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….

Halestorm WORLD PREMIER!


Was sent this early this morning, Mz. Hyde from Halestorm. The video was directed by Award-winning Filmmaker Daniel E Catullo III and Produced by The City Drive Entertainment Group. The video is a montage of live images captured while out on the European Tour with Alter Bridge.

 

I wanna be Halestorm’s tour guide!


ReAmimate 2.0I gather from my last post, you can probably tell I want to go back to Germany, right? I do, I very much do! One thing I would love to do is visit all my old houses, or the spots where they once stood at least. It has been a long time and I know things have changed, they always do.

Well the other day I got an email announcing Halestorm‘s German tour dates ( I don’t know if they are public knowledge yet, so I will stay mum ) and got a great idea. I have tried to get a major interview with Halestorm, well any big name artist really, but mainly Halestorm. So I thought to myself, “Why not pitch the idea to Atlantic records and my contact  the idea of me traveling with them?”! I could be a tour guide, I have lived all over the country. I could be a translator, well not a pro translator as my German has faded in the years. I could also be a journalist, like a reporter embedded with the troops during wars ( This would be much safer ). It would be a win situation for all parties.

I will not accept or ask for a salary, just pay my way. Plane tickets, rooms, maybe a per diem for food? I would sign a waiver absolving them of anything horrible that could happen, and I would have the story of a lifetime. I am clean, quiet when need be, don’t take up much space and eat very little.

If you think that this would be a great idea, please contact Atlantic records, let them know I am a fan, reporter, vet, EDS sufferer and this would make my dreams come true. I would love you all long time and do a little dance maybe? Would love this to really happen.

Thanks,

Deaderpool AKA M.S.H.

Shinedown’s new video!


Just got this from my friend at Atlantic Records. I was never really into Shinedown, but this song might just change that. I really like it. So, here is the press release, enjoy…

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CHECK OUT SHINEDOWN’S VIDEO FOR THEIR NEW SINGLE “ADRENALINE”

FEATURING FOOTAGE FROM THIS YEAR’S CARNIVAL OF MADNESS TOUR

WATCH:

“ADRENALINE” is the fifth single from SHINEDOWN’s 2012 album AMARYLLIS.  The video features both footage and still photos captured by Rob Fenn throughout SHINEDOWN’S Carnival of Madness tour earlier this year.

Quote from Brent Smith:

“We had the pleasure of having Mr. Rob Fenn on the Carnival Of Madness tour with us this summer. He was constantly filming, taking pictures, and documenting the reinvention of the tour. We had such an amazing time seeing all of our fans out on the road that we thought: what better way to present the video for our fifth single off of ‘Amaryllis’ than incorporating all the footage he captured? We hope the fans love it as much as we do.”

 

More Info on Shinedown:

www.shinedown.com

www.facebook.com/shinedown

www.twitter.com/shinedown

www.youtube.com/shinedowntv

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


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

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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

 

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING HALESTORM HEADLINES A NIGHT OF FEMALE-FRONTED ROCK AT LOS ANGELES’ WILTERN THEATRE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH


GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING HALESTORM HEADLINES A NIGHT OF FEMALE-FRONTED ROCK AT LOS ANGELES’ WILTERN THEATRE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH

 

METAL QUARTET EYES SET TO KILL LED BY RODRIGUEZ SISTERS SET TO OPEN THE SHOW.

 

GRAMMY award-winning rock band HALESTORM is coming to Los Angeles and bringing with them a full night of total female rock domination.

All three bands performing at the Wiltern Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 18th are female-fronted and female guitar players.

Basically one night of bad ass chicks shredding Los Angeles.

 

HALESTORM’S LZZY HALE has not only appeared on the cover of REVOLVER but she’s been named their #1 “Hottest Chick in Hard Rock.” Upon its release last spring, THE STRANGE CASE OF, the second album from Atlantic Records artist HALESTORM, shot to the #1 slot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart. The first single, “Love Bites (So Do I),” marked the first song by a female fronted group to top the active rock chart, and earned the band a Grammy award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.  The song was also the #1 song of 2012 on SiriusXM’s Octane. The band’s second single “Freak Like Me” has already hit #1 on the Active Rock chart and their third single “Here’s To Us” is climbing the charts now. Halestorm’s next release sees the band putting their distinctive brand an eclectic collection of classic songs for their “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP” due October 15th.

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EYES SET TO KILL will open the show. The four-piece metal band is led by ALEXIA RODRIGUEZ’S piercing vocal prowess. With stellar musicianship, mature songwriting and an adrenaline-charged resonance, it’s clear this explosive quartet is on the verge of redefining the genre. The band will be supporting their new album MASKS due September 17th.

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SHOW DETAILS + TICKETS HERE:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/The-Wiltern-tickets-Los-Angeles/venue/73790