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Following Mötley Crüe‘s final show at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve 2015, the four members each went their separate to focus on new artistic ventures and projects, while remaining regular figures of the music press. Bassist and songwriter Nikki Sixx embarked on numerous rock star feuds that included former singer John Corabi and members of KISS and drummer Tommy Lee has seemingly remained bitter by how the band broke up, while guitarist Mick Mars made his first post-Crüe appearance in Nashville in the summer in between studio sessions with Corabi.
Frontman Vince Veil, however, has continued to court controversy due to his life outside of the industry. Although he had begun the year by helping to raise $200,000 for the Alzheimer’s charity Keep Memory Alive through his participation with Celebrity Apprentice, in April it was reported that that Neil had attacked a women in a Las Vegas hotel, forcing actor Nicholas Cage to intervene. Three months later the victim filed a lawsuit against the fifty-five year old singer, requesting $75,000 in damages for the incident that took place in front of her teenage son.
But it was recently revealed that Neil was set to embark on his most significant musical venture following the dissolution of Mötley Crüe with a performance at the inauguration of the forty-fifth President of the United States, Donald Trump. While many believed that Democratic nominee and former First Lady Hillary Clinton was the likely successor to current President Barack Obama, she ultimately lost to entrepreneur and reality star Trump on 9 November. In an interview published on 18 November by Billboard, Neil revealed that he had been approached to perform at the ceremony on 20 January in Washington D.C.
‘The promoters asked if I was available and I said yes. So we sent all of the band’s passports to the Secret Service so everybody can get in and all of the crew people, not knowing who was winning. But we were already scheduled to play,’ he told the publication. ‘I don’t know how long I have to play. I don’t know if the Republican Party says which to play and what not to do. It’s a little ways out. I’ll have more information as time goes on.’Yet just a few hours later these claims were rescinded via a video message posted by Neil on TMZ. ‘Well, here’s the thing, I was asked to do the inauguration two months ago, no matter who won. We had no idea, obviously, who was going to win. And we said absolutely, I wanted to play the inauguration. We gave all of our passports — all of the band and crew — to Secret Service, they went through everything and so as far as I knew from that we were playing. We were invited and then, it turns out, the Republicans won, we were uninvited.’ He then went on to say, ‘I just found out about this today when all this stuff came out that we were playing. I said, ‘What happened?’ I asked my guys. And they said, ‘Well, no.’ I guess once Trump won it’s all politics and I don’t know who’s playing Trump’s party, but God bless ’em.’
When the results of Trump’s victory were revealed countless celebrities voiced their opinions on social networks, yet while both Neil and Mars remained tight-lipped on their views their two former bandmates expressed their disappointed at the outcome. ‘Way to go America!! Good job guys!!! Idiots!!!!’ declared Lee via Twitter, while Sixx , always the most outspoken of the group, included a passage from Mötley Crüe‘s 1983 classic Shout at the Devil on his Facebook page; ‘But in seasons of wither we’ll stand and deliver. Be strong and laugh and Shout at the Devil.’