ROCK CRUISING: Going Overboard (2012)

By STEVE MASCORD ON the final night of Vince Neil’s Motley Cruise in 2008, shortly before the aforementioned peroxide imp was about to go on in front of a raucous crowd of heartland head-bangers, a representative of Carnival Cruise lines approached the stage manager. “I’d like to make an announcement,” said the uniformed official, smiling. “Sure,” […]

MOTLEY CRUE: Feeling Minnesota (1990)

By STEVE MASCORD THE mercury in Minneapolis is plunging mercilessly past zero as Middle America wallows in snow. Vince Neil, however, is waltzing down the hotel corridor towards his multi-room penthouse in a sleeveless v-neck shirt and blue boxer shorts. His dirty blonde hair spews out from under a neatly reversed baseball cap, just like […]

LOUDMOUTH: September 2012

@Loudmouthcolumn BASSIST Robbie Robbie Crane has quit Lynch Mob, giving no reasons for his decision. The band has just released a well-received EP, the Sound Mountain sessions, but the experienced Crane obviously is unsatisfied with his current situation. He issued a statement saying: “With much thought and regret, I am resigning as the bass player […]

LOUDMOUTH: August 2012

@Loudmouthcolumn * IT seems the illness which placed Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen in hospital is not as recent as the band has made out. Reports emerged on August that Van Halen had undergone “emergency surgery” for diverticulitis, an inflammation and infection of the intestines. That statement gave the distinct impression this was a […]

LOUDMOUTH: July 26, 1989

Compiled by STEVE MASCORD DIESEL will drive your dollar twice as far next month following the announcement of a second show on the Rock N Roll Tour for the Hordem Pavilion on Wednesday August 16. What’s more, lasi time we looked there was still a cuppla seats left for the first gig on August 15. So […]

Motley Crue To Tour In May 1990

By STEVE MASCORD BASSIST Nikki Sixx has confirmed Motley Crue will tour Australia in May — and challenged Jon Bon Jovi to a fight! Sixx has called Bon Jovi “a lying asshole” after the New Jersey frontman told Juke last month he had nothing to do with the incident at the Moscow Peace Festival which […]

MOTLEY CRUE: Bounty Or Mutiny? (2011)

By STEVE MASCORD “I really don’t understand what Mick’s talking about. Maybe he took the wrong pill that day.” The man at the other end of the telephone is Vince Neil, the 50-year-old singer from Motley Crue. He seems unimpressed with his guitarist, Mick Mars. I am in Philadelphia, at baggage claim. Vince is in […]


WHEN Tommy Lee told this writer that touring with joke-metal masters Steel Panther was “fucking weird”, he was derided on his own facebook page as being out of touch, humourless and even a bit scared. After all, the Panther do have a drummer called Stix Zadinia and Tommy Lee is known for … you get […]

WHITE LINE FEVER Podcast: Episode 14

Mick Mars, Urge Overkill, Michael Monroe, Tyketto