John 5 Explains Where ‘It All Went Bad’ For Nikki Sixx And Tommy Lee

Mötley Crüe’s new guitarist, John 5, recently appeared on ‘Talkin’ Rock with Meltdown’ and recalled the South America leg of their world tour with Def Leppard. John recalled how their high spirits fizzled down when Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee got the cough. He explained:

“It was such an incredible time like, it’s a time in my life that I’ll never forget. But then it all goes bad because one day Tommy was like [coughing], and I didn’t think anything of it. I thought, ‘He’s got a little cough,’ and then he’s like [more coughing], ‘Oh, I don’t feel so good,’ and then Nikki was coughing, and I was like, ‘Oh no, now they’re both coughing.'”

The rocker shared that by the end of the tour, everyone had a taste of the ‘Mötley flu.’ John continued:

“We all hang out together, so we have four SUVs that take us to the show, but we want to hang out with each other, so we’re all squeezed in this one car. So we’re all talking in each other’s faces like this [gets closer to the camera] ‘So what’s up dude, yeah yeah.’ All of a sudden I get sick, so we’re all sick in it. We called it the Mötley flu, but it was right near the end of the tour, but we all got it.”

In addition to sharing behind-the-scenes moments from the tour, the guitarist also gave updates on ‘Meltdown’ regarding the new album. Here’s what John said about the new tracks:

“I don’t know when it’s going to come out, but everything is a plan. Everything is mapped out and structured, and everything is, ‘We’re going to do it here and there,’ and blah, blah, blah. So, the songs are recorded, mixed, and mastered. And they’re so good. I can’t wait for them to come out. They’re so good. I’m really excited about them.”

John added that he has done his part, but there is no firm timeline for the release. He expressed:

“Who knows what’s going to happen? I don’t know if we’ll just release singles or an album. It’s up to those guys, so I don’t know. We just record and see what happens. But these songs that we recorded are so good; they’re heavy, and the melodies and everybody’s just killing it on these songs.”

You can watch John 5’s appearance on Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio station below.