Nikki Sixx Reveals What Mötley Crüe Means To Him: “They Changed My Life Forever”

Nikki Sixx Reveals What Mötley Crüe Means To Him: "They Changed My Life Forever"

The talented musician and author Nikki Sixx has said during an interview with The Aquarian that his band Mötley Crüe and members, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars, changed his life forever.

Nikki Sixx has been appearing in the rock and roll community for more than four decades. Over the years, he lived difficult times to create his own legacy in the community. During his ongoing career in the rock scene, Sixx was a member of the heavy metal band Sister at first. Later then, he formed a band called London with his Sister bandmate, Lizzie Grey, before going to form Mötley Crüe.

In 1981, Nikki Sixx formed Mötley Crüe with the band’s drummer Tommy Lee. Later then, they were joined by the guitarist Mick Mars and the lead vocalist Vince Neil. Shortly after the band completed its line-up, they’re released its debut studio album, Too Fast For Love, via their own label, Leathür Records.

When the band released its debut album, they had unleashed two singles just before it. They were the band’s some of the hit songs, Stick To Your Guns and Toast Of The Town, which were written by Nikki Sixx.

However, recently, the musician has discussed the idea that why didn’t Mötley Crüe decide to re-release them in the Elektra reissue, Van Halen‘s impact, Quiet Riot, Randy Rhoads, and of course his band, Mötley Crüe.

Focusing on the re-release the songs on the Elektra reissue, Nikki said: “I had this idea when we were getting ready to go out and do the Final Tour that maybe we should re-record ‘Stick To Your Guns’ – like re-record it nowadays. Back then we barely had two pennies to rub together to record it… or maybe we would ruin it, so I never really brought it up to the band.

“I thought it would be a cool way to end, what I thought we were ending our career on, by ending it with the same song we began it with. Hey, you never know! [Laughs]

“But, yeah, I talked a lot about London because what was important about London was the passion and the gang-like mentality that we had.

“All pre-Mötley Crüe. How hard we worked. What we were willing to do without. The side hustles we were willing to do to survive.”

Nikki Sixx Admits Mötley Crüe Changed His Life Forever

Later then, Nikki Sixx praised Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen himself, Randy Rhoads. He also mentioned his pre-Mötley Crüe era and explained why no label company would signed them. At the end of his words, Nikki Sixx admitted that his band Mötley Crüe and members changed his life forever.

“Also at that time, in 1976, Van Halen, the biggest band in Los Angeles, blew up and was gone, and they changed the music scene forever because no one had ever seen a guitar player like that [Eddie Van Halen],” Sixx continues.

“Then you had Quiet Riot with Randy Rhodes, and Quiet Riot had two Japanese record deals. They didn’t have good distribution, but in L.A., they were like it. I would go see them and all that stuff.

“Then there was London, my band, and when we got Nigel Benjamin, who was the guy who replaced Ian Hunter in Mott The Hoople, that band was Queen meets Bowie meets T. Rex.

“We couldn’t get arrested because they wanted us to do our hair like Flock of Seagulls or the handclaps like U2 does and the Go-Gos and we’re like ‘No, this is who we are!’

“No record companies would sign us, and when Capitol Records, my own uncle passed on us, Nigel Benjamin with such talent did not have the fortitude to keep it together and keep working so he quit the band. I was not going to go back to Idaho and work on a Goddamn farm again. I had a dream and I just kept going, and a lot of that is important for people to understand.

“Bad shit happens to good people, but you have got to keep going. In fact you might have to work harder than the next guy, and if I hadn’t continued on, I would have never have formed Mötley Crüe. I would have never have met Tommy, Vince, or Mick… and they changed my life forever.”

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  1. I went to high school with Vince Neil Wharton he had a band in school named rock candy I just wondering whatever happened to rock candy

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