When he was still a member of Mötley Crüe, drummer Tommy Lee undoubtedly garnered the most headlines of all four bandmembers -- due in part to two separate marriages to Hollywood actresses. Born in Athens, Greece, as Thomas Lee Bass on March 10, 1962, his family moved to California a year after his birth. Lee received his first drum set at the ripe old age of four, but didn't receive his first real kit until reaching his teenage years, upon his discovery of hard rock and heavy metal (Deep Purple, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, etc.). After drumming for his high-school marching band, Lee quit high school in his senior year, as he focused entirely on following his dream of joining a rock band. His first real band was called Suite 19, and played the Sunset Strip in L.A. during the early '80s. It was at a Suite 19 show that Lee bumped into his future bandmate, Nikki Sixx.
Sixx was a bassist looking to form a theatrical band that would specialize in anthemic heavy metal, and when he saw Lee play, he knew he had found his drummer. Sixx successfully convinced Lee to leave Suite 19 and form the nucleus of what would become Mötley Crüe. The drummer changed his name to Tommy Lee (also earning the nickname "T-Bone" from Sixx), and guitarist Mick Mars joined the fledgling band shortly afterwards. Lee recommended a singer from his high-school days, Vince Neil, and after several attempts to get him to try out for the band, Neil landed the gig during the first jam session. Mötley Crüe quickly built a fanatical local following, issuing their debut album, Too Fast for Love, on their own independent Leathur label. Elektra Records decided to sign the band shortly thereafter, reissuing their debut, as the band began a string of hit releases throughout the decade -- 1983's "Shout at the Devil," 1985's "Theater of Pain," 1987's "Girls, Girls, Girls," and 1989's "Dr. Feelgood" -- establishing the quartet as one of the biggest hard rock/metal bands of the '80s. The band took rock theater to a whole new level, especially Lee, whose drum solo centered around such crowd-pleasing gimmicks as his entire kit revolving and spinning, while he continuing to bash on the skins.(VH1.com)
Born Thomas Lee Bass on October 3, 1962 in Athens, Greece, his family moved to California a year later. Tommy received his first drum set when he was four, but didn't receive his first real kit until he was a teenager. His first real band was Suite 19, and they played the Sunset Strip in L.A. during the early '80s. After hooking up with Nikki and Mick, Tommy recommended a singer from his high-school days, Vince Neil, and after several attempts to get him to try out for the band, Neil landed the gig during the first jam session.Tommy decided to leave Mötley Crüe after the completion of the Crüe's Greatest Hits tour in 1999 due to creative differences.In September of '02, Tommy Lee ranked # 46 on VH1: 100 Sexiest Artists.
After playing for years in various bands around the Los Angeles area, Mars placed an ad in a local paper to which Mötley Crüe founder/bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee responded. Mars was hired on the spot. The band went on to add vocalist Vince Neil and proceeded to gig around Hollywood creating a buzz with their outrageous stage show. A show which included Mars' spitting blood à la Gene Simmons-style and Sixx lighting himself on fire. The band eventually landed a record deal with Elektra Records and Mars began what would become a very tempestuous but rewarding songwriting collaboration experience with Sixx -- one that would propel the band into super stardom. Mars was often perceived as the overly reclusive and quiet member of the band; however, this perception was created by a degenerative bone condition called ankylosing spondylitis. This disease caused the guitarist to appear hunched over on- and off-stage, resulting in his image as the shy and mysterious member. The disease also spawned a serious alcohol addiction that landed him in rehab years later. After signing their record deal, Elektra went on to reissue the band's self-produced first album, Too Fast for Love, in 1982.
The follow-up album, 1983's Shout at the Devil, put these Hollywood bad boys on the metal map as Mars and the band dominated '80s metal. They released three multi-platinum albums in a row; 1985's Theatre of Pain, 1987's Girls, Girls, Girls, and their most commercially successful album to date, 1989's Dr. Feelgood, the end result of Mars' catchy rock riffs (while frequently intoxicated) and Sixx's rebellious and sexually driven lyrics.
As the '90s loomed on the horizon, Mötley Crüe was at a crossroads. Neil left the band and alternative/grunge rock became mainstream. John Corabi soon replaced Neil, who in addition to singing was also an accomplished guitar player. Corabi proceeded to play some guitar parts on the band's 1994 self-titled album. This infuriated Mars. He didn't have to worry for too long, as Corabi was subsequently fired when the album did not sell. Neil was rehired, and the original lineup was once again intact. The reunion album, Generation Swine, was released in 1997 and New Tattoo followed in 1999. ~ Eric Linden, All Music Guide (VH1.com)
Mick was born Bob Allen Deal in Terre Haute, IN on May 4th, 1951. His family moved to California when he was eight years old.
Mötley Crüe established itself in 1981, when it came roaring off the strip with Too Fast For Love, an independently recorded slab of crunch that mixed metal with punk and melodic pop sensibilities -- a blend that would become THE rock sound of the `80s and influence scores of other bands.
Too Fast For Love created a buzz around Mötley that culminated in a major label deal and 1983's Shout at the Devil, a triple-platinum blast that only added volume and velocity on subsequent multi-million sellers such as 1985's Theatre of Pain, 1987's Girls, Girls, Girls and 1989's Dr. Feelgood.
After over a decade fronting Mötley Crüe with great success, VINCE and the Crüe separated. VINCE signed a deal with Warner Bros., and released his first solo album Exposed in 1993, which was produced by Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne). With 11 tracks and multiple singles, the exposure for Exposed was strong. The first single (and video) was the successful "Sister of Pain". Other singles included "You’re Invited But Your Friend Can't Come," "Can’t Have your Cake" and "Look in Her Eyes".
VINCE’s 2nd solo album, Carved in Stone attracted the Dust Brothers (Beastie Boys, Beck) as producers, taking VINCE into some newer directions. VINCE and the Dust Brothers experimented with hip-hop and industrial beats, layered onto the classic VINCE NEIL sound that draws his core audience.
Carved In Stone also featured "Skylar’s Song," dedicated to the memory of his young daughter who passed away around the time of the album's release. For the last several years, VINCE has hosted an annual charity golf tournament in her honor, The Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament.
VINCE NEIL rejoined Mötley Crüe in 1995. Since then, Mötley has set up its own label, Mötley Records, and re-released expanded editions of its entire catalog as well as two new studio albums, Generation Swine and New Tattoo, a Greatest Hits CD and DVD, the Supersonic & Demon Relics rarities collection, the Live: Entertainment or Death concert album, and most recently a Greatest Video Hits DVD, and four disc boxed set, Music To Crash Your Car To, Vol. 1. Their best selling tell-all autobiography, The Dirt, will soon be made into a feature film.
While the band takes a well-deserved break, and before beginning work on a new Mötley Crüe album and tour, VINCE has been keeping busy with a number of side projects. In 2002, he filmed the hit reality show The Surreal Life for The WB, and has since been on a few other network TV shows, like CBS's Still Standing and The WB's Greetings From Tucson. He was recently a camp counselor at Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles, and in between rounds of golf for the last couple of years, has been on the road performing solo concert dates. He recently released a live concert disc, Vince Neil Live at The Whisky, on Image Entertainment, chronicling his solo performance at the legendary Whisky A Go Go on Los Angeles' famed Sunset Strip.
Vince Neil was born Vincent Neil Wharton on February 8, 1961 in Hollywood, CA. Vince was the last to join Motley and he actually blew off the first audition because things where going pretty well with his band Rock Candy. A few weeks later Vince was asked to audition again and this time he came right over! Vince left Mötley Crüe in early February of '92 and released two solo projects. After disapointing records sales for both Vince and Mötley, Allen Kovac helped reunite the band in '96. The original Mötley Crüe line-up released their final Elektra album "Generation Swine" in '97.
Nikki Sixx as bass player and primary songwriter for Motley Crue, Nikki Sixx is one of the most legendary and true Rock and Roll "stars" that have ever been graced with that moniker. Motley Crue’s continued legacy for the past 20 years has yielded over 40 million albums sold, produced over four Top Ten Singles and has had some of the biggest and most successful tours of the modern era. They have played to over 30 million fans and are credited by some as having helped define rock music and lifestyle to the ‘MTV generation’.
In 2000 the most influential, enduring, and iconic rock band of its era revealed everything in an autobiography of epic proportions that has already been hailed as ?the most detailed account of the pleasures and perils of rock and roll stardom? ever written. "The Dirt: Confessions of the Worlds most notorious Rock Band" was a New York Times bestseller for several weeks and is in discussion to become a motion picture in 2004.
"Supporting himself by working numerous dead-end jobs (a carpet cleaning salesman, a liquor store clerk, etc.) and playing in a series of bands, including such forgotten local outfits as Sister and London, Ferrana decided to change his name to Nikki Sixx. Sixx began focusing on sharpening his songwriting skills, as he wanted to put together the ultimate "theatrical" band for the '80s -- a throwback of sorts to early-'70s glam, but with a more metallic edge. By 1981, Sixx found the right members for his aforementioned band: guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee, and singer Vince Neil, forming Mötley Crüe, and taking the Sunset Strip by storm. After issuing their debut album, Too Fast for Love, the same year on their own independent label (Leathur Records), the Crüe was signed to Elektra, who promptly remixed and reissued their debut a year later. Due to such subsequent hit releases as 1983's Shout at the Devil (the band's finest hour), 1985's Theatre of Pain, and 1987's Girls, Girls, Girls, Mötley Crüe became one of the world's most popular hard rock/heavy metal bands and spawned countless imitators.
Despite all the success, Sixx's personal life was spiraling out of control, as he seemed to have a death wish with hard drugs, overdosing several times during this period (he was even pronounced dead by paramedics after one ordeal, but was lucky enough to be revived with adrenaline shots). The whole group cleaned up their act in time for 1989's Dr. Feelgood, their most popular release yet, while Sixx lent his songwriting skills to other rockers' albums (Lita Ford's Lita, Steve Jones' Fire & Gasoline, Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid). Vince Neil surprisingly left the band at the peak of their popularity in early 1992, with the band soldiering on with replacement John Corabi. The new Crüe stiffed on the charts with only a single album, 1993's self-titled release, and Neil was welcomed back to the fold by the late '90s, resulting in their reunion album in 1997, Generation Swine.
Sixx has also found his name in the tabloid papers due to marriages to two different celebrity models/TV actresses, Brandi Brandt and Donna D'Errico, as well as being arrested along with Tommy Lee for instigating a riot while on stage in 1997, and for the strangest one of all -- when a gentleman claimed that he was the real Nikki Sixx, and that the former-Frank Ferrana was an imposter (!). Besides his Mötley Crüe duties, Sixx also has a side project dubbed 58, issuing their debut album in 2000, Diet for a New America. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide " (VH1.com)
Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna was born December 11, 1958 in San Jose, CA. He was raised in Seattle, WA by his grandmother. At the age of 17, he sold his guitars and took a bus to Los Angeles, where he began hanging out at local clubs and playing with various bands. In February 1981 Nikki left the band London and started a new band with Tommy Lee who had been introduced by a mutual friend. Nikki is currently working on a solo project for Brides Of Destruction and a new autobiography titled The Heroin Diaries that documents his life from '86 to '87 and includes his memories of his near fatal overdose