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Formed: 1981
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Motley Crue news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Tommy Lee's Talking About Pamela Again

In what is so definitely metal news (pardon the sarcasm), FemaleFirst.co.uk reports that Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee insists he was faithful to Pamela Anderson during their two turbulent marriages. "There's too much temptation. You have to be so in love to stay monogamous," Lee said. "I wasn't unfaithful to Pamela, but everybody has a line and mine was 'watching is OK'. If girls wanted to put on a little showcase, that would be nice. But it's not my favorite thing in the world." You can read more of this article on FemaleFirst.co.uk.

Asked about his relationship with ex-wife Pamela Anderson, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee tells People magazine, "We're crazy in love. At the end of the day, that's truly what my heart wants. I want us all to be together."

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Motorhead's Lemmy To Receive 'Living Legend' Award

Lemmy Kilmister, the notorious bass player and vocalist of U.K. rock 'n' roll titans Motörhead, will be honored with the very first "Living Legend" award at this year's inaugural Classic Rock Roll of Honor, organized by Classic Rock magazine. Taking place on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at London's Café De Paris, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will celebrate the big names as well as the unsung heroes from the diverse world of rock 'n' roll and promises to take a fresh approach to the tired award ceremony format.

To coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Motörhead, the U.K.'s most revered rock 'n' roll outfit as well as, unbelievably, Lemmy's 60th birthday celebrations, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will place a special emphasis on the often diluted "Lifetime Achievement" award category.

Rather than simply giving Lemmy the "Living Legend" award on the night, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will dedicate an entire section of the evening's proceedings to pay homage to the remarkable achievements of one of the U.K.'s best-loved rock 'n' roll stars. The team behind Classic Rock magazine and the Classic Rock Roll of Honor have assembled a moving tribute package that comprises of testimonials and greetings to Lemmy from a raft of peers and young bands and musicians inspired by the star, as well as messages from fans of all ages. It is hoped that Lemmy and the rest of Motörhead will complete the evening with a brief acoustic set. This however, has not been confirmed by the band at this stage.

In addition to Lemmy's "Living Legend" award, there will be a further eight awards on the night, which will be announced soon. Classic Rock also has announced the categories and nominations for the very first Readers' Awards, which are voted for by the readers via text message ballot: More...

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Tommy Lee To Shoot Video For 'Good Times'

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has issued the following update via his official newsletter: "Finally returned from a very successful European tour with Motley! So nice to finally be home sweet home!... Ahhhhhh my own bed... been touring since February! I have a bit of a break before Motley starts up on our summer tour! I'll be shooting my first video for my new CD, called 'Good Times', on July 11th... Can't wait for ya'll to see it! Cya ya'll soon..."

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Tommy Lee Signs With Nickelback Label

Canoe reports that Motley Crue drummer, Tommy Lee, has signed with the independent Canadian label 604 Records.

Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, who is part owner of 604 Records, said: "I have been a big fan of Tommy, and Motley Crue for many years, and never dreamt that I would get to write a song with Tommy Lee, let alone release his album on my label.

"Everyone at 604 Records is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with an artist of Tommy Lee's stature."

Lee's new solo album, "Tommyland: The Ride," will be released through Universal Music Canada on Aug. 9.

"Tommyland: The Ride," Lee's third solo recording, will be released in conjunction with his new reality show, Tommy Lee Goes to College, which is being carried by CTV beginning Aug. 16.

The album features guest performances by Chad Kroeger, Carl Bell of Fuel, Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, Butch Walker, Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, and Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys

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Tommy Lee's Airport Security Problems Video

According to The Plain Dealer, Tommy Lee came up with a unique solution to airport security problems during MÖTLEY CRÜE's European tour. The human pincushion was giving the metal detector at German customs conniption fits, so Lee did the logical thing: He clambered onto the conveyor belt and let himself be scanned by the X-ray machine. Now, he's not only weapons-free, he's also his own light show. Download video footage of Tommy Lee being scanned by the X-ray machine at the Cologne airport on May 31, 2005 at this location (.ZIP file, 6 MB).

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Zombie Explains Why He Decided To Do Ozzfest 2005

Launch Radio Networks reports: With his second movie, "The Devil's Rejects", opening in July and a new studio album still to be completed, you might think Rob Zombie has enough on his plate. But instead, Zombie is also headlining the second stage of Ozzfest 2005. The rocker-turned-filmmaker told Launch why he decided to spend his summer on the road. "The timing was good, because the movie will be completely done," he said. "There'll be nothing more to do and I'll have enough time where I wouldn't jump into the next thing yet. And the main thing was just the idea of headlining second stage, is what really attracted me."

Ozzfest 2005 begins on July 15 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Written and directed by Zombie, "The Devil's Rejects" is a loose sequel to his 2003 directorial debut, "House Of 1000 Corpses". The film opens in theatres on July 22.

Zombie recently told Rolling Stone that he'll finish his new album this fall after Ozzfest is over. Among the people who have played on the record so far are LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and A PERFECT CIRCLE drummer Josh Freese.

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Motley Crue Posts New Video Online

Motley Crue's new video for "Sick Love Song" has been posted on their website at http://www.motley.com/sicklovesong/SickLoveSong.html.

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Motley Crue Sues NBC For Violation of Free Speech

A copy of MÖTLEY CRÜE's actual legal lawsuit document filed on Tuesday (May 24) against NBC for banning the group after lead singer Vince Neil used an expletive during a live broadcast of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" has been made available for download as a .ZIP file at this location (700 KB).

According to the Associated Press, the federal lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, accuses the network of violating the band's free-speech rights and hurting its record sales by barring it from NBC shows to placate the Federal Communications Commission. The suit seeks a court order lifting the ban as well as unspecified damages.

Neil used the f-word during the live New Year's Eve broadcast as he yelled a greeting to bandmate Tommy Lee shortly after midnight.

Though carried live on the East Coast, the remark was excised in other time zones. Neil was unaware his statement was aired live, according to the lawsuit. The FCC said it received complaints about the broadcast.

The lawsuit accuses NBC of singling out the group, saying network officials stopped short of banning other artists who swore on-air, including U2 frontman Bono, who used the same expletive at last year's Golden Globe Awards.

"This is about fair and equal treatment. We have a right to be treated in the same way as other artists who have made the same mistake," bassist Nikki Sixx said in a statement.

The network dismissed the lawsuit as meritless.

"To ensure compliance with its broadcast standards, NBC has the right to decide not to invite back guests who violate those standards and use an expletive during a live entertainment program," the company said in statement. "We will defend the case vigorously and we fully expect to prevail."

The group claims a planned appearance on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly" was canceled, while it was prohibited from other network programs. That allegedly cost it media exposure that weakened ticket, merchandise and album sales, the suit claims.

The lawsuit questions why NBC announced that Lee would appear individually in an upcoming television reality show despite the ban, contending the network censored the group as a whole to mollify federal officials so it would avoid sanctions against its business.

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Motley Crue Frontman Goes Into Wine-making

FortWayne.com reports that Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is getting into a new kind of spirit – he has joined a wine-making venture called Vince Vineyards.

“I have enjoyed great wine for most of my life and wanted to create something other wine lovers could experience and appreciate,” Neil said in a statement.

Neil, 44, plans to start with 500 cases of 2003 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and 250 cases of 2003 Sonoma Chardonnay.

The heavy metal singer will have little to do with the actual winemaking – Harry Parducci at Adler Fels Winery in Santa Rosa, Calif., will produce the wine. It will be sold for about $20 a bottle in Las Vegas, where Neil lives, as well as Los Angeles; Nashville, Tenn.; and New York.

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Ozzy Describes Midget Abuse as "Spinal Tap" Moment

Guitar World magazine asked several rockers "What's your most 'Spinal Tap' moment?" Ozzy Osbourne remembered when he lost his patience with the midget Black Sabbath hired for a tour. "He showed up late, he drank....It got to me after awhile," Osbourne explained. "So, one night, when he wanted to get on the tour bus, I threw him in the luggage compartment. Somebody grabbed me and said: 'What you're doing is not only illegal but it's inhumane.' I lost it. I yelled: 'He's my [bleeping] midget and I'll [bleeping] do what I want with him.' There was a silence and then a small voice emerged from the luggage compartment: 'He's right: I'm his midget and he can do what he wants with me.'" Read what Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, and Pete Townshend of The Who had to say in the full article.

Read the full article at New York Daily.

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Motley Crue Teams Up With America's Most Wanted

This week, heavy metal is looking for some rock-solid justice. When Mötley Crüe took the stage at a recent concert, the band received some startling news. Just weeks before, one of their devoted Baltimore fans had simply vanished on her way to their March 6, 2005, concert in Washington, DC. Her friends say that she wouldn't have missed this concert for the world. Loyalty means a lot to the band and especially to Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx, so they decided to team up with America's Most Wanted to find their missing fan. They're offering a $10,000 reward to bring this woman home. Tune in as Mötley Crüe joins the AMW crew to help find a missing rock 'n' roll fan on America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Saturday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back, now in its 18th season, airs Saturdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back is produced by STF Productions, Inc. Lance Heflin is executive producer.

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New Zombie Album Features Bizkit, Crue Members

"It's called 'Hurry Up and Finish It'," jokes Rob Zombie of his in-progress third album. The follow-up to 2001's "The Sinister Urge" features the shock rocker backed by an all-star band: guitarist Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) and bassist Chris Chaney (ex-Jane's Addiction).

"It's very raw and very live," says Zombie. He's worked up about twenty-five songs for the album so far and plans to return to the studio in the fall when he finishes his stint on this summer's Ozzfest.

Zombie most recently took the stage for the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's tenth anniversary. Fronting Los Angeles cover band Camp Freddy, he did a version of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated." "I've never done a Ramones song before," says Zombie, who hosted last year's star-studded tribute to the groundbreaking punk rockers in L.A. "It's kind of weird, because [late Ramones guitarist] Johnny was my best friend."

The rocker-turned-filmmaker's second movie, "The Devil's Rejects," hits theaters July 22nd. The sequel to Zombie's 2003 blood-soaked "House of 1000 Corpses" stars William Forsythe as a vigilante sheriff on the trail of the murderous Firefly family. Unlike the first installment, which featured an original soundtrack by Zombie, this slasher will showcase the rootsy stylings of the Allman Brothers and Lynryd Skynyrd.

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Motley Crue Announce Australian Tour Dates

Motley Crue have added the following Australian dates with Motorhead:

Dec. 3 Sydney - Superdome
Dec. 4 Brisbane - Entertainment Centre
Dec. 6 Melbourne - Vodafone Arena
Dec. 8 Adelaide - Entertainment Centre

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Defleshed Film 'Grind And Rewind' Video

Swedish death/thrash metallers DEFLESHED have shot a video for the track "Grind and Rewind" from their recently released album, "Reclaim the Beat".

The follow-up to 2002's "Royal Straight Flesh", "Reclaim the Beat" was recorded at Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden and contains 12 songs plus a "slightly demolished" cover version of MOTLEY CRUE's "Red Hot".

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Vote For Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards

Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:

Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Hurricane Party
Lost Prophets
Viking Skull More...

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In Flames Studio Photos Posted Online

Ten pictures from the drum-recording sessions for the new In Flames album at the Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden have been posted online at the group's official web site. Check them out at this location. Also available on the site is a streaming video filmed during the drum soundcheck at Dug-Out on April 5. To watch the video you need to have Real Audio installed on your computer.

In Flames singer Anders Fridén told Nuclear Blast magazine that the upcoming album "will be more uptempo" and will feature "more guitar harmonies" than was the case with 2004's "Soundtrack to Your Escape."

In other news, In Flames will be supporting Iron Maiden in Gothenburg on July 9th, 2005.

As reported earlier, In Flames will be teaming up with Motley Crue in Finland for two shows.

Upcoming In Flames support dates include:

Jun. 07 Icehall in Helsinki, Finland (Monsters Of The Millennium with Mötley Crüe)
Jun. 08 Ellysee Arena in Turku, Finland (Rock In Turku with Mötley Crüe)
Jul. 09 Venue TBA in Gothenburg, Sweden (with Iron Maiden)

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Zombie Says New Album Has Taken Backseat To Movie

Launch Radio Networks reports: Rob Zombie has been hard at work on his second movie as a director, "The Devil's Rejects", but what about his next album? Zombie's been recording the disc in bits and pieces for the last year, but said it's still not completed. "I've been making a record forever, I mean, and once again it's on hold 'cause I'm mixing the sound (for 'Devil's Rejects') and then in a couple of weeks I'll go back to the record and hopefully finish it someday," he said. "It's just one of those things, it's just — it always takes a backseat to the movie, and until the movie's, like, really done done, I can never say, 'Okay, it's record time.' But I mean, I have a lot done."

Zombie says he has 26 songs in various stages of readiness for the album.

Among the people who have played on the record so far are LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and A PERFECT CIRCLE drummer Josh Freese. Former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5, who just joined Zombie's touring band, will also contribute to the album.

Zombie will headline the second stage of this summer's Ozzfest, beginning on July 15 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

"The Devil's Rejects" opens in theatres on July 22.

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In Flames To Open For Motley Crue In Finland

Sweden's In Flames will be opening for Motley Crue on their two Finnish dates in early June. The details are as follows.

Jun. 07 Helsinki, FIN @ Icehall (Monsters Of The Millennium)
Jun. 08 Turku, FIN @ Ellysee Arena (Rock In Turku)

In other news, the two In Flames guitarists/songwriters Björn Gelotte and Jesper Strömblad decided in 2003 to start a project that is somewhat different from what they usually do. The idea was to create a band that is far removed from the music they are famous for. They had a clear vision of how this should sound.

Together with experienced musical artist Tinna Karlsdotter and Björn's sister Emma Gelotte they recorded a few songs as the first All Ends demo. The resultant recording, which is said to be "quite far away from In Flames," is currently being shopped to interested labels.

For more information, visit www.allends.com.

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Motley Crue and Motorhead To Tour Australia

Motley Crue and Motorhead are expected to tour Australia together at the end of the year. The dates run from December 3-10. More details when they surface.

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Nikki Sixx: I Feel Very Blessed

Nikki Sixx spoke with Australia's Time Off magazine about Motley Crue overcoming the bad blood between singer Vince Neil and drummer Tommy Lee, and guitarist Mick Mars battling for his life after a chronic, degenerative illness and recovery from hip replacement surgery. "It was as bad as it was going to get when [Mick] was in the hospital and he was inches from death," the bassist said. "He pulled himself together and pulled himself through it and he's onstage shredding every night and starting to put on weight. He's always in a great mood. We're all so happy. I feel very blessed. All the shows are selling out. We were onstage and I looked out and there were 15,000 people and they all had their hands in the air. I looked at Mick and I looked at Tommy and I looked at Vince and I just started smiling. I was like, 'Fu**! I can't believe it! We're still here'!"

Read the full article at Time Off.

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