Mötley Crüe is an American heavy metal ensemble formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. The group was founded by bass guitar player Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead vocalist Vince Neil. Mötley Crüe has sold more than 80 million album copies worldwide,including 25 million in the U.S.
The group members have often been noted for their hard-living lifestyles, and the persona they maintained. All members have had numerous brushes with the law, spent time in jail, suffered from alcoholism, long addictions to drugs, had countless escapades with women, and are heavily tattooed. Their ninth studio album, Saints of Los Angeles, was put forth on June 24, 2008.