Motley Crueis a heavy metal rock band which was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1980, when Nikki Sixx (bass player) left the band called London. Nikki began rehearsing with musicians Tommy Lee and Greg Leon (vocalist and guitar player). Lee and Leon had worked together before in a group called Suite 19. The group practiced together for a while then Leon decided he wanted to quit. The other two then searched for some new members to complete their band. They recruited Mick Mars (guitar player), and Vince Neil to complete their group they named Motley Crue. The Motley Crue is one of the most popular American hard rock , heavy metal bands and have sold over 45 million albums of their music. All of the members have lived a dangerous life with drugs and alcohol. They all have had close calls with the law and spent time in jail. The members also have many tattoos on their bodies. They are still releasing music and have their 9th studio album and also a film adaptation of their best selling band autobiography called, The Dirt, which is supposed to be released in 2009.
Motley Crue released their first single called, Stick To Your Guns - Toast of the Town, with their own label, Leathur Records. The record label had a distribution deal with Greenworld Distribution, in Torrence. The group released their debut album in 1981 and it was called, Too Fast For Love. The album sold 20,000 copies. The group went on tour in Canada and also negotiated with several record labels in Los Angeles. They signed a contract with Elektra Records label in 1982. The debut album was re-mixed and re-released by Elektra Records. The bandís tour in Canada was cut short because of several incidents. The band was arrested and released and they were also banned from the city for life where they were performing in and they also received a bomb threat at the Sheraton Caravan Hotel. The tour ended in disaster but the band also got their first international press attention. Mags Revell, a promoter in England, started a promotion which showed that the fans wanted the band to reunite. In 2004 the four original members said they would began a reunion tour in February, 2005, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They also released a compilation album in 2005 and called it, Red, White, and Crue. The group then went on other tours in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 they went on a small tour in Europe. The group is planning on another tour in 2008 and also releasing another album. They have released a total of 8 albums, 28 singles, and 7 music videos to date.
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