MÖTLEY CRÜE IS BACK

Almost six years after signing a “Cessation of Touring” agreement, the contract is off the table because a whole new generation of Crüeheads are relentlessly demanding for the band to come back together. Following the huge success of their Netflix biopic The Dirt, Mötley Crüe has seen a massive surge in new audience. The band best known for breaking the rules, has destroyed their cessation of touring contract in true Mötley Crüe-fashion, by literally blowing it up, watch the destruction below.
After 35 years together on stage, and 30 years since the release of Dr. Feelgood, the members of Mötley Crüe parted ways without speaking to each other after their Final Show on December 31st, 2015. Vince, Nikki, Mick and Tommy didn’t come together again until 2018 to participate in the making of The Dirt movie, which unexpectedly brought them closer together again including seeing them head back into the recording studio after having gone in their own directions for several years. The fuse was lit.
 
Since playing Tommy Lee in The Dirt, so many of my fans have said how they wish they could’ve seen the real Mötley Crüe play live,” said Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly)  “I never thought I would see the day when this would become a reality.  But the fans spoke and Mötley Crüe listened!” 
The Dirt currently enjoys an audience score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. And its massive global success earlier this year saw Mötley Crüe’s popularity rush to new highs, catapulting the band’s music back to the top of the worldwide charts with the younger 18-44 demographic now representing 64% of the band’s fanbase. Moreover, in the six months following the release of The Dirt, Mötley Crüe has celebrated a meteoric rise of almost 350% increase in streams of their music across all streaming platforms. However, most of the new fans have never seen any of the legendary live shows that Crüeheads have relished for close to 4 decades.  
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EDDIE VAN HALEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AFTER BAD REACTION TO DRUGS USED TO TREAT HIS THROAT CANCER

Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen is home resting after spending days in the hospital due to complications from his ongoing cancer treatment, according to a new report.

Per TMZ, the 64-year-old guitarist is at home with his son after he was admitted to the hospital late last week with complaints of intestinal issues and abdominal pain. He was reportedly released Sunday and is now doing fine…

The outlet notes that the symptoms were the result of a bad reaction to some of the drugs that he was taking to battle throat cancer.

Sources previously told the gossip site that the Van Halen musician has been flying to Germany for five years for radiation treatment, which has “worked to keep the disease in check.” The star also “seems to be doing OK.”

Read more at Fox News.

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GUITARIST VINNIE VINCENT SELLING HIS “SPEEDBALL JAM” CD FOR $250

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent will re-releasing his 2002 instrumental album in a limited edition of 1,000 CDs.

Vincent’s official web site is accepting pre-orders for this “historic” re-release of Speedball Jamm, priced at $250.00 apiece. Each CD will come with a limited-edition autographed 8×10 photo and a “BIG” guitar pick. The discs are expected to ship in February 2020.

Speedball Jamm — previously issued under the title Archives Volume 1 — has been described as “a single 70-minute track of blistering guitarmageddon.” According to Rarebird’s Rock And Roll Nest, the song “is divided into ten not-very-distinct parts. It’s a subterranean-sounding recording of Vinnie jamming endlessly on a lead guitar at high speed, sometimes solo, sometimes with the accompaniment of bass and drums.”

Vincent recently announced that he will host Vinnie Vincent’s Merry Metal Christmas on December 14th and December 15th at S.I.R. Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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MÖTLEY CRÜE LIED…DEFIES THEIR “CESSATION OF TOURING AGREEMENT,” BY TEAMING UP WITH DEF LEPPARD AND POISON FOR A U.S. STADIUM TOUR

Mötley Crüe are ripping up their “cessation of touring agreement” and hitting the road next year for a U.S. stadium tour with fellow hard rock acts Poison and Def Leppard, sources confirm to Rolling Stone. While specific dates and venues have yet to be announced, the three acts will perform at stadiums around the country.

Mötley Crüe played 158 shows on their 2014/15 Final Tour, wrapping up with a hometown show at the Forum in Los Angeles on December 31st, 2015. Prior to the tour, the band claimed to sign a “cessation of touring agreement,” which they said was a binding document that would prohibit them from ever playing again after the tour ended. At the time, the group’s management failed to produce this alleged document despite repeated requests.

“Legally, we can’t play again,” bassist Nikki Sixx claimed to Rolling Stone backstage at a 2014 show in Denver. “The only loophole is if all four band members agreed to do it, we could override our own contract. But we know that will never happen. There are people in this band who will refuse to ever do it again, and you’re talking to one of them. There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again because I have such pride in how we’re ending it…”

…Def Leppard remain one of the most popular touring acts in rock. They stayed largely out of the U.S. this year with the exception of their Las Vegas residency where they broke out extreme rarities like Die Hard the Hunter from 1983’s Pyromania and Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad from 1992’s Adrenalize. In 2018, they played a highly-successful co-headlining tour of U.S. arenas and stadiums with Journey. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year….

…Def Leppard toured with Poison in 2017, which marked the first outing by the Bret Michaels-led band since 2012. In 2011, they toured with Mötley Crüe and the New York Dolls. It was the first time to two biggest bands of the…metal era hit the road together. Unlike nearly every other act from that time, both bands still have all of their original members.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

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GUITARIST JOHN SYKES NO LONGER HAS A DEAL WITH GOLDEN ROBOT RECORDS

As previously reported, guitarist, singer and songwriter, John Sykes, signed a deal with Golden Robot Records. Sykes’ official website released the following statement on 11/16:

“Dear John Sykes fans. We regret to announce that our partnership with Golden Robot Records has ceased. 

Unfortunately after the signing, contractual agreements were unfulfilled by Golden Robot Records and there was little attempt to move things forward despite our best efforts and patience. When written contracts revert to unfulfilled verbal promises all integrity in a company becomes lost. We simply cannot work this way. 

We want the fans to understand that we are fully aware of the frustration this will cause. We now feel that the best course of action is to release the album under our own control.”

Sykes’ last live appearance occurred in January when he accepted an award on behalf of his good friend Bob Daisley and his induction into the Hall of Heavy Metal History. Daisley’s most recent project being a Gary Moore tribute album entitled, Moore Blues For Gary. Sykes played on the track, Still Got The Blues, which can be heard here. Additionally, the awards show was hosted by our very own, Eddie Trunk.

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