Motley Crue News: Vegas residency wind-down, Jacoby from Papa Roach, Vince Neil’s B-day, Mick Mars interview, Nikki Sixx talks addiction on CNN (video)
Motley have taken over Sin City! As they wrap up their successful Las Vegas residency at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (on Feb. 19), the question I have is when are they going to return, and who will be the next hard rock/metal act to take up residency on the Vegas strip? Someone has to follow Motley's lead don't they? Here's the latest on Motley in Vegas and more!
The group has gotten some help from their friends at the shows, most notably Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix. He joined the band to perform "Smokin' In The Boys Room" during the show on February 4th, as the days wind down Vince Neil says there will be more guest jamming with them on stage.
"A lot of them our friends of ours that have even called and said 'Hey bro can we jam with you'," Neil said. "So we have a song ready for anybody who wants to show up and play." Here's some video of Shaddix with the Crue:
Vince Neil celebrated his 51st birthday during the Vegas run, taking the roller coaster ride on Tommy Lee's drumkit. Check it out!
Looks like the boys have been working on new music durin the Vegas run as Nikki Sixx tweeted the following update on Feb. 12: “Back into writing session for new CRUE here in Vegas…This first song is really ratty, sexy and loud…”
Tommy Lee tweeted his own message the next day, saying, “With @james_a_michael @nikkisixx in da studio kids!! NEW CRUE comin!!! FOK!!!!” Lee is talking about Sixx: A.M. singer James Michael in the tweet, who is likely co-writing songs with the band for the new album.
Mick Mars talked to gibson.com about the Vegas residency, the upcoming movie for 'The Dirt', his #1 Motley Crue song of all time and more.
Did Mötley Crüe ever have a dream of having your own residency in Las Vegas? I mean, you’re the first rock band to really do so.
Not really! I’m an old-school type of person. When it comes to residencies, I think Mötley Crüe is kind of breaking the ice in that area, because when I think of residencies, I think of the older names and non-rock acts. So, I feel like it’s what we did with the Roxy in Los Angeles with the rock scene. We were the first unsigned band to play there, which opened up a whole new area for bands that were unsigned to play. So, we could be doing the same thing here. I don’t know – I don’t have a crystal ball [laughs]. But, I’m guessing stuff like that will happen.
What have you guys been pulling out at the shows, song-wise?
A lot of the standard songs that we play. The hits that if you don’t play them, people go, “How come they didn’t play ‘Kickstart My Heart?’” But, we’ve thrown in a few songs that are more unfamiliar with the crowd, like off Generation Swine, and we threw in “Piece of Your Action” off the first album.
Is it hard to believe Mötley Crüe have been rocking for over 30 years?
I’m surprised none of us has choked each other! [Laughs] The family thing of “I’m not going over to Rodger’s house for a week!” [Laughs] I really didn’t have a clue if we were going to last 20, 30, 10 or five years. Again, I’m from old-school, and I’m a couple years older than the guys, and I’m used to seeing bands last maybe seven to 10 years. The Stones were the very first band that I ever saw really last, and then Aerosmith. We just kept chugging along, and people seemed to love the band. But, I didn’t foresee that 30 years at all. Read the entire interview here.
Here's more fan-shot video from the gigs:
In the aftermath of the death of Whitney Houston, Nikki Sixx appeared on CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight' to discuss drug and alcohol abuse in the entertainment industry. Check out the interview below in two parts:
Crue News: ‘Kickstart My Heart’ Xmas lights, Dec. 1st announcement on CNN, Nikki Sixx already planning new book releases
Get ready for a Merry Motley Christmas! Check out this lights display set to Motley Crue‘s ‘Kickstart My Heart’. This display from last year has been getting lots of attention online thanks to a Facebook post by Nikki Sixx. For the entire song, taken from Motley's 1989 album ‘Dr. Feelgood,’ thousands of lights blink and flash all over the Make-A-Wish New Years Rock & Roll Light Display in Appleton, Wisconsin. No video up on this home's display this year as of yet.
Motley Crue will be guests on the ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ show on CNN on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 9PM ET to announce some big news, and they are dropping daily clues for fans to keep them guessing. The first clue was simply the word ‘MOST’ sporting the signature Motley umlaut over the ‘O,’ with the ‘S’ in red while the rest of the text was black.
Today, Nikki Sixx posted another hint on his Facebook page, saying, “Your guesses were good for something else, but not for this. If we went back in “history” and it was a rattlesnake it would of bit you in the ass. The hint couldn’t be any clearer if it was the nose on your face. Let me make this clearer for you, any ideas now?”
He also posted a picture of himself sporting shades and wearing a t-shirt that said, “Headless Body in a Topless Bar.”
The announcement will probably confirm the rumor that the band has inked a deal with the LasVegas Hard Rock Hotel for a residency that would see the band playing a series concerts at the casino.
Author Nikki Sixx will apparently be creating two new books. Having already published ’The Heroin Diaries,’ and ‘This Is Gonna Hurt,' Sixx’s next book may be released as soon as May 2012.
Sixx is probably...no definitely the most active rocker with his followers on his Facebook and Twitter pages. The official announcement was made after a fan named Nicki asked Sixx, “WHEN IS YOUR NEXT BOOK COMING?!!!!”
“Nicki, Hello….I am working on it now….I am hoping to release it somewhere between May-June 2012,” Sixx responded. “I am writing two books as we speak actually….The 2nd book will be out in 2013….Neither book is like anything i have done before ( i guess you can say the same thing about ‘The Heroin Diaries’ and ‘This is gonna hurt’ too )…I pride myself on not writing the same book over & over and also not using a ghost writer..Of course it takes longer, but raw honesty through words is what i am.
We're looking forward to whatever concept Nikki come up with!
CNN's Poppy Harlow will go inside the world of KISS on "Kiss Inc.", premiering Sunday, October 23 at 8PM ET, replaying at 11PM ET. Poppy gets on board the band's plane on the way to a concert, as well as exclusive backstage access. She also visits the homes of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley to explore how KISS has become one of the most branded names in the world.
Fans from over 30 states and Canada (and some from as far away as Switzerland!) came to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on August 13 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Kiss Coffeehouse with KISS drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer.
Tommy and Eric signed autographs for over seven and a half hours straight, greeting fans and taking photos. At the completion of the autograph session, Eric and Tommy went on stage and held a question-and-answer session with the audience. During the Q&A, it was revealed that the Kiss Coffeehouse will be opening a new restaurant/coffeehouse location in Las Vegas next year.
The Kiss Coffeehouse is a specialty coffee retailer operating at Broadway at the Beach, an entertainment complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Its theme revolves around the band KISS, who own the franchise. A number of items from KISS' stage shows, such as costumes, are also on display at the establishment.
KISS News: Gene Simmons on CBS’ “The Talk”, Tommy Thayer meet Alex Lifeson of Rush, KISS meets “Hello Kitty”?, John from Seether shows off his KISS collectibles, Paul Stanley talks hearing loss on CNN
Gene Simmons appeared on the Monday, June 20th episode of CBS' The Talk. Simmons apologized to the program's co-host, Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon Osbourne, for some statements he allegedly made in regards to the reality show The Osbournes. He also talks about the tension in his relationship with longtime partner, Shannon Tweed which is being aired on the latest season of Gene Simmons Family Jewels on A&E.
Simmons stated: "I love Shannon Tweed, I want to work this out. There's no chance of me ever running out on my kids or Shannon. I will do anything I can to make sure that I finally grow up and be a man."
KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer paid a backstage visit to Rush guitarist, Alex Lifeson at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheatre last night. Thayer and Lifeson are the only guitarists that have their own Signature model amplifiers with Hughes & Kettner. Rush's Time Machine tour runs until July 2nd.
KISS' Gene Simmons revealed this past weekend on twitter that he met with executives to discuss, in his words, "a KISS-Hello Kitty worldwide deal. Wow." There is a massive Hello Kitty product range that includes purses, stickers and pen sets to toasters, televisions, clothing, massagers, computer equipment and more. It has a cult-like following among adults as well, especially in Asia, where you will see Hello Kitty cars, purses, jewelry and other high-end consumer products.
Drummer John Humphrey from Seether is a huge KISS fan. In this video he shows of many of the items in his awesome KISS memorabilia collection:
Here's Paul Stanley on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta talking about microtia, a condition that caused him to be deaf in one ear:
Ted Nugent disgusted by homosexuals, but says he’s not homophobic (video); rocks “Cat Scratch Fever” with Mike Huckabee
Ted Nugent was a guest on the May 18, 2011 episode of "Piers Morgan Tonight" on CNN. In this clip Ted talks about his views on gays and homosexuallity and how he would react if one of his children were gay.
In this clip Piers and Ted debate their views on gun control:
Ted Nugent also performed his classic song "Cat Scratch Fever" with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (on bass) during an appearance on the May 14 edition of Huckabee's Fox News show, "Huckabee".