Just like how it was said at the beginning of Mötley Crüe’s biopic known as The Dirt, The 1980s was the worst fucking decade in human history and their way of overcoming this was none other than Rock ‘N’ Roll, most especially Mötley Crüe’s version of Rock ‘N’ Roll.
Mötley Crüe was one of the most notorious, chaotic and wildest Rock ‘N’ Roll groups in history and The Dirt, which was based on a book with the same name, just gave us a glimpse of how it is to really live The Rock ‘N’ Roll life, especially in that era, but the film was not 100% accurate as some of the scenes that were shown didn’t really happen in real life.
Like any other Rock ‘N’ Roll band, Mötley Crue started out as four ordinary guys with a dream to play and share their music to the world and become one of the biggest, if not the biggest groups in history and they got their big break when they started out in The Sunset Strip Of West Hollywood, California. Before Mötley Crüe got their name, they had a few names in their minds such as Xmass, The Fourskins & Motley Crew.
Whiskey A-Go-Go and Rainbow Bar & Grill are the go-to places for music enthusiasts and bands alike if Rock ‘N’ Roll is the music they are into and that is where several bands including Mötley Crüe got their start-up. There were a lot of elements and storylines shown in The Dirt, but the most important ones were the individual stories of Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars & Tommy Lee before they formed Mötley Crüe as well as the band’s beginning as an unknown to their rise to fame to their darkest and lowest points in their lives to their temporary split-up to their eventual super stardom.
It was shown in the film that the band’s first gig started out in a way that they didn’t anticipate as a brawl suddenly ensued when a selected few from the crowd dissed the band. Moments later, an individual screamed the name of Mötley Crüe from the top of his lungs and it was all downhill from there. After several gigs and the band becoming known as one of the greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll acts of that era and to the people of The Sunset Strip, a guy by the name of Tom Zutaut Of Elektra Records approached Mötley Crüe and told them that he was interested in signing them for a five-album record deal.
As soon as Mötley Crüe hit it big time and they were at a party, another brawl broke out and a guy by the name of Doc McGhee laid out the people who started the riot, approached the band and offered to be their manager. He also said that he has been managing several bands aside from them such as KISS & Bon Jovi. It was at that moment when Mötley Crüe was referred to as a Satanic band, especially when their song “Shout At The Devil” hit the charts and even peaked at No.17 on The Billboard 200. The band’s former manager, Doc McGhee, even said that Mötley Crüe was one of the most difficult bands, maybe even the most difficult band he has ever worked with and that was saying a lot considering he has worked with bands such as KISS & Bon Jovi.
The band did the most insane stuff you could ever think off such as having sex in public, taking drugs in the most preposterous amounts, drinking booze in the most unhinged amounts and even drinking their own piss and snorting ants just like it is heroin with Black Sabbath Frontman Ozzy Osbourne. The band would just practically raise hell all the time. This lifestyle of theirs would eventually catch up to them and spell the darkest and lowest point in the band’s history.
Mötley Crüe Frontman Vince Neil would be arrested for 19 days and fined $2.5M for drinking and driving and eventually costing the life of Hanoi Rocks Drummer Razzle. Nikki Sixx would fire the band’s manager, Doc McGhee, for getting involved in his life by setting up a meeting with Nikki’s mother, who Nikki had arrested during his childhood. Nikki Sixx would then get so fucked up that he would spend at least $1000 a day in heroin which would almost cost him his own life. After a near death experience, Nikki would then get his life back on track but only for a short period of time. He would eventually fuck up his life again and hit rock bottom.
The band would then try to get their life back on track by going to rehab. One year later, the band would be back in the studio and would complete their Dr. Feelgood Album, which would become number one worldwide and would score the band’s 1989-1990 world tour. After completing the world tour, the band would hit rock bottom once again when Vince Neil’s family would leave him which would cost tension between the band members and would eventually push him to quit the band. The band would hire a new singer, whose name is John Corabi, for a short while, but would suck as they would not be the same Mötley Crüe they once were.
Their bad luck would continue as Vince Neil’s daughter would die from cancer, Tommy Lee’s wife Heather would leave him, Elektra Records would drop the band from the record deal, Nikki Sixx’s father would die from old age and Mick Mars would just get out of surgery. After all of the shit and hell the band would go through, they would eventually come to a realization that they needed to do something drastic to change their lives and once again get back on track and be the greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll act in history.
The band would talk among themselves, get their singer Vince Neil back and play 20 more years before playing their last show on New Years Eve 2015. This is when the world would truly realize that Mötley Fucking Crüe has made it and will forever be known as one of the greatest, if not the greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll acts in history as they would embody and define what it truly means to be Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘N’ Roll.
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