Mötley Crüe Taps Hole's Maloney For Temp Drum Slot

Mötley Crüe, a band known for its testosterone factor, will be kicking off its Maximum Rock summer tour with Hole drummer Samantha Maloney manning the drum kit in place of an ailing Randy Castillo.

Castillo, who replaced Tommy Lee last year, underwent emergency surgery for a bleeding ulcer earlier this month. Maloney will be on board for at least the first few weeks of the tour, which kicks off June 24 in Sacramento.

In a statement issued by the band's label, Maloney said that playing with Crüe has been a lifelong dream for her, and she likened it to winning the lottery. The drummer also has the blessings of Hole boss Courtney Love, who is quoted in the statement as saying, "It is a great moment in the history of Rock when Samantha Maloney gets to play "Girls Girls Girls" with Mötley Crüe."

The statement adds that Hole plans to return to the studio in October for the follow-up to 1998's "Celebrity Skin."

Meanwhile, it's

surprising that Castillo's ulcer has been the only one within the group. According to sources close to the band and confirmed by entries in bassist Nikki Sixx's online diary, it's been quite the mad scramble to finish the group's new album, "New Tattoo," and rehearse for the tour. The final mixes for the record, which is being produced by veteran Mike Clink, were completed late last week. A spokesperson for the band's label told MTV News that the record is still on track to hit stores on July 11, just three weeks away.

A single, "Hell On High Heels," has already been shipped to radio and is available for download at the band's official site (www.motleycrue.com).

In other Maximum Rock tour news, Anthrax has confirmed that it will be utilizing the services of with guitarist Paul Crook, who had previously left the band to tour with former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach (see "Anthrax

And Sebastian Bach Swap Guitarists").

The Maximum Rock road trip also features Megadeth. Here's where to catch the triple bill:

  • 6/24 - Sacramento, CA @ Sacramento Valley Amph.
  • 6/25 - San Bernadino, CA @ Blockbuster Pavilion
  • 6/27 - Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
  • 6/29 - Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion
  • 6/30 - San Diego, CA @ Coors Amph.
  • 7/1 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amph.
  • 7/3 - George, WA @ The Gorge
  • 7/5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
  • 7/6 - Denver, CO @ Red Rock Amph.
  • 7/8 - Albuquerque, NM @ Mesa De Sol
  • 7/9 - Odessa, TX @ Ector County Coliseum
  • 7/11 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Amph.
  • 7/12 - San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
  • 7/14 - Monterey, Mexico @ Auditorio Coca-Cola
  • 7/15 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Sports Palace
  • 7/18 - Houston, TX @ Woodland Pavilion
  • 7/19 - New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
  • 7/21 - Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amph.
  • 7/22 - Chattanooga, TN @ UTC Arena
  • 7/23 -

    Little Rock, AR @ Riverfest Amph.

  • 7/25 - Charlotte, NC @ Blockbuster Amph.
  • 7/26 - Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amph.
  • 7/28 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Mars Music Amph.
  • 7/29 - San Juan, Puerto Rico @ Luis Munoz Amph.
  • 8/1 - Virginia Beach, VA @ GTE Amph.
  • 8/2 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
  • 8/4 - Scranton, PA @ Montage Mountain
  • 8/5 - Hartford, CT @ Meadows
  • 8/6 - Rochester, NY @ Finger Lakes PAC
  • 8/7 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ SPAC
  • 8/9 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
  • 8/11 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amph.
  • 8/12 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 8/13 - Camden, NJ @ E Center
  • 8/15 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amph.
  • 8/16 - Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob
  • 8/18 - Milwaukee, WI @ Alpine Valley
  • 8/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ River's Edge Park
  • 8/20 - Tinley Park, IL @ New World Music Theatre
  • 8/22 - Kansas City, MO @ Sandstone Amph.
  • 8/23 - St. Louis, MO @ Riverport Amph.
  • 8/25 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amph.
  • 8/26 - Nashville, TN @ AmSouth

    Amph.

  • 8/27 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
  • 8/29 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deer Creek Amph.
  • 8/30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Star Lake Amph.
  • 9/1 - Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
  • 9/2 - Columbus, OH @ Polaris Amph.
  • 9/3 - Van Wert, OH @ Van Wert County Fair (Mötley Crüe only)