Nikki Sixx is reflecting on the end of Motley Crue as he moves forward with his band Sixx:A.M.
Sixx and Motley Crue wrapped up their farewell tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve, bringing an end to the group’s 35-year career.
"It was hip. It was cool,” Sixx tells CBC Radio One’s Q (video below). “Vince cried, which I thought was really special, 'cause I had seen Vince only cry a few times. That was really nice to see that. I felt ready. I felt proud. When I was walking to the stage, I was, like, 'We did it.'
“When we played at The Starwood on January 17, 1981, nobody cared. We couldn't get a record deal. And I'd say we couldn't get arrested, but actually, the only thing we could get was arrested. Our first show ended in a fistfight in the audience, and it wasn't the band fighting each other; it was the band fighting people that were messing with us. And that was the heart and spirit of that band.
“And I was able to walk on that stage and go, 'This is the last night on earth for Motley Crue, and I'm really proud of where we're at.' And I wasn't sad. I was in the moment.”
Sixx reveals he moved on to a new future once the final show ended.
"I got off stage and I saw my kids and my wife,” he explains. “I had a little dressing room and I had some catering for friends. And I walked in, and they were, like, 'How are you?' And I was, like, 'I'm great. Let me just get out of my clothes, and let's jump in the bus,' cause I was gonna go to Mexico the next morning for a much-needed vacation. And they go, 'Are you sad?' And I was, like, 'No. I guess I'm not. I'm happy.'
"I'm very compartmentalized as a man. Any time in my life I've had a relationship that ends, I actually… when it ends, it means it's really over. I will take a bullet for you. I will be there for anything and everything. But when it's over, it's over."
The bassist maintains Motley Crue went out on top instead of with a whimper.
"I'm not sad. I'm not sad at all,” Sixx adds. “I'm proud. I'm happy. I would have been sad if we would have stayed together another ten years and I would have been in here talking to you, and you go, 'So, tell me how it's going.' 'Well, I'm playing the rib joint down the street with just… only me and the band. And it's called Motley Crue III or something.' I like integrity. I'd really rather go out on my feet than my knees."
The rocker is gearing up for the April 29 release of Sixx:A.M.’s fourth project, “Prayers For The Damned”; it’s the first volume of a double album project that will see both records issued this year.
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