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May 26, 2005 | From Reuters
Motley Crue has sued NBC in Los Angeles federal court, accusing the network of banning the heavy metal band from its television programs to curry favor with federal regulators cracking down on indecency. Motley Crue, best known for 1980s hits including "Girls, Girls, Girls," was banned from appearing on NBC after its lead singer, Vince Neil, used a profanity during a New Year's Eve 2004 broadcast of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," according to court papers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“All bad things must come to an end.”  That's how Mötley Crüe broke the news it was calling it quits. The influential, and infamous, L.A. rock band turned Beacher's Madhouse in Hollywood into a circus Tuesday morning as more than 100 media outlets packed the hot spot to hear the band's announcement of a 72-date farewell tour. After more than three decades together, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars unveiled plans for a last hurrah. They even sat behind tombstone markers for an additional morbid flourish.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1994 | KATHERINE TURMAN
Is it a kinder, gentler Motley Crue that's entering its second decade? Hardly, but this album does suggest that the Crue may grow old gracefully, unlike many of the other L.A. metal bands that came of age in the '80s and later crashed and burned. It's difficult to say whether the addition of new singer John Corabi, whose voice is meatier and more appealing than predecessor Vince Neil's, is responsible for the shift in focus. But whatever the reason, there's less flash and more substance.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
After a 12-show residency there last year, Mötley Crüe announced Tuesday that it would return to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for another dozen concerts this fall. Call it the same ol' situation, as one of the band's big hits goes. The long-running L.A.-based hair-metal group is promising "an all-new production," according to a statement, with "plenty of surprise elements for fans and a set list full of hits. " PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners The residency is set to begin Sept.
NEWS
November 29, 1989 | From Times wire services
A member of the Motley Crue rock band has been charged with disorderly conduct after officials said he exposed his buttocks to a crowd of 12,000 people at a Riverfront Coliseum concert. Tommy Lee, 27, of Los Angeles was charged with dropping his leather G-string during Sunday night's concert. If convicted, Lee could be fined $133. Lee could pay the fine without appearing in court, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 1989
How truly sad when the best that America can provide for glasnost at the Moscow Peace Festival is the correct pronunciation of the F-word by the Motley Crue rock group ("Moscow Marathon," by Robert Hilburn, Aug. 11). One would have hoped that this tasteless collection of morons would have followed the lead of Jon Bon Jovi in politely learning a few words of Russian. Instead we in the United States must witness how certain bands fit very well into the "Ugly American" mold.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1990 | From Times staff and wire service reports
The heavy metal band Motley Crue stormed off the stage for 20 minutes after lead singer Vince Neil got hit in the face with a cup of ice. Neil was treated for superficial injuries after Wednesday's concert at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, said Louis Heidelmeier, a spokesman for Elektra Records. Neil dodged plastic squeeze bottles, undergarments and other items thrown on stage throughout the opening numbers. He rebuked the crowd and said the band would leave if the trashing continued.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A jury has ruled that VF Corp.'s Vans Inc., which makes sneakers for skateboarders, owes Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx at least $600,000 for using his photo without permission in an advertising campaign, Sixx's lawyer said Friday. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury Wednesday also awarded interest and attorneys' fees, which could boost the amount to more than $1 million, according to attorney Caroline Mankey.
NEWS
April 13, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A man hired to protect Motley Crue band members during a concert is seeking $25,000 from the heavy-metal band, claiming that its leader hit him in the head with a cowbell during the show. Mark Elrod of Ft. Wayne filed the complaint Tuesday in Allen Superior Court against Motley Crue and Vince Neil, the band leader. Elrod's job as a security guard for the March 21 concert required him to stand between the audience and the band, with his back to the stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1994 | STEVE APPLEFORD
These are days of rebuilding for Motley Crue. Not only is the band re-emerging with a new singer, but it's also facing a time when its brand of screeching party rock has faded in favor of newer voices and styles. Which explains why this pioneering Los Angeles metal act found itself headlining the relatively cozy Hollywood Palladium on Sunday, after spending much of the '80s stretching out in epic sports arenas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2012 | By Richard Cromelin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It was the physical embodiment of rock's power and majesty - a wall of black, vinyl-clad cabinets, one atop the other, crowned with a rectangular box containing the innovative circuitry that revolutionized the music. This was the famed Marshall stack, the amplification gear that has dominated rock stages since its introduction in the early 1960s, bestowing on guitarists the ability to achieve unprecedented volume and controlled distortion. From the Who, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s on through Peter Frampton, Van Halen, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses and Nirvana in succeeding decades, the cursive "Marshall" emblazoned on the speakers has served as an inescapable backdrop signature.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2009 | Mikael Wood
You have to question the wisdom of Motley Crue's decision to perform, as it did Friday at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, on a stage set to resemble a morgue. The idea that this band is dead, after all, is not one that needs any help: Though it has stayed relatively active (in various permutations) since first emerging as a product of the early-'80s hair-metal scene, Motley Crue hasn't released a worthwhile album in 20 years. Its latest, last year's "Saints of Los Angeles," summoned some renewed energy but lacked any memorable tunes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2008 | Mikael Wood
Motley Crue "Saints of Los Angeles" (Motley Records) 1/2 For all its back-in-the-saddle brio, Motley Crue's first new studio album together since 1997, "Saints of Los Angeles" -- released today in advance of the July 1 kickoff in West Palm Beach, Fla., of a summer-long tour -- isn't really a return to the band's mid-'80s heyday, when they delivered catchy riffs, polished guitar fuzz and ghastly ideas about romance. There is some of the old energy here, thanks in part to the presence of drummer Tommy Lee, who drives "Down at the Whisky" and "Chicks=Trouble" like somebody with a head full of stimulants.
REAL ESTATE
October 1, 2006 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and his wife, former "Baywatch" star Donna D'Errico, finally finished refurbishing their Agoura Hills home of eight years, and now they've put it on the market at close to $3 million. During the last four or five years, D'Errico orchestrated an updating of the 6,000-plus-square-foot house on 40 acres. Remodeling the 1982 house included a complete overhaul of the kitchen.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2006 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
It's like mixing a tongue stud with a tiara. She was the face of an upper-crust women's clothing company that dressed first ladies and chief executives. He is the heavily tattooed bass player for heavy-metal band Motley Crue. Now, former St. John Knits International Inc. executive Kelly Gray and Nikki Sixx have joined forces to launch a line of men's clothing.
NEWS
May 26, 2005 | From Reuters
Motley Crue has sued NBC in Los Angeles federal court, accusing the network of banning the heavy metal band from its television programs to curry favor with federal regulators cracking down on indecency. Motley Crue, best known for 1980s hits including "Girls, Girls, Girls," was banned from appearing on NBC after its lead singer, Vince Neil, used a profanity during a New Year's Eve 2004 broadcast of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," according to court papers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1992 | Steve Hochman
Put your money on Motley Crue. That's the consensus among rock insiders analyzing the separate futures of the L.A. rock group and departed lead singer Vince Neil, who was fired from the band two weeks ago in the biggest hard-rock split since Van Halen and David Lee Roth parted ways in 1986.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 1990 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
"Crue . . . Crue . . . Crue . . . Crue. . . ." The intensity of the audience chants as the four members of Motley Crue stood on stage at the end of the band's nearly two-hour Sports Arena concert Sunday night seemed more deeply rooted and emotional than your usual closing salute. The fans--mostly in their teens or early 20s--appeared to be celebrating not only the group's music, but also its survival.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2005 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
The schedule posted at the Inglewood Forum noted that the next event following Wednesday's Motley Crue concert would be Sunday's Easter Resurrection Service for the church owning the arena. Some things just write themselves. See, the last time the Crue toured, five years ago, the band couldn't get arrested. Well, its members could get arrested. They were good at that. But in terms of selling concert tickets, they were lifeless.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A jury has ruled that VF Corp.'s Vans Inc., which makes sneakers for skateboarders, owes Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx at least $600,000 for using his photo without permission in an advertising campaign, Sixx's lawyer said Friday. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury Wednesday also awarded interest and attorneys' fees, which could boost the amount to more than $1 million, according to attorney Caroline Mankey.
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