Did Nikki Sixx Rip Off Mötley Crüe’s ‘Dr. Feelgood’ From Guns N’ Roses?
Mötley Crüe released their fifth studio album entitled ‘Dr. Feelgood’ on September 1, 1989. The album was recorded after the band members went to rehabilitation due to their addiction problems. It became Mötley Crüe’s best-selling and most famous record, and both fans and music critics described it as the band’s best effort.
Some of the tracks featured in the album, such as ‘Dr. Feelgood,’ ‘Kickstart My Heart,’ and Without You,’ were appreciated by millions. Even though ‘Dr. Feelgood’ received very positive reviews, there were some rumors about its origin and uniqueness. These rumors were instigated by a former Guns N’ Roses member who claimed it was a rip-off.
The Reason Why Nikki Sixx Was Accused Of Stealing ‘Dr. Feelgood’ From Guns N’ Roses
In one of his interviews, former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein recalled when Guns N’ Roses was working on a song, and during their rehearsal, Mötley Crüe’s bassist Nikki Sixx was also there with a recorder. Goldstein claimed that Sixx was always carrying a recorder to steal other bands’ songs.
Also, Goldstein stated that ‘Dr. Feelgood’s riffs were written by Slash and Duff McKagan, and Sixx stole them to create ‘Dr. Feelgood.’ However, when the manager noticed the similarity and told the band members, they didn’t care because Sixx was their friend. Later, the band’s former drummer Steven Adler denied this claim saying that Nikki was a genius and didn’t rip off anything.
Former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein revealed the situation saying:
“‘Dr. Feelgood,’ the Motley Crue song, that’s a Guns N’ Roses song. Slash and Duff McKagan wrote that riff. They wrote it down in Redondo Beach when I was with them.
Guns N’ Roses were rehearsing, and Steven Adler would come down once a week, and Duff would come down five days a week, and they were jamming, and they came up with that riff. Nikki Sixx is famous for taking a recorder to a club and stealing songs from bands. They got it because they recorded the recorded before we did.
Slash did drugs with him, eh. They’re friends. I never pushed it. I brought it up, ‘Guys, hello, it’s that song.’ ‘Oh it’s Nikki, don’t worry about it.’“
Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler responded:
“Nikki is a genius. He is one step ahead of everybody, but he didn’t steal anything from nobody. He’s a freaking genius.”
Therefore, it appears that both Goldstein and Adler had their own versions of this story. Although the ex-manager accused Nikki Sixx of recording GN’R’s rehearsal to create ‘Dr. Feelgood,’ the band’s former drummer stressed that Sixx wouldn’t steal any songs from them. Probably, another band member could clear the air about these claims.