The Crue had to prove themselves every time they released a new record in the ‘80s. So many people would write them off & say their time had come . . . & then the next record would be another huge success. This 1987 Faces article asks Crue fans what they expected of the boys after the almost drastic image & sound change on the previous record, Theatre Of Pain.
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Circus caught up with Nikki in early ‘87 to talk about the new record, the songs (‘Five Years Dead’ came from a novel), the upcoming tour, an early run-in with computers & a recent slag from hero Steven Tyler when he saw Nikki wearing one of his 1970s-styled suits onstage:
Here’s a Vince interview from Metal Edge discussing the new album & tour & the video for the title song with photos from the shoot (from a variety of mags). That blonde with Vince is Sharise Ruddell & would become one of history’s Mrs. Vince Neils & the mother of Vince’s child Skylar who died of cancer at the age of 4 in 1995.
Here’s some random Crue articles from early 1987. Some of this came out before any of the promotional stuff for the Girls record & tour was released so the mags had to dip back as far as the Shout era for photos. As some of the press & the fans seemed genuinely surprised they were still around in 1987, it was a good time to reminisce & ponder the rather short but eventful Motley career to this point.
From May or June 1987, Circus magazine caught up with Nikki to talk about the upcoming tour & other things Motley. It’s interesting to read the press at this time because little did we know the supposed hell Nikki was going through with addiction. It’s all detailed in The Dirt & The Heroin Diaries & you can read more at the Motley History online Bible: Paul Miles’ Chronological Crue (click THIS LINK to go to the 1987 News page).