Monday, June 6, 2016

Motley Crue: Nikki Sixx rants about inability to control media

Nikki Sixx has posted a rant on his social media sites about his and Motley Crue’s inability to control media coverage of the band as they prepare for the June 14 cinema premiere of their final farewell concert film “The End.”

Directed by Christian Lamb, the project captures the group live at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA this past New Year’s Eve.

“Motley Crue has always been about passion,” writes Sixx. “We did things our way and ended it honestly ‘Our Way’.The press has obviously seen a screener of our last show The End and is only using the parts of interviews that push drama for them and aren't concerned with the millions of fans and the beauty of our last show together.

“You can't wrap up a 35 year career with a couple sounds bites to get attention for your websites and programming. The End is a combination of everybody's hard (ed note: Sixx left a word out here) from production people, crews, managers, agents and the band but the most important aspect is the fans.

“There is a whole story here to be told through music and lyrics,” he adds. “Can't wait for it to come out so we can get back to the music and show.”

Sixx’s outburst follows comments by drummer Tommy Lee that revealed the “band of brothers” as presented in Motley Crue’s imaging wasn’t accurate, at least in recent years.

“Yeah. It's kind of strange, man. We're a weird band,” Lee told Rolling Stone. “Even stranger, after the final night, we had a big party backstage on New Year's Eve, and I never saw the other guys. We never even said ‘goodbye.’ Strange as hell, dude. I think Nikki unfollowed me on Twitter, like, the next day.

“I mean, if you're getting divorced, you still give your ex a hug, or flip her off or something. You either get a kiss or a slap, or ... something. Give me a sign! Let me know you're alive.”

Other media coverage has quoted material from band members as featured in “The End”, including some by Sixx himself: “We don’t hang out now… We go on stage… like mother******s. But we don’t hang out. We don’t go to dinner, we don’t go to each other’s houses for Christmas. We’re not enemies, but we’re not friends… I’ll probably never see them, except in passing.”

Ironically, Sixx’s rant about controlling branding and the media follows a feud he initiated on his radio show (ie. a media outlet of its own) with comments slamming Gene Simmons for his remarks over the death of Prince.

While Simmons failed to acknowledge his statement, Paul Stanley defended the KISS bassist’s egocentric comments while not actually supporting them himself.

Sixx is currently on tour with Sixx:A.M. in support of their latest release, “Prayers For The Damned.”

See also:

Tommy Lee discusses the end of Motley Crue
VIDEO: Motley Crue release trailer for cinema premiere of The End
Motley Crue to premiere final concert film The End in theaters
SixxAM: Prayers For The Damned debuts on US charts
Search Motley Crue at hennemusic