June 20, 2008 / 12:09 AM / in 9 years

Motley Crue set to tour, but frustrated by film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Motley Crue are back with a new album, a song that’s a hit with gamers and an upcoming festival tour, but the bad-boy rockers are frustrated that a long-awaited movie about their lives is going nowhere.

<p>(L-R) Motley Crue's Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Tommy Lee pose at Avalon in Hollywood, California April 15, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

The glam-metal veterans first announced in 2006 they had reached a deal with MTV Films/Paramount to start producing a biopic based on their best-selling autobiography “The Dirt,” which was co-written with Neil Strauss

But the band is now looking for new partners, bassist/lyricist Nikki Sixx told Reuters.

“We’re trying to get them (MTV) out of the way to make this movie that should have been made a long time ago,” he said.

“MTV has become bogged down in its own way. It’s a channel that used to be hip and has now actually become unhip. We signed with them because we believed they were right, but they haven’t come to the table,” he said. “We need to find the right partner. They are not the right partner.”

Paramount Pictures and MTV Films, both units of media conglomerate Viacom Inc, declined comment.

Fighting with partners and among themselves is nothing new for Motley Crue, whose members also include singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars and drummer Tommy Lee.

After rising to prominence in Los Angeles’ heavy metal scene in the early 1980s, the band enjoyed such hits as “Dr. Feelgood” and “Shout at the Devil,” but also endured the temporary departures of both Neil and Lee, record-label strife, waning popularity and the consequences of drug abuse.

Next Tuesday, the band will release the autobiographical album “Saints of Los Angeles,” which it will promote during its touring hard-rock festival, Crue Fest, starting next month.

It marks the band’s first studio album of new material by the original lineup in over 10 years, since “Generation Swine.”

“It’s a fun album with some dark moments. It covers a lot of emotions of four human beings and their life as a band,” said Sixx.

Crue Fest, which will run from July 1 through August 31, will also feature Grammy-nominated rock acts Buckcherry and Papa Roach, as well as Sixx’s side project Sixx: A.M.

Motley Crue also made headlines recently by becoming the first group to debut a single on a video game, distributing the title track of “Saints of Los Angeles” on the hugely popular game “Rock Band,” which lets gamers play along to songs with controllers shaped like a guitar, drum set, or microphone.

The song also was released on iTunes around the same time, but sales via “Rock Band” were five times higher than on iTunes, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“I believe it’s another avenue to reach your fans or future fans and I think it’s important. It’s not about money all the time. Yes, we get paid, but in the end we want people to enjoy our music and the way to do that is to reach them through new portals for eyes an ears,” Sixx said.

Editing by Sue Zeidler

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