MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee’s attorney Barbara Berkowitz has issued the following statement in regard to the lawsuit filed by the band against Lee’s manager Carl Stubner and companies he is associated with:
“I am general counsel for Tommy Lee. Tommy Lee is not an individual participant in the lawsuit filed Monday by the corporation, Motley Crue, Inc. against Lee’s personal manager, Carl Stubner and Sanctuary Management. Mr. Stubner and Sanctuary do not manage MÖTLEY CRÜE, however they continue to represent Tommy Lee personally.
“Mr. Lee was neither consulted regarding this matter nor authorized the lawsuit. Mr. Lee has not made any allegations against his current personal manager. Mr. Lee feels fortunate to have been part of the MÖTLEY reunion tour, as well as other opportunities outside of MÖTLEY CRÜE over the past several years. It is unfortunate that others believe that they all could have made more money had Mr. Lee exclusively participated in the band that he co-founded in 1980. However, Mr. Lee is a versatile artist, and is grateful that he participated in other projects as well.”
In the lawsuit, filed Monday (June 18) in Los Angeles County Superior Court, members of the band through Motley Crue Inc., claim Stubner forced Tommy Lee to “to become engaged in ‘reality’ projects that were bad career moves for Lee, harming [Sixx, Mars, Neil and Lee], the MÖTLEY CRÜE brand and Lee’s own image.” According to TMZ.com, the suit calls the low-rated NBC show “Tommy Lee Goes to College” a “critical disappointment and a ratings disaster,” adding it painted Lee as “incoherent, lazy and incompetent” and made him “look like a laughing stock who could not carry a drum beat.” The suit also claims Lee’s participation on “Rock Star: Supernova” “diminished the public’s interest in Lee and their overall perception of his musical talents.”
Because Lee was so busy doing reality TV, the band says he was unavailable to tour with the CRÜE, thus causing the cancellation of several key concert dates. The band claims that they lost $8 million in ticket and merchandise revenue because of Lee’s scheduling conflicts. The band claims these conflicts were “both real and concocted” by Stubner to “leverage his control over Lee to his financial advantage and to MÖTLEY CRÜE and Lee’s detriment.”
Trapt launched the world premiere of their new song, “Stay Alive,” today exclusively on Ultimate-Guitar.com. The track is the first single off the band’s upcoming live album that will hit stores on August 21st. Ultimate-Guitar.com was able to secure an exclusive interview with the band to discuss the live album and plans for Trapt to hit the studio later this year to record a new album. Also, in the coming months the band will release 9 live videos that fans can download for free.
“Bastards”, the new single from Swedish sleaze rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, has been certified gold in Sweden, according to the band’s label, Gain Music Entertainment. You can listen to the track on the group’s MySpace page.
The “Bastards” single was released in Sweden on June 6 via Gain. A demo version of another new song, entitled “Sophisticated Ladies”, is also available on the band’s MySpace page. The track comes off the group’s recently recorded 14-song demo of material that will appear on the band’s upcoming studio album. Other new songtitles include “Lesson in Violence”, “Sensitive to the Light” and “Dreamin’ in a Casket”. The new full-length CD is expected to surface in the fall.
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR released a live DVD, entitled “Live Zone”, in June 2006 via Pan Vision. The disc features a recording of the band’s live performance on March 25, 2006 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden.
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR’s latest, self-titled effort was released in Sweden in early November 2005 on the Gain label.
*UPDATE….more dates were announced today!
White Lion has some tour dates posted on their website, and now have a logo which features the number II in the logo.
The new website address is http://whitelion2.com.
Does anyone else think this sounds like a bad sequel?
Jun. 30 – Waterstock Festival – Des Moines, Iowa (w/ VINCE NEIL, WINGER, SEVEN MARY THREE, WARRANT, FASTER PUSSYCAT)
Jul. 02 – Ball Breakers Billiards – Mason City, Iowa
Jul. 03 – Myth Nightclub – Minneapolis, Minnesota (w/ WARRANT, FIREHOUSE)
Jul. 04 – Lost Isle – Carlton, Minnesota (w/ FIREHOUSE)
Jul. 06 – The Arena At Pier 10 – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jul. 09 – The Static Bar – Topeka, Kansas
Jul. 11 – Dos Amigos – Odessa, Texas
Jul. 12 – Red Jelly – Lawton, Oklahoma
Jul. 13 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, Oklahoma (w/ Y&T, QUIET RIOT, RATT, POISON)
Jul. 16 – Mainline Bar & Event Ctr. – Downer, Minnesota
Jul. 19 – Salida Depot – Big Lake Minnesota
Jul. 20 – Badger Theater – Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Jul. 21 – Zabbie’s – Clinton, Iowa
Aug. 16 – House Of Blues – San Diego, California *
Aug. 17 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, California *
Aug. 18 – House Of Blues – Los Angeles, California *
Aug. 24 – Mandalay Bay Beach – Las Vegas, Nevada *
Sep. 22 – Kapono’s At The Pier – Honolulu, Hawaii *
* Lost 80s Live with GENE LOVES JEZEBEL
Last night, My Wife and I attended the Vains of Jenna, RATT and Poison Concert. It has been a long time since I have seen Stephen Pearcy play live with RATT, and I was really looking foward to the show.
Once upon a time, in 1986, Poison opened up for RATT at this same site. Poison was a new band, and hungry. They were out opening up for RATT in support of their new disc, Look What the Cat Dragged In. They were good that night, but RATT completely blew them off the stage.
Fast Forward to 2007, and last night’s show.
Vains of Jenna opened the show, and were decked out in their fully glam outfits. I have only listened to a couple of their songs prior to last night, so I was not very familiar with their music. They mentioned the last time they played in Cincinnati, and the incident at Rhino’s in Eastgate. They dedicated their song, “Don’t Give A Damn” to the club manager there. They also did a cover of the Tom Petty song, Refugee. I enjoyed their short 30 minute set. I will be seeking out their CD soon.
At about 8 P.M., RATT took the stage with their new linuep of Robbie Crane on bass, John Corabi on rhythm guitar, Stephen Pearcy on vocals, Bobby Blotzer on drums and guitar god, Warren Dimartini. RATT played most of their hit songs, and a few songs that made me wonder what they were thinking. I was surprised to hear anything off of their self titled record from 1999, but they played more than one song off of this disc. The crowd reaction when these songs were played was similar to mine. What the *#@% was that? Considering that they only have an hour long slot, why they would waste their time playing these lesser known tunes, that quite frankly, are not very good. I will say that the band was good, but no where near as good as the original lineup. I didn’t think Stephen Pearcy sounded as good as he used to, and Bobby Blotzer, actually messed up the drum beat in one of the songs. Dimartini’s playing was the highlight in this time slot.
I have seen Poison play live several times in the past and my expectations were low. I had high hopes for RATT, and they disappointed me somewhat. I have seen Poison play with a bunch of different bands, insert name here, and never thought they were as good as some of the acts they have toured with. Last night, they totally changed my mind.
Poison took the stage at around 9:30 P.M. and from the very beginning, I knew they were going to be great. They played a few songs off of their new covers disc, Poison’d, as well their hits over the years. Regardless of how I feel about their covers album, the songs they played live sounded great. This was an extemely high energy show, and everyone in the band played extremely well including Bret Michaels. There were a few surprises in the show that drummer Rikki Rockett had up his sleeve that made me think about the Motley Crue, Girls, Girls Girls tour.
This was one of the best Poison shows that I have ever seen, and I have seen quite a few. Poison blew RATT off the stage, and had smiles on the faces of just about everyone who the packed house last night.
If they come to your town, go check them out! You wont be disappointed!