Nikki Sixx On Mick Mars’ Legal Letter: ‘The Silliest Thing I’ve Ever Read’

As Mötley Crüe‘s World Tour 2023 embarks on its European leg, the band’s bassist Nikki Sixx took some time to chat with Jen Thomas of UK’s Metro. The conversation took a turn when Sixx addressed the ongoing spat with former bandmate Mick Mars.

Referring to the legal battle, he said:

“I mean, the silliest thing I’ve ever read about ourselves was from Mick Mars’s attorneys. I’m just really sad at what’s happened... They put out that the band doesn’t play live. We’re, like, who is playing the bass then? It’s literally one of the funniest things.”

He also talked about the clickbait headlines on media and said:

“Imagine being in a rock’n’roll band for 42 years, and some guy in a suit puts out that the band doesn’t play. The silliest thing is, because of the way a lot of media is these days, they don’t cross-check. They just run with headlines, and we call it clickbait. I mean, that’s about as silly as it gets.”

While the guitarist’s claims gained traction and the support of figures such as Carmine Appice and Stephen Pearcy, not everyone agreed with him. Mötley Crüe’s own John 5 talked about the controversy in a recent interview with Trunk Nation’s Eddie Trunk and defended the band‘s live performances.

After claiming he took the accusations as a compliment, the band’s current guitarist said:

“If you listen to these concerts that I do with [Nikki], you hear bum notes. Do you really think that we would put a mistake on a track? No! It’s so crazy, but a hundred percent he plays every single note on there. Just listen to the shows before you make these statements because you’ll hear mess-ups. And that’s what rock and roll is.

Yes, we do rely on technology for backup vocals, intros, outros, sirens, and horn hits. Of course, they’ve been doing that since ‘Dr. Feelgood.’ I’m not saying we don’t rely on technology for things that we can’t replicate ourselves, but me Nikki, Tommy, and Vince; we’re all live up there. “

The accusations didn’t stop at live performances; Nikki Sixx has also been accused of not personally playing the bass parts on the band’s earlier records by multiple sources. With differing narratives flying from both sides, it seems the dispute between Mars and Mötley Crüe is still far from reaching an end.