CNN's Larry King conducted a brief interview with all four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE prior to the group taking the stage at The Palladium in Hollywood, CA Monday night (Dec. 6) following the official press conference to announce their upcoming reunion tour. A transcript of the interview follows:
King: We'll start with Tommy Lee. All right, Tommy, how did this happen?
Tommy Lee: "Um, I have no idea actually. No, I'm just kidding. No. All of the promoters were calling us and that saying all of the fans wanted this so we got together, and we pulled it together in true MÖTLEY CRÜE fashion. Like the fans want it so let's do it."
Nikki Sixx: "Give it up for the fans. We made some new music, new video and we're going to go out on tour."
King: But, Vince, you had a bad breakup, what's going to change now?
Vince Neil: "Well, we still hate each other but we're tolerating it. No, good thing is, that me and Tommy found a common bond in Peter Grigio (ph)."
King: Do you expect things to be a lot better now, Vince
Neil: "You know what, it was never bad in the first place.
Neil: "It was — it was kind of like the who squeezed the toothpaste from the bottom or from the top. And Tommy was always the one who squeezed it from the top."
King: Hey, Nick (sic). Were you bothered by the fact, Nick (sic), that Tommy got so famous?
Lee: "Was that Mick or Nik?"
Lee: Mick Mars.
Mick Mars: What was the question? I can't hear.
King: Were you bothered by the fact that Tommy got so famous?
Lee: "This is a really — Larry — Larry, you know what, this is a really stupid question."
King: Were you bothered by the fact that Tommy got so famous.
Mars: "I was so depressed, I was befuddled, didn't know what to do."
Lee: "Come on Larry, you can do better than that."
Sixx: By the way, Mick Mars, has video coming — a porno coming at you next month.
Unidentified Male: "It's called 'The Horse'."
Sixx: "It's called 'The Horse'. We call him the horse."
King: Nikki, you divide your money equally, but Tommy did get very well known, and he burst through. He's got a best-selling book. Does that — did that hinder the group at all, Nikki?
Sixx: "No way, man. It's awesome, much love for everybody and everybody in this band is so talented. These guys all do their thing, but when we are together, it's totally dysfunctional and rock 'n' roll. You know it's dysfunctional, don't you?"
King: Tommy, do you have all new material?
Lee: "We have a couple new songs. And we're going to go on tour starting January 17…"
Lee: "I'm sorry, February."
Sixx: "Tommy is going on tour — MÖTLEY CRÜE is [going on tour] 17th of February."
Lee: "We're all going to get it together at some point."
Sixx: "Told you we are dysfunction dysfunctional."
King: How long have you guys known each other?
Sixx: "Wow, man."
Neil: "Me and Tommy actually went to high school together."
Neil: "So, we — it was like 8th and 9th grade, something like that."
Lee: "We've known each other forever. Too long. Let's not date ourselves."
Sixx: "Or more they didn't go to high school together."
Lee: "Yes, we just hung out and partied."
Neil: "Hung out together."
King: You're coming back together. Are you nervous tonight? You are about to go on stage, first time together, in like five years. This is a historic evening. Is there a bit of edge here? Is a little bit of nerves?
Lee: "Oh hell, no."
Sixx: "No way. This what we do, we go out and shred."
Lee: "We got go out and kick ass. Oops, can we say that?"
King: Yes, you can say that.
Sixx: "We can say ass?"
Lee: "OK, we're going to go kick some ass, Larry. For you. This one is for you."
Video footage of the interview can be downloaded from FoundryMusic.com.
MÖTLEY CRÜE's set list for the The Palladium in Hollywood, CA – December 6, 2004:
01. Dr. Feelgood
02. Shout At The Devil
03. If I Die Tomorrow
04. Girls, Girls, Girls
05. Wild Side