
to have their first child together soon.
Kicking off a promotional tour in Minneapolis, Tommy says his Methods
of Mayhem has secured the opening slot for nine shows with Metallica
and Kid Rock that begins after Christmas, and includes a huge New Year’s
Eve show at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit. Joining him are TiLo,
Steven Perkins from Jane’s Addiction, MixMaster Mike from Beastie Boys,
Chris Chaney from the Alanis Morrisette band and Kai Markus from Noise
Therapy, the Vancouver band that supported Mötley Crüe on their Greatest
Hits tour. Tour rehearsals commence soon at a top-secret location.
Randy is currently laying down all the drum tracks for a forthcoming
Def Leppard tribute album on Deadline Records. Erik Turner and Jerry
Dixon from Warrant are laying down the rest of the tracks with Tracii
Guns, while a host of rockers will add their vocals, including John
on the opening track Wasted. John is also set to add his vocals to Another
Piece of Meat on the label’s forthcoming tribute to the Scorpions.
Nikki says while he touched up his bass track on one song on the forthcoming
Live album, Vince touched up three songs where there were flaws due
to him jumping or running around. Mick’s guitar work remains totally
As MTV puts his Get Naked
video into power rotation playing it six times per day, Tommy says his
record company had him cancel his New Year’s Eve gig in Detroit instructing
him to go and promote the CD worldwide during that time instead.
Metal Edge magazines reports that Deadline Records is putting the finishing
touches on Shout At The Remix; a Mötley Crüe remix disc that features
guitars by Tracii Guns and Keri Kelli, with vocalists including Steve
Summers, Jizzy Pearl, Taime Downe, Rob Chaos, Stevie Rachelle, Marq
Torien, Joe Leste, Gilby Clarke and Lizzie Grey, along with remixes
by Brian Haught, Martin Atkins, Matt Green, Lee Fraser, Gunter Schulz
After reading a recent interview with Tommy in R&R where he claimed
he wrote the song Girls, Girls, Girls, Nikki says, “It’s getting harder
to keep saying I support Tommy Lee when he continues to slag and lie.”
He also says he’s heard a rumour that Tommy’s record company MCA recently
pulled Methods of Mayhem’s tour support with Metallica and Kid Rock
as his first single isn’t really working at radio.
Mötley Crüe’s first live album titled Live: Entertainment or Death is
released in Japan through Polydor.
On Los Angeles radio station KROQ, Tommy says ex-Jane’s Addiction and
Porno For Pyros member Stephen Perkins has been selected as the new
touring drummer for Methods of Mayhem. Tommy says when he comes out
from behind the drum kit to play lead guitar, Perkins will take over
the main drumming duties with also a possibility that he and Perkins
may drum at the same time. Methods of Mayhem will hit the road sometime
in the spring of 2000. Former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna,
who was originally tipped as the Methods of Mayhem touring drummer,
will now remix the upcoming single Hypocritical. According to Vrenna,
the band would like a clubby version of the track for use on possible
12” releases and special downloads on the Methods of Mayhem website.
Mötley Crüe’s Live: Entertainment or Death CD debuts at number forty
nine on the Soundscan charts in Japan, the second biggest music market
in the world. The only two other American artists to feature in the
Top 50 are Mariah Carey and Eric Clapton. Mötley also charts on the
International Confidence Chart in Japan (equivalent of the US Billboard
charts) at number ten.
Nikki says the first week of rehearsals for the new studio album has
produced some new songs ready for demoing soon, titled Time Bomb, American
Sham, 1st Band On The Moon and I’m In Love (With a Porno Star). He feels
it’s the best Crüe music ever made. Nikki also says his Americoma Records
label band Laidlaw will tour with Jackyl in a few weeks, prior to playing
some dates with Ted Nugent.
Responding to an Edmonton
Sun newspaper question regarding the reported reason Tommy quit Mötley
Crüe was so he could spend more time with his family, Tommy answers,
“That came from the Crüe’s publicity camp. That was never my reason
for leaving. My reasons were creative and some personal issues with
one of the members.”
Mötley Crüe’s first live album Live: Entertainment or Death is released
in the U.S. The double-CD contains twenty one tracks spanning their
career, as well as liner notes from Chronological Crue’s Paul Miles.
Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge
Maynard F. Swanson Jr. sets April 10 for a civil court trial involving
Nikki, after concert-goer Josephine Allen sued him and the band’s management
team, Mötley Crüe Touring Inc., on July 9 last year, alleging Nikki
hit her in the head with a stray piece of his guitar when Mötley Crüe
played the Livestock VII concert at Festival Park in Zephyrhills during
Union kicks off a tour of Sweden and Norway running until December 5.
Nikki says he just wrote a song called Crash-o-matic as the band prepares
to demo the new tunes next Wednesday. He also says that he hung out
with John when Laidlaw played in Los Angeles last week. Nikki says,
“It was great to see him. I’m so glad all the bad vibes (LAWYERS) are
gone. I’d like to do something with John again someday.”
Spending lots of time on the golf course now that the Mötley Crüe tour
is over, Vince plays golf with his BadBones partner Steve Dobernic at
the Westin in Palm Desert. The outing also includes testing their golf
cart racing skills, which the course operators don’t appreciate.
On Los Angeles radio station KROQ, Kid Rock talks about his contribution
to Tommy’s new record and says the track they did together New Skin
wasn’t their first choice, as the original track they recorded was lost
when Tommy’s computer crashed.
Mötley Crüe’s Live: Entertainment or Death double-CD debuts on the US
Billboard chart at number one hundred and thirty three. Metallica’s
S&M live album debuts at number two with Korn’s Issues sitting at number
five in its second week.
Vince and Randy step inside the website of Internet sex legend Danni
Ashe called Danni’s Hard Drive to host three outrageous young women
stripping naked to the newly-released Crüe live album. Fans chat with
Vince and Randy, as they control the cameras that stream images across
the Internet, in making sure fans get all the best possible angles.
Danni is the Guinness World Record Holder for title of The Most Downloaded
Woman on the Internet.
Tommy begins a one-month guest VJ/host of MTV’s new thirty-minute daily
rock show called Return Of The Rock that spotlights the hardest and
heaviest videos from contemporary rock bands. The show airs at 11am
with an encore presentation later that night. Tommy also participates
in an AOL chat.
Tommy’s Methods of Mayhem is released on MCA Records. U.S. techno outfit
The Crystal Method add an edge to the songs Narcotic and Spun, while
Who The Hell Cares features guest rapper Snoop Dogg. Kid Rock contributes
his vocals to New Skin.
Nikki says the title of new track American Sham has been changed to
The Crüe releases their first DVD, titled Mötley Crüe: VH-1 Behind the
Music. It includes an additional never-before-seen live video for Enslaved,
additional footage from the Behind the Music special, a discography,
interactive menus and DVD-Rom features.
Tommy’s Methods of Mayhem debuts at number seventy one on the Billboard
charts, selling forty four thousand copies in the U.S.A.
Mötley Crüe allows fans
to download a full demo version of new track 1st Band On The Moon in
MP3 format from their official website.
Tommy becomes irate during a live radio interview on Q-107 in Toronto
while promoting his Methods of Mayhem album. DJ Hungryman Cogan asks
about Tommy’s infamous home-video and why he’s chosen more rap than
rock before Tommy unloads profanities that hit live mikes, including
a couple of personal insults as he storms out of the afternoon drive
slot interview into his waiting limo.
Tommy may be re-marrying
Pamela on Valentine’s Day, but says they’re just trying to find a good
spot where the craziness of his album launch and touring mellows. Tommy
also says, “We’re starting to rehearse for the tour on January 3. We
are going out and headlining fifteen shows. Then we head off to Europe,
Japan and Australia for promotion and then we come back to North America
and we’ll see what goes on from there. There are a lot of tours I hope
to be a part of and hopefully jump onto. Nine Inch Nails are hitting
the road, as are Korn.”
Nikki says he’s setting the Flash Bastard album up for a February or
March 2000 release on his Americoma Records label. A Xmas Song from
Flash Bastard will soon be downloadable from their website. John Bush
from Anthrax will soon start doing some A&R for Americoma, continuing
with Nikki’s core passion of artists working with artists.
Tommy says almost one hundred thousand copies of the Methods of Mayhem
record have been sold in the two weeks since its release.
As a Christmas gift to the fans from Nikki, MP3 versions of new Crüe
tunes 1st Band On The Moon, Time Bomb and I’m In Love With A Porno Star
are made available for download from the band’s official web site for
a limited period. Fans react very favourably to the direction of the
Vince and fiancée Heidi
Mark have a quiet Christmas and New Year’s Eve with friends and family
at home in Beverly Hills. They spend a few days in Palm Springs after
Mick becomes a grandfather for the third time when his daughter Stormy
gives birth to Chandler. Mick’s doctor recently prescribed him Zoloft
and Wellbutrin for depression, which causes him to hallucinate for three
weeks. He sees a psychiatrist who diagnoses him as a schizophrenic and
gives him more pills, and asks his orthopedic specialist to take him
off his pain medication so he doesn’t become addicted. The side effects
of the new drugs cause his hand to swell so much that he can’t play
guitar. His brother moves in to his house for a while to help take care
of him, and Mick soon asks his orthopedic specialist to put him back
on his pain medication as his shoulders and neck have completely stiffened.
His doctor feels his Ankylosing Spondylitis disease is winning the battle
of his body and he prescribes a lightweight psychological Valium to
help him deal with it.
Tommy and Pamela spend the night at home on New Year’s Eve to welcome
in the new millennium. Celebrating the fifth anniversary of their meeting
and what feels like a new beginning, they share a bottle of champagne
in their Jacuzzi.
Only time will tell what
the new millennium will collectively bring the members of Mötley Crüe.
Will the original line-up ever be able to reunite and take on the world
once again, or have they seen the best of their days?
Choose the year:
pre81 / 81 / 82 / 83 / 84 / 85 / 86 / 87 / 88 / 89 > The Eighties
90 / 91 / 92 / 93 / 94 / 95 / 96 / 97 / 98 / 99 > The Nineties
00 / 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 / 06 / 07 /
08 / 09 > The Naughties
10 / 11 / 12 /
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