Nikki Sixx Talks Motley Crue’s Goodbye

‘The most important thing about a farewell tour is that the band doesn’t lie to the supporters and then come back years later. ‘

Mötley Crüe will wrap up their second Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Joint this weekend. The L. A. quartet’s plans after that are usually up in the air, but the end is usually nigh for the group. Frontman Vince Neil said over the summer that will the band was planning a farewell visit next year. Nikki Sixx confirms that while the timing is not set in stone, the particular band will at some point in the future set out for one last jaunt around the world since “brothers. ”


As the group gets set to put Vegas behind them, Sixx spoke in order to Rolling Stone regarding his vision for the finale associated with Crüe, the importance of pyrotechnics and interviewing Paul McCartney for his radio show, Sixx Sense .


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How did the particular residency feel to you?
It’s always exciting and a challenge to build something that in a lot of ways you can’t tour with elements of this, so you have that opportunity to focus on things. And a lot of elements in our show are based strictly in fireplace, and fire is always an issue along with fire marshals in each city. Some have had bad experiences, several are open to it, some understand that everything we do is safe for the audience. The only people that would really be in danger are band members when they stepped into the wrong place, but we kind of know where we’re supposed to be most of the time. So when you’re in one city, you’re able to go function the show out and be constant every single night. That’s the great portion of it.


Are there individual elements of the show you’d like to take forward in the next tour?
One of the things we did is we got rid of the pyro company we’ve already been working with for years because we sitting down with them years ago and mentioned, “Look, we need to push the envelope with our pyrotechnics. ” What happened for us is we started watching Extremely Bowl commercials, car commercials, various other bands. I would go to concerts plus go, “Wait, those are our own flame projectors that we developed. That is our set. ” And we got pretty bummed out because individuals get complacent and the pyrotechnic companies are no different. They’re like, “This has been approved, this is safe, this particular works. ” And we’re like, “No, we want stuff that’s never been seen before. ” So we worked with a new company, we feel like we’ve really developed something new plus fresh. So yes, we’d want to be able to bring elements of it on the road.


Can the next tour be the farewell visit, as Vince said?
We haven’t decided when which is, we’re talking about that. It’ll happen, but we don’t know when it will happen. The most important thing about a farewell visit is that the band doesn’t lie to the fans, and the band doesn’t visit and then come back years later. That is what’s important for us, planning what’s the right time to go out. We have an excellent fan base, we have original fans right down to teenagers, and we really feel pleased to that and we continue to reinvent yourself over the years. People always tried to create us an unimportant part of stone history and that doesn’t really influence us because it’s always been that way. Critics have always snubbed all of us. The thing about Mötley Crüe is we are a people’s band, we do not kiss ass to the industry. We all believe artists should be in control of their very own destiny and that destiny also contains when it should be done so that their fans may forever be proud. It’s not one or two band members up there dragging the band name around. It is a band for a reason, it works for a reason. We’re really happy with that. I think that’s why, once the day does come, we want to become proud of our band and what we have achieved.


Somebody said to me the other day, “Won’t you be sad? ” I proceed, “No, I’d be sad whenever we were playing half-full theaters in support of two band members were in the band. ” That would be sad. Depressing is not taking your final bow within Los Angeles all together as four siblings. I talked to a friend last week and they were talking about a friend associated with theirs who passed away. And after the particular funeral, they had this huge celebration and everybody was celebrating, drinking and telling stories about this guy and how fun he was and exactly how much joy he gave everyone in life. That’s how I feel about Mötley Crüe. When that day arrives, that’s what I want: one huge fucking huge party to celebrate exactly what we’ve done, all the good, all the bad, all the in-between. There it is, one big party, one last bow. It’s gonna be fucking rad, but we’re not presently there yet. Right now, we got three shows left in Vegas and we’re gonna start looking forward in order to when we tour next.


Could there become multiple tours, or is the following one the finale?
We all don’t know right now. We mentioned as brothers and a band, that is something we plan on doing at some point in the future, but we’re not presently there yet, so we don’t have any concept when. We’re not sitting down right now planning on that.


When these shows are usually over, then does your focus consider Sixx A. M.?
Gonna finish the Sixx The. M. album. The album is so rich and we have so much songs, we’re deciding on which pieces of that will music we want to put together to make an album. For us, it’s very important to create an album. We still think it’s important to make records, full-length records that somehow all connect together, that you want that whole body associated with work, all ten or 12 songs, because they do something for your living. For example , Bruno Mars’ album We listen to from top to bottom. I have songs which are my favorites, but I listen to the particular album top to bottom. I listen to Physical Graffiti. It’s the double album, I put it on plus listen to it all the way through. When bands make 1o, 15, 20 songs that are really great songs, you’re inspired to listen to the whole record, plus that’s really our intention along with Sixx A. M.


You mention listening to Bruno Roter planet (umgangssprachlich). Does the Sixx A. Meters. album cross a wide variety of genres?
I’ve always listened to so many different genres of music. Growing up within Idaho, there was country radio, after that discovering rock radio that was piped in from Boise – we were within Jerome, Idaho – that got me finding the little mom and pop record store in town. I got my Harry Nilsson and Deep Purple albums. I’d be listening to funk, metallic, rock, Beatles, Stones, Elton Steve, Queen, then discovering T Rex, Bowie, Slade. Those bands are song-oriented. So , to me, if you’re hearing an artist, whether it’s thrash or pop, it’s how good the particular song is. I just interviewed Paul McCartney for my radio show, Sixx Sense , last week and I got to spend a lot of time with his new record. When we talked, that was so important to him that I believed his record, I knew the particular songs.


Had you ever met him before?
No, it was the first time all of us ever met. I love musicians, I really like rock & roll. When you place the two together and it’s rings that have been a soundtrack for my life, it’s exciting for me. And what occurs for me is we just have conversations. I’m not so awestruck as much as I am excited to talk about music. For me, it had been nice talking to McCartney because We mentioned a couple of things to him on a song “Early Days, ” and exactly how it sounded and felt susceptible, and that’s why the song reached out to me. And he was able, as a musician as well as a guy who’s probably pretty near to a perfectionist in the studio, to say, “It’s really interesting you stated that because I didn’t want to retain it, I wanted to go in and re-sing it and maybe make it a little bit better. But the producer I was working with mentioned, ‘No, that’s what’s beautiful about this, it’s so vulnerable. ‘” And on that level we were able to link, and I think that’s what happens when supporters of music or a musician like myself am able to talk to one more musician. It’s not like a sales pitch when this occurs, you’re just talking music.

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