Band lawsuit latest tumult for rocker

It has been a rough week for Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee.

He has been slapped around by Kid Rock and pummeled in court by two of his longtime band-mates, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx.

A lawsuit by Mars and Sixx is threatening the fragile truce between the band-mates, who reunited about three years ago and have tours planned for Europe and the United States.

Mars and Sixx filed the lawsuit against Carl Stubner, Lee’s former manager, seeking $20 million in lost revenues because Lee decided to pursue two reality TV shows rather than tour.

Lee announced he was resigning from the band he co-founded in 1980, but he retracted the resignation on Thursday.

Las Vegas resident Vince Neil, the band’s frontman, said Thursday that he was not part of the lawsuit.

“I was totally against it. It has nothing to do with me,” he said by telephone from Maryland.

Lee, in a statement Thursday, said, “I am a founding member of Mötley Crüe. I have tried to meet with my band-mates repeatedly without success but have informed them that I’m not walking away from my band of 25 years.

“It troubles me that the current legal issues, which were filed by the corporations against my personal manager are separating us and causing more dysfunction. I hope we can work this out amongst ourselves.”

BEACHER’S LATEST MADNESS

Jeff Beacher of “Beacher’s Madhouse” is proposing a celebrity grudge match between Rock and Lee.

He said “Beacher’s Madhouse,” which has been based at the Hard Rock Hotel for almost four years, will offer a $1 million, winner-take-all arrangement.

Rock and Lee got physical during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday at the Palms.

“The oddsmakers tell me Kid Rock would be the favorite,” Beacher said. “They are saying that Z-list Tommy Lee is just too old and beat up.”

Meanwhile, Beacher said he would make good on his vow to walk away from his show at the Hard Rock after losing a side bet connected to the success of 50 Cent‘s album release this week.

50 Cent last month vowed he would quit his solo career if Kanye West‘s new album outperformed his when the two albums were released Tuesday. West’s “Graduation” outsold 50 Cent’s “Curtis” 437,000 to 310,000.

“I’m a man of my word, and we’ll see what happens,” said Beacher, whose final two shows will be Sept. 29 and Nov. 9, the latter featuring Gene Simmons of KISS.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

We hear rumblings that Mötley Crüe’s Lee is in talks to put a nightclub in the New York-New York space where Rita Rudner performed as a resident headliner. …

Clint Holmes serves as guest celebrity impresario at tonight’s opening of Opera Las Vegas’ “Pagliacci” at Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. in North Las Vegas. The opera starts at 7:30 p.m. …

In the VMA finale featuring Nelly Furtado, four of the dancers were drag queens from Lucky Cheng’s Drag Cabaret Restaurant, which is in the Harmon Theater in Krave. …

Hot spots, cool stuff: Hip-hop star Nas celebrates his birthday tonight by hosting the evening at Tao (Venetian) with his wife, singer Kelis. Reality TV star Heidi Montag of “The Hills” celebrates her 21st birthday at LAX nightclub (Luxor) on Saturday.

MAY I RECOMMEND …

Siegfried & Roy will tap the ceremonial first keg at 7 p.m. Saturday to kick off Oktoberfest in a ceremony at the Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas. Oktoberfest runs through Oct. 31. For information call: 853-2337.

SIGHTINGS

O.J. Simpson, partying at the Playboy Club and the ghostbar at the Palms early Thursday. … Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, having lunch Thursday on the patio at Sedona Restaurant & Lounge on W. Flamingo Road. … Celine Dion, performing for hundreds of guests Tuesday at an early wrap party for cast and crew of “A New Day …” at Caesars Palace. The party included a red carpet walk for the guests, with Dion and her husband/manager, Rene Angelil, greeting every attendee. Her show ends Dec. 15.

THE PUNCH LINE

“Beautiful autumn day in New York City. It’s so nice, Kid Rock and Tommy Lee were fighting over a kite.” — David Letterman

Norm Clarke can be reached at 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

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