Unknown Facts About Motley Crue's Backstage Life


Nikki Sixx, front man and bassist, fires up the crowd on tour in Edmonton, Canada 1982

In the 1980s, Motley Crue was the most explosive group of their era, bringing heavy metal and wild antics wherever they went. The band's style and sound set the tone for a generation, influencing everything from fashion to rock and roll attitudes. Often credited with originating the glam metal genre, an upbeat mix of pop, hard rock and heavy metal, the band was a fixture on the LA club scene in the early '80s.

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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After releasing a polished, re-mixed version of Too Fast for Love in 1982 under their new label, Elektra Records, Motley Crue went on their first tour. Hastily arranged by assistant manager, Eric Greif, it was designed to be a media spectacle from the start. Greif made a habit of traveling ahead of the band to hype them up. When Motley Crue arrived in Canada to start their tour, he had them walk through customs wearing spike-studded stage outfits, carrying a bag of pornographic magazines. Edmonton customs officers were not impressed and promptly arrested the lot of them.