My Crüe life.


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I was an American kid, growing up in Germany as a part of an army family. One day I was enjoying my second favorite pastime, skipping school. Skipping as an American kid  in Germany is much different from here in the USA. I never had to worry about truant officers, police and I could go into any pizzeria to get a beer. This was freshmen year, so I was 13 or 14 years old, grabbing a beer and eating pizza. It was Heaven.

 

After a day of drinking and roaming around 800 year old castles, we would always hit the record shop in the main train station. That is where we got our fix of rock. AFN, The Armed Forces Network, was a variety radio station. It was also the only one in English, so we listened for even the tiniest bit of rock. Whenever we heard a band’s name that we liked, it would go on my list. The tiny train station shop didn’t have much, but the ROCK bin was mine, I claimed it every  visit.

Flipping through the albums, looking at the cool artwork and guessing our way through these bands we had never heard of was a gamble. It was always hit or miss. I remember picking up this one album, black with hints of vivid color coming from the inside it’s suspect double album cover. Red letters emblazoned on black, and a barely visible pentagram done with some reflective material. “Mötley Crüe” the bands name, “Shout at the Devil” was the album. I snatched the last copy and took the train home to see what I got.

 

I got home, told mom school was fine (lie) and headed to my room. Holding SATD in my hands, I rip the plastic off, slide out the LP in the liner-notes sleeve. I lift the plastic cover off of my Hi-Fi stereo, put the record on, grab the lyrics and with headphones on (Mom hated loud music), and I heard these words…

 

 

In the beginning

Good always overpowered the evils

Of all man’s sins…

But in time

The nations grew weak

And our cities fell to slums

While evil stood strong…

In the dusts of hell

Lurked the blackest of hates

For he whom they feared

Awaited them…

Now, many many lifetimes later

Lay destroyed, beaten, beaten down

Only the corpses of rebels

Ashes of dreams

And blood-stained streets…….

And it has been written

“Those who have the youth

Have the future”

So come now, children of the beast

Be strong, And Shout at the Devil!

 

My world changed that day. I had the liner notes memorized, band members ranked in order of bad-asses. Hit Parade magazine got shredded every time Mötley Crüewere in it and the pages adorned my wall. A football jock that rode my bus stole me that black shit they put under their eyes and I would alternate between Tommy and Nikki stripes. Eyeliner, ripped jeans and even fishnet stockings from a chick I knew for gloves. Then it happened, Monsters of Rock 1984! I was going to go anyway, but the moment I saw Mötley Crüewere going  there, I was first in line at the local ticket seller.

 

I loved all the bands, but was there for Crüe! It was hard to get much news about them over there, and since the invention of the internet not even a dream yet. So Hit Parade and all the other Teen Mags were my only sources. Whenever I heard they were on tour, I was on the ticket hunt.

 

I remember seeing them three maybe four times, Tommy’s drum kit growing more and more elaborate. One show, I think it was Theater of Pain, I met Tommy without even realizing it. Pumped full of beer and wine hours before the show. I had my girlfriend with me and she had run off to get some more booze I think. The concert hall was not the biggest, but all our area had to offer that was indoors.

 

The adjoining buildings were the business offices or what not for the hall. I was sitting on the steps, away from the crowd chilling out when this van came screeching up. Out jumped this tall, skinny dude with a mess of black hair. The doors locked, and no one was around, so the guy just muttered “Fuck!”.

 

I lit a smoke, and he asked to bum one. I said, “Sure dude, no prob..” and waited in silence like all cool rock dudes did. A few minutes later, the security opens the door for this guy. I was jealous, who was he?

 

At the very moment the doors closed, my girl came back, looked through the glass doors and screamed “THAT WAS TOMMY LEE!”. I palmed my face, thinking how fucking stupid I was. Well I was about to get stupider.

 

I am not a braggart, but I was a bit of a leader with my group of rocker friends. It was getting close to showtime and all of a sudden we heard guitars. Drums. Bass. Vocals. Crüe was doing sound-check! I grabbed my crew and headed for the side of the hall. They had those double doors with the push bar on the inside and security at them all. One guard must have been a fan because he had the door cracked, checking things out.

 

I led my rocking mob in an all out assault and wedged myself in the door before it could close. Hands grabbed, I squirmed then escaped the guards grip. I burst into the empty hall, guards hot on my ass and ran in circles all the while trying to get Crüe’s attention. I don’t know if Crüe even did their own sound-checks, but I swear it was them. They stopped playing and watched me play Keystone Cops with security. I didn’t want to get caught and miss the show, so I booked. I ran through another set of those doors, through the guards and blended in with all my fellow Crüeheads.

 

The show was amazing, we were up front of the general admission crowd, crushed against the bar with my girlfriend. I was in Heaven.

 

That was my life when I lived in Germany. Part of a military family, BRATS as friends. Some I still am in touch with, but most have faded away. One special dude, Butch has passed on. I get sad thinking about him.

 

 

Flash forward to the Mötley Crüe/Poison tour. I begged and pleaded on social media for a chance to see them again. I am now a disabled vet, that means I don’t have any money, and my condition was getting worse. I feared that this would be my last chance to see them. Seth Green heard my cry.

 

After verifying that I’m a disabled veteran, Seth’s people talked to Nikki’s people, and I had VIP access! I got to meet Nikki, he signed his books, my ticket, laminate and everything I had on me. Was front row, in a safe place (disabled remember?) and rocking to my heroes again. Hadn’t felt so good in years. My condition did not exist during the show! I was so inspired.

 

I wanted to be a rock journalist/photographer, and low and behold I did it! I overcame my anxiety problems for short periods, wore my leg braces to shows and got a freelance position on a small print magazine.  My biggest moment was getting to photograph Halestorm and write an article, I got the cover.

 

Things are not getting better though. I now know that this is my last chance to not only see Mötley Crüe, but my last chance to be a journalist/photographer covering them. Nikki Sixx is the reason I am still alive. See, not only did I imitate the style, I followed my path to addiction and back.

 

Before I got to meet Nikki on that tour, my painwas tormenting me more that ever. Iwas so close to using again when I picked up my copy of The Heroin Diaries. I read it all night, remembering the hell addiction was. I didn’t want to go back to hell, I wanted to Shout at the Devil!.


So I met Nikki, got bit by the photography bug and worked as many local shows I could handle. Its stupid, but I had this Cameron Crowe/Almost Famous dream. I want to be the kid in that movie, to be Cameron Crowe. I want to write a story, firsthand, from a fans eyes of the Death of Mötley Crüe. I know I could do it, I need a publication or some other entity to take a chance and believe in me. Hire me to go on tour, write the epitaph of my lifelong heroes.

 

To be continued….

Sooooo. The Flash Easter Egg.


I happened upon an élite screening of the upcoming CW series, The Flash. All in all it was a pretty solid show, this coming from a guy who usually says “Make mine Marvel.”. If you watched the extended trailer for the show, well you saw just about ALL the action in the premier. That being said, the show does have great character development. A certain police officers daughter could use some more acting chops, but who cares?

Here is the ending easter egg for you….

Here at S.T.A.R. labs, we have “Wheels“. (I am calling him that.)

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Wheels has a secret room!

wheels1I can make fun of this guy by calling him Wheels because this happens.

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It is a MIRACLE! He also has a button.

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What does this button do? Well it brings up a holographic image of a newspaper. Look at the date, Headline and sidebar column.

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Flashpoint anyone?

What the hell is DC doing? Marvel has a plan, DC seems like they are throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. With the Batman V Superman movie containing Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Bats and Supes (And God knows who else), their TV side has Arrow, who made a cameo in The Flash, Gotham babies and a prospect of a Batman in this series, WTF? Bless them, oh this is gonna get messy.

 

Mark McKenna is at it again!


Combat Jacks: The continuing Saga!

Last year, legendary inker Mark McKenna revived his one shot comic “Combat Jacks” but did like any good movie director does, made that one a Directors Cut. Now he is raising funds to continue the story of tough space marines vs evil pumpkin=like creatures. What are they? Are they the offshoot of earthly gourds?  Well donate and find out. He has some amazing original art up as rewards, even women shoes with the comic print on them. Crazy!
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Combat Jacks Bottle openers

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Combat Jacks Ladies shoes!

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Combat Jacks Cynthia Rothrock Variant Cover. (Not final cover pictured)

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So go to the link and get your art, shoes, shirts and much more at his Kickstarter

I’m writing a BOOK!


So I have been quiet for a bit. I have a very good reason, trust me. I promised myself that this year was going to be my year. I have my hands in many things, but my big project is finally becoming a reality. Nikkol Jelenic of Nikkol Jelenic Art made the announcement for me by way of unveiling the main character of my upcoming comic book!

Check out her site for some great commission art, she is an amazing talent and a name to watch as she rises to fame in the comic world. She has teamed up with comic book legend Mark McKenna on some projects and just released her second book in the “A Time for Killing” series. A personal favorite of mine is her pencils covered with Mark’s inks on a Deadpool headshot that is framed on my wall. Check out Mark McKenna at his official site and his amazing childrens series, Banana Tail

Without further hoopla, I present to you Old Dog!

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CHECK OUT HALESTORM’S COVER OF DAFT PUNK’S “GET LUCKY”;


“ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP” ARRIVES OCTOBER 15TH

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LISTEN:

https://soundcloud.com/atlanticrecords/halestorm-get-lucky-daft-punk

Atlantic recording group HALESTORM has unveiled the first track “Get Lucky (Originally Performed By Daft Punk)” from their new EP,  “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP” which arrives October 15th.

The EP marks the acclaimed hard rock band’s first new release since their stunning GRAMMY® Awards triumph earlier this year, as well as the follow-up to 2011’s “ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP.” As with its predecessor, “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP” sees Halestorm putting their distinctive brand on a strikingly eclectic collection of classic songs, including legendary tracks by Judas Priest, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac, Marilyn Manson, and Daft Punk (see full tracklisting attached).

“Like our first ‘ReAniMate’ EP, the songs included here are a collection of both our favorite songs and songs to challenge ourselves,” said Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale.  We decided to go more ‘bare bones’ with this EP, meaning minimal production with live, gritty performances.  We recorded this EP the week of the Grammys, so the excitement and debauchery you hear through your speakers is very real.  We hope all our fans have as much fun with ‘ReAniMate: 2.0’ as we did!”

 

HALESTORM – “ReAniMate 2: The CoVeRs eP ”

1. Dissident Aggressor (Originally Performed By Judas Priest)

2. Get Lucky (Originally Performed By Daft Punk)

3. Shoot To Thrill  (Originally Performed By AC/DC)

4. Hell Is For Children (Originally Performed By Pat Benatar)

5. Gold Dust Woman (Originally Performed By Fleetwood Mac)

6. 1996 (Originally Performed By Marilyn Manson)

 

HALESTORM TOUR DATES – NORTH AMERICA 2013

9/25       Bloomsburg, PA                Bloomsburg Fair

10/4       Jackson, MS                       Mississippi State Fairgrounds

10/5       Mobile, AL                          Bayfest

11/26    Memphis, TN                     Minglewood Hall

11/29    New York, NY                    Terminal 5

11/30    Watertown, NY                 McVean Gymnasium @ Jefferson

12/1       Montreal, QC                    Le National

12/3       Toronto, ON                      Opera House

12/4       Cincinnati, OH                   Bogart’s

12/5       Royal Oak, MI                   Royal Oak Music Theatre

12/7       Ft. Wayne, IN                    Piere’s

12/8       Columbus, OH                   Newport Music Hall

12/10    Cleveland, OH                   House of Blues

12/11    Pittsburgh, PA                    Stage AE – Indoor Stage

12/13    St. Paul, MN                       Myth

12/14    Madison, WI                      Orpheum Theatre

12/15    Chicago, IL                         House of Blues

 

Complete Tour Dates: WWW.HALESTORMROCKS.COM/TOUR

More Halestorm Info: www.halestormrocks.comwww.twitter.com/halestormrockswww.facebook.com/halestormrockswww.myspace.com/halestormwww.youtube.com/user/HalestormRocks, andwww.atlanticrecords.com

 

PLEDGE!


So my friend, Sam Eggleston is slaving away, working the daily grind at some newspaper/magazine. Those things that are on paper you don’t have to plug it (Barbaric, I know!) Well he is trying for the brass ring, choosing the BIG BOX and ACTUALLY Shooting for the moon on Kickstarter. Well, no he is not making a Death Star, (DAMN) but he is raising the funds to make his comic that is SET on the moon. Imagine this… You have 20 breaths left, What do you DO?! Crazy. I would just say screw it, pee my astronaut diapers and take my helmet off just to see if I can look like Arnold Schwarzenegger ala Total Recall but on the moon. Go pledge and get some great art, awesome artist commissions and of course a cool new comic. PLEASE?

Up for grabs at the $50 tier is a cover of Batman #1 (over a fifth-printing Batman #1) featuring Catwoman as she gets caught red-handed by Batman

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Also at the $50 tier is a cover of Deadpool #50, featuring Deadpool and a slew of ninjas who ran afoul of the Merc with a Mouth.

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In addition, at a $40 tier we are offing up a 9×12 original watercolor by Jay De Foy of Red Sonja.

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These reward tiers not only include the artwork, but also a hard copy of the LAST BREATH comic, a thank you in the pages and a PDF of the book for you to read.