in danger and this is my town
This is Hollywood"
- Danger - 1983
Overworked? Need a break?
Why not visit the home of Mötley Crüe - Los Angeles, California, USA!
Here's a comprehensive guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and have played many gigs
onstage at The Rainbow 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 Minnelli's father.
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
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.
A 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
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
turn left off Sunset and head north up N. Clark Street. Mötley Crüe’s
manager Allan Coffman financed a 2 bedroom apartment about 50 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 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.
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 is 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.
heading east to TOWER RECORDS at 8844 Sunset
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 2001.
On the 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. Feelgood.
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.
the same 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
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!
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
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.
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.
further down Sunset is the final Mötley location for this zone. During 1995, Vince
Neil spent much of his time at the
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
ZONE 2 - BEVERLY HILLS
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,
south to visit
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
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 Boulevard again.
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
west 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
left 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.
Crüe's own retail shop S'Crüe was once located at 7201 Melrose Ave for
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.
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.
right off Melrose into N. Fairfax Ave. Mötley commenced
recording Shout At The Devil in May 1983 in
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
CAFÉ Hollywood, where Mötley's big Dr. Feelgood display is housed.
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
a 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.
back 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.
Nikki 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.
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.
some 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).
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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 five days.
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
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
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.
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 garage.
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.
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 this section!
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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