The Crüe play a 9,000 strong show at the outdoor Santa Monica Civic Auditorium called New Year's Evil, said to be one of the greatest glam shows ever! Mötley invite as many managers as possible to see the show, realising this show will be a do or die in their careers. Big Crüe fan, Ronnie James Dio, tips off his booking agent friend Doug Thaler about the Crüe. Doug played in Ronnie Dio and The Prophets back in the late sixties before almost losing his leg after their tour van was involved in a head-on collision in Massachusetts. Pat Travers' manager Doc McGhee is keen for Doug to join his company, so they both attend the Mötley showcase from Florida and love it. They ride home in an empty merchandise truck after selling all the product. Santa Monica authorities ban the proposed Miss Nude Heavy Metal prelude, citing laws prohibiting "depravity of minors", as a band called The Wigglers open the show. The Crüe are fined $1,000 by the local fire marshals as they come off stage, for the use of fire in their show, which included 20 foot high mortars. Backstage, Nikki takes a black makeup pencil and walks over to a wasted Joe Perry from Aerosmith before smearing the pencil under his eyes, inspired by the Road Warrior characters in the film Mad Max. Joe thinks it looks cool on Nikki.
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