MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx says that continuing to live a normal life is one of the best things people can do after a terrorist attack.
In the six months since the massacre at an EAGLES OF DEATH METAL concert in Paris, there have been fears that an attack on London or Washington, Melbourne or Berlin could happen next.
Sixx, however, believes that the attacks — and the threat of more to come — will make people feel vulnerable and start making decisions based on fear.
“My outlook on terrorism too is that you can’t run and hide and stop going to sporting events, grocery stores, restaurants and concerts,” he tells OC Weekly in a new interview.
“When did it become a thing to stop going to concerts? We’re going to stop going to concerts?
“The idea behind terrorism is to terrorize and that’s why there was a list that was put out from ISIS supposedly, that named the most random, small, targeted cities. One of them was very close to where I lived. Then you could say, ‘I can’t go to the grocery store.’ You can’t live like that in America. I realize that we’re very fortunate here and this is a big world issue and that might sound a bit meathead, but the truth is we have to keep moving forward. Musicians have to keep making music and keep touring.”
Nikki, who was performing with MÖTLEY CRÜE in Munich, Germany the night of the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL concert, adds: “During the Paris attacks in France, I know a lot of people pulled from touring and went home. It wasn’t an option for me. I said, ‘No, we’re going to keep playing.’ Some people were saying that they didn’t feel comfortable going to a concert. We weren’t going to be that band.”
A number of artists halted their European treks in the wake of the Paris attacks, including LAMB OF GOD, FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES and others.
In the days after the attacks, people around the world, including members of ANTHRAX, SLAYER and CHILDREN OF BODOM, expressed their desire to defy terrorism by continuing as before.