11 Pets of Rock + Metal Stars to Follow on Social Media

Surely, after enduring a year of a pandemic, your social media feeds are in a terribly sorry state. The same people posting the same thing (which is nothing — it’s a pandemic, nobody has a life), the latest memes you’re already so done with by the next day and the same six photos of some cute animals. Here to liven up your life, once more, we’ve rounded up some lovable doggos and feisty cats who call some famous rock and metal musicians their prideful owners.

It’s time for some new follows and we’re starting with legendary drummer and his pup Mickey. This Maltese-Yorkie mix of Mike Portnoy‘s has amassed over 8,000 followers and is always smiling, sitting comfortably on a lap or nestled up under a blanket on the couch. He’s a brave little cancer survivor, too, deserving of a round of a-paws!

Keeping with drummers, Motley Crue‘s Tommy Lee boasts Nina Da Weena Dog and Teenie the Weenie. Teenie is a very recent addition to the home, after Lee and wife Brittany Furlan said goodbye to their dear Wicky earlier in 2021. Our condolences. Dog Heaven gained another angel that day.

As you’ll see below, we’ve got plenty more pets to follow from band members. There’s Winston Finnegan Luhrs (August Burns Red‘s Jake Luhrs) and his beefy little leg hanging over the couch, the classic dog and cat rivalry within the home of Cattle Decapitation‘s Travis Ryan, Ice-T‘s chonks and more.

11 Pets of Rock + Metal Stars to Follow on Social Media

Mike Portnoy’s Dog Mickey

Follow Mickey here.

Motley Crue: Tommy Lee’s Dogs Neena Da Weena Dog + Teenie the Weenie

Follow Neena here and Teenie here.

Cattle Decapitation: Travis Ryan’s Dog Ona + Cats Nomi and Patty

Follow Ona, Nomi and Patty here.

Body Count: Ice-T’s Dogs King Maximus and Princess Alexus

Follow King Maximus and Princess Alexus here.

Trivium: Paolo Gregoletto’s Dogs – Lady and Mochi

Follow Lady and Mochi here.

August Burns Red: Jake Luhrs’ Dog Winston Finnegan Luhrs

Follow Winston Finnegan Luhrs here.

The Word Alive: Telle Smith’s Dogs Colby Jack + Darby

Follow Colby Jack here and Darby here.

Ex-Machine Head/Sacred Reich: Dave McClain’s Dog Mr. Indy McClain

Follow Mr. Indy McClain here.

49 Rock + Metal Artists Pose With Their Pets

All images & transcripts are of Fair Use and copyright to their respected & collective owners. Some images copyright AP, Clipart.com.

15-Year-Old Singer Shocks ‘American Idol’ With Bluesy Motley Crue

Casey Bishop, just 15 years old, recently wowed American Idol‘s celebrity judges with an a cappella rendition of Motley Crue‘s “Live Wire.” Although the judges — Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan — seemed surprised by the song choice before Bishop nailed it.

It happened amid the second week of auditions during Sunday’s (Feb. 21) American Idol broadcast for Season 19, the fourth season of the singing competition show on ABC instead of Fox. Bishop, an avowed rock ‘n’ roll fan, started her audition with a bluesy vocal take on the early Motley Crue single, one of the band’s first from their 1981 debut, Too Fast for Love.

Watch the video down toward the bottom of this post.

Bishop has turned 16 since the taping; she’s currently a sophomore at Center for the Arts at Cypress Lake High School in Fort Meyers, Fla., as The News-Press reported. Talking to the Idol judges, she said she listens to “Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, and then I love blues like Ella Fitzgerald. I love rock, though.”

The blues aspect helped clinch her standing among the judges. Following the retooled Motley Crue number, the singer proved her versatility by belting a Sarah Vaughan-inspired version of “My Funny Valentine.”

At the start of her audition, Bishop remarked that she had “no experience performing. … The only places I sing are literally my bathroom. I put my song on, pick up my brush and then I just go for it, like in the mirror. I just literally pretend that I’m onstage.”

Still, Bishop’s two-pronged performance won over the American Idol judges — all three gave a “yes” for her to proceed. Bryan even remarked that the young singer’s audition reminded him of an impressive 2019 showing from Season 17’s ultimate runner-up, Alejandro Aranda.

“I didn’t think anybody would get close to Alejandro’s audition,” the country singer gushed. “As far as me being just, like, dipped in Disney and sparkles and flowers and doves, and that’s what your audition was for me. I wrote ‘Top 10, def.’ [when you sang] the Motley Crue song.”

Added Perry, “You’re really, really, really good. And I love that nobody knows that you can sing besides you and couple of your friends and your hairbrush, probably. I mean, a lot of hair, a lot of brushing, a lot of microphone time.”

15-Year-Old Casey Bishop Sings Bluesy Motley Crue on American Idol

The 40 Best Cover Songs by Rock Bands

All images & transcripts are of Fair Use and copyright to their respected & collective owners. Some images copyright AP, Clipart.com.

Tommy Lee Reveals How Motley Crue Smuggled Drugs

Motley Crue are notorious for their hard-partying lifestyle, so it’s no surprise that the band came up with clever ways to hide drugs from authorities while on tour.

“I never put it in or on my body,” drummer Tommy Lee explained during an interview on the Steve-O’s Wild Ride podcast, conducted last year but circulated again recently. Instead, he and the band had methods specific to their form of transportation.

If they were traveling by bus, Motley Crue would utilize a pop-top on the vehicle’s back ceiling which doubled as ventilation and an emergency exit: “As soon as we’d stop and pull into immigration, customs or whatever, we’d pop the top, go nice and slow, take everything, put it up on the roof of the bus and close the ventilation.”

According to Lee, this move kept the drugs hidden from authorities who came on board to search the vehicle. “Dogs, immigration dudes come through the bus, ‘Alright, all good. See you guys later.’ As soon as the fuckin’ bus door shut, boom, pop that up and pull it in.”

Motley Crue used a similar method when traveling by air. “On an airplane, you’ve got your headliner upholstery,” Lee explained, describing the fabric covering used on the ceiling of their plane. “We’d take fuckin’ cocaine, whatever it was, do as much as we could before we get there, whatever’s left we’d stick … above my seat, for some reason, there was a little fuckin’ rip in the headliner. So we’d fuckin’ get the fuckin’ bag of blow and just really crank it down as little as we could and fuckin’ just get it up inside the headliner, and put it back with a little piece of double-sided tape. And you couldn’t even tell.”

Again, the technique did the trick, as the narcotics successfully stayed hidden from customs officials – though he still had a fair share of stressful moments. Lee admitted he’d be “freaked out” whenever drug-sniffing dogs came on board, imagining one jumping on his lap to reach the hidden stash above his head.

Despite these fears, Motley Crue always managed to get off scot-free: “We pulled that off several times and never got busted.”

Watch Lee’s full interview with Steve-O in the video below.

Think You Know Motley Crue?

All images & transcripts are of Fair Use and copyright to their respected & collective owners. Some images copyright AP, Clipart.com.

Tommy Lee Reveals How Motley Crue Smuggled Drugs Internationally

When it comes to drugs and partying, Motley Crue is the most infamous band in rock and metal history, but how did they get away with smuggling illicit substances across the globe? Tommy Lee has revealed exactly how they did it on the tour bus and even on Crue’s private jet.

Tommy Lee was on an episode of Steve-O’s Wild Ride podcast last year, but in a newly recirculated video from the Jackass star’s clip channel, Tommy Lee gets into the gritty details of Crue’s most dangerous moments with narcotics.

“I never put it in or on my body,” Lee says. “On the ground, if you’re on your tour bus… in the back [there’s a vent] almost like an emergency exit. As soon as we’d stop and pull into immigration, we’d pop the top, nice and slow, take everything, put it up on the roof of the bus and close the ventilation. Dog, immigration dudes come through the bus, ‘Alright, all good. See you guys later.’ As soon as the fuckin’ bus door shut, pop that up and pull it in.”

Lee continues, “The airplane, same deal. “On an airplane you’ve got your headliner upholstery. We’d take fuckin’ cocaine, whatever it was, do as much as we could before we get there, whatever’s left we’d stick… above my seat, for some reason, there was a little fuckin’ rip in the headliner, so we’d fuckin’ get the fuckin’ bag of blow and just really crank it down as little as we could and fuckin’ just get it up inside the headliner with a little piece of double-sided tape. You couldn’t tell.”

“I’m sitting there, dude… poo poo in my pants. Just like, ‘Oh my god, oh my god.’ Just freaked out that the [drug-sniffing] dog’s gonna fuckin’ come stop and then jump on my lap and then fuckin’ [find the drugs]. We pulled that off several times and never got busted.”

Watch the clip above and head over to the Steve-O’s Wild Ride YouTube channel for the full podcast with Tommy Lee.

32 Rockers Who’ve Appeared in TV Shows

All images & transcripts are of Fair Use and copyright to their respected & collective owners. Some images copyright AP, Clipart.com.

Nikki Sixx and Bret Michaels Assist Catfished Woman on ‘Dr. Phil’

Nikki Sixx and Bret Michaels appeared on the Dr. Phil show yesterday to help a woman who had been fooled into thinking she was having online relationships with the two rock stars.

The woman, identified only as “Tina,” was the victim of catfishing, in which people impersonate celebrities online in order to trick victims into sending them money or personal information they can later use to hack into their bank or social media accounts.

In this case, through a long-running series of fraudulent text messages, Tina said she thought she and Sixx were friends and that she was engaged to be married to Michaels – despite never having met in person, spoken on the phone or via video chat to either musician.

After the show’s host methodically broke down the holes in the fake Sixx and Michaels stories, the real Sixx and his wife Courtney Bingham appeared live on video to confirm that the Motley Crue star had never actually texted Tina.

“No, absolutely not,” Sixx told Dr. Phil. “The first time I heard about this was when we talked about it. We wanted to come on together and let you know that whoever you’re talking to is not me, and I’m sorry that this is happening to you. Watching the show and how Dr. Phil is trying to break it all down for you, it’s heartbreaking for us. It’s not fun, it’s cruel and you seem like a very nice person. The internet’s a tricky place. You have people pretending to be people all the time, and it’s really sad when fans get sucked in.”

Sixx also promised to invite Tina to a meet-and-greet as soon as Motley Crue’s delayed reunion tour is finally allowed to begin.

Appearing in a pre-taped video, Michaels declared he had never communicated with Tina in any manner and repeated his previous warnings about celebrity impersonators. “These imposters who are going after innocent people like Tina, who is on your show right now, and other people, they will not stop during this pandemic,” he said. “People are vulnerable. I feel like people right now are isolated … and that is the perfect time for these scumbags, scammers, con artists and imposters to come after innocent people.”

After hearing from both Sixx and Michaels, Tina declared: “I was scammed and I admit it.”

Most of the Sixx and Michaels Dr. Phil episode was posted to the show’s YouTube page and can be seen below. The segments specifically featuring Sixx and Michaels are available only at the show’s website.

All images & transcripts are of Fair Use and copyright to their respected & collective owners. Some images copyright AP, Clipart.com.