"Sexy Suki, little geisha girl
Given every samurai a twirl"
Mötley Crüe - Hell On High Heels - 2000
He travels the globe from Australia to see
the mighty Crüe perform on stage and off. On the day in 1998 that
Mötley's 'Greatest Hits' was released, he was there in Canada
soaking it up - live. In 1999 he caught a large dose of Maximum Rock in
Japan, and now he's back in the land of sushi and the rising sun once
more... this time for Mötley Crüe's '2000 Japan Tour'. Now YOU can
experience the tour too, through the eyes and ears of Dr. Shinbone
Starr, the rock'n'roll patroller, as he presents his entertaining saga
- Nippon Patrol.
1 - Back in Japan - 3 November 2000.
After flying into
Tokyo from Brisbane, Australia and arriving at our hotel, we decide to
walk down to the hotel the band stayed at when last in Tokyo. Upon
entering the lobby, I see a few out-of-the-ordinary faces, and sense my
every move is being watched, possibly due to my western appearance and
the fact that I was wearing my newly purchased Bad Bones hat.
My instincts tell me, and they have been fairly accurate recently, that
these are looks of anxious fans. Their faces say it all - Mötley Crüe
is here once again.
I approach a girl
sitting in the lounge. I later learn her name is Ai, and question who
she is waiting for. She tells me she is waiting for a friend. All of a
sudden she notices one of my rings I am wearing with both happy and sad
faces on it, a la the Theatre of Pain album cover. She tells me
she likes the ring and mentions Mötley Crüe. I confirm with her that
the band has arrived and are staying at the hotel. She tells me she is
waiting for Nikki to come down from his room. Getting excited, we ask
when he is expected in the lobby, however she does not know and she
goes on to tell us that Nikki is really busy. My friend and I decide to
wait another 15 minutes or so, before I leave a note for her to give to
Nikki, should he bother to come down from his room.
After exiting the hotel lobby, we
head towards the party district of Roppongi, in particular the Hard
Rock Café, knowing that this is one place the band may venture out
to. As we approach a 7-11 store, a very distressed looking
character appears. I begin to motion to my companion to check this guy
out, and all of a sudden realise it's a very jet-lagged Davey Kirkwood -
Mötley's sound man. He
passes by my shoulder and I call his name. He turns around swiftly and
realises who I am. In a Scottish accent, he bellows, "Hey you crazy
Australians!" Ahh yes...how Mötley! We reminisce about last year's tour
and explain why we are back in Japan... to experience the Mötley
madness once again.
We express our
disappointment in relation to the cancellation of the Australian tour. It seems we are not alone at
all - the band and crew were all looking forward to setting foot on our
sunny shores once again. Davey in particular is very annoyed. Hawaii
was cancelled too. Orris, Mötley's foldback guy had planned to meet up
with a lady friend in Australia... haha! However, it seems the tour
cancellation wrecked his plans... Life is hard on the road - the crew
has very little time as it is to go searching for women.
Within minutes, we are
introduced to 2 members of the Japanese production crew who have just
walked out of a small restaurant. We all talk for about 15 minutes and
decide to continue our conversation at a later stage. Davey is tired
and we are informed that the boys are out and about, so we decide to
continue walking about, entering various night spots. It is getting
late, and after searching for an hour or so, we decide to to return to
our hotel with no Mötley sightings. However I am under the impression
that Vince Neil, was spending both time and money (and I'm sure lots of
it) at a club called The Lexington Queen.
Next: Chapter 2
flashback: 11/12/87 - Nikki Sixx gets arrested on his birthday in
Tokyo, after a couple of fist fights in a club called The Lexington
Queen. He hit a guy’s face so hard his nose was smeared over his face
when his head hit a steel pole, cracking it open and spilling blood out
over his eyes. Vince dumps a table over on the son of the Japanese
'Yakuza' mafia and his minders, who subsequently pull guns on him.
Mötley’s security guys roll Vince onto the floor and out to a waiting
limo. Vince later wakes up naked on the floor of his hotel room, minus
his Rolex watch, not knowing what had happened.
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