What’s more amazing than the substantial career boost Mötley Crüe received upon releasing their fourth offering Girls, Girls, Girls, on May 15, 1987, is the fact that they were able to record the album at all. Though they resided in the comforts of multiplatinum mega-stardom, the band members were falling apart.
Vocalist Vince Neil was “trying to stay sober, but failing miserably,” according to bassist Nikki Sixx in the band’s memoir, The Dirt. Meanwhile, Sixx was addicted to heroin, drummer Tommy Lee was living with his future wife Heather Locklear at her estate and trying to hide his rampant drug use. And guitarist Mick Mars was suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic type of arthritis that left him in constant pain. The condition left him severely depressed and enduring a rigorous pain management regimen, which he complimented with copious amounts of booze.