Generation Swine and Methods of Mayhem.
the band went into the studio to record the follow up to their self titled
album, there was a lot of tension. An inexperienced co-producer and friction
between the members were creating squabbles as the Crüe tried to find
their direction. Corabi was frustrated with Nikki and Tommy would couldn’t
make up their mind what kind of album they wanted to make and after a tense
day in the studio he told Tommy he didn’t want to be a singer, he just
wanted to play guitar.
Unbeknownst to the band, their manager
was working behind the scenes to bring Vince and the band back together
after Vince’s solo efforts had petered out. Taking Corabi’s angry outburst
as an excuse, the original members of the Crüe were reunited and John
was out of a job.
The reunion album, "Generation Swine," was a return to the classic Crue
formula and the fans loved it, placing it at number 4 on the charts. But
the momentum didn’t hold long and sales fell off. Meanwhile the lack
of support from Elektra forced the band to leave the label and sign to
Then Tommy split and formed his own band
Methods of Mayhem and the Crüe hired on their friend and former Ozzy
Osbourne drummer Randy Castillo to replace Tommy. Armed with a new
drummer, the band went back into the studio to record and emerged with
the "New Tattoo" album. But tragedy struck once again as the band prepared
to hit the road with Megadeth and Anthrax, Randy was diagnosed with cancer.
But the show must go on. While Randy stayed
at home, getting treatement and trying to get better, tThe band recruited
former Hole drummer Samantha Maloney, to fill in for him and they embarked
on their successful “Maximum Rock” tour to promote the new album.
In May of 2001, Mötley Crüe became
best sellers once again. This time it wasn’t an album but a tell-all book
called “The Dirt”. The book was written in true Mötley form
and told their decadent story, which became a big hit with readers.
New music wasn’t forthcoming as Vince decided to hit the road for a couple
of solo tours. On March 26, 2002 Nikki announced on the Mötley Crüe
website that they had lost their friend and bandmate Randy Castillo to
The success of The Dirt reinvigorated the
band and when Beyond Record folded, Universal’s Hip-O record inked a deal
to carry the Mötley Records catalog.
This spring (2003) Universal/Hip-O/Motley
reissued all of the Mötley Crüe albums complete with bonus tracks.
A new generation will now be able to discover the decadent magic of the
most notorious band in rock n roll.
At this point there are rumors of a potential Mötley reunion with
Tommy returning to the band. But Nikki isn’t holding his breath waiting,
he’s keeping busy penning songs for other artists, launching his own clothing
line and he has even written a new book. He spends the rest of his time
working with the new side band he formed with Tracii Guns, Brides of Destruction
(which for a short time featured John Corabi).
Vince is continuing to tour with his solo
band while Mötley Crüe awaits the beginning the next chapter
of their colorful history. While their music may not be for everyone,
Mötley Crüe have earned themselves a prominent place in the rock
n roll history books with their antics on stage and off. And to those who
wrote them off in the beginning the guys in the band can look back at 20
wild years and laugh. Lesser bands, would be dead but Mötley still
solders on, living up their name.
Mötley's Musical Testiment
Click on the underlined album title to hear samples
and purchase the new reissues with bonus tracks online.
Fast For Love - 1981
At The Devil - 1983
of Pain - 1985
Girls, Girls -1987
Feelgood - 1989
of Decadence - 1991
Crüe - 1994
Swine - 1997
Hits - 1998
Entertainment or Death - 1999
Tattoo - 2000
Want More Mötley?
out the official Mötley Crüe Site for more.
the Mötley Crüe Street Team
out the video for "Afraid"
out the video for "Home Sweet Home"
out the video for "Girls, Girls, Girls"
..and yes dude, Nikki really did die, dude!
But that hasn't stopped him, obviously.
Live 2000 Photos By Debbie Seagle
photos from Myuseless-info.com
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