SOURCE: Eleven Seven Music

July 01, 2008 23:46 ET

Mötley Crüe's "Saints of Los Angeles" This Week's Highest Debut on the Billboard Chart in Top Five

Album Is Based on Their NY Times Best-Selling Book "The Dirt"; Band Headlines 1st Annual Crüe Fest Tour Kicking Off July 1st; Top Five Debut, Top Ten Single and Top Rock Festival Tour Highlight Band's Activities

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 1, 2008) - With an impressive first week, legendary rock band Mötley Crüe earned themselves an impressive top 5 debut, their highest since 1997's "Generation Swine" on the Billboard chart with "Saints of Los Angeles," their first new album featuring the original lineup in over a decade. The album, inspired by their NY Times best-selling book "The Dirt" is an example of how forward thinking, integrated marketing and an acclaimed CD can support sales in a lagging music industry. The single, "Saints of Los Angeles," which remains a top ten rock track was released simultaneously via the video game Rock Band (a Crüe Fest partner) and to traditional retailers and sold over five times the number of downloads on Rock Band as it did on iTunes in its first week. The band has also pioneered digital initiatives including online pre-sales (they were one of the first bands to sell tickets online); simulcasting their press conference on www.therockvine.com and offering fans exclusive content on their website, www.motley.com for years. Plans include continued digital initiatives and special ring tone availability. "Saints of Los Angeles" features Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee and Vince Neil and is their ninth studio album in a 27 year career which has seen the most notorious band in rock & roll sell over 80 million albums worldwide so far.

The oft-imitated rockers were also very visible in the past week appearing on "The Late Show with David Letterman," on a classic episode of "Larry King Live" (Larry plays with the band), On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, and in a special tribute celebrating their career in the June 21st issue of Billboard magazine. In pure Mötley form, the band arrived at David Letterman's show in a Presidential Procession as a troop of bikers led their 1960's Cadillac convertible complete with skull and cross-bones flags waving through the streets of New York City to celebrate the release of the new CD.

"With a full dose of hammering sleaze-rock, 'Saints' could be ripped straight off the 'Dr. Feelgood' prescription pad," -- USA Today

Allen Kovac, CEO and Founder of Eleven Seven Music says, "With Buckcherry, Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M. we are seeing a seismic shift from hip-hop, pop and emo to rock. There is no one more worthy of leading its return than an iconic band like Mötley Crüe." Eleven Seven Music is one of North America's fastest growing labels.

Listeners were also offered a "sneak peek" through Clear Channel radio where they made the preview of the new CD on the websites of the national radio conglomerate's many stations, the second most popular in the history of the program. "We were thrilled to partner with Mötley Crüe to offer our listeners a chance to hear their new music on our sites before it was available anywhere else. The partnership will live on as Crüe Fest winds its way across America and our stations tie in great local promotions to this online initiative," said Paul Miraldi, SVP Programming & Marketing, Clear Channel Online Music & Radio.

"The Crüe is back... and they're grimier than ever." -- Rolling Stone

"The trip down memory lane helps the Crüe connect to their old sound: Much of 'Saints' [of Los Angeles] rocks with the same raucous fun as their Eighties albums, delivering glam guitars and arena-size choruses on cuts like the wickedly catchy 'Down at the Whisky.'" -- Rolling Stone

"Saints of Los Angeles" is loosely based on the band's bestselling "The Dirt" which is a must-read rock and roll tome of which Ray Hogan, San Antonio Express-News said, "'The Dirt' might be the wildest rock 'n' roll story ever told. It's not only remarkable that the group's four members are alive to recount -- and actually remember -- their sordid history, but disturbingly appropriate that they do so unrelentingly... For a band that wore their vices like a badge of honor, there's still enough uncovered dirt to make this hard to put down." The CD takes these tales and puts them to classic Mötley music. The book is also scheduled to become a much-anticipated movie but has been held up in the process.

Nikki Sixx recently told Reuters, "We're trying to get them (MTV Films and Paramount) out of the way to make this movie that should have been made a long time ago. They are not the right partner." "Isn't it a shame that the soundtrack and book are at the top the charts and even when a guy like David Fincher wants to make the film, they still can't figure out how to make it happen? There's been a revolving door of executives hired and fired. The fans want the film. Van Toffler should worry less about his manicures and facials and more about artists and directors. For the benefit of the creative community, MTV Films should be dismantled. All of the fans who keep asking for the film should email Sumner Redstone and let him know how to get this movie made while we have the soundtrack to the book all over the streets, airwaves and charts -- it's just stupid," comments Sixx.

The CD is released on Mötley Records/Eleven Seven Music, returning control to the band who also received the rights to all of their master recordings.

"The band's signature blues/punk/glam blend remains intact, but the act sounds hungrier than it has since 1989's 'Dr. Feelgood.'" -- Billboard

The inaugural season of the Crüe Fest tour began July 1st in West Palm Beach, FL, and features Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M., and Trapt. Tickets, band profiles and exclusive content from all of the Crüe Fest bands will consistently be uploaded at www.therockvine.com. In conjunction with the tour, Best Buy is exclusively selling a Crüe Fest Compilation featuring all five tour headliners as well as The Exies, Marion Raven, Drowning Pool and Chosen Son. The set was almost sold out of its limited pressing before the tour even began.

For more information on Mötley Crüe please visit www.motley.com and www.myspace.com/motleycrue.

Photos and press information are available at http://media.10thst.com/presskits/mc.

Crüe Fest U.S./Canada Tour Dates:

July:
07.01.08  West Palm Beach, FL  Cruzan Amphitheatre
07.03.08  Tampa, FL            Ford Amphitheatre
07.05.08  Charlotte, NC        Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
07.06.08  Virginia Beach, VA   Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
07.08.08  Wantagh, NY          Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
07.09.08  Buffalo, NY          Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07.10.08  * Sarnia, ONT        Bayfest
07.12.08  Philadelphia, PA     Susquehanna Bank Center
07.13.08  Washington, DC       Nissan Pavilion
07.15.08  Detroit, MI          DTE Energy Music Theatre
07.16.08  Chicago, IL          First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07.18.08  Indianapolis, IN     Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
07.19.08  Milwaukee, WI        Marcus Amphitheater
07.20.08  St. Louis, MO        Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
07.22.08  Houston, TX          Toyota Center
07.23.08  San Antonio, TX      Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07.24.08  Dallas, TX           Superpages.com Center
07.26.08  Albuquerque, NM      Journal Pavilion
07.27.08  Denver, CO           Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
07.29.08  Salt Lake City, UT   USANA Amphitheatre
07.31.08  Phoenix, AZ          Cricket Wireless Pavilion

August:
08.01.08  ** Las Vegas, NV     Mandalay Bay Events Center
08.02.08  Los Angeles, CA      Glen Helen Pavilion
08.05.08  Sacramento, CA       Sleep Train Pavilion
08.06.08  Mountain View, CA    Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
08.08.08  Seattle, WA          White River Amphitheatre
08.09.08  Portland, OR         Rose Garden
08.11.08  Vancouver, BC        General Motors Place
08.13.08  Edmonton, AB         Rexall Place
08.14.08  Calgary, AB          Pengrowth Saddledome
08.15.08  Saskatoon, SK        Credit Union Centre
08.17.08  Winnipeg, MB         MTS Centre
08.19.08  Cincinnati, OH       Riverbend Amphitheatre
08.20.08  Cleveland, OH        Blossom Music Center
08.22.08  Boston, MA           Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
08.23.08  Holmdel, NJ          PNC Bank Arts Center
08.24.08  *** Uncasville, CT   Mohegan Sun Arena
08.28.08  Toronto, ONT         Molson Amphitheatre
08.29.08  Albany, NY           Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08.30.08  Scranton, PA         Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
08.31.08  Pittsburgh, PA       Post-Gazette Pavilion

* Mötley Crüe only
** Mötley Crüe/Buckcherry and Papa Roach only
*** Mötley Crüe and Buckcherry only

Contact Information

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