Niclas Müller-Hansen of RockSverige.se recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s “The Final Tour” coming to and end:
“I’m a person who believes in manifesting stuff, and I’m usually about 24 months ahead of whatever I’m doing at this moment. So when we were putting together the final tour for MÖTLEY CRÜE, it was a couple of years ago. We were working on and talking about how we were gonna end it and where we were gonna end it and what it would look like and what it would smell like and feel like. So we’ve been in this for a while, even though we’re winding down now.
“We all know what’s coming, and we’re all in the same place, which is: we love each other, we love what we’ve achieved, but we all wanna do something else as well. And we think that the only way to do something as well — well, we know — is to leave this intact. Because there isn’t enough time. I haven’t been able to tour with SIXX: A.M. because of MÖTLEY CRÜE. I don’t blame MÖTLEY CRÜE — MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s my No. 1 band — but I wanna make SIXX: A.M. my No. 1 band. And the other guys feel the same way. Tommy‘s [Lee, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer] into a totally different kind of music; he’s into electronic music. And Mick [Mars, MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist] wants to do something more bluesy, guitar driven, and Vince [Neil, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer] has a lot of businesses he’s involved in. So for us to look at our calendar in 2016 and go, ‘There’s no MÖTLEY CRÜE. What can I do with my time?’ And I’m already planning what I’m doing, and I’m sure so is everybody else.”
On whether he will ever play any MÖTLEY CRÜE songs again after “The Final Tour”:
“I said, ‘I will never play MÖTLEY CRÜE music again,’ because I wanted people to hear me. I wanted them to hear that we [SIXX: A.M.] have five hit singles right now, we have a double record coming out, we’ve got two years of touring. It’s really not part of the plan. After seeing my own words in the press, I was, like, who knows? Maybe four or five years down the road, maybe we’ll do an acoustic version of ‘Live Wire’ or do some interesting… But you will never see this band [SIXX: A.M.] lean on MÖTLEY CRÜE, because I don’t think that’s fair. I wrote the songs, so I guess I’m entitled to play them if I want. I just want some distance.”
On the two new SIXX: A.M. albums which are going to be released in 2016:
“We have an eight-… It might even end up being a nine-minute long song. That will probably end up ending one of the records. We have a very short song that’s really simple — just basic guitar and James‘s [Michael, SIXX: A.M. singer] voice and a powerful lyric. It’ll find a home, because we have another slow song. So we’re starting to do that. It’s kind of exciting. Thematically, they’re not a concept, but they do tie together sonically.”
On the biggest misconception about him:
“I think that people might think I’m a little more exciting than I am. I’ll be honest with you, I’m really quite boring. But I’m always looking for something, and I think because of that, I’m not really that rock and roll. I don’t think I’m very rock and roll at all. I’ll be honest with you. I’m the ‘anti rock star.’ I am boring. If you’re watching this, don’t pay any attention to me. [Laughs]”
MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s “The Final Tour” kicked off last year and will end New Year’s Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
MÖTLEY CRÜE first announced plans for their two-year “Final Tour” by signing a Cessation Of Touring Agreement at a press conference in Los Angeles in January 2014, solidifying the end of their touring career with their last show ever on New Year’s Eve at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles. Since the announcement the band has been touring tirelessly to say goodbye to fans around the world.
The 2014 leg of “The Final Tour” was one of last year’s top-grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million.