Nikki Sixx says that he hasn’t hung out with any of his MÖTLEY CRÜE bandmates since the group played its final concert two years ago.
In 2015, MÖTLEY CRÜE completed “The Final Tour”, closing the book on the band’s iconic career after performing a total of 164 shows in 72 markets, grossing over $100 million.
To cement the sense of finality, the four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE in 2014 publicly signed a “cessation of touring” contract that prevents any of them from performing under the CRÜE name in the future.
During a recent chat with rock and roll comedian Dean Delray, Sixx was asked if he ever gets together with Mick Mars, Tommy Lee and Vince Neil “just to do some new music or just to jam.” He replied: “We don’t. The band didn’t end… We weren’t the best of friends. We were all going in different directions, and I’m okay with that. I’ve reached out to the guys a couple of times. I reached out to Mick and asked him if he wanted to do ‘My Favorite Riff’, that show that I’m doing on the ‘Sixx Sense’ YouTube channel, where I sit down with different cool musicians and we just jam together… [Mick] was in Nashville, and he can’t. He lives in Nashville, so he couldn’t come out and do that. And then I haven’t really heard from the other guys.”
Sixx remains hopeful that he will eventually re-establish a friendship with his former bandmates. “You know, time heals all wounds,” he said. “I don’t really know what the ‘wound’ is. We made millions and millions and millions of dollars, slayed thousands of girls and destroyed a million hotel rooms and have books and movies made about us. I can’t see a downside. But what do I know.”
Nikki also talked about the difficulty of keeping a band together for more than three decades and the importance of compromise in a group situation. “Say you are in a room and everybody is [contributing their ideas to] this song. And I’m, like, ‘I love the cover.’ And the three other guys are, like, ‘I don’t like the cover.’ I have to be in a band, and I have to go, ‘Okay.’ So I lose by vote,” he explained. “You don’t go in a band… One guy’s not like a dictator and says how it always is, but there’s always a band leader, and I was always the band leader. I was kind of made the band leader. And I took that role really seriously. I always did the right thing for the band. In the early days, I would settle at the gigs, I would book the gigs, I would come up with ideas for the posters, I would go with the guys, we would design the posters. I was just proactive, ’cause I was having a good time. As the years go on, everybody’s, like… You know, they have their own idea of what MÖTLEY CRÜE should be or what they wanna do. Like Tommy — we see Tommy does a lot of electronic music. Maybe doing MÖTLEY CRÜE doesn’t work for him anymore. That’s okay. Sometimes it’s okay. So I don’t have any resentment or I’m not sad or mad. I think I had one of the funnest… I know I had one of the funnest times of anybody I know’s lives. So what can I complain about?”
Although the four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE have agreed not to reunite ever again, Sixx is open to the possibility of reconnecting with his fomer bandmates at a hypothetical Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.
Asked if he would accept a Rock Hall nod should MÖTLEY CRÜE eventually be inducted, Sixx said: “A long time ago — not even that long ago; maybe four or five years ago— I was, like, ‘Not really. It feels kind of like a joke.’ And the guys in MÖTLEY were, like, ‘Eh.’ They weren’t putting really rock bands in there. And I remember when NIRVANA got in there, I was, like, ‘Wait! They came out after us.’ And then GN’R went in. And even though GN’R belonged in there, it was a move to try to get Axl [Rose] and the guys on stage together to try and get a reunion, and we all knew that in the business. And Axl knew that, and that’s why Axl didn’t do it. He didn’t fall for that, and in the end, they ended up getting together the way they wanted to get together, and now it’s a massive success.
“So would I do it? I think I probably would,” he admitted. “I don’t think it’s a big honor — I don’t think it’s a big, big deal. Because I think the way they’ve handled it, it feels like they’ve handled in an old-boy network, it’s like favors… Like when NIRVANA was in, it’s ’cause they had a box set coming out. That feels gross to me. Put a band in there because they deserve it. And wouldn’t it be cool if bands got in there in order? A band that comes out now should not get in until the people that [influenced them are inducted]. And it’s nothing against those bands — it’s just the way that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame handles it, and then makes a lot of bands go… All these bands that I love are not in, and then some of my friends that came out ten years after them are in. I was, like, ‘That seems weird.'”
MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s last studio album was 2008’s “Saints Of Los Angeles”, which was followed by a 2009 “Greatest Hits” compilation.
A tour film about MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s final shows, “The End”, came out last year, and a film adaptation of the band’s 2001 autobiography “The Dirt” is said to be in negotiations to land at Netflix.