Motley Crue Latest Artists To Blame “Rock Star” For Their Woes

Jun 19th, 2007 // 10 Comments

Rock Star has already been blamed for scuttling the Jane’s Addiction reunion, and now Motley Crue has decided that they want to get in on the blame-reality-TV game, filing a lawsuit claiming that Tommy Lee’s involvement in the show–as well as the Tommy Lee Goes To College project–caused damage to the band’s bottom line:

Plaintiffs Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Mick Mars allege that Stubner and his company, Sanctuary Management Group, over-promoted Lee’s unsuccessful side projects while dropping the ball with Mötley Crüe, which, per the complaint, grossed more than $30 million on its worldwide Red, White & Crüe tour but sustained damages because Lee was not available at the band’s disposal, causing them to perform fewer dates.

Lee’s packed schedule also prevented him from promptly joining his band mates in the studio in 2006 to record an album that, per an agreement they had with Wal-Mart, was supposed to be released this year.

Stubner acknowledged during a meeting at his office in December 2005 that Lee was “overexposed,” the lawsuit states, and agreed that Lee should be “exclusively available” to record, tour and film a movie supporting the tour.

But, then came Rock Star: Supernova in 2006, and Lee’s unavailability supposedly forced Mötley Crüe to cancel 40 shows and lose more than $8 million in ticket and merchandise sales.

The show’s lackluster ratings and the so-so success Supernova achieved after the fact “diminished the public’s interest in Lee and their overall perception of his musical talents,” the lawsuit reads.

The show did that? Because we were pretty sure that the ball started rolling down that particular hill when Generation Swine hit the shelves.

Mötley Crüe Accuses Manager of Dirty Dealings [E! Online]


  1. brasstax

    WTF. Vince Neil has been on every VH1 show that will have him, so pointing fingers at Lee is kind of a lame move.

  2. J DTZR

    @brasstax: To be fair to Vince Neil, all of his reality show appearances can be filmed in a week or three. That “Rock Star: Supernova” trainwreck went on for, what, 17 months?

  3. Mick Kraut

    You cant tell me that TOMMY LEE GOES TO COLLEGE took more than 2 weeks to film…there is no way in aytch EEE double hockey sticks that he spent more time than that in Lincoln, Nebraska…no chance…

    If Crue got together and did another record right now and booked a tour, they are going to get the same sales figures they would have in 2006…its not like their fan base has moved on…

  4. Hyman Decent

    Essentially, Tommy Lee (as a member of Mötley Crüe) is suing the man who managed his solo career for doing too much for his solo career. I hope the judge says, WTF? right off the bat.

  5. Maura Johnston

    @Hyman Decent: Well, if Methods Of Mayhem was that manager’s idea, Lee might have a case.

  6. AcidReign

    …..I think lawsuits are due all around, for Rock Star Supernugget. So many mistakes. The band had a competent rhythm section with Lee and Newsted, but Clarke… Clarke is NOT a flashy guitarist, not in the sense a band like Supernova needs, at all. And so, they needed a singer, but they needed songwriters worse. The “orignals” they trotted out were basically skeleton frameworks that could have been copied out of any “Guitar for Morons”-type book.

    …..From the first episode, it was clear that there was no way these guys were going to let a chick in their band. Why have them in the competition? And those girl singers were SO much better than the guy ones! The kicker, though, was that out of a decent crew of candidates, they picked the Goth Hobbit. Even Pro-Tools isn’t going to fix him in the mix…

    …..I still say that Storm Large and Vito Bratta (White Lion) should get together and write some stuff. They could maybe hire Newsted and Lee to play bass and drums, and shut the hell up.

  7. janine

    Anyone who has seen the VH1 documentary Resurrecting Mötley Crüe, knows that Tommy kind of hates playing with the Crüe. Also that Mick Mars freaks him out. And that he and Vince Neil hate each other.

  8. AcidReign

    …..Mick Mars can’t play top-echelon lead, but as a rhythm guitarist, he has no peer. He has a good ear for tone, too. Mick was that rock-solid glue that held a crazy band full of stoned crazies together! The human metronome…

  9. Maura Johnston

    @Hyman Decent: I’m wondering if part of the reason he feels he suffered by engaging in these operations is the fact that he couldn’t show his wang on network TV. If only Cinemax had picked up Tommy Lee Goes To College

  10. Hyman Decent

    @Hyman Decent: On second thought…

    It’s probably not curious in the legal sense; I suppose that the Crüe’s business unit is the plaintiff, and the fact that Tommy Lee is a partner in that business unit is immaterial.

    Morally, I suppose it’s possible that Tommy Lee set out to take advatage of solo opportunities with the intention of doing so only to the extent that it would not jeopardize the band’s fortunes.

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