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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

The Surprising Reason Motley Crue Added Umlauts to Their Name

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Learn several little-known facts about Motley Crue's early days, including the beer brand that helped them choose their name.

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Nikki Sixx Calls for Artists + the Media to Investigate Streaming Compensation

Nikki Sixx
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

The Motley Crue / Sixx: A.M. bassist is rallying artists and the media to investigate their Spotify and YouTube streaming returns and to help new artists.

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Motley Crue Rock Private Dallas Concert for Dodge Owners

Motley Crue

Motley Crue have been playing in front of thousands of fans every night on their 'Final Tour,' but they played a more intimate show over the weekend in Dallas.

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Nikki Sixx Sells Los Angeles Home for $2.4 Million

Nikki Sixx
Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Motley Crue and Sixx: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx recently sold his Los Angeles-area home for $2.4 million.

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Vince Neil: Arena Football League Team ‘Has Nothing To Do With Motley Crue’

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

In addition to his duties as singer of Motley Crue, you can also add football team owner to Vince Neil's resume.

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Motley Crue’s Vince Neil Hints At Las Vegas + Los Angeles Conclusion for ‘Final Tour’

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has hinted that the band's 'Final Tour' will wind down in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

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Watch Nikki Sixx Spend a Day as a New Jersey Record Store Clerk

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YouTube

During a tour stop in New Jersey, Nikki Sixx posed as a fake record store employee named Larry catering to the needs of the customers.

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Motley Crue Bassist Nikki Sixx Undergoes Double Hernia Surgery

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

The bassist took advantage of a break in the schedule to undergo a painful double hernia surgery.

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Drummer Tommy Lee Eyeing Post-Motley Crue Recording Plans

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Motley Crue's 'Final Tour' will eventually come to an end, and drummer Tommy Lee is starting to formulate his recording plans.

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Motley Crue Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Onstage

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Motley.com

Motley Crue are the latest to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with all four band members being doused onstage in Virginia Beach.

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