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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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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
Dragonforce
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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Evergrey, Mastodon On Gods Of Metal 2005 Fest

Gods Of Metal 2005 is scheduled for June 11th - 12th at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.

According to all-about-chaos.net, the latest acts confirmed for the festival are EVERGREY and MASTODON. Acts confirmed for the festival now include:

More...

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Motley Crue's Carnival Of Sins Ecard Now Available

Click here to check out the e-card for Motley Crue's upcoming tour, entitled the Carnival Of Sins.

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More Motley Crue Dates Added

Motley Crue has added more dates to their Carnival Of Sins Tour 2005. Complete list of dates so far:

Feb. 22 Cleveland. OH - Gund Arena
Feb. 23 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
Feb. 25 Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
Feb. 27 Ottawa, ONT - Corel Centre
Feb. 28 Hartford, CT - Hartford Civic Center
Mar. 1 Boston. MA - Fleet Center
Mar. 3 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Mar. 4 Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Spectrum
Mar. 6 Washington, D.C. - MCI Center
Mar. 8 Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
Mar. 10 Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
Mar. 11 Moline, IL - The Mark
Mar. 12 Milwaukee, WI - U.S. Cellular Arena
Mar. 14 Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Mar. 15 Kansas City, MO - Kemper Arena
Mar. 17 Dallas, TX - Nokia Live
Mar. 19 Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
Mar. 20 Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion Glendale Arena
Mar. 22 San Diego, CA - Coors Amphitheatre
Mar. 23 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Mar. 25 Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
Mar. 26 Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena
Mar. 27 Las Vegas, NV - The Joint/Hard Rock Cafe
Mar. 29 Boise, ID - Idaho Center
Mar. 30 Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
Apr. 01 Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome
Apr. 02 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Apr. 05 Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
Apr. 07 Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center
Apr. 08 Grand Forks, ND - Alerus Center
Apr. 09 Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center Coliseum
Apr. 11 Des Moines, IA - Civic Center
Apr. 12 Omaha, NE - Qwest Center Omaha
Apr. 14 Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center
Apr. 15 San Antonio, TX - SBC Center
Apr. 16 Bossier City, LA - CenturyTel Center
Apr. 18 New Orleans, LA - UNO Lakefront Arena
Apr. 20 Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Apr. 21 Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
Apr. 23 Portland, ME - CC Civic Center
Apr. 24 Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Apr. 25 Portland, ME - Cumberland County Civic Ctr
Apr. 26 London, ONT - John Labatt Centre
Apr. 27 Grand Rapids, MI - Yan Andel Arena
Apr. 28 Peoria, IL at Peoria Civic Center
Apr. 30 Wichita, KS - Kansas Coliseum
May 01 Ft. Collins, CO - Budweiser Events Ctr. More...

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Motley Crue Guitarist Sued For Palimony

Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars has been slapped with a $10 million palimony lawsuit from an ex-girlfriend who claims he reneged on a promise to take care of her for life. According to the lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles court on Tuesday, the woman, Robbie Mantooth, claims she met Mars in 1990 and the two became lovers. She alleges she gave up her career as a documentary filmmaker and moved into the heavy metal guitarist's Malibu, Calif., home with him. Mantooth says Mars promised her repeatedly that he would always provide for her financially and that the couple had agreed to divide all their property if they split up. Their relationship ended in December and Mantooth says Mars denied there was any oral agreement between them and had given her no financial support. Mantooth is asking a judge to award her half of the rocker's property as well as monthly support and damages.

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Motley Crue Working With Cirque Du Soleil

Motley Crue are reportedly working with the celebrated Cirque Du Soleil on the stage set for their upcoming world tour, which kicks off on February 14 in Puerto Rico. British fans will get to see this event in June.

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Pretty Maids To Support Hammerfall

When Hammerfall will playing their hometown Göteborg on April 30th, there will be support be a special guest: Pretty Maids. This is a one-off arrangement, other "Icebreaker Festival" dates will feature Lordi plus two other acts.

Confirmed dates are as follows:
Apr. 21 Z7 – Pratteln, SWI
Apr. 22 Filharmonie – Filderstadt, GER
Apr. 23 Stadthalle – Lichtenfels, GER
Apr. 24 Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, GER
Apr. 30 Scandinavium – Göteborg, SWE

Dronjak is currently travelling through Europe on a promotion tour together with singer Joacim Cans. As Oscar posted on the official website:

I write this in the plane from Milan. We woke up in Madrid this morning, and now we're heading to Athens. Things are going extremely well - everyone seem to share our sentiments regarding "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" — and it feels great to travel around Europe, talking to enthusiastic journalists about something you have worked so damn hard for for such damn long time!

In other news, Hammerfall are slated for an appearance at the Gods Of Metal Festival in Italy, taking place on June 11-12th. Other confirmed acts are Motley Crue, Accept, Iron Maiden and Slayer – as Oscar commented: "What was that you said? 1986 all over again?"

The new album "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" will be in stores March 7th. The clip for the first single "Blood Bound" has been posted on the website of the major Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. You can see pictures from the video here.

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Wildhearts Member Comments On Joining Brides

The following was posted to the WILDHEARTS email list by guitarist GINGER, who recently joined BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, the band recently vacated by MOTLEY CRUE guitarist NIKKI SIXX:

I have been offered the job playing second guitar, as well as helping write the new album, for The Brides Of Destruction. This does not mean that The Wildhearts are over, it just means that I am going through a traumatic time of my life and need a break from being the frontman/chief in charge.

My spirits are low and my performance as a lead singer would not be worth the admission fee, believe me. I cannot stop playing music however, and the offer to join The Brides has come at a time where I desperately need to concentrate on something to help me cope, both mentally and emotionally. Tracii and the guys have been so kind to me, and I am more than grateful for their friendship and encouragement.

If everyone can kindly allow me the time to heal I would be grateful for the considerate approach to this most unfortunate of times for me. I trust I can count on the fans for support, as opposed to knee jerk opinions and malicious gossip.

Thank you, and never take advantage of the love that you have in your life.
Ginger

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