One of the biggest hard rock/heavy metal bands from the 80s, Mötley Crüe has a strange name. But how Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars chose this name for the band?
Well, deciding on their band’s name, they chose the name because Mick Mars remembered someone referring to an old band he was in as a motley looking crew. The other members liked it, so they changed the name of crew to Crue and added the metal umlauts above the “o” and “u.” These were inspired by them seeing the name on the Löwenbräu beer they were drinking. The umlauts are German linguistics symbols used to make a vowel sound like the following vowel. Metal bands used it to show boldness and strength, like Motörhead, for an example.
Mötley Crüe is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead singer Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars. Mötley Crüe has sold more than 41 million records worldwide, including 25 million albums in the United States, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.
The members of the band have often been noted for their hedonistic lifestyles and the persona they maintained. Following its hard rock and heavy metal origins, the release of their third album Theatre of Pain (1985) saw the band joining the first wave of glam metal. Motley Crue’s most recent studio album, Saints of Los Angeles, was released on June 24, 2008. The band’s final show took place on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015. The concert was filmed for a theatrical and Blu-ray release in 2016. On September 13, 2018, Mötley Crüe announced that they had reunited and were working on new music, though Neil said that they will not tour.
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