For bands like The Beatles, their career paths may have been a long and winding road. But for the 80’s rock band Mötley Crüe, it’s more like a roller coaster of extremes. Kickstarting their careers in 1981, the band became known as much for their antics offstage as their music on-stage.
On Instagram, Lee wrote, “Happy 40th my dudes…. what a f–king ride hey!?! Like a rollercoaster we been up down and all around this d–n world touching hearts and many other body parts hahah of people all around the globe! Cheers to touching more!!!!”
Bandmate Nikki Six also got in on the virtual celebration. On Lee’s post, he commented, reflecting on Mötley Crüe’s early days. He wrote, “So much stuff we’ve seen. Remember cutting our first song with no money and a head full of dreams.”
Mötley Crüe: Their Popularity in the 1980s
Getting their start in 1981, Mötley Crüe became one of the decade’s quintessential bands. Over the course of their career, they released 9 studio albums, 3 live albums and 9 video albums. Some of their biggest and most popular hits include “Dr. Feelgood” and “Girls, Girls, Girls.”
In many ways, they tapped into the chaotic energy of the decade. They wanted to be living legends and aspired to be at the very top of the industry. Their party-boy ways may have led to drug addictions and rehab stints. But in a way, they accomplished their goal, cementing their legacy.
To celebrate the occasion, the band also released a joint statement together.
“When we started this band / All we needed, needed was a laugh / Years gone by, I’d say we’ve kicked some ass,” they wrote. “It’s always been about great songs and over-the-top live shows for us. The fans were always right by our side. We can’t forget the 4 decades of fans who have counted themselves as CRÜEHEADS from day 1, supporting us through it all. To them we are in debt – thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Happy 40th Birthday. Nikki, Vince, Mick & Tommy”