Tales of Rock – Digging in The Dirt: An inside look at the raucous Mötley Crüe biopic

“The sex, the cash, the fame/Living out a life you can’t deny/The drugs, the lies, the pain/Will never get enough to satisfy,” Mötley Crüe profess in the title track to The Dirt, a biopic that’s as brazen and decadent as the bands’ own music. Based on the 2002 autobiography of the same name, the 90-minute film — a rollercoaster of a cautionary tale enumerating the foursome’s shenanigans with booze, women, drugs, and, of course, rock & roll — is a forthright and fast-paced portrayal of mostly likable ne’er-do-wells who did really well in the music biz, but stumbled in real life.

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Like Bohemian Rhapsody, another ballyhooed rock film, The Dirt took years to come to fruition. In fact, explains bassist and de facto band businessman Nikki Sixx, “We were first at Paramount years ago. But there were creative differences as far as keeping it clean. And our story, we felt, is so important to leave the warts and all in. If you take out the ugly parts, then you just have a Disney movie.” (For the record: The final version, which Netflix acquired in 2017, is as much like a Disney movie as Mötley Crüe is like Mother Teresa.)

Though Dirt director Jeff Tremaine admits he was never a Crüe superfan, he had no issues with adapting the book’s racy, unfettered look at a band at the height of their fame. “The book came out right as Jackass [which he directed] was going full steam,” he says. “We all read that book. I was like, “Holy s–t, we’re going through this right now…. I just connected to it and thought that I could tell this story right.”

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The Dirt also served as something of a reunion for the group itself. When Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee — who formed Mötley Crüe in 1981, before adding guitarist Mick Mars and singer Vince Neil — visited the New Orleans set in 2018, it was the first time the two had spoken since the final Crüe tour ended, in 2015. “By that time, no one wanted to speak to each other,” explains Lee. “I get it, people need a break, we all do, especially when you eat, sleep, play on stage, travel, do everything together 24/7 — you’re like, ‘I’m over this person. The way they chew their cereal is f—ing killing me right now.’” When they reconnected, any lingering animosity quickly washed away. Adds Lee, “We got to catch up and realized we’ve been in each other’s lives longer than anyone we know. That’s powerful stuff. We kissed and made up and we’re back in love.”

Once on set, the two watched as some of the most shocking moments in their lives played out in front of them: hotel rooms getting trashed, copious amounts of drugs being consumed, and women being hit, vomited on, and generally treated, well, like dirt. Though production began after the #MeToo movement exploded, when queried, Sixx, 60, employs an analogy he’s used in other press appearances: “If you’re making a movie in 2019 about the colonial period and burning witches, and society wants you to remove it because we don’t burn witches anymore, that’s not honest filmmaking,” says the now-sober father of four (with one on the way). “Our outlook on the whole thing: ‘That was then and this is now.’ I’m not the same man I was 30 years ago.” (Sixx recently confessed confusion about a sexual-assault story recounted in the book The Dirt, which doesn’t appear in the film. In a statement, he noted, “I have no clue why it’s in there other than I was outta my head and it’s possibly greatly embellished or [I] made it up. Those words were irresponsible on my part. I am sorry.”)

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Lee, 56, and newly married, has misgivings too, pointing to a tour bus incident portrayed in the movie where he hits and bloodies his first wife for calling his mother the C-word. “I kinda didn’t want that in there. I’m not proud of it. But it’s real and it happens to people,” Lee says. “We didn’t hide it when it was in the book. I regret that, and we all make mistakes, but I think it’s important to know; maybe it’ll help someone.”

If The Dirt is a minefield of regrets — especially for Neil, who endured the cancer death of his young daughter and the death of a friend, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley, in a car accident where Neil was drunk at the wheel — the film has somewhat of a “happy ending,” with Mötley, Sixx says, “rebuilding after tragedy.” After the movie’s action ends in the mid-’90s, the band carried on for another 20 years, releasing three more albums and embarking on a triumphant final arena tour that grossed $86.1 million.

Ultimately, though, Sixx views The Dirt in the greater scheme of things, addressing the social mores of 2019 in relation to a story set in the ‘80s. “The good news for everybody is this band never abused power, that it was definitely consensual and [wild],” says Sixx. “There is a lot of horrible behavior in the book…. No, we weren’t choirboys. Neither was anybody else.”

The Dirt premieres March 22 on Netflix.

 

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Jessica – Crazy Cult or A Scam?

Here’s another one from a few years ago.

This woman pops up that I’ve seen before wasn’t totally sure where. So I clicked the button where you mutually like one another and can then chat. So I come to find out this woman worked within walking distance to my apartment. I slowly got to know her. I don’t like to jump to doing this or that quickly, I think either it’s pushy or coming off looking needy.

I exchange numbers with her and she says she likes talking on the phone. Texting is too hard. So hell I’m like okay, so she calls me and tells me about herself.  Seemed like a normal person but I did my own form of vetting, checking her social media etc. which turned up normal.

She had a kid with someone who still lived in the same state. Which isn’t a problem for me but she slowly pried into my life which is expected when you assume your on track to potentially date someone. So she calls and tells me she’s getting kicked out of her apartment she shared with a friend which I thought was weird but things happen. (This is obviously a potential red flag)  A little while goes by and she wanted to go out, so for convenience I told her where I lived and she drove up and picked me up.

We went on a pretty taboo date, at least I thought it was one. Just dinner and chatting. After eating she was on her phone.  It sounded like fighting with her kid’s father like “You have to watch him longer… no exceptions”. After that she apologized and then asked me if I wanted to go over to Starbucks.  I still wanted to hangout and talk and I go.

In Starbucks she’s really going hard on her phone. From a quick look it seemed to be a group chat. She then says, “Hey do you mind if my friend comes by?  I’m like yea, whatever, I don’t care.

So just to be slightly specific here an Asian guy comes in she gets up hugs him and he sits down and this is where things started to get really bizarre. He goes, Jess was telling me you have some decent money that you’ve saved or inherited. Never once did I mention money. I assume where I lived and what I wore dictated to her I was rather wealthy or well off. The guy then says, “I run a group that manages money for people.  Jess is one of my clients.” He pulls out a mini old Dell computer with some fake/bs statistics on it. He tells me they can manage my money and gain interest faster than a bank and guarantee no loss if the stock markets takes a dip.

So I can see he’s got this woman lured into this and she’s 100% on board. I’m pretty safe with money so I tell him this is interesting and all but I’m going to need time to check this out. “Do you have any info you can give me?”

“Yes but online you know how people are we get good reviews and bad ones.” So finally I realize this woman is using this app to recruit and gain some sort of commission within this scam of a money-making scheme.

I come to find out it’s WFG A+ on the BBB site but these people I met are not the actual company the ones these people are using is a multi level marketing scheme somehow being able to use WFG and their logo. I saw a lot of things about this online after I went home and started to do a little Sherlock investigating. One thing I thought was really creepy was this girl wanted to take me to seminars for this group. A sort of brainwashing type thing. She kept referring to it as “CHURCH” I’m not religious so I’m wondering  what is she talking about? So that’s the gist of it but it leaves me a few questions:

  1. Are they a weird cult?? Calling it a church?
  2. Does she just use that app to proximity people and sucker them into her scam?
  3. Digging online I find her supposed ex who is self-employed and changing lives. Sounds like they are in cahoots with each other on this.
  4. Who else has been targeted and has anyone else ever had something like this happen to them?

Some secondary details: to further paint the picture.

•They offer free all expense paid vacations (nothing in life is free) • She had some modeling gigs and was supposedly still “in school” • A search turned up on Reddit about MLM scams. A very detailed article •Within that article it talked about how these companies go after predominantly Asian males with college degrees needing quick ways to make money for tuition/student debt. •When the guy showed up there literally wasn’t anything I could say wrong or be corrected on. • She has some odd articles online of her getting on various newspapers just pics with her and her child. Could some media source of gotten suckered by her too?

Well so much for condensing that. I just wanted to post this for everyone to read and or comment on or if they’ve encountered anything quite like this. This happened several years ago but I remember it like it was yesterday.

 

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