Liz Tracy of the Broward-Palm Beach New Times recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Broward-Palm Beach New Times: What is the most mind-blowing thing you’ve seen while touring with MÖTLEY CRÜE?
Nikki: The whole thing’s been mind-blowing. The whole experience. You can only imagine being teenagers and young adults and doing the things that we’ve done and whether it’s jail or drug overdoses, marriages, divorces, kids, tens or tens of millions of seats in arenas sold out around the world in every country that you can name. And we’re still going strong, and we’re still the original four members. For me, that’s mind-blowing. We stand on stage at night; us four have seen more than you will ever know. There’s not enough paper out there to tell the stories that we’ve seen, and to me, that’s a blessing.
Broward-Palm Beach New Times: Since you’ve been thinking about your life and legacy lately, what do people misinterpret most about you these days?
Nikki: I got this thing where what other people think about me isn’t my business, so I don’t really know what other people think about me. I try to be really kind, generous, and giving and give 100 percent, but I’m also the first one to stand up and fight for what I believe in. So in the end, I imagine I have as many friends as I do enemies, but I don’t really know. I don’t keep a compliment very well, I can tell you that.
Broward-Palm Beach New Times: I wanted to ask about your collaboration with Cee Lo for with the mashup of “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” and “Fuck You”.
Nikki: It’s funny, ’cause I was at an event, and there were these kids, and they were playing in a band, they were playing [sings] “Girl, don’t go away mad…” and was like, no way, and I looked at my girlfriend, and I was like, this is one of our songs. And then they started doing the Cee Lo thing, and I was like, “Oh, my God, it’s the same exact chords.” Then Tommy, in minutes, texted me: “Dude, wouldn’t it be great if we mashed up ‘Forget You’ and ‘Don’t Go Away Mad’ live?” And I go, “Dude, I’m sitting in this place and just heard someone play it,” and so, we went to rehearsal, and we dropped it in after a second chorus, and we just started playing it live that way. And Tommy had run into Cee Lo and hit him up and said, “Hey dude, do you want to go to the Hollywood Bowl?” He’s a huge MÖTLEY CRÜE fan. So he came down and did it on stage with us — it was really a blast. He’s a nice dude. Super-talented. You’ve got some talent out there, on the top level. For me, Lady Gaga is like Madonna on steroids and Elton John with boobs and high heels — but Elton John actually did high heels too — but to me, it’s like super-fucking-talented, pushing the envelope. Cee Lo at the Grammys, he came out in that like freaky feathered outfit, and he had Gwyneth Paltrow singing with him; he’s like pushing it Gnarls Barkley, and I’m like, come on, dude, we need some fucking rock bands that are doing that, too. You know?