Motley Crue Biography

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Motley Crue is an American heavy metal band that hailed from Los Angeles, California. The band formed in 1980 when bassist Nikki Sixx began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee. The two decided to look for other members and got guitarist Mick Mars. It was Mars who was credited for giving the band its name, Motley Crue. The trio then was able to recruit Vince Neill to handle the vocalist spot in the band.

The band went on to release a single under their own label Leathur Records in 1980. The band then went on to release their debut album, Too Fast for Love, in November of 1981 and sold 20,000 copies. The band also began to enjoy considerable success in the Los Angeles club scene. They used this popularity to get the attention of the major labels to negotiate on record contracts. The band eventually signed up with Elektra Records in 1982.

Motley Crue went on to release several commercially successful albums during the 80’s. Their Shout at the Devil album in 1983 sold over four million copies. Their next album, Theatre of Pain, which was released on June of 1985, reached number six in the US Charts. Their fourth studio album, Girls, Girls, Girls released in May of 1987 peaked at number two on the Billboard Charts.

It was also during the release of those albums that the band began to suffer their worst bouts with drugs and their decadent lifestyles which included the near death experience of Nikki Sixx as he overdosed on heroin in 1987. Their destructive lifestyles nearly shattered the band. Thanks to the intervention of their managers who refused to let them go on tour until they cleaned up their act. All the band members eventually went on to rehabilitate themselves and come clean. They went back as a band sometime in 1989 where they were able to reach the peak of their popularity.

It was their Dr. Feelgood album that gave them their first and only number one album, and on a state of sobriety that they previously didn’t experience on their past albums. Dr. Feelgood was released on September of 1989 and went to the top of the charts and stayed there for an incredible 109 weeks after it was released. It became their most solid album as well as their most successful one, citing their decision to become sober as the reason for heightened collective creativity that went on to the production of the album.

The popularity of the band waned through the beginning of the 1990’s. Their next album, Decades of Decadence did moderately well. Their next albums failed to meet commercial expectations. The band went on a sort of a roller coaster ride with several ups and downs in their career as well as their personal lives. The 90’s also saw the departure of long-time members Neill and Lee from the band. This led the band to eventually go on a temporary hiatus.

The band reunited in December of 2004 and was able to release a compilation album, Red White and Crue. It went on to chart at number six and achieve platinum status, a renewed success for the band. 2006 saw the band going on tour with Aerosmith along with other tour dates and was met with success. The band is currently on the process of doing an album and doing some tours.