Mötley Crüe

Motley Crue band members

hair story

Mötley Crüe was formed on January 17, 1981 when bassist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist/guitarist Greg Leon. Lee had worked previously with Leon in a band called Suite 19 and the trio practiced together for some time with Leon eventually deciding not to continue. Sixx and Lee then began a search for new members and soon met guitarist Bob Deal, better known as Mick Mars, after answering an advertisement that Mars placed inside The Recycler that read: “Loud, rude and aggressive guitar player available”. Mars auditioned for Sixx and Lee and was subsequently hired. Although a lead vocalist named O’Dean was auditioned, Lee had known Vince Neil from their high school days at Charter Oak High School in Covina, California and the two had performed in different bands on the garage band circuit. Upon seeing Neil perform with the band Rock Candy at the Starwood in West Hollywood, Mars suggested they have him join the band by stating, “I don’t care if he can sing. I don’t care if he can do anything. The way he had that crowd going…THAT’S the guy we need.” At first Neil refused the offer, but as the other members of Rock Candy became involved in outside projects, Neil grew anxious to try something else. When Lee made one final appeal to audition, Neil accepted and was hired April 1, 1981.

The newly formed band did not yet have a name. Sixx had said that he told the other bandmates that he was “thinking about calling the band Christmas.” The other members were not very receptive to the idea. Then while trying to find a suitable name, Mars remembered an incident which occurred when he was playing with a band called White Horse, when one of the other band members called the group “a motley looking crew.” He had remembered the phrase and later copied it down as Mottley Cru. After modifying the spelling slightly, “Mötley Crüe” was eventually selected as the band’s name, with the stylistic decision suggested by Neil to add the two sets of metal umlauts supposedly inspired by the German beer Löwenbräu, which the members were drinking at the time… (from Wikipedia)
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Mötley Crüe logo (Too Fast For Love album)
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hair photos (motley crue in the 80s)

hair band members

Vince Neil, lead vocals
Mick Mars, guitar (Guitar rig)
Nikki Sixx, bass
Tommy Lee, drums

other band members
John Corabi, lead vocals/guitar (1992-1996)
Randy Castillo, drums (1999–2000) RIP 2002
Samantha Maloney, drums (2000–2002)

hair albums & top 40 songs

Too Fast for Love (1981)
Shout at the Devil (1983)
Theatre of Pain (1985) – Smokin’ in the Boys Room #16
Girls, Girls, Girls (1987) – Girls, Girls, Girls #12
Raw Tracks EP (1988)
Dr. Feelgood (1989) – Dr. Feelgood #6, Kickstart My Heart #27, Without You #8, Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) #19
Raw Tracks 2 EP (1990)
Decade of Decadence (1991) – Home Sweet Home ’91 #37

post-hair albums

Mötley Crüe (1994)
Quaternary EP (1994)
Generation Swine (1997)
Greatest Hits (1998)
Live: Entertainment or Death (Live from 1982-1999) (1999)
Supersonic and Demonic Relics (1999)
New Tattoo (2000)
Music to Crash Your Car to: Vol. 1 (2003)
Music to Crash Your Car to: Vol. 2 (2004)
Loud as F@*k (2004)
Red, White & Crüe (2005)
Carnival of Sins Live (2006)
Saints of Los Angeles (2008)
The End: Live in Los Angeles (2016)

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live shows

U.S. Festival 1983

Live in Tacoma, Washington 1987