Saints of Los Angeles is the ninth and final studio album by Mötley Crüe, released on June 24, 2008. It marks the first full-length studio album with the band's original lineup since 1997's Generation Swine, following the return of long-time drummer Tommy Lee.
Bassist Nikki Sixx stated in his blog that he believed the band were "on to some of the better songs [they've] had in years". A tentative title for the album was The Dirt, however this was eventually scrapped. Nikki Sixx notes that: "the album is loosely based on The Dirt. Each song is like a mini-story, and you can plug it into the book. Some of it's funny, some of it's serious and in-your-face. It's like a typical, successful Mötley Crüe record."
Saints of Los Angeles debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard album charts, selling about 100,000 copies in its first week of release.
Though the band's first single, the title track "Saints of Los Angeles", was their second highest charting single in the US mainstream rock charts ever, peaking at number 5, subsequent singles fared less well. "Mutherfucker of the Year" peaked at number 29 and "White Trash Circus" peaked at number 37 on mainstream rock charts.
Two tours, Crüe Fest and the Saints Of Los Angeles Tour, supported the album. Crüe Fest ran during the summer of 2008, with supporting bands were Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M., and Trapt. The Saints of Los Angeles Tour ran during early 2009 and supporting bands were Hinder, Theory of a Deadman, and The Last Vegas.
Every song is written by bassist Nikki Sixx and his chums James Michael, DJ Ashba (both of whom are Sixx's Sixx:AM bandmates) and Marti Frederiksen. The thing here is that SOLA doesn't sounds like Classical Motley Crue, which is not bad, but the music runs through a path linked to Sixx AM.
Sounds better than Generation Swine and New Tattoo, the album is ok and enjoyable, nothing more.