Motley Crue – Riot Onstage – Nikki & Tommy Arrested in Phoenix 1997

Motley Crue – Riot Onstage – Nikki & Tommy Arrested in Phoenix 1997

Motley Crue performing at America West Arena – Riot Onstage in Phoenix AZ 1997. Thanks to Sal Costanza.

Mötley Crüe was an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead singer Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars. Mötley Crüe has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 25 million albums in the United States, making it one of the best-selling bands of all time.

The members of the band have often been noted for their hedonistic lifestyles and the persona they maintained. Following its hard rock and heavy metal origins, with the third album Theatre of Pain (1985) the band joined the first wave of glam metal. Its final studio album, Saints of Los Angeles, was released on June 24, 2008. Its final show took place on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015, and was filmed for a theatrical and Blu-ray release in 2016.

The band became rapidly successful in the United States after playing at the US Festival and also with the aid of the new medium of MTV. They then gained the attention of heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne and found themselves as the opening act for Osbourne on his 1984 world tour. The band members were well known for their backstage antics, outrageous clothing, extreme high-heeled boots, heavily applied make-up, and seemingly endless abuse of alcohol and drugs as well. As for their recordings, their mixture of heavy metal and hard rock stylings with influences by AC/DC and Aerosmith and guitar picking style of Judas Priest produced several best-selling albums during the 1980s, including Shout at the Devil (1983), Theatre of Pain (1985), and Girls, Girls, Girls (1987), which showcased their love of motorcycles, whiskey and strip clubs, and which told tales of substance abuse, sexual escapades and general decadence.

The band members have also had their share of scrapes with the law and life. In 1984, Neil was driving home from a liquor store in his De Tomaso Pantera when he was in a head-on collision; his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley, was killed. Neil, charged with a DUI and vehicular manslaughter, was sentenced to 30 days in jail (though he only served 18 days) and received a $2,000,000 fine. The short jail term was pleaded for by his lawyers, enabling Neil to be able to tour and pay the fine. The album Theatre of Pain (1985) was dedicated in Dingley’s honor, and it started a new glam metal phase in the band’s style. The band would also later release two box sets titled “Music to Crash Your Car To”.

On December 23, 1987, Sixx suffered a heroin overdose. He was declared legally dead on the way to the hospital, but the paramedic, who was a Crüe fan, revived Sixx with two shots of adrenaline. His two minutes in death were the inspiration for the song “Kickstart My Heart”, which peaked at No. 16 on the Mainstream U.S. chart, and which was featured on the 1989 U.S. number one (their first) album Dr. Feelgood. From 1986 to 1987, Sixx kept a daily diary of his heroin addiction and eventually entered rehab in January 1988. In 2006, Sixx published his diaries as a best selling novel: The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, and in 2007 Sixx’s side project band Sixx:A.M. released The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack as a musical parallel to the novel.

A controversy that hit the band in 1988 was a lawsuit by Matthew Trippe. Trippe claimed that Nikki Sixx was hospitalized in 1983 after a car crash involving drugs and that he had been hired as Nikki’s doppelgänger. The suit was regarding the loss of royalties from his time in Mötley Crüe and the case was not closed until 1993 when Trippe dropped his charges and disappeared from public view.

Their decadent lifestyles almost shattered the band until managers Thaler and McGhee pulled an intervention and refused to allow the band to tour in Europe, fearing that “some [of them] would come back in body bags”. Shortly after, all the band members except for Mars underwent drug rehabilitation; Mars cleaned up on his own.

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  1. Bryan Dorman on April 18, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Long live the Crue!,,

  2. backwoods gamer on April 18, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    0:14 motley clue

  3. Frank Angel on April 18, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    These guys are Gods !

  4. Steven Fifield on April 18, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    I just picture mick mars in the back shaking his head

  5. Danni Edwards on April 18, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Yeeeeees love it🤘😂

  6. Jesse Filbrandt Sucks on April 18, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    “Can’t mess around with Phoenix.”

  7. ryley bear :] on April 18, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    and that is why they call them the terror twins 😌

  8. Aly Aly on April 18, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Nothing will ever stop the Crue!!!! LOVE them🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

  9. Pete Wilz on April 18, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    She was.Close to saying motley clue lol 😂

  10. Medieval Times on April 18, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    When the hell did Andy from Conan get into law enforcement?

  11. Jason Fagan on April 18, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Deze long haired dudes are big trouble

  12. Melissa Meeks on April 18, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Lmao i love these guys lmao

  13. Jorge Gonzalez on April 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

    They don’t call them "The Terror Twins" for nothing!

  14. Chris Halliburton on April 19, 2021 at 12:02 am

    motley crlu

  15. Nick McGrew on April 19, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Tommy ~ “Chairs are for funerals, everybody come up here and join the party!”

    *Costanza has left the chat*

  16. NMJ on April 19, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Phoenix is LUCKY it wasn’t 1984!!!! I saw the Crue October 87, I had just turned 21 and it was WILD @ the Tacoma Dome, drank a pint of jack standing in line with my sister and brother,smoked a bowl and had a blast,feeling just right not too wasted to enjoy!!!

  17. Savana Savage on April 19, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Motley clue hahahaha

  18. Tom Davis on April 19, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Long live the Crue

  19. Annah Anguiano on April 19, 2021 at 12:10 am

    It’s motley crue. ..enough said.😆

  20. Woody 123 on April 19, 2021 at 12:11 am


  21. Brown Turd on April 19, 2021 at 12:12 am

    There like grown toddlers

  22. Dr1zzy on April 19, 2021 at 12:13 am

    “Motley clue?” Lmaooooo

  23. sadee D. on April 19, 2021 at 12:15 am

    How these guys are still living is hella crazy

  24. Boyd Johnstone on April 19, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Shows how long the media milk a headline

  25. Christopher Hale on April 19, 2021 at 12:21 am

    $500 bond? Chump change to Crue.

  26. Leif Keating on April 19, 2021 at 12:22 am


  27. Brody Harris on April 19, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Everyone took this decade for granted…

  28. Amy Lopez on April 19, 2021 at 12:23 am

    People need to stop being squares! Motley Crue fkn rocks m /

  29. Eirik on April 19, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Mötley Clüe

  30. D-Mack 70 on April 19, 2021 at 12:28 am

    That female reporter in the studio should be arrested for that hair.

  31. Evil Pressley on April 19, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Chair at a crue show? That’s sad, the last time I saw them was when this little unknown band opened in place for Whitesnake, you may have heard of them, I think they called themselves Guns’n’Roses.

  32. Pepsolman on April 19, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Who is Motley Clue?

  33. Miki Ryann on April 19, 2021 at 12:30 am

    0:16 i…

  34. Michelle Honyumptewa on April 19, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Long hair dont care hell yea CRUE ROCKS

  35. Lisa Utley on April 19, 2021 at 12:31 am

    So people don’t like it when people buy floor setes just to be able to rush the stage this is the first I am hearing about this so don’t let a few baby’s change the way you do what ever you are doing at that time sure you might go to jail you may be wrong but when you were fu**in up it felt write as long as you can sleep with it it was a learning experience for you and the people that was there I will always love you and the way you do what you want to do I love you guys

  36. Ron Albanese on April 19, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Isn’t there footage of the rush to the stage floating around?

  37. Gemma Aboagye on April 19, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Tbh the security guard had it coming he was punching people and should have been arrested. However I understand y Nicki sixx was pissed off but he should not have used the race card .He was pissed but He should have been carefull of what he said

  38. mrfurious371 on April 19, 2021 at 12:34 am

    oh no they cant mess around in phoenix…500 dollars gee wiz that should teach em eh? nice hairdo there by the way did she do that on purpose or just crawl out of bed and say screw it good enough

  39. Adrian Vanegas on April 19, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Montley clue

  40. Golden Valor on April 19, 2021 at 12:35 am

    2:05 Oh screw that don’t mess around with Motley Crüe

  41. Heather McCollum on April 19, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Why does tommy lee look like abraham Lincoln

  42. Mary Bear on April 19, 2021 at 12:36 am

    They are not the Terror Twins for nothing! Duhh

  43. spiritual cramp on April 19, 2021 at 12:37 am

    chairs in a MC concert is like guns in a prison LoL blame the local promoters

  44. Marcus Delfs on April 19, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Am I the only one that caught motley clue 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  45. CayCay Chorazewitz on April 19, 2021 at 12:37 am

    I just imagine Vince was "really?"

  46. Billy Davidson on April 19, 2021 at 12:37 am

    They need to take responsibility for what they did last night ! ……allegedly 🤣

  47. Bernie Peterson on April 19, 2021 at 12:37 am

    $500, wow…those guys will surely feel the pinch

  48. The GnRman on April 19, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Ahh when Rock n Roll was Rock n roll

  49. Andrina Aldape on April 19, 2021 at 12:42 am

    She got a motley clue and called em by the right name in the 2nd report 😂 Ladies, u knew you wanted to see Tommy’s banana hammock!

  50. Alda Mane on April 19, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Security guard was punching the crowd in the face. Nikki called him out. Saying " hitting little girls make you feel more like a man? " Guy deserved it but Nikki was furious.

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