"Sexy Suki, little
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.
Chapter 6 - Tech Talk II - 9 November 2000.
time to catch yet another bullet-train, and this time we’re heading to
Hiroshima. We’ve certainly got one thing on our minds: More Mötley. The
question is not if we want to go to the show in Fukuoka, but how we are
going to get there. It is our objective to find out how this will be
possible as soon as we reach Hiroshima Station. Not only will we get to
see another Mötley Crüe show, but I will also get to meet for the first
time, my good friend Barney Bjornsfelt, who over the past few years has
been my source for all Japanese Mötley information. This year is the
first time Mötley will be playing in Barney’s hometown of Sapporo, but
as he did for last year’s tour, he has travelled down to Fukuoka to
stay with the in-laws, and of course, add another Mötley Crüe show to
Upon our arrival at
Hiroshima Station, we head for the ticket and information office,
hoping that our questions will result in us travelling down to Fukuoka
in a few nights. It appears that the journey from Hiroshima to Fukuoka
will only be ninety minutes by bullet train. Well Bono and I agree that
90 minutes isn’t too long at all to travel for a Mötley show, and we
decide that we’re going to take up this opportunity. However, it seems
that seats will be limited for the ride down to Fukuoka and we’ll have
to sit in a smoking carriage. Also, we may have to leave the show a few
minutes early to catch the train back to Hiroshima – the last train
home isn’t a late one and we don’t want to run the risk of being stuck
in Fukuoka for the night. But hey, it’s another Mötley show!
After a small tram
ride, we find ourselves walking past the ANA Hotel where the band and
crew will be staying. It appears that the hotel where we are staying is
only just around the corner – how convenient!! Well our check-in to the
hotel is rather smooth, and Bono and I decide to head out and walk
around the area looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat. Subway is
the first thing I see that sounds good to me, whilst Bono has sniffed
out a curry. We both meet back at the hotel and I soon discover that
one of the facilities is a Swedish Sauna. This sounds good to us and
within a few minutes we are in the elevator heading down a few levels.
After a small discussion in Japanese over Bono’s tattoo from Osaka, we
enter the change rooms and soon are sweating away alongside some
Japanese guy. For some reason, sitting in here makes me think of an
article I read in Japanese rock magazine BURN, where Sebastian Bach,
whilst on Skid Row’s Japanese tour in 1995, urinated on the hot coals
in the sauna. Somehow, I don’t think I’ll be following in his footsteps
on this particular day.
Previous: Chapter 5
Next: Chapter 7 .... but
alas, Shinbone dropped the ball and didn't have the stamina to finish
his story. Some ladies he has been with also told me that he finished
early with them as well.
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