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Motley Crue are the definitive 1980s hair metal band — even though their late career antics have sometimes overshadowed their impressive musical accomplishments. Emerging out of the Sunset Strip scene with the seminal, independently released ‘Too Fast for Love’ album, in 1981, bassist Nikki Sixx, vocalist Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, and drummer Tommy Lee behaved like a street gang in leather, mascara and high heels. Their 1983 sophomore album and major label debut, ‘Shout at the Devil,’ would move millions of copies and help set them establish the ultimate template for controversy, debauchery, and of course, top-of-the-line pop metal. But on the eve of releasing their highly anticipated third album, 1985’s ‘Theatre of Pain,’ Neil was the driver in a fatal car crash involving Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas ‘Razzle’ Dingley. And while he ultimately escaped with only minimum time served on a vehicular manslaughter charge, the incident would cast a permanent shadow over Motley Crue’s career. This, however, continued to prosper unabated for the rest of the decade from a commercial standpoint, even though Sixx sunk to the depths of drug addiction around the release of 1987’s ‘Girls Girls Girls’ (even being declared officially dead after one particular overdose) before cleaning up his act for 1989’s best-selling ‘Dr. Feelgood.’ Then, just as things were starting to look relatively “sane” in Motley Crue land, Neil split with the band and was replaced by John Corabi for a single, ill-fated eponymous album released in 1994, which catered to the changing grunge sound to dismal fan response and poor sales to match. By 1997, Vince had been reinstated for the ‘Generation Swine’ album but within two years it was Lee’s turn to quit to explore solo projects and his tabloid celebrity status, largely relating to his fiery marriage to Playboy playmate Pamela Anderson. The tell-all band biography, ‘The Dirt,’ became a best-seller in 2001, and Motley Crue spent the next decade repeatedly making up and breaking up, amid sporadic albums and tours, until announcing their farewell jaunt in 2014…though this proved so successful, it shows no signs of actually concluding anytime soon.

Too Fast for Love’ (1981), ‘Shout at the Devil’ (1983), ‘Theatre of Pain (1985), ‘Dr. Feelgood’ (1989) Related Artists: Vince Neil, Methods of Mayhem, Brides of Destruction, Sixx A.M. Further Reading: 10 Best Motley Crue Songs Read More: Motley Crue News

Vince Neil Sings National Anthem at Inaugural Las Vegas Outlaws Football Game

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Motley Crue's Vince Neil sang the National Anthem at the opening night of his new Las Vegas Outlaws franchise.

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Y&T Singer: Bon Scott Thought His AC/DC Bandmates Were Boring Back in 1976

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Y&T vocalist Dave Meniketti recalls Bon Scott thinking his AC/DC bandmates were boring.

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Motley Crue’s Allister Fiend vs. Quiet Riot’s Man with the Metal Mask – March Metal Mascot Madness, Round 1

Motley Crue vs. Quiet Riot
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Allister Fiend or Man with the Metal Mask? Cast your vote now!

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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx to Be Featured on VH1 Classic’s ‘Rock Icons’ Show

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Motley Crue and Sixx: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx will be featured on the March 28 edition of VH1 Classic's 'Rock Icons.'

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Nikki Sixx: ‘$100 Million for Five Shows’ Would Not Get Motley Crue to Perform After Final Tour

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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx speaks about Crue’s final tour, his plans for the future and if the band would ever consider touring again.

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Onetime Motley Crue Singer John Corabi May Record With Mick Mars After Crue’s Final Tour

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Ethan Miller / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

John Corabi was the vocalist for Motley Crue from 1992 to 1996, and it looks like Corabi and Crue guitarist Mick Mars may work together again in the near future.

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Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee Talks Getting Stuck on 50-Foot ‘Cruecifly’ + ‘Waste of Time’ Solo Projects

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In a new interview with Tommy Lee, the drummer reflects on getting stuck 50 feet in the air on his Cruecifly drum kit and much more.

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Watch Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek Read Lyrics From Motley Crue’s ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’

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Alex Trebek read some of the lyrics from Motley Crue’s 1987 hit ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ on Jeopardy this week to the delight of all ears everywhere.

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Motley Crue Guitarist Mick Mars: Rock Shows Today Lack ‘Heaviness, Punch and Vigor’

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Motley Crue know a thing or two about putting on rock shows and Mick Mars says many of today's rock shows are lacking something.

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Nikki Sixx: I’ll Play Naked Onstage If Patriots Beat Seahawks in Super Bowl

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How big of a Seahawks fan is Nikki Sixx? See some of his recent comments here.

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