"You're in danger and this is my town
This is Hollywood"
Mötley Crüe - Danger - 1983
Tired? Stressed? Overworked? Need a break? Why not visit the home of Mötley Crüe - Los Angeles,
comprehensive guide to a holiday in L.A. for the avid Crüehead.
The Los Angeles region has been sectioned up into 8 different zones for
you, as shown on the map below. Each zone works as a day trip of sorts,
with Mötley tour guide information and directions to the many locations
of interest to Crüeheads further down the page.
You can view a zoomable
street map of each Mötley location listed simply by clicking the red
star to the right of each entry. Let's go and see the sights of the
Saints of Los Angeles!
ZONE 1 - SUNSET STRIP
Start by driving east
along Sunset Boulevard from the Beverly Hills/West Hollywood border to
begin your trip. Late in 1992 Vince Neil bought into the up
market BAR ONE at 9229 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills. He met and
dined with many Hollywood celebrities and soon started dating star of
Beverley Hills 90210, Shannen Doherty. Since those days the club has
changed hands many times.
Former Mötley Crüe front
man John Corabi met Layla Dawn in THE KEY CLUB at 9039 Sunset
Boulevard, West Hollywood during March 1998. The couple then married
three years later. The Key Club was previously called Gazzarri's and
then Billboard Live, but is now closed for business.
On the left is THE
RAINBOW BAR & GRILL at 9001 Sunset Boulevard. You can see their
infamous sign blocks away. Make sure to stop in here and check out the
collage of photos on the walls of the entrance, as there are often many
photos of the Crüe. Mötley were regulars here in the early days. This
is also the club that Nikki Sixx and Lita Ford left in the infamous
incident in early 82 dubbed the sequel to Riot on Sunset Strip. The
night spot is the site of the former Villa Nova restaurant where
Marilyn Monroe had her first date with future husband
Joe DiMaggio, and where Judy Garland became engaged to Liza
After the little driveway
next to the Rainbow is THE ROXY at 9009 Sunset
Boulevard. Mötley played many gigs here in the early days. The Vince
Neil Band also played their first show here in May 1993 under the name
Five Guys From Van Nuys. A year earlier, Vince spent his birthday here
with actor Robert Patrick from Terminator 2 and they talked with a girl
named Lenay before his wife Sharise hit him in the nose with a glass.
Vince and Sharise were ejected from the club after Vince slashed the
manager in the face with a bottle he smashed during the wild brawl that
ensued. The club owners considered pressing drunk and disorderly or
vandalism charges against him. The Roxy is still a very popular spot
for seeing celebrities.
block or so down on the left on the corner at the traffic lights is THE WHISKY A GO-GO
at 8901 Sunset Boulevard. This is where Tom Zutaut witnessed the Crüe
in April 1982 after seeing a huge crowd of kids trying to get into the
club underneath the famous marquee that said "Mötley Crüe Sold Out." He
then noticed a Mötley display in the shop window of record store called
LICORICE PIZZA on the corner of Sunset and North San Vincente
Boulevard, diagonally across from The Whisky. This show leads to him to
signing the band to Elektra Records. Mötley also played a Dr. Feelgood
warm up show here on 5/10/89 under their pseudonym The Foreskins, which
was used for the filming of their video for Kickstart My Heart. You'll
notice that the entrance has been moved from around the corner where it
was in the Kickstart My Heart video clip, to the front on Sunset now.
In 2008 the Crüe released a song Down At The Whisky about their
experiences there. This famous club is where The Doors were the house
band in the 60's and is also the birthplace of go-go dancing.
Now turn left off Sunset
and head north up to N. Clark Street. Mötley Crüe’s manager Allan
Coffman financed a 2-bedroom apartment about fifty steps from The
Whisky for Tommy, Nikki and Vince to live in late in June 1981. The pad
became infamously known as THE MÖTLEY HOUSE until they
were evicted in March 1982. Soak it up before turning around and
heading south, crossing over Sunset.
June 1992 Vince Neil moved out of Rob Lowe's house and into the BEL AGE
HOTEL (now The London) at 1020 North San Vicente Boulevard, West
Hollywood, where he
also housed his three Ferraris, Harley Davidson and Rolls Royce. He
moved out of the hotel in November the following year when he bought a
beachfront mansion in Malibu. Nikki Sixx attended the annual SFX Music
Convention here in May 2000 and participated as a discussant on an
A&R panel with a number of music industry executives. Later in the
evening, the Crüe held a listening party on the hotel’s roof top for
press and radio representatives to preview the first two songs off the
forthcoming New Tattoo album, She Needs Rock N Roll and the first
single Hell On High Heels.
Heading back up to Sunset
Boulevard and turning right, you will come across THE VIPER ROOM
at 8852 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, on the corner of Larrabee.
The club was owned by actor Johnny Depp and is where River Phoenix
collapsed in the entrance and died of a drug overdose some years ago.
The pavement outside is where Tommy Lee scuffled with paparazzi
cameraman Henry Trappler late September 1996 after his sister Athena's
wedding. Tommy pled no contest to a misdemeanour battery charge and was
ordered to pay $17,500 in restitution to Trappler, who was said to have
been hospitalised for four days after the incident. Tommy also had to
perform more than 250 hours of community service or pay about $5,000 in
fines, as well as being placed on probation for two years. Nikki Sixx
spent New Year's Eve 1996 here with his new wife Donna D’Errico, who
did the countdown to 1997 in her rubber cat woman outfit.
Continue heading east to
the former location of TOWER RECORDS at 8844 Sunset Boulevard. This is
where Vince was ready to fight Axl Rose after an incident backstage at
the MTV Awards on 5/9/89. Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars also signed copies
of The Dirt during an in-store appearance here on the last day of May
right on the same block as the House of Blues is where SUNSET STRIP
TATTOO used to be located at 8418 Sunset Boulevard. The Crüe had
many, many tattoos inked here over the years, as seen in their
Uncensored video also. As you get further down the street to 7524
Sunset, you will see their new shop location, about one mile away. Look
for that famous red awning and logo as seen in the video clip for Dr.
Visit THE ARGYLE on the
south side of the road at 8358 Sunset Boulevard. When Nikki Sixx was a
boy, he lived here on the 9th floor for some time with his mother, when
it was originally called Sunset Towers. The grand old 13-story building
was the Strip's first high-rise and is one of Hollywood best examples
of Art Deco design. Virtually every star in Hollywood stayed here at
one time or another, including Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe
and John Wayne.
On the same side further
east is THE BODY SHOP at 8250 Sunset Boulevard with its neon Girls,
Girls, Girls sign. You can park around the corner at the rear to check
out the action inside. Back on 14/5/87 Mötley held the listening party
for the new Girls, Girls, Girls album at this Strip Club and it also
features in the song lyrics of that title track too of course.
Further down on the other
side of the road is THE ROCK WALK
/ GUITAR CENTER at 7435 Sunset. Here Mötley were inducted by
pressing their hands in cement on 20/5/97. The Mötley cement block now
sits just left of dead centre. Make sure to ask everyone who
works there questions about Mötley, as they can usually tell you some
good stories. They've got a big parking lot in the back, which is
usually very full. The entrance is to the left of the Rock Walk under a
little cement tunnel. There's often a hot dog stand in the back in case
you get hungry while there!
If you don't feel like a
hot dog, maybe your weary legs are in need of a coffee by this stage.
Head to DENNY'S
at 7373 Sunset Boulevard any time of the day or night. This is the
diner where the name Leathur Records was thought up back in early 1981,
as the name for Mötley's independent record company. See if you get any
inspiration there while re-charging! Maybe order one of their T-Bone
Steaks if hungry.
the right side of the strip at 7180 Sunset Boulevard is THE SEVENTH
VEIL where Mötley have been known to 'raise hell'. If you're looking
for the same Seventh Veil that was in the Girls, Girls, Girls video,
you're going to miss it, as it was renovated sometime ago now. You
can park in the back under the tunnel like cement overhang. Inside has
several booths and on long cat walk that has a pole at each end. Note
that there are two types of strip places in LA: 18+ and 21+. This club
is 18+ and law dictates that the chicks can get fully nude but
unfortunately there is no booze. At the 21+ clubs, booze is allowed but
the chicks only take off their tops.
The WHEREHOUSE MUSIC
store at 7127 Sunset Boulevard on the corner of La Brea Ave is a place
where Nikki Sixx sometimes worked between his Sister and London bands,
prior to Mötley Crüe's formation.
Much further down Sunset
is the final Mötley location for this zone. During 1995, Vince Neil
spent much of his time at the CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL LOS
ANGELES at 4650 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles after cancerous
tumours were found on his young daughter's kidneys, which led to her
passing. They took great care of Skylar Neil here so drop in a donation
while you're there.
ZONE 2 - BEVERLY HILLS
From the corner of Santa
Monica Boulevard and N. La Cienega Boulevard,
head south until you reach the four-star L'ORANGERIE
French restaurant at 903 N. La Cienega Boulevard. This is where Vince
Neil married Heidi Mark on May 28, 2000.
south to visit the HARD
ROCK CAFÉ at 8600 Beverly Boulevard, turning right off
N. La Cienegia to the west side at the Beverly Center. This is
where Nikki Sixx rode his first Harley Davison motorbike, as seen on
the Girls, Girls, Girls album cover, through the doors with his son
Gunner when he donated it at lunch time on 29/7/96. The bike has since
been moved to another Hard Rock though. When you've done with your rock
dose here, head south down N. La Cienegia again.
In May 1982 Mötley Crüe
signed their record deal with Elektra Records and celebrated with a
dinner in BENIHANA
OF TOKYO at 38 N. La Cienega Boulevard. After drinking the heaviest
throughout the night, Vince kept biting and cracking his margarita
glass as he hassled the waitress. The manager kicked them out while the
waitress called the police.
turn right and head west along Wilshire Boulevard until turning right
and heading north along N. Robertson Boulevard. Tommy Lee and some
friends went to SANCTUARY at 180 N. Robertson Boulevard on New Year's
Eve 1994 and while sitting in a booth drinking Cristal champagne, a
waitress came over with a shot of Goldschlager cinnamon schnapps
liqueur for him from Pamela Anderson, who was one of the owners of the
club. Tommy walked over to her table and squeezed in between her and
her friends and licked her up the side of her face. Pamela then laughed
and turned away, licking the face of the girl next to her. This was the
beginning of one of the most famous Hollywood relationships of all
time. Order a shot of Goldschlager and give it to someone to see what
Next take a drive in a north
westerly direction to ELEKTRA
RECORDS at 345 N. Maple Drive, Beverly Hills. Give them a toot and
tell them the Crüe said Howdy! Keep heading west towards Santa Monica
Vince and fiancée Heidi
Mark spent their last date together before getting married in 2000 at
the private cigar club GRAND HAVANA ROOM at 301 North
Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. Vince is a member, as is actor Mel Gibson
who joined their party before the staff went home at 3am leaving them
to finish their cigars. On the news the next evening they saw a story
about how the Havana Room had burned down overnight after two gentlemen
threw their lit cigar butts in a trash can which caught alight, setting
the club ablaze.
ZONE 3 - HOLLYWOOD
starting place is the birthplace of Mötley Crüe's lead singer. Take a
drive by the QUEEN OF
ANGELS HOSPITAL at 1300 N. Vermont Ave, Hollywood. This is where
Vince Neil was born on Wednesday 8/2/61.
along Lexington Avenue towards THE TROPICANA at 1250 N. Western Ave,
Hollywood. Mötley used to frequent this strip club regularly to
watch mud wrestling. In August 1986 Vince had his own mud pit installed
next to his swimming pool for female wrestling entertainment. He held
many parties, often bringing back a dozen girls from the Tropicana to
wrestle nude for him and his friends. The most vicious fighter of the
mud wrestlers was a girl called Sharise, who always won the bouts, and
soon became Vince's wife. Hence the lyric in the song Girls, Girls,
Girls that says, "Tropicana's where I lost my heart."
south down N. Western Ave and turn right into Melrose Ave. After
recording some of the Girls, Girls, Girls album here at CONWAY
RECORDING STUDIO 5100 Melrose Ave. Hollywood, the hit record had its
final mix completed here as well.
off Melrose into Gower St. In 1979 Nikki Sixx joined his first real
band called Sister. Other members of the band were Blackie Lawless,
Chris Holmes and Lizzie Grey. Sister rehearsed on GOWER ST, HOLLYWOOD
but with their pentagrams and worm-eating antics, never made it onto
the stage. When young Nikki was kicked out of the band he formed London
with Lizzie, in his days just before Mötley Crüe form. See if you can
hear any young musicians rehearsing as you drive along the street. Make
sure you also look north when you're on Gower, as it's arguably the
best vantage point for a dead-on photo view of the famous Hollywood
sign on Mount Lee. Take some snaps before turning around and
heading west along Melrose again.
Mötley Crüe's own retail
shop S'Crüe was once located at 7201 Melrose Ave for three months late
98/ early 99. At the store's opening, Vince Neil chainsawed through the
front door of the shop, while the other band members kick it in after
they arrived in a red convertible Cadillac. Here's a picture of the way
the shop front used to be.
Continuing west along
Melrose, Fuller Street soon crosses in front of you. TOMMY LEE’S FORMER
CONDO is on this street, where he lived with his girlfriend Candice
Starrek late in 1983. Candice’s real name is Elaine Starchuk and she
soon became Tommy’s first wife. Take a drive down Fuller St before
making your way back to Melrose, then keep heading west.
off Melrose into N. Fairfax Ave. Mötley commenced recording Shout At
The Devil in May 1983 in CHEROKEE STUDIOS
at 751 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles. Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek was
recording in the next room and regularly partied with the Crüe and
their cocaine. The sessions also had girls streaming in and out of the
studio constantly. Mötley then commenced recording their Theatre Of
Pain album here in February 1985 and it's where Mick's guitar sounds
for the album were largely created. Late in 1986 the Crüe released a
home video called Uncensored which included videos clips and interviews
of the band recorded here as well. Upon visiting, fans have been known
to score a guided tour through the studios with plenty of Crüe tales,
so take your video camera.
When you get to the end
of Melrose, turn right into Santa Monica Boulevard. Look for the famous
black frontage of the TROUBADOUR at 9081 Santa Monica
Boulevard, West Hollywood. Mötley set a new attendance record at this
club on their first performance when David Lee Roth introduced their
set from the stage. They then went on to play to many more packed
houses here. Smoke The Sky before you enter though because this is also
where Cheech & Chong were discovered.
Keep heading north east
along the boulevard. The former location of THE STARWOOD can be found
at 8151 Santa Monica Boulevard, on the corner of Crescent Heights. Now
a small mall, this is where Mötley Crüe performed their debut gigs,
opening two sold out shows on the same night for Y&T on 24/4/81.
Nikki also used to work here as a cleaner when he was in his band
London and it became a home of sorts as he was introduced to
celebrities and stronger drugs. Nikki, Tommy and Mick went to check out
a rhythm guitarist James Alverson in Rockandi here, but their singer
Vince caught their eye and they cornered him after the show in the
bathroom to get him to audition the next weekend. Very much a
birthplace of Mötley and it's a shame the club no longer exists.
Continue east along Santa
Monica Boulevard and turn right just after N. La Brea Ave. Mötley
Crüe’s Theatre Of Pain album was mixed at RECORD PLANT WEST's Third
Street facility which closed shortly after and reopened at 1032 North
Sycamore Ave, Hollywood in the former Radio Recorders Annex, a historic
studio where Elvis Presley recorded. Vince Neil entered Record Plant
studios again in August 1992 after his departure from Mötley Crüe and
recorded most of his first solo alum Exposed here. Head back to the
corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North La Brea, before heading
north up North La Brea.
Following the bomb of
their 1994 self-titled album, Mötley started work on their next album
in A&M STUDIOS at 1416 North La Brea, Hollywood with Bob Rock
producing, where they wrote the unreleased songs The Year I Lived In A
Day and La Dolce Vita in December 1994. Earlier in the year Mick Mars
had three guitars stolen from the studio. Mötley’s New Tattoo album was
also mixed here at A&M.
of New Tattoo, keep heading north. The LAVA LOUNGE at 1533 N La Brea
Ave, Hollywood is the club where the band photos were shot for the
inside CD booklet of the Crüe's New Tattoo album on April 2nd 2000.
Have a photo taken outside as well.
right into Hollywood Boulevard and head east. Half a block past the
Highland Avenue intersection you will be at the Musician’s Institute’s
Hollywood Passage at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard. Here you can admire and
photograph Mötley Crüe’s
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME STAR that was unveiled on 25/1/06.
heading east along Hollywood Boulevard and towards GOLDFINGERS, located
at 6423 Yucca Street, Hollywood. The LA Times newspaper reported
that Vince was seen here in a meeting with some VIPs regarding his
return to Mötley Crüe in 1996. Now head south.
The OPIUM DEN at 1608
Cosmo Street, Hollywood is the site of Nikki Sixx and Donna D'Errico's
first blind date late in August 1996, after driving there from the
Baywatch set where Donna was working. They then kicked on at the DRAGONFLY at 6510
West Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood this first night. You can also
make your way from the Opium Den to the Dragonfly!
the Dragonfly, head east along Santa Monica Boulevard and turn right
into Vine St. CRYSTAL SOUND STUDIOS located at 1014 Vine St, Hollywood
is where Mötley Crüe recorded their very first demo of Nikki's songs
Stick To Your Guns, Toast Of The Town, Public Enemy #1 and a cover song
called Tonight. After the allocated 2 hours of studio time ran out,
Tommy butters up the female engineer upon Nikki's suggestion, ensuring
more studio time for them to finish the recordings. Vocalist O'Dean
refused to take off his white gloves to record clapping at the end of
the last song being recorded Toast Of The Town, and Mick decided he
wasn't going to cut it, instead wanting the singer from Rockandi to be
in the band. The studio is now called Barefoot Studio and Recordings
and fans have said the owners want no visitors so you are advised to
just look from the roadside.
ZONE 4 - SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
Heading north from Los
Angeles you can visit the Universal Studios City Walk complex at
Universal City Plaza, Universal City. From Sunset Boulevard in
Hollywood, make the left turn onto Argyle to the 101 Hollywood Freeway
North. This is the corner immediately before the Palladium. Keep
an eye out because there is no warning for the freeway entrance; it's
just all of a sudden there, so when you see the Palladium directly in
front of you on the left and a Nickelodeon studio on the right, you
know to make the left turn on to the freeway entrance, Just follow the
signs and you'll see the NORTH entrance as a left turn after the
overpass and after you pass the Capitol Records building. Exit the 101
at the Universal Studios exit and keep to your right and you're there.
The UNIVERSAL AMPHITHEATRE is where Mötley were presented the award for
Best Heavy Metal Album at the MTV Music Video Awards in September 1989.
While the rest of the Crüe wait in limos outside the event, Vince Neil
waited and decked Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin’ with a punch
in the face as he came off stage, for recently hitting on then kicking
his wife Sharise at the Cathouse. That triggered a feud between the two
bands. The Amphitheatre entrance is right next to the theme park and at
the opposite end is the HARD
ROCK CAFÉ Hollywood, where Mötley's big Dr. Feelgood display is
Now take a drive heading
west along Ventura Boulevard towards Sherman Oaks. Nikki moved into a
home on VALLEY VISTA BOULEVARD in Sherman Oaks in April 1986 after his
girlfriend Nicole picked it out while he was on the Theatre Of Pain
tour. He hardly left the house and shot up to $1000 worth of drugs a
day with her here. Izzy Stradlin' from Guns N' Roses would often come
over, as would Britt Eckland and various porn stars, until paranoia set
into Nikki and he became a recluse. He often patrolled his house for
intruders with his .357 magnum and pulled his loaded gun on employees
of his security company. Bret Michaels from Poison lives at 14850
Valley Vista Boulevard.
fair way north west. RUMBO RECORDERS at 20215 Saticoy St, Canoga Park
is one of the studios where Mötley recorded their Girls, Girls, Girls
album. Vince Neil also recorded some of his first solo album Exposed
here. After leaving the Crüe, John Corabi recorded most of Union’s
debut album in this studio in 1997 as well.
to the 101 and drive east to the next location. After being evicted
from the Mötley House, Nikki moved into his girlfriend LITA FORD'S
RESIDENCE at Apartment 6, 4859 Coldwater Canyon Ave, Sherman Oaks. Once
you've had a look, head back east towards North Hollywood Park.
Sixx called Tommy Lee in Feb 1981 about joining his new band and they
met for lunch at the
DENNY'S coffee lounge at 11377 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood
on the corner of Lankershim Boulevard. After being spooked by Nikki’s
appearance upon meeting him, Tommy headed to Nikki's place in North
Hollywood, where he was played some demo songs.
Just south down
Lankershim Boulevard is where Vince Neil recorded most of his second
solo album Carved In Stone in NRG STUDIOS at 11128 Weddington St, North
Hollywood with The Dust Brothers mid 1994. After driving by, turn left
into Magnolia Boulevard and head east.
cheap tequila from MAGNOLIA LIQUOR MARKET at 3801 W Magnolia Boulevard,
Burbank. This is the store where Nikki Sixx used to work the 7pm to 2am shift (while
stealing as much alcohol as possible and cheating the till). One night in 1978 Mick
Mars walked in to get a half-pint of cheap tequila and he met Nikki
Sixx behind the counter. Mick invited Nikki to come down the road and
see him play later that night in his southern rock band Spiders and
Cowboys. The two got drunk together and after the show he gave Nikki
his phone number.
Once you've had a nip of
tequila for strength, you can place a flower for Vince’s young daughter
Skylar Lynnae Neil whose small pink casket rests at Grave #930 at
FOREST LAWN CEMETERY
located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Her grave is located
behind the Red Church off the cemetery's main road. The memorial
service following the passing of former Crüe drummer Randy Castillo was
held here in the Old North Church on 30/3/02, before he was finally
laid to rest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Many notables also rest in
this cemetery, including Bette Davis, Lucille Ball,
Telly Savalas, William Conrad, Buster Keaton, Liberace,
Freddie Prinze, Andy Gibb, Jack Webb, Stan Laurel,
Ricky Nelson and many more.
If you feel like
continuing on your Mötley pilgrimage, you can keep heading east to
Pasadena. Mötley played their final show in support of their self
titled album at CLUB SHELTER, 40 S. Pasadena Ave, Old Town Pasadena in
January 1995. This turned out to be John Corabi’s last performance with
the band. Don't let it be your last performance!
ZONE 5 - DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
THE SHRINE AUDITORIUM at
655 W Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles is where Tommy's wife at the
time, Pamela Anderson Lee, introduced the reunited original Mötley Crüe
to the stage during the American Music Awards before they played Shout
’97 on 27/1/97; the day that Chronological Crue was launched.
The MEN'S CENTRAL JAIL at
441 Bauchet St, Los Angeles was Tommy Lee’s home from 20/5/98 to 5/9/98
as he completed his jail time after being sentenced for spousal abuse.
ZONE 6 - MALIBU /
PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY
Head west along Sunset
Boulevard towards Malibu. Sunset ends at Pacific
Coast Highway with the ocean in front of you, so turn right onto
Pacific Coast Highway, which is signposted as 1 North. Even
though the highway technically runs west, the locals say it is north -
so beware! Just make sure the ocean is to your left. Just after Topanga
Beach and Topanga Canyon Boulevard is the REEL INN at 18661 Pacific
Coast Highway, Malibu. Mötley Crüe did an interview here for the
Calendar Section of the L.A. Times promoting Generation Swine shortly
before it was released. Many pictures were taken on their outdoor
patio for the article. Try one of their many grilled fish selections!
Further west along the
highway is another restaurant to try called MOONSHADOWS at 20356
Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu on the ocean side. This restaurant
served as a retreat for Vince Neil when his young daughter was
diagnosed with cancer and spent much time in hospital. The night she
passed away in August 1995, Vince and fiancée Heidi sat down at a table
to eat when Sharise called and said they needed to return to the
hospital because her vital signs were dropping fast. Vince arrived ten
minutes after she passed away, having been caught in traffic on the
Pacific Coast Highway. He later drove back to Moonshadows after leaving
the hospital, and inebriated himself with alcohol and valium pills in
an effort to cope with his loss. I have heard that the food isn't
really that good and the service can be worse, but it does have lovely
views. Once you've finished, keep heading west towards Malibu.
Nikki Sixx dined with
Donna D’Errico at the BAMBU restaurant in the Country Mart Shopping
Center, 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu on the last day of August 1996,
before he invited her to come back to his mansion afterwards where she
stayed the night and they made love for the first time. Late in 1999
the restaurant changed to now become Nobu Malibu.
The offices of JUDGE
LAWRENCE J. MIRA at Division 1 Malibu Municipal Court, 23575 Civic
Center Way, Malibu are just around the corner from the shopping centre
and are certainly well known to Tommy Lee. Here Judge Mira sentenced
him to six months in county jail for pleading no contest to a charge of
spousal abuse against his wife Pamela Anderson in May 1998. He also
found Tommy to be in violation of his probation in May 2000 and ordered
him to be immediately remanded to Los Angeles County Jail for the next
supermarket is also located on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway
in the large Malibu Colony Plaza at 23841 West Malibu Road, Malibu.
This is where Tommy and Pamela used to do their grocery shopping. Pam still shops here
with Kid Rock, so if you don't want to run into them, head north up
Malibu Canyon Road through the hills towards Calabasas.
Nikki Sixx's wife Donna
opened her day spa and health indulgence business ZENSPA in November 2002 at
Suite 120, 23975 Park Sorrento, Calabasas. She no longer owns it but
still worth a visit. After you have pampered yourself here, head east
through Woodland Hills (the Smokin' In The Boys Room video was filmed
in a high school here) and then back towards Los Angeles.
ZONE 7 - INLAND EMPIRE
Back to school today!
Head north east from Los Angeles along the 10 Freeway. Turn right off
S. Garvey Ave East to SOUTH HILLS HIGH
SCHOOL at 645 S. Barranca Ave, West Covina. This is where Tommy
graduated to, after leaving Royal Oak High (which is the next stop).
Here he elected not to take drum lessons but kept his playing in check
by joining the school marching band, and a local drum corp. He taught
others how to twirl sticks and led his troop to many competition
victories, but was a thorn in the side of the senior drum captain Troy,
who one day punched Tommy in the nose, sending him to the hospital
where they unsuccessfully tried to straighten it.
Head north to ROYAL OAK
HIGH at 303 S. Glendora Ave, Covina, which is where Tommy Lee and Vince
Neil first met each other. After getting kicked out of Charter Oak High
(which again is the next stop) for lack of attendance Vince spent some
time working but took his parents advice and enrolled in Royal Oak
High. Here he soon became friends with Tommy Lee in his sophomore year
who played with another band on the backyard party circuit called US
101, and they often skipped school together to jam on music in Tommy's
Keep heading north along
S. Glendora Ave. At age 15, Vince Neil drove his '54 Chevy pick-up
without a license to CHARTER OAK HIGH SCHOOL at
1430 East Covina Boulevard, Covina. He smoked angel dust in English
class with a pipe that looked like a pen. When he was busted and sent
to the principal's office, he was found wandering lost around the
football field a couple of hours later. Vince also drove girls home for
sex during school lunch breaks while his parents were at work, which
led to Vince's first child being born when he was 16 and made him the
only student at the school paying child support. James Alverson
transferred to Charter Oak High School and soon chose Vince to be in
his band since he had the longest hair in the school. They soon got a
band together called Rockandi. Vince was later kicked out of Charter
Oak High for lack of attendance.
If you haven't had enough
of school yet, head a long way east. After forming a cover band called
US 101, Tommy Lee's first ever gig was played under lights at an
outdoor concert at the football stadium of UPLAND HIGH SCHOOL at 565 W. 11th
Street, Upland. Have a run around the field before returning to Los
Angeles, or even heading out much further to Las Vegas.
ZONE 8 - LAX to REDONDO
If you fly into town, you
very well may arrive on the tarmac at LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT, 1 World Way, Los Angeles, 25kms from the city. Don’t do
what Tommy Lee did early in 1994 when he was arrested after a baggage
x-ray showed a 0.40 caliber semi-automatic pistol inside, loaded with
10 hollow point bullets. A year later his arrival at the same airport
with new wife Pamela Anderson caused them to be swamped by
photographers and reporters who followed them back to Tommy's Malibu
home. You’ll be doing well if just one reporter greets you upon your
Take a drive along the
scenic beachfront ESPLANADE northbound lane in Redondo Beach. It’s on
this road that tragedy occurred at 6.38pm on 8/12/84 when Vince Neil's
new red ‘72 Ford Pantera sports car slid sideways in a wet spot on the
road and he lost control, doing 65mph in a 25mph zone at the time.
Returning from the bottle shop and about 4 blocks from his home,
Vince’s car collided into the passenger's side of an oncoming VW and
Vince’s passenger and Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas ‘Razzle’ Dingley was
Many thanks to Jen for her inspiration & assistance with
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