LA Guns frontman Phil Lewis has blasted Nikki Sixx’s bestseller The Heroin Diaries as a “fraud” – two years after former Motley Crue singer John Corabi made a similar suggestion about his ex-bandmate’s book.
Lewis’ outburst came in a forum tirade in which he slammed Crue’s touring partners Def Leppard, accusing them of not working hard enough on stage.
On the MetalSludge.tv boards the singer said: “I don’t like arena rock. Motley Crue, with exploding drum kits and midgets, bore me to death. Poison is an embarrassment. Def Leppard going through the motions and mailing it in every night is pathetic.”
After Sixx responded by calling Lewis a “sad li’l pumpkin” on Twitter, the Gunsman turned his anger on the bassist’s 2007 book. Subtitled A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, it documents the bassist’s experiences in the band, in his love life and with his drug issues, leading up to his heroin overdose in 1987.
Lewis stated: “I say Nikki Sixx and his Heroin Diaries are a total fraud.
“Anyone that was ever addicted to smack or any opiates know not to glorify addiction. It’s incredibly irresponsible. It’s total crap as well – Nikki may have dabbled a little, but him and most of the dinosaur rock stars of that era were doing blow or cocaine.
“There was very little heroin in LA in the 80s compared to London. Sixx was a teenage millionaire with a very thin grasp on reality.”
He adds that he should know, because he did a large amount of drugs in both England and the States, saying: “I don’t glorify it or complain I was sucked in because of an unhappy childhood.”
In 2010 Corabi, who fronted Crue between 1992 and 1997, said: “I love Nikki to death. This is just my opinion: I find it really hard to believe that somebody can do heroin then have the foresight to write everything down.”
THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ROCK BANDS ON ONE STAGE THE TOUR
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 20, 2012) – Rock ‘n Roll doesn’t get any bigger than this! KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE… On the same stage… On the same night. This spectacle of spectacles announced today, KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE are uniting to launch THE TOUR of 2012. The summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour will level 40+ cities nationwide starting July 20th. The Live Nation promoted tour will go on sale beginning Friday, March 23rd at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Both bands will have fan club pre-sales beginning Wednesday, March 21st at 10am.
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With combined album sales of almost 200 million, KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE are more than just iconic; they remain today as the dominant powerhouses of rock music tallying 30+ chart-topping hits, countless sold out tours and awards and accolades from around the world. Known for their elaborate and spectacular stage shows, each band plans to give fans the ultimate summer concert experience with the most impressive lighting and sound production ever and their signature over-the-top pyrotechnics. This is the first time KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE will share a stage since 1982.
KISS consists of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. MÖTLEY CRÜE consists of Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee.
These veterans of the music business are still at the height of their popularity. KISS is the juggernaut of them all, with 3,000 licensed merchandise products, including the KISS golf course in Las Vegas and a new album. KISS has broken box office records set by The Beatles and Elvis. MÖTLEY CRÜE is the first rock band in history to have just completed an epic sold-out Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band is best known for continuing to reinvent not only their live show (with mind blowing elements such as Tommy Lee’s 360 drum roller coaster) and music (brand new song due out this spring), but remain on the cutting edge via social media interaction. MÖTLEY CRÜE’s New York Times bestselling book The Dirt is currently being adapted into a major motion picture. Last month, the band was featured in one of the highest rated Super Bowl ads of all time for the KIA Optima.
Jul 20 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 21 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Jul 22 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Jul 24 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul 25 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 27 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
Jul 28 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Jul 31 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Aug 3 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavillion
Aug 7 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion
Aug 8 Englewood, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Aug 10 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Aug 11 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Arts Center
Aug 12 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug 14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 16 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
Aug 18 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Aug 19 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater
Aug 24 Grand Junction, CO Rock Jam
Aug 26 Tulsa, OK BOK Center (on-sale 3/30)
Aug 27 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 29 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota State Fair (on-sale 3/31)
Aug 31 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Sep 1 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sep 2 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sep 4 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Sep 5 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep 7 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sep 8 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sep 11 Allegan, MI Allegan County Fair (on-sale 5/5)
Sep 12 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Sep 13 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sep 15 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sep 16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Sep 18 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sep 19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sep 21 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep 22 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Sep 23 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. As one of America’s top gold-record champions, KISS has released 44 albums and sold more than 90 million albums worldwide. Decades of record-breaking tours around the globe have included high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Rockin’ The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and special guest appearance on the 2009 American Idol finale that boasted 30 million viewers and a 2010 Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour.
The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans, and just one of the reasons KISS was nominated for induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. KISS is currently in the studio recording “Monster”, the followup to their 2009 chart topping album ”Sonic Boom” and preparing for a soon to be announced major world tour starting in summer of 2012.
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet—Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums)—has commandeered the rock pantheon for over 30 years. In that time, they have accumulated worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million, seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance, a New York Times bestselling memoir, and countless sold out gigs across the globe, playing to millions of fans.
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According to Robin Leach from the Las Vegas Sun, Vince Neil says he is seriously contemplating a split from MÖTLEY CRÜE after their run of concerts at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel from February 3-19. “It’s not definite, but I am thinking seriously about it,” the Las Vegas resident said.
The news that Vince might be calling it quits comes on the heels of his 50th birthday this year, obtaining final divorce papers from his ex-wife Lia this past weekend and a long year of international touring with both Mötley Crüe and his solo band.
“This is all about me thinking about the second half of my life,” Neil added, “thinking about my future, and that future might not include Mötley Crüe after Vegas. There are so many opportunities that are in front of me that I’m really excited about. I just don’t want to look back later in life and regret that I didn’t pursue them.”
FEBRUARY 2012 AT THE JOINT AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
TICKETS ON-SALE TOMORROW, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 10:00 AM PT
Check out the MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY sizzle reel at:
Three decades after beginning its iconic journey of debauchery and decadence, MÖTLEY CRÜE has announced plans to invade Las Vegas with the city’s first-ever hard rock residency: MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY. The world’s most notorious band will he heading to the world’s most notorious citywhere they will performan extended run–starting February 3 through 19–at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, December 3 at www.motley.com, www.thejointlasvegas.com, www.ticketmaster.com and the venue box office. VIP seating and packages will also be available. The shows are produced by AEG Live.
2012’s MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY show is sure to leave the loud impression that what happens in Vegas will be heard around the world. Vocalist VINCE NEIL, guitarist MICK MARS, bassist NIKKI SIXX and drummer TOMMY LEE have big plans for MÖTLEY CRÜE IN SIN CITY to create a never-been-done before and incredibly interactive Vegas experience. Exact details about the show—expected to supersede the band’s high standard of production—are being kept under wraps for now to keep an element of surprise for fans. The engagement falls during a holiday-packed time in the calendar year: Super Bowl Sunday,Valentine’s Day and President’s Day.
Last night the band officially announced the news on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.” Watch the full hour-long interview with Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars tonight at 9pmET/PT.
“It is a dream come true for me especially living in and loving Las Vegas,” says singer Vince Neil. “I am thrilled that a guy like Piers Morgan would help kick it off!” Adds drummer Tommy Lee, “I don’t know about you, but when I think of Mötley Crüe I think of filthy sex, drugs, a REALLY big show and way too much fun… sounds like Las Vegas doesn’t it? A match made in heaven!!!”
“We are very excited to announce our upcoming partnership with legendary rockers Mötley Crüe,” said Paul Davis, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “The one-of-a-kind production will be the most unique, interactive, fan-driven concert experience the band has ever created. Mötley Crüe is a perfect fit for the Hard Rock and we can’t wait for this unforgettable residency to begin!”
Adds Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking for AEG Live Las Vegas, “We’re thrilled that Mötley Crüe is creating their most notorious show ever and bringing it to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in notorious Las Vegas. This concert experience is going to represent what the fans love most about Mötley Crüe, the Hard Rock and Las Vegas: good times, rock n’ roll and a stage show like no one has ever seen before!”
DEF LEPPARD, MÖTLEY CRÜE and STEEL PANTHER will join forces for a six-show U.K. tour in December.
The dates are as follows:
Dec. 06 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
Dec. 08 – Nottingham, UK @ FM Arena
Dec. 09 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC Hall 4
Dec. 11 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena
Dec. 13 – Sheffield, UK @ Arena
Dec. 14 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 2 at 9:00 a.m. They cost £47.50 in London and £45 regionally. Buy them from www.livenation.co.uk.
Out now is DEF LEPPARD’s CD/DVD set, “Mirror Ball: Live And More”. The concert collection — which is the band’s first — was recorded during DEF LEPPARD’s 2009 tour.
MÖTLEY CRÜE’s summer trek landed the group on the Billboard “Hot Tours” chart six times, marking it as one of the legendary rock group’s most successful tours to date. The 48-city trek tour — which launched on June 24 and wrapped last week — was one of the summer’s highest grossing, packing amphitheaters and arenas all summer long, drawing half a million fans.
STEEL PANTHER will release its new album, “Balls Out”, on October 18. The CD’s first U.K. single will be “If You Really, Really Love Me”. (Note: The first single in the U.S. will be “17 Girls In A Row”.)
The wait is finally over. This is Gonna Hurt the book is out NOW…. It’s part journal, part photo—but all me. If you liked The Heroin Diaries, then you’ll find even more of me in This is Gonna Hurt, including about 150 of my photographs. I want to take you on the journey I am on, in real time. If you don’t deal with your demons, they will deal with you, and it’s gonna hurt. So proud to be in part of this whole project and Sixx:A.M. right now. The new Sixx:A.M. CD This is Gonna Hurt is on sale 5/3/11.
Download a chapter for free for your iPhone or iPad in the iBookstore and listen as I talk about my inspiration for This is Gonna Hurt.
I’m also hitting the road, so come by and get your book signed.
BOOK TOUR DATES
Tuesday, April 12th — Los Angeles, CA
Barnes and Noble — THE GROVE
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Wednesday, April 13th — Seattle, WA
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Thursday, April 14th — San Francisco, CA
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
Friday, April 15th — Phoenix, AZ
Barnes and Noble
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Saturday, April 16th — Dallas, TX
Barnes and Noble — Lincoln Park Shopping Center
7700 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75225
Monday, May 2nd — Ridgewood, NJ
211 E. Ridgewood Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Tuesday, May 3rd — New York, NY
Borders Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY
Wednesday, May 4th — Washington DC
Barnes and Noble
555 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Thursday, May 5th — Philly, PA
Barnes And Noble
1805 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Friday, May 6th — Boston, MA
Boston University Book Store
660 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215
Saturday, May 7th — Toronto, ONT
Saturday, May 7
Chapters Festival Hall
142 John Street
MÖTLEY CRÜE TO HEADLINE SUMMER TOUR WITH SUPPORT FROM POISON AND SPECIAL GUESTS NEW YORK DOLLS
Mötley Crüe, one of the world’s most iconic rock bands, have announced initial details today for their summer headlining tour with support from Poison and special guests New York Dolls (not to be confused with Poison’s solo tour, “Glam-A-Geddon 25”). The official announcement by Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and New York Dolls’ David Johansen was made on the syndicated radio show, Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx Tuesday March 1st at 7:00pm local time (check www.sixxsense.com for a list of stations). Additionally, the announcement can be heard on SixxSense.com, iheartradio and on the new Sixx Sense XM 161 Channel. The trek will kick off June 7th in Dallas, TX and hit approximately 40 cities before coming to a close in early August.
Beginning March 11th, Mötley S.I.N. Club members will have first crack at tickets and VIP Packages during the exclusive fan club presale. Visit www.motleysinclub.com and check out all the Mötley Crüe fan club benefits and join today.
A national on sale starts the weekend of March 18th. All tour information can be found at www.motley.com.
Mötley Crüe, Poison and New York Dolls Summer Tour Dates
7 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
9 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
10 Houston, TX Toyota Center
12 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Pavilion
14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
15 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
17 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
18 Las Vegas, NV Venue TBD
19 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
25 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
28 Toronto, ON Molson Ampitheater
29 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
1 Tinley Park, IL FMB Amphitheater
2 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
3 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
5 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
6 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
8 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
9 Pelham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center (Mötley Crüe & NY Dolls Only)
10 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
12 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
13 Hershey, PA Star Pavilion at Hershey Park
15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
16 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
19 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
20 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
22 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
24 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
27 Cheyenne, WY Frontier Days (Mötley Crüe Only)
29 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
30 Frederick, MD Outlaw Jam 2011
31 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
CLICK HERE to watch and listen to Sixx:AM’s, “Lies of the Beautiful People”.
Well, the book and album are finally done. They fit together like a nice little puzzle yet somehow feel like the pieces were cut out of flesh with a razorblade. What I find interesting is that as much as I want them to mirror each other, they both stand on their own. They influence each other as much as possible yet each is strong and independent, from the visual stimulation in the photography to the lyrical content in the songs. To say that this project has been overwhelming would be an understatement. But the one thing that keeps tugging at my curiosity is that if I find beauty in all these places that most deem “Freakish” and “Macabre” then why do I also, at times, seek out beauty in what society calls beautiful? Am I contradicting myself or am I able to actually look beneath the surface when others sometimes can’t? This is a good question. Make no mistake when I refer to “The lies of beautiful people” I mean what I say but I am also saying look beneath the skin. I do not and will not attack the exterior of anybody but my intention is to pull back the veil on your internal truth. We need not worry if we are black, white, amputated, burned, maimed, a fashion model, or even have the face of Hollywood’s latest leading man… We are who we are… Either poisonous and evil or honest and willing… Willing to make a difference… I haven’t led the life of a saint nor do I intend on it now. That’s not what this is about. There were some things that needed to be said… Unbeknownst to me, they would spread across both a book and an album. I imagine that Sixx:A.M. and the book both stand to take a few shots in the jaw, a few bricks in the face. I know, speaking for myself, James, and DJ, that we welcome the feedback. Maybe, just maybe, everybody will take a hard, cold, eye opening look under the hood, so to speak as we have…
30-year old footage of MÖTLEY CRÜE performing live at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA has surfaced to promote a series of rock/metal themed auctions from eBay seller EliteWorks.
The Mötley Crüe segment, which also includes a brief interview with a 22-year old Nikki Sixx, was shot on November 12th, 1981, just prior to the independent release of the band’s debut album, Too Fast For Love.
Several one-of-a-kind Mötley Crüe collectables are featured in the auctions, including a June 1981 promotional Umatic master videotape of the band’s first two music videos (‘Take Me To The Top’ and ‘Public Enemy#1′), a test pressing 12” single from Theatre Of Pain, a 24-year old stage used items from the Girls, Girls, Girls Tour as well as guitar picks, early press kits, import singles, t-shirts and much more.
Vintage memorabilia from KISS, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, VAN HALEN, SCORPIONS, DIO, THE CULT, GUNS N’ ROSES, TESLA, QUIET RIOT, RATT, W.A.S.P., MR. BIG, FASTER PUSSYCAT, KING DIAMOND and even lesser known cult acts such as WARLOCK, FATE’S WARNING, PRETTY BOY FLOYD, DIRTY LOOK, TORA TORA, SACRED REICH and OLIVER MAGNUM are also featured among this week’s 84 auctions which may be viewed here.
TMD has obtained an extremely rare studio version of the track “Toast of The Town” from the very first MÖTLEY CRÜE demo session produced in early 1981, which subsequently became the act’s debut single “Stick to Your Guns/Toast of the Town,” that was put out on their own label, Leathür Records. The young and fearless metal act had scored a pressing & distribution deal with Greenworld Distribution in Torrance, CA.
The track was left off CRÜE’s legendary debut album Too Fast For Love which was released in December of 1981 but then was included in the re-released version of TFFL in 2003 when Elektra Records ordered TFFL complete re-mixes to include “Stick to Your Guns” and “Toast of the Town”.
TMD has obtained one of the earliest known live audience recordings of legendary MÖTLEY CRÜE performing “Live Wire” at the Whisky A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, California on December 11, 1981.
Mötley Crüe was founded on January 17, 1981 when bass player Nikki Sixx quit the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist/guitarist Greg Leon. Lee had worked before with Greg Leon in Hollywood glam metal act Suite. The three jammed together for some time with Leon ultimately deciding to leave the fold. The bassist and drummer then began a search for new members. Sixx and Lee soon met guitarist Bob “Mick Mars” Deal through an ad in “The Recycler”. Mars was immediately auditioned and then hired to join the lineup. The group was still in dire need of a lead vocalist. Tommy Lee had known Vince Neil from back in their high school years. Upon seeing him perform with the group Rock Candy at the Starwood in Hollywood, Mars suggested Mötley Crüe hire Vince.
The act’s debut single was “Stick to Your Guns/Toast of the Town,” which they put out on their own label, Leathür Records, which had a pressing & distribution deal with Greenworld Distribution in Torrance, CA. It is also known that the single was distributed at concerts they performed at.
During November 1981, their debut album Too Fast for Love was self-produced and released on Leathür, selling 20,000 copies. This soon led to interest from Electra records.
It’s a rare glimpse nearly three decades back in time at the Crue rocking it out in their blazing Hollywood club days. Strap yourselves in for some heavy metal history!
MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx’ SIXX: A.M. will record an album to be released in conjunction with Sixx’s new book, This Is Gonna Hurt, with songs inspired by Sixx’s photographs. Producer/engineer/songwriter James Michael has checked in with an update on the record.
With regards to the book This Is Gonna Hurt, the William Morrow Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers has announced March 22nd as the release date for This Is Gonna Hurt. The 224 page hardcover will feature a foreword by Sixx’s ex-girlfriend, tattoo artist and star of reality TV show L.A. Ink, Kat Von D.
In an August 31st Twitter posting, Sixx wrote: “So happy I just finished my new book. Next time remind me to use a ghostwriter.”