The parting of the heavens... the blue moon
rising... the second coming... call it what you will. Mötley Crüe
touring the homeland of Chronological Crue - I'd like to see that!
Well, dreams DO come true... and good things DO come to those who wait
and now my time has come. For years, I've enjoyed reading about all
your Crüe experiences and reviews. Now it's my turn... and I want to
share it all with you. I'll give it to you straight... from the heart,
so you can feel a part of Mötley Crüe's 'New Tattoo Tour' Australia 2000 as well. Come take a ride on
13 - Hollywood Ending - 27 October 2000.
Woah! My bubble has burst.
Talk about deflation. Cloud nine now seems like 40 million miles away,
as the wind has really been knocked from my sails... with such a
thud... and after such a high that was building too. Let me explain the
sequence of events surrounding the last week or so, since the last
Last Friday night was a late
one. The Australian premiere of the Hell On High Heels video
clip was scheduled to air at 3am. I partied hard to kick on into the
night, but the rigors of another high speed week, with the still of the
night, saw me crash just half an hour before screen time. At least I
hit record on my VCR before I clocked off. We gathered the kids up next
morning and watched it. A fun family moment.
With the Australian shows
drawing closer and closer, I thought it time to see about a pass for
Sara (my wife) & I for the shows. We had finally managed to
organise the kids to stay with other people, allowing us to travel to
the Melbourne and Sydney shows for our huge Mötley weekend. So I got in
touch with management in Hollywood, and also asked about front row
tickets. The response came back in a flash, "Yes, that's no problem
Paul. I'll put 4 tix and passes at will call for each show. You will
need to pick them up at Will Call day of show. They will not be AAA,
but they will get you backstage and able to meet the band etc. (just
wont get you in the dressing room and on the stage itself)"
Now do you think I was
buzzing or what? Unbelievable! My fantasy was panning out into reality
perfectly. I guess that's an ultimate reward for the thousands of hours
I've put into this site over the years... let alone all the other
things. It spurred me on even more of course.
I got in touch with the
record label and followed up on the list of radio stations that the Hell
On High Heels single has been serviced to... something I've been
trying to get my hands on for over a month now, so we can all hit the
request lines most effectively. I'm told to expect it soon, and sorry,
but they've been busy. Busy? Now there's a word I'm familiar with.
Another message came in from
my buddy James, drummer extraordinaire and of course, brother-in-law of
Tommy Lee. He says, "Greetings Paul from Malaysia! I'm not so far from
you! The Germany tour went great! I'm here playing w/Scorps. We keep
talking about coming to Australia, but it doesn't happen. Maybe Krunk
can someday!! Got your cd. Sounds cool..very rocky!!!!! Krunk goes to
Japan oct. 26th-Nov.3rd. Talk soon!!!!!!! james" Well it's true to say
that at this point James & I are the closest we've ever been
together in our lives... well, in a geographical sense anyway, if not
more. I lobbied some Australian tour promoters recently for him and his
band KrunK, but no bites. Tough industry this
one... but hey, he likes my band's CD, which is cool.
So I catch up with Thommo,
(aka Dr. Shinbone Starr the Rock'n'roll Patroller) and we chat about
lots of things. I tell him about the word from management with my
tickets and passes and we plan to meet up at the Sydney show. It's his
idea to approach management or the band about a Meet & Greet
opportunity for fans... particularly those Aussie regulars on the
Mötley.com Shout board that he frequents much more than myself. We
recall Nikki doing a similar thing for fans in the US recently, so I
suggest he emails Sixx about it. He then sends the email to Nikki and
myself. I turn in for another day.
Tuesday morning comes
around, and as usual, I jump out of bed and kick the computer into gear
while I wipe the sleep from my eyes. Cool... an email from Nikki! I
double click it, hoping that more Aussie Crüeheads, will now have an
opportunity to meet the band. It reads, "bad news..my friend....weve
had to cancel the aussie leg of the tour....keep it between us until we
do a press release...thanks..and sorry..i really wanted to see
No bloody way! I wipe my
eyes again to make sure that all the sleep is gone and it's not some
dream. I glance at the open page of my diary and it's certainly not
April 1st... and surely he wouldn't joke like that anyway. I sit
there... staring at Nikki's words... and then realise that yes, I was
dreaming... and that dream of seeing Mötley play live for the first
time has now come to an end. "The trouble with you, the trouble
with me, we ain't meant to be"
I go tell Sara the news...
and we try to find some positives. There's always at least a
positive... and in this case, one is the fact that we hadn't forked out
for our airfares yet (sorry if you had), and now we have a spare couple
of thousand dollars to allocate elsewhere. I stare down the toaster in
a daze until I smell smoke.
I check the time, and
realise that Mötley's management would still be in office for the day.
Clearing the vegemite from my mouth, I call them... on a glimmer of
hope that Nikki is suffering some kind of pregnant father psychosis,
and is imagining things. I get put through... "Hey.. Paul! How are
you?" I stop myself from responding with my usual 'very well thanks,
and you?' How do I describe what I'm feeling right now? So I reply
with, "Well I've been better. I've just read an email from Nikki about
the cancellation. So it's true?" The glimmer just got drastically
I hold things together
pretty well, as I try to get an understanding of why. He asks me about
3 times during the call to please not tell anyone until the official
word goes out. I respect that... as I understand that relationships are
built on trust and respect... and I certainly value this relationship.
know many of you have been feeling that this tour... and indeed Mötley
itself, has not been very visible downunder. (Sorry if you think that I
just understated that.) He said that he was just so thankful for my
part played in things. "One phone call to you, and there was a lot of
heat being generated and we're all very, very thankful for that." I
feel a lump grow in my throat. "I know the band are thankful too and
they were looking forward to thanking you in person." The lump takes
over my head, and I wind up the call before I'm mute. I wipe the sleep
from my eyes again, then dry my finger on my dressing gown... staring
through Nikki's email on my screen. "Well we don't have to pretend,
that it's a Hollywood Ending"
The next few hours
disappeared somewhere, until I sat down to eat some lunch. I turned the
TV on and the news was on, showing some of the war torn fighting going
on in lands even further away than Hollywood. Another positive, right
there... look at these people... what the hell have I got to be so
depressed about? It's only a band, right? "Another Hollywood
Ending, it's not as bad as it seems"
I look at the picture of my
family on the wall... and focus. This was to be the experience of a
life time... but perhaps I already have everything I REALLY need in my
life. My Mötley passion can sometimes be a vice, draining time from
things that perhaps should be a higher priority for me. But it IS just
that... a passion! (a rock'n'roll disease?) I realise it just wasn't
meant to be - this time.
I tell myself to just focus
on my family's relocation across the country to Melbourne in just 2
months now, and take heart knowing that Mötley's home will then be just
across the Pacific from mine... soon only 7,000 Miles Away! You never
know what lies ahead... just maybe I'll be able to say in a few years
that the first time I saw Mötley play live was at the 1st annual Crüe
Convention in Hollywood that I put together???
to say something to Nikki... but what? Nothing can change things now it
seems... the decision has been made. So I sent him a message saying
just, "[shattered] 'it's hard to give up your dreams' " His
response came right back, "ME TOO"
Over the next few days, I
phone and email the promoter many times (you'd hate to see my phone
bill from all this) to see how far away this press release... and
my freedom of speech is, as I want to let everyone know as quick as
possible. Whilst I appreciate there are processes involved, it didn't
feel comforting when I was told yesterday that there won't be TOO many
refunds since ticket sales were low. I quickly pointed out that there
are fans all over the country constantly laying down money on
non-refundable air tickets, and therefore word HAS TO get out urgently
for their sakes. "Ooh yeh, you're right." It frustrated me even more
when I phoned Tiketek after that and they were quite happily
going to sell me some tickets to the show. "There's nothing here to
defend, it's not a Hollywood Ending"
Here's the release that
finally came through, just moments ago (yeh, I had all this prepared
OCTOBER 27 2000
CRÜE AUSTRALIAN TOUR CANCELLED
Entertainment Group today advised that the Mötley Crüe Australian tour
scheduled for November will be postponed.
had previously forced the cancellation of Wollongong, Newcastle and
Canberra and now, unfortunately due to personal circumstances beyond
the band’s control, their time is further impacted in
Australia. Reluctantly there is no other option at this
point than to cancel the three remaining dates in Brisbane, Sydney and
Crüe are extremely disappointed that they cannot perform this year for
their Australian fans, but hope to reschedule at a later
holders for the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Melbourne Park and
Sydney Entertainment Centre should return to their ticketing outlet to
obtain a full refund.
Crüe’s essential albums, Too Fast For Love, Shout At The Devil, Theatre
of Pain and Dr. Feelgood sold over 40 million copies and produced over
four Top Ten Singles. In 1999, Mötley Crüe re-released their
multi-platinum catalogue on Mötley Records simply titled "Crucial
Crüe." In addition the band has played to over 30 million fans and is
credited by some as having helped define rock music and lifestyle to
the ‘MTV generation’. The band's current album, "New Tattoo" has
enjoyed worldwide acclaim.
So there's the "official"
word for you. I guess it also means that these chapters will be winding
up too now... with this unlucky last Chapter 13 of the saga. It's been
somewhat of a release for me, and I've enjoyed sharing this
unforgettable roller coaster ride with you. I'm sure you'll agree that
I did what I set out to do, and that was to bring you all the latest on
the Australian Tour... from my heart!
Thanks to everyone that
showed support in any way for the Crüe in Australia, especially those
on the Australian Street Team. Gee, we came so close! It's no
consolation, but on November 4 you can catch Mötley Crüe's 'Hard
Rock Live' concert on Foxtel's TCM (channel 20 for cable,
channel 17 for satellite) at 1am.
I assume some of you will be
raising a middle finger toward Mötley right now, but I hope that can
turn to a fist again soon, punching the air as you rock out to your
favourite Crüe CD. Thanks for waving the
flag - don't keep it at half mast for too long. Life's too short to
mope. I do know that Nikki, Vince, Mick, Randy and Sam were really
looking forward to playing for you - it's not their fault.
To me, they are still the
greatest. I hope you feel that too. Some of the best parties can be
wakes. Get together with friends on the day that would have been, and
party anyway. I'll drink a toast to you, and I hope you drink a Jacks
to me. And if you're in Melbourne, head to Hell's Kitchen (formerly the
Cat Club) at 195 King St on Sat 25th Nov, where the after show party
was to be held. I'll make sure they play some Mötley for you.
I assume Rose Tattoo fans
are pretty annoyed by this too... and I guess this is also how European
fans felt towards the end of 1987. How unpredictable are they?... how
bloody Mötley? haha "All that glitters will fade, just like the
promise you made"
oh... and I guess my band
didn't get that opening slot... but our guitarist has a baby boy
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