It’s 2019 and biopics about musicians are all the rage. The recent years have seen a spike in the music biopic genre after the massive success of movies like Straight Outta Compton, about rap pioneers NWA, and the recent Queen-focused Bohemian Rhapsody, which won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and netted star Rami Malek the Best Actor award for his portrayal of singer Freddie Mercury. After seeing how successful these movies have been, streaming giant Netflix has decided to try their hand at the genre.
The Dirt details the rise of legendary hard rock band Motley Crue from a gang of Los Angeles-based deviants, referred to in the trailer as “a runaway, a kid drummer, an old man, and a cover band singer,” into one of the biggest bands on the planet. But more than just their meteoric rise, this film will document the insane, chaotic, drug-fueled nightmare off-stage lives lived by vocalist Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars, and drummer Tommy Lee. This includes all the wild sex, vehicular manslaughter, drunken rampages through hotels, and accidental overdoses (and eventual rising from the dead) that was made famous by the band’s 2001 autobiography.
Motley Crue is arguably the most cartoonishly wild band to come from an era of music that was chock full of cartoonishly wild groups. Their offstage antics fed into their bad boy image, which was then broadcast worldwide through songs like “Shout at the Devil” and “Girls, Girls, Girls.” Nothing was too shocking for a band that would break bottles over each other’s heads, or see who could swallow the most broken glass during downtime on tour, or hammer nails through people’s ears, or pimp out their teenage drummer for beer money and studio time. While plenty of metal bands have put on an act of this type of violent and unruly lifestyle, Motley Crue truly embodied every bit of the word “dangerous.”
Widely regarded as one of the first bands of the “glam metal” wave of the 80s, Motley Crue has enjoyed a long, storied career, including the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal Album for their 1991 album, Dr. Feelgood, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. After a decades-long, wild ride, the band ultimately played their final farewell show back on New Year’s Eve in 2015. But The Dirt is not the only place you might find the band’s name in 2019. Recently, vocalist Vince Neil revealed on Twitter that the group had begun writing and recording their first new material in a decade since 2008’s Saints of Los Angeles. Bassist Nikki Sixx later confirmed this. Though the band has signed a contract never to tour again, they will continue to write and record new music.
In a year where multiple music biopics are in production, including one about singer Elton John, The Dirt looks to take a fun, wild ride through one of the most dangerous, highly sexualized, wildly popular stories of a band that defied all odds, not just with their legendary music career, but also by the sheer fact that they are still alive.
The Dirt, starring Douglas Booth, Iwan Rheon, Daniel Webber, and rapper Machine Gun Kelly as the infamous Motley Crue, will be released on March 22nd wherever you can stream Netflix. Be sure to pick up one of our Motley Crue t-shirts so you can witness their animalistic antics in style.