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The modern day definition of a "rockstar lifestyle" can be characterized by drinking and drug use, highly publicized brushes with the law, rocking out sold-out tour dates, ridiculously expensive houses and cars, and handfuls of gorgeous, wild women. Anyone who lives this kind of life -- or experiences just a taste -- can thank, in part, Mötley Crüe. The band's rowdy concert dates set a standard for rock shows and featured a crowd that embraced their energetic lifestyle. Their unique brand of "glam metal" made them famous, and the exploits of their wild lifestyle made them legends.
Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee met in Los Angeles while playing with other bands in the late 70s. After both of their former projects disbanded, Sixx decided to form a theatrical heavy metal band and, impressed with Lee's drumming, asked him to join. Mick Mars joined the band after placing a newspaper ad and suggested hiring garage band circuit singer Vince Neil, whom Lee knew from high school. The band's own Leathür Records released Mötley Crüe's first album in 1981, titled Too Fast For LoveI. Mötley Crüe's popularity increased due to their unique blend of metal and glam rock, their ostentatious outfits on tour dates, and they're hard rocking lyrics about every indulgence imaginable. The 80s were a wild time for the Crüe, as their albums Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain, and Girls, Girls Girls chronicled a life of wild excess in private, backstage, and even on stage at tour dates. However, signs that the band's lifestyle was becoming a danger began to emerge with the near death experiences of Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx.
Unlike many bands who suffer creatively after undergoing rehab, Mötley Crüe came back with a bang when they released Dr. Feelgood in 1989. The album produced two hit singles: "Dr. Feelgood" and "Kickstart My Heart," as well as numerous tour dates around the world. Amid anticipation for the band's newest album, Vince Neil left Mötley Crüe in 1992. After a rocky reconciliation with Neil in 1997, the band's album, Generation Swine, still fell short of the mark, due in part to a lack of effort by Elektra Records. Tommy Lee took a hiatus from Mötley Crüe in 1999 to focus on side projects, sparked by differences with Vince Neil. The other band members began to separate and focus on their own projects for the next five years. It wasn't until 2004 that the members of Mötley Crüe began to reunite; mostly for a number of concert dates in promotion of the 2005 compilation album, Red, White & Crüe. In 2009, Mötley Crüe released their first album in eight years: Saints of Los Angeles. The title track became a hit with critics and fans, as they saw the return of one of America's most notorious rock bands to popularity and headlining tour dates.
2011 marked the 30th Anniversary of Mötley Crüe, and the band celebrated with huge tours alongside Poison, New York Dolls, Def Leppard, and KISS. However, the celebration was short lived when the Crüe announced in 2013 that they would be breaking up for good. Even contracts were drafted and signed to ensure that the band could never be resurrected, ensuring the end of the glam rock legends.