Nikki Sixx On Vince Neil’s Voice, ‘It’s Like Robert Plant’

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx talked about his songwriting process and shared his thoughts about Vince Neil’s voice by resembling it to Robert Plant’s during his appearance on Yahoo Entertainment.

Nikki Sixx is the man behind almost all Mötley Crüe songs which became huge hits and commercially successful works. It was seen as an exception because generally, the bands’ lead singers wrote the lyrics that will be suitable own voice and vocal range rather than other band members writing lyrics for the singer.

In a recent interview, Sixx explained his way of creating the Mötley Crüe songs and stated that he’s writing the songs for the band’s frontman Vince Neil’s voice. While Neil has been facing criticism regarding his latest live performances, Nikki praised Vince’s voice by describing it as unique and remarkable like Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant. 

Sixx showed support to his longtime bandmate by mentioning such an exceptional voice he has as Neil has been trying to prove himself to the worried fans. Nikki also implied that he doubts whether other talented musicians like David Coverdale or Glenn Hughes could sing ‘Generation Swine’ or the other Mötley Crüe records like Vince Neil did.

Here’s what the host said:

“It’s an unusual situation for the leads. I’m imagining most of the time the lead singer is the one who writes the lyrics. There are some exceptions Mötley Crüe, Fall Out Boy but you talked about communication being so important in a band when you are talking about Sixx:A.M.

When you were presenting these songs or lyrics to Vince or whoever like for instance ‘Live Wire,’ did Vince know when he’s singing ‘Live Wire’ in his own voice? Did you have those conversations?”

Sixx said in his interview that:

“I didn’t really even divulge this until like five years ago. There are elements. I’m not going to say it’s a domestic violence outcry. I’m not gonna say that. I’m just saying, I was telling you earlier. I document everything so sometimes it’s like ‘Wow I remember that and that really affected me so I want to write that.

With Mötley Crüe, Vince has this amazing unique voice sometimes like Robert Plant, Perry Farrell other they have these interesting voices that are they’re not pitchy, they’re just raw and just kind of on top. I always love that about Vince’s voice and I would write for Vince. Vince will tell you ‘Nikki wrote all these lyrics for me.’

I did. I gave him stuff. I understand his voice so much when we’re doing demos. I’ll sit in the studio with Tommy and we will get it so that it sounds like this song he delivers it. He owns it. One of the things he sometimes says like ‘I write too many lyrics in a short period of time,’ like ‘Shout at the Devil’ is a great example.”

He added:

“We work through it and he’s got this thing. I’ve worked with a lot of singers that have huge vocal ranges and they take vocal lessons, warm-up, warm down and then there are guys. Vince warms up, does his thing but he just goes out. I got lucky. I got a guy with a really different voice which imagines if he was like a bluesy singer if he was a David Coverdale.

I love David, I love his voice or Glenn Hughes. Some of my favorite people and musicians. What could he deliver ‘Bastard,’ could he deliver ‘Dropping Like Flies,’ could he deliver ‘Generation Swine?’ I don’t know. I’ll never know but I love that about Mötley Crüe. We are kind of four individuals. It’s almost like we don’t belong together. We’re so weird and different and it makes for some really interesting magic.”

You can watch the interview below.