Motley Crue Backstage Secrets Hidden from the Audience


After years of nonstop partying, Motley Crue went to rehab in 1988

Often credited with originating the glam metal genre, an upbeat mix of pop, hard rock and heavy metal, Motley Crue burst onto the LA club scene in 1981. Cultivating a rocker persona of hard drinking, heavy drug use, indiscriminate sex, and generally outrageous behavior, they quickly took America by storm. Their fame was built on their notoriety, and Motley Crue did everything they could to deliberately fuel that notoriety. Within a few short years, they reached the height of their fame as international superstars, the ultimate personification of hardcore hair metal rock. 
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1988 was a quiet year for Motley Crue fans with no tours or album releases, and only one small show with Ozzy Osbourne in the fall. That was completely down to managers McGhee and Thaler, who knew they had to intervene in their clients' spiraling addiction issues. A planned European tour was quietly canceled because the managers genuinely believed that the band would end up dying on the road. As early as January 1988, they decided to send Sixx to rehab, with the rest of the group following shortly behind, a collective choice for the good of the band.