Motley Magazine Miscellany #1



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After you’d shred up your 1980s magazines, taking out the Crue stuff & maybe trading or giving away articles & pics of other bands to buddies, you’d have all this ‘leftover’ stuff. You might have a mention of Crue in a news section or a Crue pic in the magazine title page/table of contents like above. Some of this stuff was cut out & became scrapbook fodder but I kept a bunch of other pages that contained Crue content & they really show the band in the context of the magazine & hard rock scene of the ‘80s-early ’90s.

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Some more vintage magazine table of contents or title pages or publication page or what-have-yous. That’s a pic of Nikki with Jon Bon Jovi in a chokehold, above, & at the top right a cool little pic of Nikki throwing a towel into the audience during a Girls, Girls, Girls performance in 1987. These are all from 1986-1992.


. . . a few news items about Motley’s onstage guests during the Dr. Feelgood tour & a visit to a Planet Hollywood . . .


. . . the social & recreational Crue . . .



. . . Metal Edge’s Gerri Miller asked rockers ‘What was the strangest gift you’ve ever received?’ & you have to check out the second image to read Nikki’s one word, hilarious answer . . .


. . . Here are two incomplete articles from Blast! Magazine devoted to fan letters about censorship be it from their parents or the PMRC. Nikki is mentioned in one of the letters & check out the Motley logo X’d out in the border graphics. The Crue were obviously prime targets for censorship in the 1980s . . .


. . . at the center bottom of this TV schedule you’ll see a Motley Much Music ‘Spotlight’ advertised for 11pm in October of 1991 . . .


. . . Vince reminisces about school, Motley are discussed in ‘Hard Rock Heroes’ (with Shout era photo of Vince & Nikki) & a couple DOD era photos with mention of the work on the 6th studio album that never saw the light of day . . .


. . . ‘Looks That Kill’ is voted third best song in some magazine’s poll & Shout At the Devil is voted 25th in a Circus poll of most important or best Hard Rock/Metal albums . . . 


More Motley Magazine Miscellany to come at the Sleaze Patrol Files . . .

Tommy Lee Talks to Blast! in 1989 & Sleaze Patrol TV



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Judy Wieder from Blast! Magazine gets her turn with Tommy in Vancouver. In ‘Hats Off To Heather!’ Tommy talks about his sober relationship with Heather Locklear & his wariness in having children while he’s still rockin’ at 26 years of age.


Guns, Guns, Guns. The Crue gang got into shooting guns back in these sober days. You get to see Mick shoot & even make his own bullets on the old home video ‘Decade of Decadence’ (not for sale anymore but probably on YouTube). Tommy talks about writing in the home studio he made in his house (he dry walled it himself!) & then reveals that he got a ‘sleeve’ of tattoos & hasn’t told his wife yet.


Wieder seems to be recycling the older interview when she supposedly catches up with Tommy as the Motleys hit the road in late 1989. Guns, Heather & then a sudden deflection off the topic of children to the Aerosmith gents help fill out more bland Blast! content. The Blast! editor didn’t seem to do much editing so you get chatty, intimate although kinda boring writing. Blast! was more about the photos & pin-ups.



Tommy visited the Much Music folks in September of 1989 to promote the new album. I was on top of the VCR that week & recorded several interviews including this live one with VJ Steve Anthony on the Much Music set. Tommy later sat down with Laurie Brown for an interview that was used for both the Power Hour & the TV show ‘The New Music.’ Enjoy some Sleaze Patrol TV . . .

Tommy Lee on Power Hour 1989