Eric Mackinnon of Sleaze Roxx recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
On the end of MÖTLEY CRÜE — which may not be as far off as people think:
Sixx: “I don’t think this band was meant to last and we’ve lasted way longer than anyone ever expected us to. For us, it’s about trying to find the right time to end it [the band] correctly. We’ve had that talk as a band and even in the last year or so we’ve spoken that at some time we’re going to want to wrap this up. I feel really proud of the band but we are taking steps to finish the movie and when we do we’ll look at that time. When the movie comes out, it’ll be time to finish on a high note, on a positive, and not like we’re breaking up. I think that’s a good thing and will probably put us about at 35 years, which is a long time for a rock band which is cool. We’re not sad, we’re happy.”
On the long-awaited film adaptation of CRÜE‘s band biography “The Dirt – Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band”:
“Everything is moving forward really quickly. The best thing I feel would be to find a young, hungry bunch of actors which want to go all the way out and they will own it. People always say how great it would be to have ‘so and so’ in the movie but I think the actors should be unknown names instead of seeing an actor who you recognize from playing several parts and then you could see them as one of us. It won’t be easy to get everything from the book into the movie and that’s where we’re at right now. We’ve met with the director and the production company and we’re very excited but it’s nothing I can really talk about right now but when we get the green light to talk about it, we’ll talk about it all day long.”
On how the new media-driven age and renewed awareness would make it difficult for modern bands to follow MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s trail of hell, fire and brimstone:
“No, I don’t think bands now could do what we did and I don’t think society is geared towards that anymore. I remember saying to my girlfriend one day, we were at a pool around noon somewhere, I think we were on the road, that nobody would be sober and someone would be in the bathroom doing blow and fucking fighting and throwing up. Nobody at this party would be sane, and not just the bands, as society was also completely off the rails. Then came the onset of HIV, political correctness, alcoholism, death, destruction and people began to think what could happen to them. Society started to change and campaigns like don’t drive and drive started as the new generation came up and then being drunk wasn’t seen as fun it was seen as being stupid and it kinda changed in a healthy way and I don’t think we could have gone on much longer. We have the scars and the wounds from our time and we can’t take back what we did as it makes us what we are. It was a rough one (laughs).”
On the current crop of rock bands:
“There has to be another band like us sometime again. When we came up in the ’80s, it was all boring fucking bands and boring fucking record companies, boring radio and boring press so we had nothing to lose and thought we’d crash and burn but that worked. We’re in another place right now, but a lot of bands are still really fucking boring. I’m trying so hard to find new bands and bands that can play and out of all this someone is going to come up, throwing up, fighting and its going to be good for the music industry. Now we have Lady Gaga, and God bless her, as at least she is fucking different and says fuck you. It’d be great to have a rock version of her and we will. . . There are a few [promising new bands] sparkling out there. I think BLACK VEIL BRIDES are cool but I’ve told them they are missing one thing and they need to write ‘School’s Out’ or ‘Shout At The Devil’. They’ve got to write that anthem to unify everyone as everyone wants to like them but they just haven’t proven themselves yet. BLACK VEIL BRIDES have good songs but they don’t have THE song yet but that takes time. Some people have it but some don’t.”
Read the entire interview from Sleaze Roxx.