Time for Number 7 in my continuing series on some of the rock ‘n’ roll clients for whom we have been privileged to work. Whether it is custom stage curtains or wide format digital backdrops, it is always a blast to know that our work is being seen in arenas across the country and the world. Today I thought I’d focus on Mötley Crüe.
In 1981, bass guitarist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee formed the band Mötley Crüe, adding lead guitarist Mick Mars and vocalist Vince Neil shortly thereafter to form the core 4-man group. The band released its first album, To Fast for Love, under its own label, Leathür Records, late that year, and were subsequently picked up by Elektra Records in Spring 1982, a relationship that lasted for more than 15 years.
The band enjoyed international success throughout the 1980s, releasing four albums (including 1989s Dr Feelgood). Despite their earlier success, the 1990s and early 2000s were a difficult time for the band, even with the release of three more albums during this time period. Vince Neil left the band in early 1992, and, though Mötley Crüe continued on with replacement vocalist John Corabi, the band’s popularity diminished during this period. In 1999 Tommy Lee would also leave to pursue a solo career.
In late 2004, the four original band members – Sixx, Lee, Neil and Mars – reunited and began a reunion tour in early 2005. Since then, the band has released two albums and have toured repeatedly, including their current 2011 tour with Poison and New York Dolls.
Sew What? has made a number of pieces for Mötley Crüe over the years, including a digital printed backdrop.