Motley Crue Reunites All Original Members

By | December 7, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Los Angeles – The raucous rulers of the sex-and- drugs-fueled nightlife on L.A.’s Sunset Strip have returned to their old stomping grounds.

All four original members of Motley Crue, the glam-metal gods who’ve sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and who paved the way for other seminal rock acts, have reunited for the first time in six years, announcing a new world tour – VH1 & VH1 Classic Present “Motley Crue: Red White & Crue Tour 2005… Better Live Than Dead,” – and giving their fans a live taste of it.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, December 11th at Ticketmaster and VH1.com.

The event at the Hollywood Palladium began at 6:00 p.m. with a press conference announcing the tour, a new anthology album and the debut of a fresh single and video, “If I Die Tomorrow.”

The band was supposed to arrive in a wrapped Motley Crue helicopter, but the fire marshal would not let them land, so the helicopter hovered over the Palladium while the band arrived in a hearse.

The new tour, it was revealed during the press conference, resulted not only from strong demand by homegrown audiences, but was largely fueled by the diligent efforts of Mags Revell, a UK promoter with Metropolis Music Group, who launched his own grass-roots campaign in the UK designed to get the band to reunite.

Taking the unprecedented steps of placing advertising in UK media and putting a hold on concert venues in the UK for June, 2005, Revell’s efforts quickly gained traction with fans all across the world who added fuel to the fire by taking to the internet and spreading the word.

Said Revell, “I honestly did not know until now whether Motley Crue would respond to our efforts.

With the help of tens of thousands of fans in the UK and around the world, I wanted to show the band that there was a real demand for their reunion and I took a big risk.

This is the band that we all never thought we’d have the chance to see live again and I strongly admire them for responding to their fans.

It is the realization of a dream for so many people for whom Motley Crue represents what rock music is all about.”

“Motley Crue are a gang of musicians that climbed the mountain of rock to success,” Allen Kovac, CEO of Tenth Street Entertainment, said in a statement. “This tour and new music delivers to all those who love one of rock’s most passionate and aggressive bands.”

Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee, the original members of MOTLEY CRUE, whose stature as the world’s most infamous rock band was made legend in their NY Times best-selling autobiography ‘The Dirt’, will be touring the world in 2005, beginning with arenas in the US and Canada in February.

The US portion of the world tour, dubbed RED, WHITE AND CRUE TOUR 2005 – BETTER LIVE THAN DEAD, is being presented by VH1 and VH1 Classic and goes on-sale to the general public this weekend.

Beginning today, however, VH1.com are offering a limited number of seats on their website to fans wanting to beat the box office rush.

For dedicated Crue fans it’s all about the live show.

In a marathon Motley Crue Style, the band will launch its world tour in February, starting in U.S. arenas and coming back for an amphitheater tour in August and September.

The first leg of the tour will run as follows (* indicates a tentative date):

The first dates to be announced are as follows:

Date

City, State

Venue

On Sale Date/Time

Feb. 17

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Office Depot Center

Dec. 11- TBA

Feb. 18

Tampa, FL

St. Pete Times Forum

Dec. 11- Noon

Feb. 20

Greenville, SC

Bi-Lo Center

Dec. 11- 10 a.m.

Feb. 22

Cleveland, OH

Gund Arena

Dec. 10- 10 a.m.

Feb. 23

Toronto, ON*

Air Canada Center

Dec. 10- 10 a.m.

Feb. 25

Detroit, MI

The Palace

Dec. 11- 11 a.m.

Feb. 27

Ottawa, ON

Corel Centre

Dec. 11- TBA

Feb. 28

Hartford, CT

Hartford Civic Center

Dec. 11- TBA

Mar. 3

New York, NY

Madison Square Garden

Dec. 11- 9 a.m.

Mar. 4

Philadelphia, PA

Wachovia Spectrum

Dec. 11- 10 a.m.

Mar. 5

Boston, MA

Fleet Center

Dec. 11- 11 a.m.

Mar. 6

Washington D.C.

MCI Center

Dec. 18- TBA

Mar. 8

Columbus, OH

Schottenstein Center

Dec. 11- 10 a.m.

Mar. 10

Chicago, IL

Allstate Arena

Dec. 11- 10 a.m.

Mar. 12

Milwaukee, WI

US Cellular Arena

TBD

Mar. 14

Minneapolis, MN*

Target Center

Dec. 11- 1 p.m.

Mar. 15

Kansas City, MO*

Kemper Arena

TBD

Mar. 17

Dallas, TX

Nokia Live

TBD

Mar. 19

Phoenix, AZ

Cricket Pavilion

Dec. 11 – TBD

Mar. 20

Las Vegas, NV*

The Joint

TBD

Mar. 22

San Diego, CA

Coors Amphitheatre

TBD

Mar. 23

Los Angeles, CA

The Forum (tentative)

Dec. 11- TBD

Mar. 25

Reno, NV

Reno Events Center

TBD

Mar. 26

Oakland, CA

Oakland Arena

Dec. 11- TBD

The rest of the 2005 world tour is scheduled as follows:

* May – Latin America (exact dates to be announced shortly)

* June – UK Arenas & European Festivals:

Date

City, State

Venue

On Sale Date/Time

June 7

Helsinki, Finland

Icehall Monsters of

Millennium

Dec. 13

June 8

Turku, Finland

Rock in Turku 2005/

Ellysee Arena

Dec. 13

June 10

Oslo, Norway

Spektrum Skooks

Out 2005

TBD

June 11

Solvesborg, Sweden

Sweden Rock Festival

Now

June 12

Bologna, Italy

Gods of Metal

January, 2005

June 14

Glasgow, Scotland

SECC

Dec. 7

June 15

Manchester, England

Evening News Arena

Dec. 7

June 17

Birmingham, England

NEC

Dec. 7

June 18

Cardiff, Wales

International Arena

Dec. 7

June 19

London, England

Wembley, Arena

Dec. 7

Killing Joke are announced as the opening act for the five UK dates. Additional dates in Europe will be announced shortly.

*

Aug./Sep. – Amphitheaters in 43 North American cities including

Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte,

Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Concord (CA), Dallas,

Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Holmdel (NJ), Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas

City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Nashville, Philadelphia, Phoenix,

Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City,

San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Scranton, Seattle, Tampa,

Toronto, Virginia Beach, Wantaugh (NY), Washington (DC) and West Palm

Beach

*

Nov./Dec. – Southeast Asia, including Japan, Australia/New Zealand

(exact dates to be announced shortly)

In conjunction with the tour, the band’s US & International record labels also announced the release of a definitive 2-CD Greatest Hits collection that chronicles the band’s entire career.

Scheduled for release on February 1st, the set, entitled Red, White & Crue, includes three brand-new Crue songs including the first single “If I Die Tomorrow,” which features a highly stylized and autobiographically-driven music video.

The Motley Crue saga began in a musical era when rock was still recovering from the emasculation of disco and the punk rebellion had already begun to take root.

In 1981, bassist Nikki Sixx left his glam-rock band London and met drummer Tommy Lee, both strung-out adolescents with a penchant for the party life and a knack for creating fist-in-the-air anthems.

With the recruitment of guitarist Mick Mars and singer Vince Neil, the band adopted the moniker Motley Crue and recorded their first album, Too Fast for Love, a paradigm- shifting effort which stoked the growth of the glam-metal movement based in Los Angeles.

Picked up by Elektra, the Crue released a string of classic albums through the 1980s: Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain, Girls, Girls, Girls and Dr. Feelgood, generating hit singles from most of their cover tracks as well as “Smokin’ in the Boys Room,” “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” and many others.

They were also selling out stadiums, eventually to the tune of over 10 million concert tickets.

Yet the forces that made Motley Crue’s kick-ass music so authentic, namely their own reckless lifestyle of excess, gradually took its toll.

In 1989 Nikki Sixx was revived after flatlining from a heroin overdose, the most extreme example of the band’s indulgences.

The band’s current reunion comes at a time of re-growth for all of its members: Tommy Lee is currently shepherding his best-selling biography, Tommyland, along with a new NBC reality show to debut in 2005; Vince Neil, having toured continuously as a solo artist, has appeared on several TV sitcoms as well as the WB reality series “The Surreal Life”; Nikki Sixx has been touring and recording with Brides of Destruction, writing songs and is preparing to release his autobiographical The Heroin Diaries; and Mick Mars, having struggled since his teens with the chronic, degenerative illness ankylosing spondylitis, has been successfully recovering from hip replacement surgery.

Fans can see performances by Motley Crue on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday, December 10th and The Spike TV Video Game Awards on Tuesday, December 14th.

A feature film based on the band’s best-selling autobiography, The Dirt, is currently being developed by the band in conjunction with MTV Films/Paramount. The screenplay is being written by Rich Wilkes (XXX).

RED WHITE & CRUE – Track Listing

DISC ONE

1.

Live Wire

2.

Piece of Your Action

3.

Toast of the Town

4.

Too Fast For Love

5.

Black Widow

6.

Looks That Kill

7.

Too Young To Fall In Love [remix]

8.

Helter Skelter

9.

Shout at the Devil

10.

Smokin’ in the Boys Room

11.

Use It Or Lose It

12.

Girls, Girls, Girls

13.

Wild Side

14.

You’re All I Need

15.

All In The Name Of…

16.

Kickstart My Heart

17.

Without You

18.

Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)

19.

Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)

20.

Dr. Feelgood

DISC TWO

1.

Anarchy In The UK

2.

Primal Scream

3.

Home Sweet Home [’91 remix]

4.

Hooligan’s Holiday [Brown Nose Edit]

5.

Misunderstood [Successful Format Version]

6.

Planet Boom

7.

Bittersuite

8.

Afraid [Alternative Rave Mix]

9.

Beauty

10.

Generation Swine

11.

Bitter Pill

12.

Enslaved

13.

Hell on High Heels

14.

New Tattoo single version

15.

If I Die Tomorrow (new)

16.

Street Fighting Man (new)

17.

Sick Love Song (new)

SOURCE

Tenth Street Entertainment

Web Site: http://VH1.com

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