36 years ago today, January 17th, one of my favourite bands was born. It was on this day in 1981 that songwriter/bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee and lead vocalist Vince Neil came together in Los Angeles, California, to form the glam metal band, Mötley Crüe.
It’s interesting how I became a fan. I remember, as a teenager, my then boyfriend playing their music but at the time, it didn’t do anything for me. Then, about 3 years later, the next guy I dated was gung-ho about going to their concert. I surprised him with floor tickets and away we went. To say the least, I was blown away. It was the liveliest, most energy-infused show I’d ever seen. I was hooked. Shortly after I was given a copy of The Dirt to read; I devoured it and since then I’ve been an avid fan.
I even named my dog Motley.
While they may have retired (I legit cried at the last concert I seen of theirs during their final tour), performing their last show on December 31st, 2015 at the Staples Centre in L.A., their legacy lives on.
They have put out 9 original studio albums and sold out countless shows.
It’s been one hell of a ride for these guys, as it usually is for rockstars, with members getting into trouble with the law, dealing with substance abuse and of course, almost losing the one-and-only Nikki Sixx to an overdose.
Ever the insightful one, Nikki describes the band’s dynamics in an interview in 1983:
“We could just fall apart tomorrow or go straight to the top, because we’re such extremists as personalities. It’s like riding a roller coaster twenty-four hours a day. Every time you turn around, somebody’s in jail or 100,000 kids are buying our album.”
As a tribute, Rolling Stone posted a video looking back at some band highlights.
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