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- Randy Castillo
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
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 sees.
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.
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.
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 patrolman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’
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
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.
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 other bones.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 Marcia
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.
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 momentum.
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 defines insanity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 clubs.
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.
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.
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
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.
- Nikki Sixx
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 (D.O.B. 5 May 1939), 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
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 hard ways.
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 taking.
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.
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.
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 acoustic.
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
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
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
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.
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 Skelter.
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.
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.
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 Sweet.
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
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
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
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
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.
One day 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.
Struggling 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.
John 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.
- Vince Neil
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
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.
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
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 him aggressive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Tommy Lee
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. Paul, Minnesota.
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
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.
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 is Kiss.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 six months.
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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