1983 Heavy Metal News Report & A Motley Make-Up Mystery

This is a news report about Heavy Metal music from the year 1983. This was the year when Metal seemed to break & bands like Motley, Quiet Riot, Def Leppard & the Scorpions were becoming household names & grabbing the attention of the youth of the western world.
The audio is bad (this is old stuff) but it's a rare piece of film of our heroes. The video for 'Live Wire' is shown throughout & we get some clips of producer Tom Werman talking about the appeal of Metal. He would know. Tom produced Motley's second album (&, arguably, their masterpiece) Shout At The Devil. Around June 1983 Tom & the Crue went into the studio. When I watched this vid for the first time [today!] I was kinda hoping, thinking to myself, Man I hope they show an interview clip! . . . & then, suddenly there they are! And from an interview I have never seen before! And from an early Shout photo session it looks like. They're having a drink, Nikki's speaking (of course) & sounds like he had a couple whiskeys & says,

'We're not here to make you feel heartache or any of that type of shit [bleeped]. You can save that for other bands. We're just here to have a good time & we'll have a good time as long as anybody will have us.'

Ah, the man's a poet! But seriously, we need to see more of this film. Also, take a look at Nikki's make-up. He has double lines under both eyes. Tommy would use that on his cheek (& is the subject of the goofy joke at the end of the 'Too Young Too Fall In Love' video). A Motley inside joke? Anybody with any more information about this report or this interview please leave a comment. Here's the news report:

[Warning: Bad Audio! Turn Down Your Volume! Adjust Accordingly!]

[Updated 2017] Have been meaning to edit this post a while . . . I realized that this interview is probably the band in the green room of that Pop & Rocker lip-sync performance they did of LOOKS & LIVE WIRE just before SHOUT was released in the Fall of 1983. There's only one part where you can see very well but Nikki has the two lines under his eyes in this performance and they're wearing the same costumes and make-up. Soooooo much vintage Rock footage is likely tied up in many archives of old TV stations and News shows. Could be more gems in the future.

Crue Cocaine Chat with Barry Richards, February 1984

Barry Richards was a popular Music TV host who had a show based out of New Orleans, Louisiana called Video Trax & he ran into our heroes on February 19th, 1984 when they opened for Ozzy Osbourne at the UNO Kiefer Lakefront Arena. This short minute-long interview clip is pure gold not only for the candid glimpse at the boys (Nikki, Vince & Tommy) in their full youthful glory touring behind their possibly best record . . . but we get to hear them bitch a little bit about KISS who had kicked the Motleys off their Creatures Of The Night Tour in 1982 & we get to see them seconds after doing a line of coke as Nikki wipes at his nose & all present nostrils seem to be aggravated, ha ha! No doubt the line was supplied by Mr. Richards himself. I did my online detective work & turned up more of the clip which followed an Ozzy interview & a mention of a wild night in the French Quarter.
Go the THIS page to see the Ozzy & Motley film in full.

From Paul Miles' 1984 History page at Chronological Crue:

Mötley and Ozzy arrive in New Orleans on the second night of Mardi Gras. Tommy, Nikki and Jake E. Lee from Ozzy’s band get themselves into a knife fight at a bar on Bourbon Street, while Vince and Ozzy check out some local strip clubs.

[the above inscription is from the Shout At The Devil cassette liner notes. 'Krell' is Motley's word for coke].

X-Rated Motley Crue, August 1985

This two part news story from Minneapolis Channel 5 Eyewitness News drops us into the Theatre Of Pain Tour in August, 1985. Motley played the Civic Center Forum in St. Paul, MN on August 17th & we not only get clips of Crue fans explaining why they like the band but we also get some video of the band onstage & Nikki & Tommy interviewed backstage. There are some great segments where the lyrics to 'Live Wire' are written on the screen as the video plays & there is mention of the infamous radio call-in contest where pre-teens wrote x-rated responses in answer to what they would do to meet their heroes Motley! Also, check out the rad Allister Fiend flag those St. Paul fans made!

Crue Commercials Part 1

I'm gonna post all kinds of Motley video from now on, with a focus on the first 10 yrs & then stuff from their whole career because there's just so much Crue content nowadays!

Here's some Crue advertisements from over the years.

First, we have a TV commercial for the Motley Crue and Y&T concert in Pittsburgh, PA - airdate: July 13, 1985.

Next are some 1987 Girls, Girls, Girls era vids. A radio ad for the album (when it was sitting at#3 on the charts) & the TV spot for the MTV Motley Cruise To Nowhere contest [more on that at our sister blog HERE].

Here are some ads for a 1-900 Motley 
Hotline from 1989 before Dr. Feelgood was released.

Live in Ottawa, Canada, October 24th, 1987

The Motley's with the more-successful-at-the-moment Whitesnake invaded Canada's sleepy capital city back in the Fall of 1987. Every good Cruehead who has read his Motley Nursery Rhymes knows that we're in the thick of the most decadent hour of the original Decade with this show. The books 'The Dirt' & 'The Heroin Diaries' & a thousand Rock magazine articles from back in the day told us or alluded to the madness that was happening in those days.

Canadian Crueheads have supplied us with many of our ONLY Crue video concert bootlegs from back in the day. God bless those sturdy archivists who braved incarceration & pained backs to film our Rock n' Roll animals in their natural element, in the good old days!!

Here's a review from a fan named Olivier who attended that night. We got this from the great SLEAZE ROXX website HERE

In The Beginning . . . 1981, April 24-25th, The Starwood

How lucky are Crueheads that Motley's very first performance with new recruit Vince Neil
on April 24-25th, opening for Y & T at the Starwood, was filmed?! Nikki met Tommy on January 17th, 1981. Mick placed an ad in Recycler Magazine in February boasting 'Loud, Rude & Aggressive Guitarist Available' & was auditioned & kicked out the previous guitarist. Vince was finally coerced into practicing with the band at the first of April. From the 24th we have the boys playing their single 'Toast of the Town'.

The band sounds great &, really, never got much better as a live act. Here's video from the same night of the Crue tackling a Beatles tune, 'Paperback Writer'. Motley covered the Beatles several times in the '80s. They would cover 'Helter Skelter' on 1983's Shout At The Devil and would reference 'She's So Heavy' at the end of 'Slice Of Your Pie' on 1989's Dr. Feelgood.


There are only about 10 songs from both nights with the second night's video (April 25th) being particularly dark & indistinguishable. From the second night we have the Crue doing another cover, a pretty power Pop Rock tune called 'Tonight' originally written & performed by The Raspberries. They also demoed this tune at this time.



Here's some related video: Y & T [aka Yesterday & Tomorrow] performing in 1981 and a tribute video to The Starwood.


And, finally, the complete shows, all in one video on YouTube by awesome uploader CrueFanatic69. The band's first two music videos play at the end as well. Why not take an hour out of your day & enjoy some truly vintage Motley!