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Mötley Crüe

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Los Angeles, United States (1981 – present)

Mötley Crüe is an American band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1981. The group was founded by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil. Mötley Crüe has been described through the years as one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 75 million records, including 25 million in the U.S.

The members of the band have often been noted for their hedonistic lifestyles and the persona they maintained. Various original members have had numerous brushes with the law, spent time in prison, suffered from alcoholism, suffered from long addictions to drugs such as cocaine and heroin, had countless escapades with women and are heavily tattooed. The band is considered as a part of the first wave of . Their ninth and most recent studio album, Saints Of Los Angeles, was released on June 24, 2008, and was certified Gold in January 2012. The band is currently embarking on a final tour that will continue through 2015 before retiring.

Early years (1981–1983)
Mötley Crüe was formed in 1981, when bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist/guitarist Greg Leon. Lee had worked previously with Leon in a band called Suite 19 and the trio practiced together for some time with Leon eventually deciding not to continue. Sixx and Lee then began a search for new members and soon met guitarist Bob Deal, better known as Mick Mars.

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