This time last year, word was out about the Motley Cruise and extra acts slated to perform on the high seas of debauchery. This year...not so much. Now, nearly six months after disembarking Motley Cruise 2008, there is word there might not be such an event for 2009.
I can't say that I'm surprised. Silence in the music business typically means bad things. Apparently, the main organizer of the cruise has left the travel company that produces the event. Yesterday, MK Cruises released this note via Myspace:
May 28, 2008 5:44 PM
Subject: 2009 Motley Cruise
Body: Hello everyone,
I have been receiving tons of calls, e-mails and phone calls regarding the 2009 Cruise, so here is what I know.
1. Gigi and Alexis resigned from the booking agency
2. Nothing has been set as far as I know, in other words there is no ship, no dates, no bands, nothing
3. My opinion is, I don't think it's going to happen (sorry)
Obviously, there is a story here. More than one person on this planet is capable of planning the Motley Cruise, so I don't believe that an employee shift is the reason for the cessation of the event. Let's not forget the Motley Cruise is a charity endeavor to raise money for the Skylar Neil Foundation. That money is then turned over to the TJ Martell Foundation. I can't help but wonder if Motley Crue's big Live Nation deal has something to do with this? It hasn't been announced yet, but I would bet money that Motley will tour arenas in the winter to support Saints of Los Angeles. Truly a winter tour would harbor Vince's availability a little, but it's not impossible to schedule.
Something doesn't add up here, but maybe that's me being overly jaded again. All I know is I heard the phrase "Metal Mutiny" mentioned on the cruise in January and I went home and checked a domain and sure enough - Metal Mutiny was registered the day after the Motley Cruise. The domain registration is private so we can't be sure who owns the page. Perhaps we'll know more in the coming months. I've also heard from some reliable sources that there actually will be a Motley Cruise and it will be announced at Rocklahoma. I'm still skeptical.
What I do know is that I am going ahead and booking a summer vacation. I'm sick of waiting on this cruise information. I'm feeling the need to visit the tropics.