Nikki Sixx says that there “no chance” of MÖTLEY CRÜE making another record, insisting that the band creatively “came to a crawl.”
Even though MÖTLEY CRÜE completed its “Final Tour” last December, singer Vince Neil has claimed in various interviews that he and his bandmates will “definitely” be “making more music together for different projects.”
But Sixx has now shot down any possibility of the CRÜE returning as a recording act, telling TeamRock that the band “couldn’t write music any more” and that “it’s time for it to go.”
Asked if and his bandmates left on good terms, Sixx said: “I’m still close with Vince.” But he stressed that there is no reason for the CRÜE to ever reunite again. “No, no tour, nothing, no chance of another record,” he claimed. “I want to just leave it intact. I see no reason. We couldn’t be creative as a band, so how the hell can we continue? But I’m glad the way it finished — we did it all, we did what we said we were going to do, and now I’m excited about the future.”
Sixx also spoke about the differences between his current band, SIXX:A.M. — in which he is joined by ex-GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist DJ Ashba and producer James Michael — and MÖTLEY CRÜE, saying: “The last thing we wanna do is live off old glories. For me, the carcass of MÖTLEY CRÜE is dead. It’s lying in the field, the flesh is rotting and I don’t wanna feed off that. I invite MÖTLEY CRÜE fans in to SIXX:A.M. but I’m not gonna poach them. Our new fans, they know about MÖTLEY, but it’s not their band, and that’s okay.”
Pressed on whether he felt any responsibility to give CRÜE fans a sound that they were familiar with, Sixx said: “God no! I didn’t want to be the guy sat at the Rainbow Bar & Grill: ‘Oh look! There’s Nikki Sixx! He put on eighty pounds, he just made a record that sounds like a bad version of ‘Too Fast For Love’! It’s got a girl in a bikini on the cover!’ The more I got into the SIXX:A.M. stuff, it highlights to me how, with MÖTLEY, creatively we came to a crawl. We couldn’t write music any more. And I had one thing that I was in love with and one thing that I used to love… Well, it’s time for it to go.”
Sixx‘s latest comments echo those made by MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee back in May when he said: “There won’t be any new music or anything like that. It’s clear that at some point the band just stopped making new music, and what are you supposed to do? Keep going around the country playing the same old songs? No way. In a world that was changing rapidly in all senses, musically and business and style and everything, people need to be really open and not really follow but forge ahead and make something new. That’s a big challenge and you have to have a lot of open minds for that stuff. I can remember experimenting on a couple of our last CRÜE album efforts and getting resistance from other band members, saying things like, ‘Well, our fans, if it’s a Harley-Davidson they know they’re going to get a Harley-Davidson, and you can’t give them a beefed-up weird version of that. And I just don’t believe in that. So there was nowhere to go, really, except to stop.”
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 earlier this fall, and a film adaptation of the band’s 2001 autobiography “The Dirt” is still said to be in the works.