Suki, little geisha girl
Given every samurai a twirl"
Mötley Crüe - Hell On High Heels - 2000
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 the list.
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
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.
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.