Tommy Lee, American singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer (Mötley Crüe, Methods of Mayhem, and Rock Star Supernova) was born 3 October 1962. Mötley Crüe were formed in Los Angeles, California in 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, Sixx and Lee soon met guitarist Bob Deal, better known as Mick Mars.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 Candi at the Starwood in Hollywood, California, Mars suggested they recruited him in 1981
While thinking of a name Mars remembered a rival band being described as a Motley Looking Crew. 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. Other than from 1992 to 1997 and 1999 to 2004, the line-up of Neil, Nikki Sixx, Lee, and Mars has remained the same. The band’s first release was the single “Stick to Your Guns/Toast of the Town”, followed by their debut album Too Fast for Love.
During the subsequent “Crüesing Through Canada Tour ’82,” there were several widely publicized incidents. First, the band was arrested, then Neil was arrested for arriving with carry-on luggage filled with porn magazines. Then while playing Scandals Disco in Edmonton a spurious “bomb threat” was made against the band, the assistant band manager Greif and Lee were interviewed by police as a result. This too ended up being a staged PR stunt. Then Lee threw a television set from the upper story window of the Sheraton Caravan Hotel and they were “banned for life” from the city. Despite the tour ending prematurely in financial disaster, it sealed the band’s reputation as hell raisers. After changing Management they were mired in Court Procedings for the next seven years.The band rose to international fame after playing at a US Festival, and with the aid of MTV. They then gained the attention of heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne and opened for Osbourne on his 1984 world tour.
The band members were well known for their backstage antics, outrageous clothing, extreme high-heeled boots, heavily applied make-up, and seemingly endless abuse of alcohol and drugs as well. Their mixture of heavy metal and hard rock with influences by AC/DC and Aerosmith and guitar picking style of Judas Priest produced several best-selling albums during the 1980s, including Shout at the Devil (1983), Theatre of Pain (1985), and Girls, Girls, Girls (1987). Which featured their love of motorcycles, whiskey, strip clubs, substance abuse, sexual escapades, and general decadence.
The band members have also had many real life scrapes. In 1984, while Neil was driving his De Tomaso Pantera he was in a head-on collision; his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley, was killed. Neil, was subsequently charged with a DUI and vehicular manslaughter, was sentenced to 30 days in jail (though he only served 18 days) and received a $2,000,000 fine. The new album Theatre of Pain (1985) was dedicated in Dingley’s honor, and it started a new glam metal phase in the band’s style. In 1987, Nikki Sixx suffered a heroin overdose. He was declared legally dead on the way to the hospital, but the medic, who was a Crüe fan, revived Sixx, bringing him back to life. His two minutes in death were the inspiration for the song “Kickstart My Heart”on the album Doctor Feelgood. From 1986 to 1987, Sixx kept a daily diary of his heroin addiction and entered rehab in January 1988. In 2006, Sixx published his diaries as a best selling novel: The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, and in 2007 Sixx’s side project band Sixx:A.M. released The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack. Then in 1988 The Manager was convicted for smuggling 40,000 pounds of marijuana. Then an unsuccessful lawsuit by Matthew Trippe claimed that Nikki Sixx was hospitalised in 1983 after a car crash involving drugs and that he had been hired as Nikki’s doppelgänger and Trippe wanted royalties. Their decadent lifestyles almost shattered the band, Until all the band members except for Mars underwent drug rehabilitation. Then in 1989, Mötley Crüe released Doctor Feelgood. The title track and “Kickstart My Heart” were both nominated for Grammys in the Best Hard Rock Category. Dr. Feelgood was also nominated twice for Favorite Hard Rock/Metal Award, losing once to Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, but winning the following year, beating out Aerosmith’s Pump and Poison’s Flesh & Blood. Mötley Crüe was also nominated twice for Favorite Hard Rock/Metal Artist.
Mötley Crüe have been described through the years as the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band and has sold more than 80 million album copies worldwide, including 25 million in the U.S. The band members have often been noted for their hedonistic lifestyles and the persona they maintained. All of the original members have had numerous brushes with the law, spent time in prison, suffered from alcoholism, suffered from long addictions to drugs, had countless escapades with women, (including Pamela Anderson) and are heavily tattooed. Their ninth studio album, Saints of Los Angeles, was released on June 24, 2008, certified Gold album in January 2012. Motley Crue has been working on their tenth studio album, which is set for release in 2013. Mötley Crüe are ranked tenth on MTV’s list “Top 10 Heavy Metal Bands of All-Time” and ninth on “VH1′s All Time Top Ten Metal Bands”.
CARNIVAL OF SINS – http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwe1Y0cPGRU