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Mötley Crüe in 2004 (from the left: Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee)
Mötley Crüe in 2004 (from the left: Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee)

Mötley Crüe (Pronounced Mott-Lee Crew) is an American rock band whose members include Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, and Vince Neil. Motley Crue 2004 (from the left: Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee) This work is copyrighted. ... Motley Crue 2004 (from the left: Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee) This work is copyrighted. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Nikki Sixx (birth name Frank Carlton Serafino Ferranno) is the bassist for metal bands Mötley Crüe and Brides Of Destruction. ... Missing image Tommy Lee Thomas Lee Bass (born October 3, 1962) is a musician, initially best known as the drummer for the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. ... Mick Mars (born Bob Allen Deal, May 4, 1951 in Terre Haute, Indiana) was the guitar player for hair metal band Mötley Crüe. ... Vince Neil (born Vince Neil Wharton, February 8, 1961 in Hollywood, California) was the singer for American hair metal band Mötley Crüe. ...

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History

Mötley Crüe formed in January, 1981 (see 1981 in music) in Los Angeles, after bassist Nikki Sixx left the band London, (a band he and Lizzie Grey started in 1979 when he was fired from Blackie Lawless' band Sister). The band London would also be the first band for the later Guns N' Roses guitarists Izzy Stradlin and Slash and for Cinderella drummer Fred Coury. January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1980 in music, other events of 1981, 1982 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music Events January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14... Griffith Observatory and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ... Blackie Lawless (born Steven Duren on September 4, 1956) is an American singer and guitarist. ... The original line-up of Guns N Roses. ... Izzy Stradlin (b. ... Saul Hudson, better known to the world as Slash, was one of the guitarists of hard rock band Guns N Roses. ... Cinderella were a heavily AC/DC-influenced band with some power pop thrown in for good measure. ...


Sixx inquired with his London bandmate Greg Leon as to whether he knew of any musicians who could join the new band he was intent on forming. Leon recommended the drummer of one his previous bands, Suite 19; its drummer... Tommy Lee.


According to Mick Mars, it was he who thought up the band's name. While in his former band, White Horse, one of the band members walked in and called the group "a motley looking crew". Mars copied the name down on paper, with the original spelling Mottley Cru. The name was later applied to the band he was to join in 1981 with Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee.


They'd met guitarist Mick Mars through an L.A. music newspaper classified ads section. Nikki's first reaction? "I can't believe it! Here's another one like us!" Mars' equipment was quickly set up and, shortly after he was played the opening riff to "Stick To Your Guns", Mars proceeded to, according to Tommy Lee, "play the shit out of his guitar." After getting drunk and jamming for an hour, Mars fired the band's former guitarist, a musician only known as Robin.


Tommy Lee and Vince Neil orignally knew each other through high school. They had performed in different bands in the garage band circuit. Before hiring Neil, the band hired a singer by the name of O'Dean. O'Dean did not stay in the band long. After complaining how O'Dean was not right for the band, Mars suggested that the band hire Vince Neil; he had previously seen Neil perform in the band Rock Candy.


Neil at first rebuffed the band when they asked him to audition. Then, as fate would have it, Rock Candy dissolved, and Neil broke down and agreed to audition for Motley Crue after Tommy called him once more.


Now the four original members were together. They played in Los Angeles and Hollywood for a while, catching fire wherever they went. They soon met their first manager, Allan Coffman, who was a former Vietnam vet. The band's first release was the single "Stick To Your Guns/Toast of the Town", which was released on their own label, Leathür Records. In November, 1981, their debut album Too Fast For Love was self-produced and released on Leathür Records. Their success in the Los Angeles club scene earned them a recording contract with Elektra Records in early 1982. The debut album was then remastered by producer Roy Thomas Baker and re-released on August 20, 1982. The record label that Motley Crues debut album was released on. ... November is the eleventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with the length of 30 days. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The record label that Motley Crues debut album was released on. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Elektra Records was a record label started in 1950 by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickholt, who both invested $300. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 20 is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


In 1982, the band changed management, from Allan Coffman to Doug Thaler and Doc McGhee. McGhee is best known for managing KISS, starting with their reunion tour in 1996. The Kiss by Francesco Hayez A kiss (from Old English cyssan to kiss, in turn from coss a kiss, perhaps onomatopoeic) is the touching of the lips to some other thing; usually another person. ...


After playing the US Festival, the band took the United States by storm, known as much for their hedonistic lifestyle and seemingly endless abuse of alcohol and drugs as for their music. Their mixture of metal and glam rock stylings produced several massive selling albums during the 1980s, including Shout At The Devil, Theatre Of Pain and Girls, Girls, Girls. In general usage, alcohol (from Arabic al-khwl الكحول, or al-ghawl الغول) refers almost always to ethanol, also known as grain alcohol, and often to any beverage that contains ethanol (see alcoholic beverage). ... A drug is any substance that can be used to modify a chemical process or processes in the body, for example to treat an illness, relieve a symptom, enhance a performance or ability, or to alter states of mind. ... Glam rock (less commonly glitter rock), a style of rock music popularized in the 1970s, was mostly a British phenomenon and confined to larger cities in the U.S., such as New York and Los Angeles. ... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ...


The band has also had their share of scrapes with the law and life, first with Vince Neil's auto accident in 1984 (which had a fatality; Razzle Dingley, drummer of Hanoi Rocks), then later when Nikki Sixx died and came back to life after a heroin overdose in 1987. The band's decadent lifestyle almost shattered the band, until Doug Thaler and Doc McGhee pulled an intervention. Shortly after, all the band members entered rehab, except for Mars, who cleaned up on his own. Razzle, alias Nicholas Dingley (December 2, 1960–December 9, 1984) was the drummer of Hanoi Rocks from 1982 until his death. ... Hanoi Rocks is a Finnish rock band, who achieved minor success in the early 1980s. ...


After finding sobriety, the band reached its peak popularity in 1989, with the release of their fifth album, Dr. Feelgood, released on September 23, 1989. On October 14 of that year, it became their only No. 1 album, and stayed on the charts for 109 weeks after its release. 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in Leap years). ...


Doc McGhee was fired in 1989 after breaking several promises to the band that were in relation to the Moscow Music Peace Festival. 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Changing trends in music and the temporary departure of Neil from the band in February 1991 caused a decline in Mötley Crüe's commercial success, although a self-titled 1994 release with new frontman John Corabi made the top ten. Doug Thaler would manage the band alone until 1994, after the band did a mass-firing when their album, Motley Crue, failed to meet expectations commercially. 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


The band reunited in 1997, after their current manager, Allen Kovac and Vince Neil's manager, Bert Stein, set up a meeting between Neil, Lee and Sixx. Agreeing to "leave their egos at the door" the band recorded Generation Swine. Although the album reached the top ten, and despite a performance at the American Music Awards, the album was a commercial failure. This was due to their label, Elektra Records, lack of support. The band soon left Elektra and created their own label, Motley Records. 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Generation Swine was the seventh studio album by Motley Crue. ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ...


In the 1990s, Mötley Crüe was perhaps better known for the women married by three of its members. Both Lee and Sixx married former Playboy Playmates and stars on the TV show Baywatch, Lee to Pamela Anderson and Sixx to Donna D'Errico. Not to be outdone, Neil married former Playboy centerfold Heidi Mark. However, only Sixx's marriage has endured the test of time. Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but keeping the same mind-set. ... Playboy is an adult entertainment magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ... Baywatch was a popular American television show about lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County. ... Playboy centerfold appearance February 1990 Birthplace Ladysmith, British Columbia Birthdate July 1, 1967 Measurements 36 - 22 - 34 Height 57 Weight 105 lbs Preceded by Peggy McIntaggart Succeeded by Deborah Driggs Pamela Pam Denise Anderson (born July 1, 1967) is an international television actress, model, and producer known as much... Donna DErrico (born March 30, 1968 in Dothan, Alabama) is an American actress, Playboy playmate and model. ... Playboy is an adult entertainment magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ...


More tragedy would hit the band in the 1990s. In 1994, Neil suffered perhaps his most crushing blow; losing his daughter, Skylar Neil to cancer. Neil (along with former wife, stripper and mud wrestler Sharise Ruddell) would later sue the company Rocketdyne for dumping cancer causing chemicals near his former Simi Valley home. Soon after, Lee would go to prison for six months, after being accused of abusing then-wife Pamela Anderson. Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but keeping the same mind-set. ... This article or section should be merged with Vince Neil Skylar Neil (1990-1994) was the daughter of Mötley Crüe member Vince Neil. ... F-1 rocket engine Rocketdyne is the premier rocket engine design and production company in the United States. ...


In 1999, Lee left to pursue a solo career, and was replaced by Randy Castillo, the drummer on several Ozzy Osbourne albums. Castillo died of cancer on March 26, 2002. No replacement had been named and the band went on hiatus following a 2001 tour in support of their most recent studio release, New Tattoo. New Tattoo charted at #41 and sold less than 150,000 copies. Drummer Samantha Maloney filled in on drums during their tour in support of this album. Maloney is perhaps best known for her work with Courtney Love. Maloney replaced original Hole drummer Patty Schemel in 1998, and then later toured with Love in support of Love's solo album America's Sweetheart, in 2004. 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Ozzy Osbourne John Michael Osbourne (born December 3, 1948, in Aston, a suburb of Birmingham, West Midlands, England), better known as Ozzy Osbourne, was the lead singer of the rock band Black Sabbath and later a popular solo artist and reality television star. ... Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by uncontrolled cell division and the ability of these cells to invade other tissues, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue (invasion) or by migration of cells to distant sites (metastasis). ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (86th in leap years). ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Courtney Love (born Love Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964 in San Francisco, California) was the singer and guitarist for the now-defunct band Hole. ... Hole was an indie rock band formed in 1989 and (officially) disbanded in 2002, fronted by Courtney Love and co-founded by Eric Erlandson. ...


Within the following six years, Sixx played in the bands 58 and Brides of Destruction, Lee in Methods of Mayhem and as a solo artist, and Neil touring on an annual basis as a solo artist, singing mostly Mötley Crüe songs. Mars, who suffers from a degenerative back condition called ankylosing spondylitis, went into seclusion in 2001. Brides of Destruction is a hard rock supergroup containing of Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe and Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns amongst others. ...


A 2001 autobiography entitled The Dirt told their full story. The book made the top ten on the New York Times best seller list, and it also introduced the band to a whole new generation of fans. 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


It would be a promoter in England that would start the ball rolling for their reunion, when said promoter started a promotion that basically revealed that fans wanted the band to reunite. After meeting with management several times, in September 2004, Sixx announced that he and Neil had returned to the studio and had begun recording new material. In 2004, the four original members announced a reunion tour which began February 14, 2005 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The bands latest album, released in February 2005, is Red, White, & Crüe. The album features three new songs, "If I Die Tomorrow", "Sick Love Song", and a cover of the Rolling Stones' classic, "Street Fighting Man", along with the band members' favorite original songs. The tour would become one of the biggest in 2005, taking many in the media by suprise. Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... San Juan is the capital city of Puerto Rico. ...


Discography

Too Fast For Love was released by Mötley Crüe as their debut album in November 1981 on their Leathür Records label. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shout at the Devil is an album released by heavy metal band Mötley Crüe in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Theatre of Pain is the third album by rock band Mötley Crüe, released in 1985. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Girls, Girls, Girls Girls, Girls, Girls is the fourth studio album by heavy metal group Mötley Crüe. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dr. Feelgood is an album by heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Decade of Decadence This is the first of many greatest hits compilations made by heavy metal group Mötley Crüe . ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mötley Crüe is Mötley Crües self-titled first album released March 14th, 1994 . ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Generation Swine was the seventh studio album by Motley Crue. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... New Tattoo is a studio album by Mötley Crüe, released on June 20, 2000. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a 2-CD Greatest Hits Disc by Motley Crue with the following track List. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...

Singles

  • 1981 "Stick To Your Guns/Toast of the Town"
  • 1981 "Live Wire"
  • 1983 "Too Young To Fall In Love"
  • 1983 "Looks That Kill"
  • 1985 "Smokin' in the Boys' Room"
  • 1985 "Home, Sweet Home"
  • 1987 "Girls, Girls, Girls"
  • 1987 "Wild Side"
  • 1989 "You're All I Need"
  • 1989 "Dr. Feelgood"
  • 1989 "Kickstart My Heart"
  • 1990 "Without You"
  • 1990 "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
  • 1991 "Primal Scream"
  • 1991 "Anarchy In The UK"
  • 1992 "Home Sweet Home"
  • 1994 "Hooligan's Holiday"
  • 1994 "Misunderstood"
  • 1994 "Smoke The Sky"
  • 1997 "Afraid"
  • 2001 "Hell on High Heels"
  • 2005 "If I Die Tomorrow"
  • 2005 "Sick Love Song"

See also

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External Links

  • Official site of Mötley Crüe: http://www.motley.com
  • Chronological Crüe: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~cruekiss
  • Scrue You: http://www.scrueyou.com
  • Crüe by Andra.
  • We Want Crue!!!

 
 

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