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- Randy CastilloRandolph Frank Castillo is
born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA on this Monday. His mother Margaret
is Spanish, while his father Frank was born to Mexican and Native American
parents. Randy is one of five children, having four sisters, Frances,
Marilyn, Phyllis and Christine, who all play music.
His musical career begins when he plays drums in his elementary school
marching band. He then plays trumpet for about four years, including
performing in his father’s band called Los Aguilas, which is Spanish
for The Eagles. With his father on guitar, they perform Mariachi music
at local weddings and parties, but he soon loses interest when he realises
the kind of bands he likes don’t have trumpet players. He decides he
wants a drum kit instead, especially after seeing The Beatles rock on
the Ed Sullivan Show in early February 1964. His father refuses to buy
one for him, thinking he will also lose interest with it, as he did
with the trumpet.
At fourteen years of age, Randy’s youngest sister is born and on the
same day his mother buys him his first drum set, with her last paycheck
from working as a secretary for the Albuquerque Public Schools, following
Randy’s pleads over the last two years. The small Ludwig kit has one
high hat and one symbol, and Randy plays it nonstop in their garage.
Two weeks later he is asked
to join a local rhythm and blues band called The Sheltons, one of the
city’s most popular bands, but he is kicked out after a few months when
their old drummer Toby re-joins, who had quit before they asked Randy
to play for them. This devastates Randy but inspires him to take lessons
at Luchetti’s Music with Nick Luchetti, at the time one of the best
instructors in the city, if not the state, and owner of the shop where
his drum kit was purchased. Randy later credits Luchetti with giving
him the guidance to help him realise his rock dreams.
A year later, Randy plays
in his next band called Doc Rand and The Purple Blues with a black singer
that can dance like James Brown. Wearing sparkly shirts and ties, they
play a mixture of original tunes and covers, learning every track on
James Brown’s Live at the Apollo album. They soon beat The Sheltons
in a battle of the bands competition at West Mesa High School, while
James Brown and The Famous Flames is the first big concert that Randy
The Purple Blues record
a 7” single called I Need A Woman, which soon reaches number one on
local radio station KQUO’s weekly Top 40 chart and holds the spot for
five weeks, turning Randy into a local star.
While attending West Mesa
High School, Randy regularly plays until 1:30-2am with popular local
band The Checkers, as his parents take turns sitting in the bars as
chaperones and helping him to load his drum kit into their truck after
the shows. This causes Randy to often fall asleep in class, but he really
wants to be a musician more than anything in life.
As a senior, Randy plays
in a symphonic band at the now-defunct University of Albuquerque and
is named in the All-State symphonic band. He is recruited to attend
school on scholarship, but after a year of school he decides he has
had enough of the class room.
Randy plays in a band called
The Tabbs when he is eighteen years of age and they wear mustard coloured
Nehru jackets on stage. On 18 June 1970 he sneaks into a Jimi Hendrix
concert and hides under the stage to get a closer look, exactly three
months before Hendrix dies. He then plays with The Mudd after leaving
The Tabbs and he begins experimenting heavily with drugs, including
mescaline, peyote and heroin. The band’s lead singer Tommy G dies of
kidney failure, which Randy blames on Tommy’s addiction to heroin. This
causes him to shy away from using the drug again.
He joins his first rock band in the late ‘70s called The Wumblies (originally
called Cottonmouth) and he moves to Espanola where they predominantly
play covers of songs by Yes, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Jethro
Tull at as many gigs as possible, including high school proms. He first
experiences life on the road with The Wumblies as they tour around America,
playing four 45-minute sets a night in clubs. The band moves to Denver,
Colorado where they fall apart in 1980; a year after his father Frank
passes away at age fifty one.
Realising he has to move
to Los Angeles if he wants to make it big, he makes the transition in
1981 with Albuquerque-bred guitarist Tim Pierce and they rent a run-down
room together in Hollywood at the Montecito on Franklin Ave. Having
endured enough of the local hookers and transvestites, they move out
and Randy lives in his pickup truck. On the recommendation of another
former Albuquerque musician, singer/songwriter Michael Goodroe, he joins
pop band The Motels (whom Goodroe plays bass for) when their drummer
falls sick with a heart condition just as they are about to go on tour.
Randy embarks on his first major arena tour with The Motels in support
of The Cars.
- Mick Mars
Robert (Bob) Alan Deal is born in Huntington,
Indiana, USA on this Friday. He is born the second son of Tena Deal
and Frank Deal, a factory foreman who suddenly one day becomes a Baptist
minister. His older brother is Frank Jr. who later becomes a highway
Bob uses the alias
Mick Mars from 1980, consistently saying over the years that the reason
for the change was because he was never comfortable with his name, due
to his initials spelling B.A.D. He tells the press he always liked the
name Mick and chose Mars because of the Roman God of War.
Bob comes down with scarlet fever at three years of age, and runs a
temperature of 106 degrees for three days. He is so sick he nearly dies,
and doctors later say he has possibly never recovered from it.
One day when five years of age, Bob and his younger brother Tim hang
his older brother Frank from a tree with some baling rope, as they play
Cowboys and Indians. His mum’s sister Thelma, who lives at his grandmother’s,
pulls the noose from his neck after a short while; Frank is OK. The
next week, Thelma takes the three boys to 4-H Fair in Hiers Park where
Bob sees a man in a bright orange cowboy suit covered in rhinestones
and wearing a big white Stetson hat introduce himself as Skeeter Bond
to the crowd before singing. Seeing this first concert, young Bob knows
that he wants to make music on stage, as his life.
That Christmas, he
instantly chooses the stocking he sees with a tiny plastic guitar sticking
out the top of it. The next Christmas his mother buys him a Mickey Mouse
guitar, but he isn’t interested in playing Mousketeer songs, instead
getting a feel for how to tighten the strings and put melodies together.
A kid that lives nearby, who Bob nicknames Sundance, teaches him to
play his first real song called My Dog Has Fleas, on his guitar called
Blue Moon, before showing him how to pick melodies.
His eldest cousin
buys him a Stellar Acoustic guitar for Christmas when he is 9 years
old, after seeing it in a pawn shop for twelve dollars. He teaches himself
to play, learning a Righteous Brothers tune called B Flat Blues first;
the B-side of their Cocoa Joe single.
A baby sister Susan, nicknamed Bird, is born soon after. When she is
born with a collapsed lung, his parents decide to give up the tough
Indiana winters, and move to a more arid climate on the advice of doctors.
Ten members of the Deal family then drive for three days to Garden Grove,
California in a ‘59 Ford where they begin their new lives.
His father works at
a factory where they make cardboard boxes for Fender, and a year later
his mother buys him a forty-nine-dollar St. George Rodeo electric guitar
with some money she makes on weekends by ironing clothes. After making
his own amp and stereo from his little sister’s record player, he is
soon making his own version of the surf music sounds that are popular
in California at the time.
Bob discovers The
Beatles and practices singing and playing for a year before performing
The Beatles song Money in front of his family. His eldest cousin laughs
at his singing and Bob gets so embarrassed he never tries to sing lead
again in his life.
At age fourteen, Bob joins his first band, a Beatles cover band called
The Jades, and he plays bass before replacing their guitarist. His first-ever
gig is at the American Legion Hall in Westminster, California and he
makes five dollars, which is spent on new strings.
Through a Samoan friend,
Joe Abbey, he meets the Ruiz brothers, who lead a street gang called
the Bosco Brothers. He goes to their house to borrow an amp and reverb
pedal and together they form a band called Sounds Of Soul, with Tony
Ruiz on guitar, Johnny Ruiz on bass and Paulie Ruiz on drums. They play
at various underage clubs in Orange County.
Bob also goes to school
in Orange County and does well up until third grade, even though he
acts the class clown and gets into heaps of fights. He earns the class
clown title by trading insults with his 5th Grade teacher, Mr. Washburn.
He tends to question things and form his own opinions on topics, and
also likes to save his writings and memoirs. His love of the guitar
is clearly evident, and he is one of the best three players in his school.
Bob gets suspended
from school, following an incident where he writes an essay about the
song Pressed Rat and Warthog by Cream and gets an F grade for it. Upon
his return, a substitute teacher kicks him out of class for writing
guitar chord charts in his Science notebook. He threatens the teacher
as he walks out of school for the last time. The police then pay him
a visit at the garden shed he lives in, behind his parents’ house.
At Christmas, Bob’s
Aunt Annie gives him a beaten up Les Paul that she bought for ninety
eight dollars. The following May, an acquaintance gives him a ‘54 Fender
Stratocaster. Bob soon grows tired of rival gangs coming to the Ruiz
Brothers’ house for fights and their singer Antone tells Bob of a blues
band in Fresno that is looking for a guitarist.
So at seventeen, Bob
heads to Fresno, expecting to earn money from gigs with the new blues
band he is joining, but even though he teaches the all-black band everything
he knows about rhythm and soul, he feels he is wasting time since they
can’t play well enough for him. He gets a job picking watermelons to
earn some money for food instead, but he soon heads back home.
He lives in the shed
with a friend Ron and together they often swallow fistfuls of mini-white
cross-top pills that are essentially truckers’ speed. He then progresses
to taking a heavy painkiller called Seconal, which he washes down with
gin until his doctor says he will die if he doesn’t quit. After feeling
it’s time to move away from his family again, he moves in with some
bikers in Orange County. He also starts to feel pain in his hips and
Bob plays clubs in a band called Wahtoshi with fellow musicians Jim
Cunningham and Mike Malone; the name thought to mean number one in Chinese.
His friend Mike Collins brings his sixteen-year-old former girlfriend
Sharon to a party and she begins dating nineteen-year-old Bob. Sharon
soon finds out she is pregnant and they ask Bob’s parents what they
should do. Bob’s father tells him to be a man and do the right thing,
so he immediately proposes to Sharon while she is in the bathroom. They
take a drive out to Las Vegas where they get married in a small white
chapel. Sharon gets Bob a job in the industrial laundry where she works.
Their son is born and named Les Paul by Bob after his favourite guitar
brand, before Sharon falls pregnant again a few months later. A daughter
is born to Bob and Sharon on 4 September 1973 in Westminster, California
and named Stormy, after the Classics IV song.
As a married young
father of two, Bob feels his life has run off track, so he turns to
God. He forms a gospel band for a short while and a friend of his father
baptises him, before Bob realises the church is not his answer. At the
laundry one afternoon, a tub swings and smashes into Bob’s left hand.
He panics that such an accident may mean he can never play guitar again.
Wahtoshi replaces him while his hand heals and he tells Sharon that
he will never work a day job again. That Christmas, Sharon gets sick
of working three jobs to support the family and takes young Les and
five-month-old Stormy and leaves him. Broke, Bob moves back into the
garden shed behind his parents’ house and it isn’t long before he spends
two nights in jail for not making his $200 per month child support payments.
Upon his return from
jail, Aunt Thelma takes him to see a back specialist, where he learns
he has a degenerative bone disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. Not
knowing of any other relatives with it, he is told he has an extremely
rare form of the inherited disease that begins in teenage years. Although
they expect it to stop in his mid-thirties, it never does, causing him
to always have inflamed and stiff joints.
Bob and Mike Collins
hang out together, hitching to nightclubs on weekends in search of
bands to jam with. During the summer of ‘73 they see a band called
Whitehorse from Ocean Beach, California at Pier 11 in Costa Mesa.
They had been gigging extensively since forming in September ‘72 as
Fat City. Bob hangs around them for six months, whenever they are in
town, and practices with second guitarist David Day, who had
relocated to Santa Ana from Ocean Beach. Bob becomes good friends
with drummer Jack Valentine and second guitarist/keyboardist David
Day, who had a falling out with original band leader and first lead
guitarist Kevin Kohl. Bob is later introduced to bassist Harry Clay
and lead singer Kenny Morse, who both continue to live in Ocean
Beach. Prior to Whitehorse, Harry had been in a San Diego band Catseye with
Kenny, and used to jam with drummer Stewart Copeland (later of The
Police) when Catseye weren't gigging.
Harry comes up with
the name Motley Croo late in 1972 but management prefers Whitehorse,
named after the bottle of Scotch whiskey. The name Motley Croo is utilised
whenever the band shops their original tunes for a recording contract,
but to this day, there is a disagreement amongst original Whitehorse
members as to whether the band actually ever played any live gigs under
the name Motley Croo or not.
David slowly teaches
Bob the Whitehorse songs while David’s previous band-mate, Kim Sherman
from the recording group Frantics, fills in as the second lead guitarist
for the group during a ten-week tour of Colorado in the Fall of ‘73.
Kim is also instrumental in teaching Bob many of the sixty songs in
the Whitehorse repertoire. Bob officially joins the group on stage as
lead guitarist in January 1974 at Mr. Lucky’s in Denver Colorado, during
another ten-week Colorado tour, when Kim finally leaves to return to
Los Angeles where he plays session guitar for Flash Cadillac.
During the thirty-six
hour marathon return drive to Los Angeles in March ‘74, the band’s equipment
truck blows its engine in the Barstow desert, while Bob is driving.
Dejected by the catastrophic expense, the band struggles to regain momentum.
Harry books an opening slot with JoJo Gunne in San Diego and the group
migrates to Huntington Beach. Harry and Jack have a large apartment
there with a garage where the band can rehearse.
Jack constructs the world’s first upside-down drum machine here. The
band reaches peak momentum with this line-up playing approximately 280
gigs a year, with Jack utilising his upside-down drums at many gigs.
Bob moves into the apartment in Huntington Beach with Jack and Harry,
sleeping on the living room floor in a sleeping bag behind a sheet taped
to the ceiling. Bob prefers this arrangement because the apartment is
cleaner than his previous home, and he soon hooks up with new girlfriend
Tension has been rising
over musical direction for the group. The band has five 24-track masters
recorded with David, Harry and Kenny being the principal songwriters.
Jack and Bob want the group to move in a harder, more progressive rock
direction. They idolise the group Gentle Giant from England, as well
as Deep Purple, while David, Harry and Kenny write and sing more straight-ahead
rock songs in the vein of Spiders from Mars, Mott the Hoople and even
Bachman Turner Overdrive. Soon after dislocating his ankle while sliding
into third base playing semi-pro baseball, Jack Valentine leaves the
band over unsettled musical differences in the fall of ‘75.
Kenny brings in new
drummer Steve Jackson and new guitarist Chris Noe as Bob leaves the
group for about six months. He helps Jack move to San Diego and soon
moves in with him for a while. Jack gets him a job in a music store
but he never shows up. They try to start a band with bassist Gary Chansley
who had just left Wolfgang but Chansley accepts an offer to join San
Diego’s Peter Rabbit. They audition other bassists for a power trio
but feel it is futile, so Bob moves back to Marcia in Los Angeles. While
Bob is unemployed, Marcia falls pregnant. They struggle to survive on
welfare as Marcia is unable to continue working as a cocktail waitress
and part-time nurse due to the advancing pregnancy, and they become
homeless, often living in her VW van. When Kenny leaves to join Holy
Smoke, which later evolves into Vendetta, Bob rejoins Whitehorse with
Harry and David. Bob, Harry and David move into the former Flash Cadillac
mansion on Wilton Boulevard in Hollywood during the summer of ‘76. With
new vocalist Buzz Hatton and drummer Bill Forbes, they again pick up
A son, Erik Michael
Deal, is then born in Cedar Sinai Hospital to Bob and Marcia on 18 August
1976. With the five band members, girlfriends, baby Erik Deal, two roadies,
former guitarist Kim Sherman, and Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey
Martin all living in the three-storey dilapidated Victorian, the house
Despite the fact that
Whitehorse gig constantly with all members making equal money, Bob is
very poor at managing his finances and has to sell out his shares in
the Whitehorse truck and equipment, as well as often requiring cash
advances to stay afloat. When Buzz Hatton departs as the band’s vocalist
in the summer of ‘77, Micki Marz (Michelle Meyers) joins after walking
on stage to audition live during a gig at Gazarri’s.
Whitehorse finally breaks
up in December 1977 when another band from England releases an album
that is reviewed in Rolling Stone magazine as “So-California’s Whitehorse”,
while the real Whitehorse has three new 24-track tunes in the can and
several offers pending from major labels. When they take legal action,
the band’s lawyers negotiate a $20,000 settlement with Whitehorse to
resume under the name Motley Croo but the new drummer Mike Tolan, Micki
and Bob push for $100,000, which blows negotiations out of the water,
and they end up with nothing, except the end of their band.
Bob then decides to
keep playing Top 40 with David Day from Whitehorse in Ten-Wheel Drive,
while Harry Clay starts an original outfit in 1978 called Video Nu-R
with former Shady Lady singer Stefan Shady, before he’s replaced on
vocals by Randy Lee Miller. Once Video Nu-R begin to gig steadily at
the Starwood and other Hollywood clubs Bob joins them on guitar, as
he, Marcia and young Erik continue to live with Harry and David in the
Whitehorse house. Harry works at Betnun Music in Hollywood and finances
the recording and pressing of Video Nu-R’s two 7” singles; the first
titled Gypsy Woman/You Drive Me Crazy in December 1978, followed by
Decadence Plus in September 1979. This is Bob Deal’s first record to
be released and both singles receive limited radio airplay in Los Angeles
on both KNAC and KMET but Harry finds it increasingly difficult to support
the band financially.
During 1979, Harry,
Bob, Marcia and Erik move to a new apartment and rehearsal studio on
Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood but it’s not long before Bob and
Marcia split up as he doesn’t want to marry her and she can not afford
to buy young Erik his first pair of walking shoes. For the baby’s sake
and survival, she decides that she needs to move on, thus freeing Mick
of the responsibility so he can focus on his music career and she can
finish her schooling and find a better job to enable her to take care
of their child on her own.
Bob’s music career
struggles again as Randy Lee Miller quits Video Nu-R after seeing beer
bottles being hurled during their set at the Troubadour. Subsequent
line-up changes alter the politics in the band and Bob is soon told
he has to leave the band, just as they are about to go into the studio
with Warner Brothers Records to record the Decadence Plus single. The
record deal evaporated and everyone was upset within the band. The single
ends up being recorded after the drummer scores one hour of free time
at Mystic Sound in Hollywood, where they record the song live in one
take with Bob Deal back on guitar, Harry Clay shouting rapid fire vocals
over bass synth and organ, and a coked-out drummer playing too fast.
With his time in Video Nu-R now at an end after recording his first
music, Bob places an ad in The Recycler reading, “Extraterrestrial guitarist
available for any other aliens that want to conquer the Earth” and he
receives many bizarre calls.
For a very short time, he bounces back to David Day’s steady cover band
Ten-Wheel Drive and their semi-resident gig at the Stone Pony, within
walking distance down Magnolia.
Sheriffs come to the
apartment looking for Bob due to non-payment of child support for his
kids. Bob has no assets at all and no regular income, making it impossible
to meet his payments. He finds work at a motorbike factory on Magnolia
where he cleans carburetors, however the pain from his disease makes
him a useless worker and it only lasts a few months.
He re-connects with
original Whitehorse singer Kenny Morse in the middle of 1979 and soon
joins his band, replacing guitarist Chris Noe, and they immediately
change their name from Holy Smoke to Vendetta. Quickly leaving town
to escape his legal problems, he moves into the band house in North
Redondo Beach, once again in the living room and once again sleeping
behind a sheet hung from the ceiling. With Kenny on vocals, Bob on guitar,
Johnny Gall on keyboards, Barry Leab on bass and Steve Meade (aka Kinky
McKool) on drums, their set consists of at least twenty originals along
with hits by Foreigner, Led Zeppelin, The Cars and other heavy bands.
Bob sings occasional background vocals during their sets, as well as
lead vocals on the Elvis Costello song Pump It Up. Although he sounds
good, he doesn’t really have the confidence to carry it.
Bob has no vehicle
and relies on his new best friend John ‘Stick’ Crouch for transport,
who also helps the band as a driver and road crew whenever they travel.
Vendetta plays rock clubs from L.A. to South Bay to San Diego to Yuma,
keeping their licks up and avoiding the ‘prissy, colourful silk/satin
and scarves’ look, opting for leathers and Levis instead. The Top 40
clubs don’t hire them because of their look and attitude, so they end
up playing the dives.
Bob really starts
to come into his own as a guitarist but is still always broke and needs
money to catch up on child support. Vendetta travels to Alaska at the
end of October for some higher paying gigs, as disco has not caught
on and phased out rock bands up there. Two American mercenaries fresh
from El Salvador hang out with the band, liking them so much that they
drive around Anchorage and literally shoot out the marquees of other
Hating his real name
and hoping to avoid arrest for his mounting debt, Bob Deal changes his
name while in Alaska. When Vendetta flies back to California on 1 January
1980, Bob is now Mick Mars. His new name is very similar to that of
former Whitehorse front woman, Micki Marz. He buys another Les Paul
and Marshall stack with his gig money upon return.
When at home in the
South Bay area, a lot of their friends and acquaintances – like Don
Dokken, Juan Croucier and Bobby Blotzer – come by to catch Vendetta
performances. Once in a while,
they see actor Robin Williams sitting in the back of Pier 52 playing
harp along to their songs. Another night at Pier 52, blues singer Big
Mama Thornton stumbles in and joins the band on stage for Hound Dog
– the song she wrote back in 1953 and made even more famous by Elvis
Presley three years later.
Singer Kenny Morse
quits Vendetta in the fall of 1980 and the band tries to continue on
for a few months. Mick’s loyal friend Stick tries to get his brother-in-law
Allan Coffman to back Vendetta financially but they are falling apart.
So with Vendetta splitting and needing cash, Mick again plays covers
at the Stone Pony with his former Whitehorse band-mate David Day in
Ten-Wheel Drive, who changes name to Spiders and Cowboys.
One night before a
gig late in 1980, Mick walks into Magnolia Liquor in Burbank to get
a half-pint of cheap tequila. Behind the counter he meets Frank Feranna
(about the same time that he becomes Nikki Sixx) and they chat about
bands they are into; none of which are the same. He invites Frank to
come down the road and see him play later that night at the Stone Pony
in Spiders and Cowboys. They get drunk together after Mick’s set where
he plays slide guitar with the mike stand. At the end of the show he
gives Frank his phone number.
11/12/58 - Nikki Sixx
Franklin Carlton Serafino
Feranna’s life begins in San Jose, California, USA at 7:11am on this
Thursday morning. His nineteen-year-old mother, Deana Haight, an attractive
and wildly adventurous farm girl from Idaho, wants to name him Michael
or Russell, but the nurse asks his Sicilian father, Frank Carlton Feranna,
who immediately names him after himself. When Nikki is ten months old,
his mother splits from his father and moves to live with his Nona and
her second husband, Tom, whom she married when Deana was sixteen.
A couple of months later,
his alcoholic parents have a girl named Lisa. Not growing up around
him, his mother later tells him that Lisa left home not wanting anyone
to contact her. However, he finds out during 1997 that she has a very
acute case of Down’s syndrome and is blind, mute and unable to walk.
Nikki sees her for the first time at her funeral in 2000.
Later in life Frank, learns
that his father had a son named Randy with another woman, four years
before he was born.
Frank and his mother, who dates actor Richard Pryor for some time, live
on the ninth floor of the Sunset Towers on Sunset Boulevard. Young Frank
often spends a lot of time with his mother’s parents, who threaten to
take legal custody of Frank if his mother doesn’t give up her party
When Frank is four, his
mother dates then marries Bernie Comer, the trumpet player in Frank
Sinatra’s backing band, in which she herself is singing backup vocals.
They live in a little brown house in Lake Tahoe, where Bernie is abusive
to him. A few Christmases later, a sister Ceci is born, and Frank’s
birth father visits, giving him a red plastic sled with leather handles.
Planning on getting married again to a woman who can’t have kids, Frank’s
father wants to see what kind of kid Frank is, to see if he is worth
At six years of age, they
move to Mexico, where Frank has the most enjoyable period of his childhood.
His mother and Ceci fly there, while he rides with Bernie in a drive
across the border in a Corvair, with Bernie’s German Shepherd dog named
Belle that frequently bites Frank. He smokes marijuana for the first
time, with his mother at seven years of age.
He soon moves to live with
his grandparents in Idaho, where he often encourages his cousins to
sing along with him as they play. He calls his grandmother Nona. El
Paso, Texas is the destination of his next relocation, where his grandfather,
Tom Reese, works at a Shell gas station and they live in a trailer.
He’s a fast learning and intelligent child, which causes him to get
bored in school.
They then move to a ranch
in New Anthony, Mexico for a year, where his grandparents hope to make
money with a hog farm. One day he slices his finger on the pigpen so
bad that it is hardly attached, wobbling and shooting blood. Another
day while living there, he gets struck by lightning in a doorway. One
of Frank’s chores is to slaughter the rabbits that they also raise.
He takes an interest in words around the age of nine or ten, writing
poetry and little stories. He gets bullied on the school bus, until
he learns how to stand up for himself by retaliating with violence,
which helps kick start his juvenile delinquency.
The farm doesn’t work out
for his grandparents, so they move back to El Paso where he attends
Gasden District Junior High. He begins stealing from lockers and the
general store called Piggly Wiggly’s. He slashes tyres with a buck knife
he was given for Christmas by his grandfather, who sold his radio and
only suit to afford it.
After moving back to a sixty-acre
cornfield in Twin Falls, Idaho at eleven years of age, Frank takes up
football, which he uses as a release to counter his aggression from
being picked on. He starts taking notice of girls, and one day hears
the song Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean on the radio, and requests it until
he’s told to stop calling the station.
He moves with his grandparents again – this time to Jerome, Idaho, where
he eventually buys his first album. He saves enough to buy Deep Purple’s
Fireball but finds himself buying Nilsson Schmilsson by Harry Nilsson
at the suggestion of his friend’s sister, with whom Frank is infatuated.
The first live band he sees is at the high school gym in Jerome with
about three hundred kids of the town’s population of three thousand.
Frank’s first sexual encounters are with a girl named Sarah Hopper and
he gets laid for the first time at thirteen, in the back of her parents’
car, while they’re in church.
He becomes too difficult
for his grandparents to look after, so he moves to Seattle to live with
his mother and sister Ceci, with the hope of improvement in his attitude
and actions. They live in the Queen Anne Hill area with his mother’s
new Mexican husband Ramone, who listens to a lot of Hispanic jazz and
funk, and tries to teach Frank how to play guitar on a battered old
They then move to welfare
apartments nearby in Fort Bliss. At his new school, Frank befriends
a rocker, Rick Van Zandt, who soon says he needs a bass player for his
band. So at age fourteen, he steals his first guitar (thinking it was
a bass) from a music store called Music West that he frequents daily
between bus trips to school. He asks for an application for work and
stuffs the guitar into an empty guitar case he had loaned from a friend
of Rick’s. After the band tells him it is not a bass, he sells it and
buys a black Rickenbacker bass with a white pick guard and tries to
learn by listening to The Stooges and Aerosmith songs, but they realise
he can’t play. Frank jams with a guy over the road, as he is starting
a band called Mary Jane’s, but he’s hopeless. He tries his hand jamming
with various other bands, some called Forced Entry and Sleaze.
After befriending a punk
rocker, Gaylord, who has his own apartment and a band called The Vidiots,
he becomes part of a circle of friends that are called The Whizz Kids,
due to their glammed-out appearance. Doing a lot of drugs, Frank practically
moves into the apartment and sells drugs for them. He gets into fights
at school as kids call him Alice Bowie, and he breaks into houses on
the way home, stealing whatever he can.
After an argument with his
mother in which he throws his stereo and destroys the TV, he asks for
a knife from a nearby house, and proceeds to stab himself above the
elbow deep to the bone. He calls the police and tells them that his
mother attacked him, so they will arrest her and take her away. Instead,
the police say if he presses charges he will have to live in a juvenile
home for four years until he turns eighteen. He drops the charges and
leaves home, sleeping at a friend’s house until he is kicked out, before
turning to Rick Van Zandt’s parents’ car for his bed. Frank is eventually
thrown out of Roosevelt High School after another couple of months;
expelled for selling joints, at his seventh school in eleven years –
thus ending his school education.
Frank then gets a dishwashing
job at Victoria Station and shares the rent for a one-bedroom apartment
with seven others, until he quits the job and is forced to move out.
He then sleeps in the closet of two prostitutes who feel sorry for him,
until he has to move out, going back to his friend’s car. He sells his
bass so he can buy drugs to peddle for more money.
At seventeen, he gets busted
selling chocolate-coated mescaline outside a Rolling Stones concert
at the Seattle Coliseum to survive. After being threatened with a ten-year
minimum jail sentence, he is let free and decides he needs to leave
the city and try to get his life on track.
After calling his mother,
she puts him on a Greyhound bus the following day. With his Aerosmith
tape, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tape and a beaten up player, he heads back to
his grandparents’ farm in Jerome, Idaho. He works hard, moving irrigation
pipes to earn money and soon buys a $109 replica Gibson Les Paul from
a gun shop.
One day his mum’s sister
Sharon visits with her husband Don Zimmerman, who is president of Capitol
Records in Los Angeles. Don starts to send him packages of magazines
and cassette tapes of bands such as the Sweet and The Beatles, with
Frank particularly liking heavier songs like Back in the USSR and Helter
He saves up a bus fare to Los Angeles, where he initially stays with
his Aunt Sharon and Uncle Don for four or five months. Don gets him
a job at a record store called Music Plus and lets him drive his Ford
pickup, but arrogant and ungrateful Frank is soon kicked out to be on
his own again. He takes a one-bedroom apartment near Melrose Avenue
and manages to not pay any rent for eighteen months, before the police
finally evict him. He buys a run down ‘49 Plymouth for one hundred dollars
and dates a girl named Kaitie. It’s not long before he’s getting fired
from the record store for stealing from the till; he punches the one-armed
owner when confronted.
Frank then gains work as
a telemarketer, selling Kirby vacuum cleaners, until he takes a carpet
steam-cleaning job, stealing whatever he can from inside client homes.
He puts together his first band named Rex Blade, with a hairdresser
Ron on vocals who lived with him for a while, a girl named Rex and her
boyfriend Blake. They rehearse in an office building next door to punk
band The Mau-Maus, before Frank is kicked out of the band.
Finding a garage in the
classifieds for a hundred dollars per month, Frank sleeps on its floor
with his only possessions: his stereo and mirror. Intent on buying some
decent music equipment, he works from 6am to 6pm dipping computer circuit
boards into chemicals at a Woodland Hills factory, before starting a
7pm to 2am shift at Magnolia Liquor store, where he steals as much alcohol
as possible while also cheating the till. It’s here that he first meets
Mick Mars one night. He goes to many auditions for bands, as he tries
to find others with a passion for Johnny Thunders, Slade, Kiss and the
In 1979, he answers another
ad and hooks up with guitarist Lizzie Grey (real name Steve Perry),
with whom he joins his first real band with, called Sister. The band
was put together by Blackie Lawless and has Chris Holmes on guitar,
who both later form WASP. Blackie has also spent a small amount of time
in the New York Dolls after replacing Johnny Thunders for a few months,
before moving to Los Angeles and forming Killer Kane prior to Sister,
when the New York Dolls fell apart. Sister rehearses on Gower St in
Hollywood, but with their pentagrams and worm-eating antics, they never
make it onto the stage. After three days in the studio trying to record
an album, they decide the sessions are terrible and they scrap the whole
idea. Frank is kicked out and when Lizzie follows suit the pair decide
to form their own band.
He soon moves into a
place in Beachwood Canyon with his singer girlfriend Angie Saxon
(real name Annette Diehl), who works as a secretary and rehearses
with her band. She kicks him out after he tries to sleep with her
roommate, and Frank finds himself living in a Hollywood slum and
hanging out in famed local rock clubs like the Whisky A Go-Go, the
Roxy Theatre, the Rainbow Bar and Grill, and the Starwood, as he
tries to get his band going.
Frank and Lizzie put together
a new band called London, with a drummer named Dane Rage, keyboardist
John St. John, and Michael White on vocals, who is later fired and feels
Frank is too concerned with image. White is replaced with former Mott
The Hoople vocalist Nigel Benjamin (he replaced Ian Hunter in Mott),
who answers their ad in The Recycler. Frank is ecstatic and sends some
photos of London to his idol – Brian Connolly from the Sweet – after
having his Uncle Don hook him up, but Connolly basically tells him to
keep his day job. This further inspires Frank.
After being fired from his
current two jobs doing more telephone sales and selling light bulbs,
Frank works when he feels like it at Wherehouse Music in Hollywood,
and sometimes donates blood at a clinic for money. Still broke, he manages
to contact his father in San Jose who completely rejects him, pretending
he doesn’t have a son.
While living in North Hollywood,
he dates The Orchids’ drummer Laurie Bell (real name Laurie Milmerstadt),
after meeting her through Kim Fowley of The Runaways. The Orchids are
an all-female band formed from the ashes of The Runaways. On 14 August
1980, Frank signs a music publishing agreement with Kim Fowley’s Rare
Magnetism Music for the publishing rights and royalties to a song Stop
Hanging On to Yesterday that he co-writes with Laurie.
He kills Frank Feranna
Jnr. in the lyrics to a new song On With the Show before lodging a
Decree Changing Name form on 7 November 1980 in the Superior Court
of California as he becomes Nikki Sixx. He started using the name a
few months ago, after recalling the time he was looking through a
scrapbook with his former girlfriend Angie, which included photos
she had taken of a Southern Californian band called Squeeze with a
guy called Niki Syxx (real name Jeff Nicholson). Frank was
fascinated by the name and asked what he was up to now; Angie said
he was in the surf band Jon & The Nightriders. Thinking it was a
cool name, Nikki Sixx became Frank’s new identity.
In later years, Nikki tells the media the name was inspired by the
first two characters on his Californian driver’s license: N6. Jeff
Nicholson actually came up with the name by first calling himself
Niki Olson as derived from his surname. Still uncomfortable, he kept
the first name Niki as he thought about a new surname. Driving in
Newport Beach one day in 1975, he pulled behind a Mercedes Benz with
license plates NIKI 6, so he decided to call himself Niki Syxx from
then on. He soon dated a girl named Beth Salvatore, who asked him
how he got his name. It turned out that it was her mother’s Mercedes
– Niki was her mum’s first name and the number 6 represented the
number of people in their family.
London is managed by David
Forest, who owns the Starwood where they often play, and Nikki and Dane
also work there as cleaners. This club becomes a home of sorts, as Nikki
is introduced to celebrities and stronger drugs. One night Mick Jagger
and Keith Richards come to see London play at the club. Nikki writes
a song called Public Enemy #1 with Lizzie in his ‘74 Ford Pinto, while
they drink rum and Coke.
After rising to the top
of the Los Angeles club circuit with their brand of originals, and a
few David Bowie and Mott The Hoople covers, London is unable to secure
a recording contract with their demo. Singer Nigel Benjamin quits London,
as musical differences become prevalent and the band falls apart. Nikki
has co-written about half of the band’s original tunes but he keeps
some others aside for his other musical ideas and aspirations.
26/4/59 - John Corabi
John Corabi is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
USA on this Sunday. He’s raised by his two conservative parents of Italian
descent. After being the first born, he is followed by sisters Anna
and Janet, then brothers Nicholas and Todd.
when he is nine years of age, his Mum points out The Beatles to him
on TV and he thinks they are awesome. He then gets a Sears and Roebuck
guitar for his first instrument. One of the first concerts he attends
is the KISS Alive tour in the mid-‘70s. John plays with many different
bands throughout his high school teen years. His main influences are
Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Humble Pie and Deep Purple.
in his early days as a musician, John works as a telemarketer selling
inflatable boats and toner for photocopiers. He also works numerous
other jobs, where he drives cars, makes pizzas and sandwiches, as well
as spending some time working in construction.
dates a girl named Valerie at eighteen years of age, who is the sister
of one of the members of his cover band at the time. Valerie has a young
daughter and in two more years, they marry and then have their own son
named Ian Karac Corabi in 1987.
8/2/61 - Vince NeilVince Neil Wharton
is born in the Queen of Angels Hospital, Hollywood, California, USA
on this Wednesday. He later lops his surname to be known as Vince Neil.
His half-Indian father Clois, but known as Odie, is an auto mechanic
who works as a Maintenance Supervisor of sheriff’s cars for the LA County
Mechanical Division. Originally from Paris, Texas, he is also very much
a lady’s man. Vince’s half-Mexican mother, Shirley, works at a Max Factor
factory and gives birth to a sister for Vince when he is three or four
years old. In later years, Valerie works as a dental hygienist.
Vince’s parents struggle to make ends meet, forcing them to move to
worse neighbourhoods every year; from Inglewood to Watts to Compton,
where Vince and Valerie attend kindergarten. When they reach elementary
school, they are the only white students in attendance. One night a
bullet comes through Valerie’s window as a result of feuding from local
rival gangs The Crips and the AC Deuceys. On another occasion on the
way home from school at nine years of age, Vince witnesses the shooting
of a teenager as four kids steal his sneakers. A few days after the
incident, the same kids approach Vince as he waits for the ice cream
van and one of them grabs him, turns him around and takes the fifteen
cents he was going to use for his ice cream, before slicing him under
his chin from ear to ear with a blade, narrowly missing his jugular
After spending the night
at hospital, his teacher, former Playboy Playmate Mrs. Anderson, allows
him to hold her hand as they walk into class the next day. Vince takes
every opportunity to get close to her and credits her with opening up
his first sexual feelings. The following year he finds himself sticking
his hands up the skirt of a girl Tina under a doghouse.
Vince has regular guitar
lessons up to the age of ten, but never really feels comfortable playing
it, so he prefers to strut around in his bedroom miming to Aerosmith
songs like Walk This Way. To survive the tough neighbourhood, Vince
makes friends with bigger kids and becomes accepted as cool, but soon
turns to delinquency as well. He often plays with BB guns and sets fire
to rubbish bins at school, as well as throwing rocks at people’s cars.
After school one day he steals a backpack full of giant conch shells,
coral necklaces and sponges from a warehouse with three black kids and
a Samoan. He buys his first cassette, Cloud Nine by The Temptations,
with the money he makes from selling the stolen seaside items at the
Compton swap meet. He loves to listen to the soul music of The Four
Tops, The Spinners, and Al Green on the radio. With his five-dollar
weekly allowance he buys to 7” vinyl singles of 1972-74 pop songs like
Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple, Dream On by Aerosmith, Hooked On
A Feeling covered by Blue Suede, The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace,
and Clap For The Wolfman by The Guess Who.
When Vince is caught by the police stealing gardening supplies from
a warehouse, his parents decide to send him and his sister to his Aunt’s
house in Glendora, to escape the tough suburb until they can move there
too. His mum then works in a dental brace factory and transfers Vince
to Sunflower Junior High where he struggles with school and discovers
he has a form of dyslexia. He prefers to wag school most of the time
and go surfing, instead of working harder at his education. He gets
suspended when a gym coach busts him selling porn pages to other school
kids that he ripped out of a magazine.
Even though he doesn’t have
a driver’s license, his father gives him his ‘54 Chevy pick-up to get
to Charter Oak High School in the San Gabriel Valley at age fifteen.
This gives him free reign to spend more time at the beach, where he
also discovers drugs, alcohol and sex. The first time he takes drugs
is at a drive-in watching the movie Silver Streak with four friends
in a ‘65 Nova, when his surf mate John hands him a pipe of marijuana
laced with angel dust. Before long he smokes angel dust in English class
with a pipe that looks like a pen to prevent being caught, but when
he is busted and sent to the principal’s office, he is found wandering
lost around a football field a couple of hours later. John then introduces
him to white cross-top pills that he combines with angel dust, making
One school day he finds
his stolen surfboard racks in the car of a football player named Horace.
Vince breaks his nose and cheekbone after he denies it and then challenges
Vince, when he’s confronted about the theft. Ten minutes into class
the principal drags him out and has him charged with assault by the
police. Although the charges are dropped at the station, he is suspended
from school for four days, but is respected and treated like a hero
upon his return.
Vince and his friend John try to pick up girls at the Roller City skating
rink near school. Here they often participate in a daily lip-synching
contest, dressing up in flares, polyester shirts and wigs, to perform
Let It Ride by Bachman Turner Overdrive. Vince realises he loves to
perform on stage and it’s further confirmed when he gets laid afterwards.
After two weeks of driving to contests on the circuit, he wins one performing
You Really Got Me by The Kinks. Surprisingly, he sings it out loud himself,
instead of lip-synching.
Growing in confidence, Vince
drives girls home for sex during school lunch breaks while his parents
are at work. One lunch break, he makes love to a girl Tami in front
of his pick-up truck in the car park. He had met Tami at a skating pipeline
in Glendora after he had broken his leg. After not thinking any more
of it, two months later she tells him she wants to follow through with
her pregnancy to him. Vince tries to make a go of it and spends time
with her, continuing to support her best he can when she is kicked out
of school for pregnancy. At age seventeen, Vince’s first child Neil
Jason Wharton is born on 3 October 1978 as Vince works loading sound
equipment for a concert by The Runaways. He is the only student at school
paying child support, but the young couple is also helped with the raising
of Neil by their parents.
James Alverson transfers
to Charter Oak High School and soon chooses Vince to be in his band
since he has the longest hair in the school, preferring to keep his
locks instead of joining the school baseball team. Guitarist James then
finds a bassist in Joe Marks, a drummer by the name John Marshall, and
then comes up with the band name Rockandi. They play I Want You To Want
Me by Cheap Trick, Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith and Smokin’ In The Boys
Room by Brownsville Station as their first concert at a local prom.
Rockandi quickly builds a reputation as the best party band in the area
during 1978, after they coax unpopular students to host weekend parties
while their parents are out to gain popularity and girls, and have the
band perform while charging an entry fee.
He soon gets kicked out
of Charter Oak High for lack of attendance and begins cleaning at a
recording studio and PA hire company in exchange for rehearsal time
for his band. Realising he is going nowhere, he takes his parents’ advice
and enrolls in Royal Oak High in Covina. At school, he soon becomes
friends with Tom Bass (later to be known as Tommy Lee) who plays with
another band on the backyard party circuit called US 101. They often
skip school together to jam on music in Tom’s garage.
Vince organises a party
at his own house one Friday night when his parents leave for a weekend
away. His band sets up beside the pool and Vince performs in front of
the 300-400 people in attendance. During the performance, Vince’s parents
arrive home, but instead of getting angry, his dad soon joins a blonde
on the dance floor while his mum serves drinks.
Vince soon drops out of
school and moves out of home with his clothes in a suitcase. He sleeps
in the van of his recently expelled former school mate, Tom Bass. Vince
earns money as a pizza delivery boy and then works as a freeway construction
worker, which he finds too hard. He dates a girl called Leah Graham
and gains employment with her father’s electrical company, for whom
he digs ditches and helps wire buildings.
3/10/62 - Tommy LeeThomas Lee Bass is
born in Athens, Greece on this Wednesday. He is the first child for
his ex-Miss Greece 1957 mother, Vassilikki Papadimitriou (known as Boula)
and army sergeant father David Lee Thomas Bass, who was born in St.
His parents met at Boula’s
parents place when her sister brought David along to a christening for
one of her kids so he could see how the Greeks celebrate christenings.
On army service stationed in Greece, David told Boula that first day
that he wanted to marry her. He bought her a ring the next day and they
married in four more days, once she ditched her boyfriend. Not speaking
a word of each other’s languages, they communicate by drawing pictures.
Boula had five miscarriages
before giving birth to their first boy, who died within days of his
birth. Boula then stayed in bed for the nine months of her next pregnancy
before giving birth to Tommy. Exactly one month after Tommy is born
they move to Thailand for a while before returning to Athens.
The family moves from Athens to the Los Angeles suburb of Covina, where
his mum works as a part-time house cleaner for some families. When Tommy
is two his sister is born and named Athena after her mother’s homeland
that she misses so much. His father works as the shop superintendent
for the L.A. County Road Department, running the department that maintains
road repair trucks and tractors, after being trained in diesel mechanics
in the army.
He begins banging on things
as soon as he is old enough to reach into the cutlery drawer, and at
three years of age he often arranges pots and pans on the kitchen floor,
hitting them with spoons and knives. At Christmas after he turns four,
Tommy is given his first drum kit; a paper kit with a blinking light
on the bass drum, a miniature cowbell and a cymbal, which helps keep
their kitchenware from being damaged.
He sticks with accordion
lessons with his sister for about four years until the age of ten when
he finally quits because he finds it too hard. He has a DaVinci electronic
accordion that he plugs into an amp and distortion box and cranks Deep
Purple’s Smoke on the Water. However, the band that influences him most
He tries his hand at tap
dancing and ballet classes after a teacher calls upon their door, but
he quits when the boys at school tease him. He tries his hand with piano
lessons but is bored by the repetition of learning about scales, beats
and bars. So he hassles his parents to buy him a guitar he had seen
in a pawnshop, which he loves to play loud to as many people as he can.
After watching a marching band during a football game, Tommy decides
he wants a proper drum kit and his father gives him a snare for Christmas.
He subsequently works after school and weekends to buy his own kit,
which his father co-signs for. His father helps him deck out their double-garage
with soundproofing materials so he can practice, while they park their
car outside in the driveway. Tommy’s school friends with guitars like
to come over and jam on rock songs.
Tommy loses his virginity
at thirteen to the girl next door and best friend of his sister Athena,
who walks in on them during their act on the floor of the garage studio.
She tells their parents, making it a bad first experience for Tommy.
At around fourteen years
of age, he hangs out down the street with his friend and gets turned
on to Led Zeppelin records from his friend’s older brother. He then
gets acquainted with Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent
and Deep Purple.
At school, music, co-ed
volleyball and graphic design (where he makes Budweiser and rock t-shirts)
are his favourite subjects. Tommy is often grounded by his strict and
protective father, as he wags subjects he dislikes to sneak home and
play his drums. In Grade 10, Tommy and some friends burn the grade book
of his teacher Mr. Walker, which ends up having him suspended from school.
His music teacher, Mr. Dvorak, is his favourite as he always allows
him into Room 505 to play the drums and recognises his natural talent.
Tommy graduates to South
Hills High School. Electing not to take drum lessons, he keeps his playing
in check by joining the school marching band, as well as a local drum
corp. He teaches others how to twirl sticks and leads his troop to many
competition victories. However, he is a thorn in the side of the senior
drum captain Troy, who punches Tommy in the nose one day, sending him
to the hospital where they unsuccessfully try to straighten it.
The first concert he
sees is Ted Nugent supported by Pat Travers. He is amazed and
inspired by Pat’s drummer Tommy Aldridge.
His parents sell their house, moving fifteen minutes away, and Tommy
starts his sophomore year at Royal Oak High in the Covina / San Dimas
district. He forms his first band, a blues cover band, which jams in
his garage but doesn’t make it onto any stage. He then moves on to form
a cover band called US 101 with some guys that later resurface in the
band Autograph. Tom, the band’s guitarist, is a surfer that loves the
Beach Boys, and the band’s set is heavily influenced by it. Tommy’s
first gig is under lights at an outdoor concert at Upland High School’s
football stadium, which five hundred or so people enjoy. The band plays
many school dances and backyard parties, with his sister Athena operating
the lights. Tommy’s dad often helps lug his drum kit as a roadie, while
Tommy sometimes lights his drumsticks on fire while playing.
His father co-signs on Tommy’s
first car; a baby-blue Chevy van with tinted teardrop windows, Center
Line rims, a Grand Canyon mural painted on the side, and a padded bed
in the back.
On his band’s circuit, he
meets a blonde-haired surfer named Vince Wharton, who he thinks is very
cool and sees that the girls adore him, especially when he sings in
his band Rockandi. He goes to Charter Oak High, down the road, but starts
coming to Tommy’s school when he gets kicked out. Tommy then gets kicked
out of Royal Oak and commences continuation school, only to drop out
in his senior year, before working as a house painter with his uncle
to earn money. He lets Vince sleep in his van after he leaves home during
high school. When his parents find out, they let Vince sleep on Tommy’s
bedroom floor until he finds another place to live.
In a year or so, at seventeen
years of age, Tommy grows tired of playing cover songs and he joins
an original band called Suite 19, after his Rams cheerleader girlfriend
Vicki Frontiere tells him they are looking for a drummer. They are a
powerful three-piece instrumental outfit, with Jon Kemp on bass and
a guitarist named Greg Leon. The band rehearses in Tommy’s garage and
plays some shows, including a gig at the Starwood, where he has previously
seen Judas Priest play. Frank Feranna (Nikki Sixx) sees the performance
at the Starwood. Tommy also sees Frank’s local band London play and
is in awe of their performance.
Suite 19 supports UFO, Y&T
and Quiet Riot before falling apart. Jon Kemp then accepts an offer
from Leif Garrett’s manager to try and shape him into becoming the next
big teen idol, while the rebellious and aggressive Tommy Lee hooks up
with guitarist Mike Cusik to join his band called Dealer. Greg Bassett
plays bass in the four-piece, with Mark on keyboards, who had most recently
been in the very popular L.A. band Snow. Before auditioning for Dealer,
Tommy and his new band-mates take magic mushrooms before jamming on
the original tunes.
Tommy is continuously late
for Dealer rehearsals or doesn’t show up at all. During one rehearsal
that he does attend, he angrily punches a hole in the wall of the practice
room at the parents’ house of one of the band members. Tommy soon steals
Mark’s girlfriend, a big-boned blonde twenty-year-old girl named Lisa,
who can spray a fountain when having an orgasm. She is Tommy’s first
real girlfriend and is later nicknamed Bullwinkle by Vince because he
thinks she has a face like a moose.
One day Tommy takes Lisa
to the photo studio of his friend Will Boyett and gets frisky after
some drinks. He starts pulling Lisa’s clothes off in front of the camera
before Lisa gives the naked Tommy a blowjob. While he is naked he decides
he wants to do a couple of solo poses that could be sent to Playgirl,
so pictures are taken of him posing the way Burt Reynolds did. (Will
eventually sends the pictures to Playgirl who agrees to publish them
until Tommy’s attorney, David Rudich, threatens to sue him and Playgirl,
so they remain unpublished.)
When Mark finds out about
the photos and what Tommy has done with Lisa, it ends their relationship.
The rest of Dealer backs up Mark because of Tommy’s previous behaviour
and they kick him out of the band, having drummed with them for at least
Tommy joins a band called Sapphire with Brad Parker on guitar and Joey
Vera on bass. Tommy and Joey quit after six months or so, and they look
for a new band.
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