Nikki Sixx: 'You Can't Look Like A Roadie And Be In A F-cking Band'

Mtley Cre bassist Nikki Sixx was interviewed on Washington D.C.'s Fox 5 about the band's upcoming co-headlining tour with KISS.

Nikki Sixx: 'You Can't Look Like A Roadie And Be In A F-cking Band'
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According to Blabbermouth.net, Mtley Cre bassist Nikki Sixx was interviewed Washington D.C.'s Fox 5 about the band's upcoming co-headlining tour with KISS - dubbed simply "The Tour" - which will kick off on July 20 in Bristow, Virginia. You can watch the chat below. When asked if he had any concerns about getting physically worn down by the upcoming three-month mammoth trek with KISS, Sixx said, "I've been worn down for so long, I've becom like... We're like soldiers, man - you can't take us out now. You do it long enough and you realize that you just get stronger and you get better - you're a better player, better singer, better performer, and you just go. You're like a war machine, to be honest with you. The longer you've been around, the better you get. And if there's anything that young musicians [should] take away from this, you can't look like a roadie and be in a f--king band. You've gotta be in a band. You've gotta be a rock star. You've gotta dress like a rock star, you've gotta play music that's important, you've gotta put a hundred percent into your lyrics, a hundred percent into your songs, a hundred percent into your show, your packaging, your marketing, and do it. It's time for new bands to step up because KISS and Mtley Cre, Aerosmith, The [Rolling] Stones... we're not always gonna be here. Who's gonna replace us? There's no one out there. It's sad." Mtley Cre recently entered drummer Tommy Lee's studio called The Atrium in Calabasas, California to begin recording a new song that will be released to coincide with the band's upcoming summer co-headlining tour with KISS. Speaking to VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner following last week's press conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California to officially announce details of the tour, Sixx stated about the band's new track, "We're gonna play it on tour. We just wrote it and recorded it. We're just finishing mixing. It's called 'Sex' and it sounds very much like it's off of the first record [1981's 'Too Fast For Love']. And that was definitely on purpose. I've been writing very simple riffs for the last year and focusing on how these riffs would work for Vince [Neil, vocals], basically, and took it in the studio with Tommy and Mick [Mars, guitar] and the thing just came alive."

Rocker Nikki Sixx, of Motley Crue, Talks 'The Tour' with KISS: MyFoxDC.com

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    Pus_Head
    You can't look like a roadie and be in a band? Two words: Thrash Metal
    Roxxie Roxx
    I don't think any one's really understood what he is saying. Everyone is always going on about how the titles are misleading. This one is no exception. Once you get past that one line and read everything he said in context you'll realise that he is basically saying this... You can't be a great band without putting you're all into it. Dress up, put on an almighty show and live like a rockstar. I mean why wouldn't you. Very few people get successful as musicians you might as well enjoy it and give it everything rather than trying to blend in with the crowd (hence the roadie reference).
    HARTATTACK69
    "If I had to take off all the make-up and shave my head and wear only a jockstrap; I'd still be playing the same music" -Mick Mars
    Lapidus
    2012 and they're still alive...These guys are like somme annoying uncurable genital disease
    john_kimble
    You don't need to wear eyeliner and really tight pants to make it. Talent helps. I love Motley Crue but these guys aren't really relevant anymore even though they're not playing state fairs and 80's rock festivals.
    DesertMetal
    so basically, he's telling kids to develop a large ego and dress like a faggot in order to succeed... I think his band should go back to their local roots and see how well that works for them.
    j-falafel
    you've gotta put a hundred percent into your lyrics
    "She goes down, she goes down down down down, all night long, she goes down, she goes down" etc.
    SIEGE312
    I respect him for writing all of Motley Crue's music but seriously, I liked him better a couple years ago directly after the Herion Diaries came out. At least then he had a message.. All he does now is spout off meaningless crap to try and grab headlines.
    iommi600
    Maestro1600 wrote: Well, most bands make their money (ie their living) from touring, which means they need to be able to put on a good show and be entertaining. And part of that is how they look. Being in a band is about more than just playing an instrument.
    It isn't. I go to a music concert to enjoy some music I like. If I want to see make-ups, nice hairs and leather, I go to a strip club.
    gunsnroses#1
    I understand where everyone's coming from, but he does have a point. Talent isn't enough to make it big most of the time. There are so many AMAZING guitarist that aren't signed it's a shame. You have to make an impression.
    Black Ox
    Sixx is a joke of a bassist, so of course he has to rely on gimmicks to succeed.
    jurnag12
    You can, on the other hand, look like a woman who has just consumed 20 pounds of raw cocaine to dull her pain because she was catapulted through a homeless shelter's storage for old clothing.
    mlukeroberts222
    Man I used to like Nikki but he's such a whiny ass now...and Motely Crue isn't near on the same level as KISS, Aerosmith, or the Rolling Stones, so I don't know why he even went there.
    Kenjamin91
    He sure puts himself on a pedestal. I don't want anyone to follow in his footsteps. There's a reason hair/glam metal faded out. There's always new bands that are good, he's just still living in the 80's.
    i_am_metalhead
    There are guys that "look like roadies" that are more talented musicians than anyone in Motley Crue could ever dream of being, and their bands are a million times better than Motley Crue. If you're all about image and being a "rock star" then you're just a tool.
    fenderstrattele
    the music always comes first. But you need to have an image. a visual that goes along with the sound. The best thing would be something like The Black Crowes in the early days or guns n' roses in the early days. where for them that was normal and they didn't know any better, yet they looked totally different from anybody that walks down the street. I agree with what Nikki said, that there isn't really a band yet that's gonna take over once Motley, Kiss, Aerosmith and the stones are gone. although there is this amazing band from the UK called Heaven's Basement that could take over the world by storm(yes they are that good) and they have a rock n' roll image. Only time will tell
    Maestro1600
    iommi600 wrote: Yeah, because music is all about your apparence. Duuur... Grow up.
    Well, most bands make their money (ie their living) from touring, which means they need to be able to put on a good show and be entertaining. And part of that is how they look. Being in a band is about more than just playing an instrument. That said, I disagree with Mr Six. If a bands image is 'bunch of roadies' and it works for them and their fans, then more power to them. But don't imagine any band don't care what they look like on stage. Scruffy performers look scruffy on purpose, and flamboyant performers look flamboyant on purpose. It's just naive to think otherwise.
    Air_Stryker
    you can't look like a roadie and be in a f--king band.
    On the contrary, Metallica had their roadie play rhythm guitar for a while after James's pyro incident.
    X-Vision
    Roxxi Roxx,Gunsnroses#1 and a few others get it. I think everyone else is just letting the motley crue hate fly without understanding the article
    bmarlatt1685
    I'll be wearing cargo shorts and a Florida Gators T-shirt at band practice tonight. Maybe I should just quit playing music since that's not dressing like a rock star and according to the BE ALL-END ALL on rock music, Nikki Sixx, that's not dressing like a rock star. Thank you, Nikki, for clearly showing me I apparently have know idea what the hell I'm doing playing rock music.
    WholeLottaIzzy
    Nikki Sixx is awesome. Can't stand Motley Crue though... And what he said about there being no bands to replace the big classic rock bands is true, unfortunately. Like he said, it's sad.
    dkennedy88
    BradTheBluefish wrote: I know what he's saying. Who are tomorrow's big bands with a great acts? While I like Nickelback, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, John Mayer, and especially the Foo Fighters, no one puts on a show. Their are all great musicians (including Nickelback), but none of them do anything note worthy when it comes to their act. No running around stage, big lights, fireworks, fire, dressing up, etc.
    Have you ever seen a Nickelback show? They use a TON of pyro and big lights.
    Face R1pper wrote: Badass UltraMan wrote: Funny how this guy forgot just how much bigger Metallica became than his own band while looking like roadies. What a tit. Take a look at a picture of Metallica, Anthrax, etc...any thrash metal band. They care just as much about their image as glam metal bands do. Just because its different then Motley Crue's image doesn't mean they look like roadies, or look like normal people (which is what Sixx should have said to make his point more clear).
    Totally true.
    Dewy141
    I dont understand what he's saying. You have to dress a certain way to play music? Personally I think fashion/image and music should be mutually exclusive.
    Groceries
    True, but just barely. They're both sub-par gimicky rock bands, and this douche thinking bandmates all need to dress up as chicks to be taken seriously does nothing but make me lose even more respect, considering most great metal bands don't need stupid gimicky shit to be good.
    iup788 wrote: mlukeroberts222 wrote: Man I used to like Nikki but he's such a whiny ass now...and Motely Crue isn't near on the same level as KISS, Aerosmith, or the Rolling Stones, so I don't know why he even went there. Ah, Motley Crue makes better music than Kiss.
    urbasicallydead
    Funny how most of you will take advice from an internet troll than a rockstar I guess if thats what you aspire to be
    iup788
    mlukeroberts222 wrote: Man I used to like Nikki but he's such a whiny ass now...and Motely Crue isn't near on the same level as KISS, Aerosmith, or the Rolling Stones, so I don't know why he even went there.
    Ah, Motley Crue makes better music than Kiss.
    Ibeanez
    jurnag12 wrote: You can, on the other hand, look like a woman who has just consumed 20 pounds of raw cocaine to dull her pain because she was catapulted through a homeless shelter's storage for old clothing.
    Now that was funny. Someone explain to "Nikki" that tranny and soldier are not the same thing.
    Way Cool JR.
    Don't worry Nikki the band "De La Cruz" out of Australia is what your looking for in a band you claim just don't exist anymore. They are already loved by "Steel Panther" David Coverdale and "Megadeth" and a few other big timers. The dudes are a pure embodiment of Rock & Roll.
    Maestro1600
    iommi600 wrote: Maestro1600 wrote: Well, most bands make their money (ie their living) from touring, which means they need to be able to put on a good show and be entertaining. And part of that is how they look. Being in a band is about more than just playing an instrument. It isn't. I go to a music concert to enjoy some music I like. If I want to see make-ups, nice hairs and leather, I go to a strip club.
    Fair enough, but not a single one of those bands you've gone to see walked on stage without caring what they're wearing. Not a single one.
    Badass UltraMan
    Funny how this guy forgot just how much bigger Metallica became than his own band while looking like roadies. What a tit.
    Chronologo
    iommi600 wrote: Yeah, because music is all about your apparence. Duuur... Grow up.
    well those are mtley cre standars
    hazydavy
    If it wasn't for that wig, he'd look like a roadie. I love Motley, but they've made no news about their music for years. Image is great, but it will only take you so far and when that's all you've left you're a joke.
    steve987
    bastards wrote: I think his point is just to get real about what you're doing.
    Agreed, but the title of the article sort of takes you away from that point, yet again, another misleading title from UG.
    Skullivan
    Fox 5 is actually one of my local news channels, but I switched over to NBC when the GOP race started. Good gosh, Fox mews just makes me mad sometimes. OT: I think Mr. Sixx's message was more along the lines of, "You can't be in a band and not care how you look."
    jackdude500
    to be honest i dont think it matters what you look like, as long as you make good music then nothing else really matters as a musician
    Air_Stryker
    As far as rock and metal goes, I don't really think appearances should be an integral part of an act or band. I mean each genre has it's own image; glam rock with the outrageous glitter and spandex, black metal with black clothing and spikes. But all things considered, if a band says they're a black metal band, and make good black metal music, you're not going to give a damn if they just look like regular guys in t-shirts and jeans; the priority is the music, and how it sounds. If we start paying close attention to appearances, we're a step closer to pop... And that's not somewhere we want to be is it?
    pinheadslts75
    Meh. At least Motley Crue is still fun to see in concert. Though Tommy Lee's dubstep drumsolo is a bit ridiculous.
    Vince Sixx
    At the risk of losing all credibility because of my nickname, he's wrong. He just can't see past the rose-tinted glasses of his style of music to realize that there's a new breed of rock and metal. There are quite a few bands that I forsee becoming massive, and just because they're not the same style as this G.L.A.M. doesn't mean they're not going to be big.