MÖTLEY CRÜE played its new single, “Sex”, live for the first time at the opening show of the band’s North American co-headlining tour with KISS — simply dubbed “The Tour”— this past Friday, July 20 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Written when the band was together during their residency in Las Vegas last February, “Sex” is the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of “Saints Of Los Angeles”. The song was recorded at MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee‘s studio called The Atrium in Calabasas, California.
Speaking to VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner in March, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist and main songwriter Nikki Sixx stated about the band’s new track, “It sounds very much like it’s off of the first record [1981’s ‘Too Fast For Love’]. And that was definitely on purpose. I’ve been writing very simple riffs for the last year and focusing on how these riffs would work for Vince [Neil, vocals], basically, and took it in the studio with Tommy and Mick [Mars, guitar] and the thing just came alive.”
In an interview with AOL‘s Noisecreep, Tommy stated about “Sex”, “I think Nikki is partially right. It’s got a retro CRÜE kind of vibe to it — a simplistic riff. But I also think the song has a modern sound to it. There’s some cool analog synths in it and a beat that is really funky and modern. So I guess you can say that it has a retro yet modern sound.”
He added, “Overall, I think that ‘Sex’ sounds like 2012 and that makes me really happy. It turned out killer! Not that I’m not into some retro-sounding stuff, but it is 2012 kids — let’s keep it moving. At the end of the day, it’s a great summertime song that’s going to have everybody screaming along to it on this tour.”