Interesting Facts about Motley Crue

Motley Crue, an American heavy metal band that rose to fame in the 1980s, formed in Los Angeles in 1981. Lead singer Vince Neil, drummer Tommy Lee, bassist Nikki Sixx and lead guitarist Mick Mars took the music scene by storm, with number one hit albums such as “Dr. Feelgood” and “Girls, Girls, Girls.” The band was almost as famous for the hard partying lifestyles of the members as it was for the music, making for some interesting facts.

Motley Crue

The First Singer

The first singer of Motley Crue was a man known as O`Dean. Nikki, Mick and Tommy, while the band was still nameless, decided they didn`t care for his vocal pitch or his refusal to work well with the other band members. When they fired him, Mick recommended the lead singer of Rockandi, Vince Neil.

Mottley Cru

Mick`s first band name suggestion was “Mottley Cru,” something he`d seen and jotted down. Nikki Sixx liked the name but not the spelling, changing it to “Motley Crue.”

June 6, 1981

The sixth of June in 1981 was the band`s first official gig together, at the Troubadour. They set a record for attendance and Vince Neil learned a few things from David Lee Roth of Van Halen, who liked the band and took the time to offer some industry insight.

Coffman`s Fines

Determined to make the band a professional hit, manager Allan Coffman imposed a fine system in July of 1981. Any unprofessional behavior merited a fine, such as $20 if a member showed up to a rehearsal with a hangover.

Stephen Pearcy

Stephen Pearcy, singer of another popular 1980s band, Ratt, was offered the job as lead singer by Nikki Sixx in late 1981. Sixx was frustrated with Vince Neil, especially after Neil refused to wear a Santa suit he had made for a Christmas show at the Country Club.

Tattoos

While many people associated the Crue members with tattoos, singer Vince Neil didn`t get one until 1982. His first of many designs is a snake with a music note.

Weight Loss

By 1983, Motley Crue had new management. Doug Thaler, part of the new team, visited the members weeks prior to their tour as an opening act for Kiss. Thaler recommended they lose about 20 pounds each to be in better shape for the tour. Each member lost at least 10 pounds when Thaler returned a couple of weeks later.

Kiss Tour

Motley Crue only opened for Kiss for five shows before they were kicked off the tour by Gene Simmons of Kiss. Reportedly, Simmons was unhappy with the band`s behavior, but Doug Thaler believed it was because the band was outshining Kiss.

1984

In 1984, Motley Crue toured with legend, Ozzy Osbourne, who took an instant liking to the band and was often seen partying with them.

Shout at the Devil

The 1984 album, Shout at the Devil became the band`s first platinum album, with over a million copies sold.

Motley Crue was also known for their wild looks, which often involved mixing biker style clothes, such as Hurley Clothes and more glam rock elements. As the music scene changed, the glam elements, such as makeup, were dropped.

Bonus: Motley Crue – Live at Glen Helen Regional Park, USA 1983 [Full Concert]

Metallica – A Preface

There have been many big famous names in the wide rock music world that have influenced the world greatly. One of such names in the legendary list of rock music is Metallica. Metallica is a famous American band from Los Angeles, California. It is basically a heavy metal band. The band came into existence in the year 1981. Actually James Hetfield replied to an ad that famous drummer Lars Ulrich at that time posted in a local newspaper.

The band incorporates the group of Lars Ulrich (drummer), James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett (guitarist) and Robert Trujillo (bassist). Metallica is deeply influenced by early heavy metal and hard rock bands and artists such as Queen, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin Deep Purple, AC/DC, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith and Rush.

The fame of this band can be understood by the fact that they were among one of founding “big four” of the popular thrash metal beside Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth. Their attributes were quite different than other sorts of rock music bands. These include fast instrumentals, tempos and most famous aggressive musicianship.

Nine Grammy Awards have been won by the band that have raised their already star studded reputation & fame to higher level. The band has successfully sold more than a 100 million albums globally. Currently Metallica is the fourth best-selling music artist worldwide. With time Metallica has turn out to be one of the most influential & dominant heavy metal bands of all time.

Original Metallica Line-up Members

If you are an avid music fan and especially of hard rock and heavy metal, then the breath-taking tracks of Metallica such as ‘That was just your life, ‘Cyanide’, ‘Fuel’, ‘The Shortest Straw’ can fill with you with the excitement that you demand. The America originated brand is the biggest heavy metal band of all the time and here is the big news of now.

Original Metallica Lineup Members

Blackened Recordings, the band’s label, would now be the home to all the current albums and videos and all the future releases of Metallica. How this success for Metallica became possible? Yes, due to the hard work of the line-up members. The line-up members till now have played their significant parts in the upbringing of the band to this extent. When it comes to Metallica, the focus is often on James Hetfield. The unbending dedication and devotion that James exhibited from the early days has a prime role to play in Metallica’s success. The band made its innovative start in the year 1981 with the original line-up comprising of James Hetfield for Vocals, Guitar and Bass; Lloyd Grant for Lead guitar and Lars Ulrich for drums.

James was so enthusiastic about his job that he canned his three weeks of intense physical therapy to just four days for the sake of the Summer Sanitarium 2000 tour. The honour of the present success that Metallica is sharing with all its fans goes to the Master head James along with Lars Ulrich for drums, Kirk Hammett for guitar and background vocals and Robert Trujillo for the bass. A total of nine Grammy awards till now and five consecutive number one album debuts on Billboard 200 define the glory of Metallica well.