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April 6, 2012 |
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.
August 3, 2009 |
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.
June 24, 2008 |
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.
October 1, 2006 |
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.
August 10, 2006 |
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.
May 26, 2005 |
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.