Nikki Sixx Recalls How Mötley Crüe Challenged The Heavy Metal Cliche

Mötley Crüe co-founder and bassist Nikki Sixx posted a photo on his official Instagram account to pay tribute to the late photographer Mick Rock and recalled how he helped Mötley Crüe to challenge the cliches in the heavy metal industry.

Formed in 1981, Mötley Crüe contributed to the music industry with nine studio albums. Previously, Mötley Crüe had announced that they retired and they wouldn’t be touring anymore after their final show in 2015. However, they decided to reunite after four years of a break-up when they were offered a stadium tour.

Their stadium tour will be finally happening in 2022 after some delays due to the pandemic conditions. Mötley Crüe achieved to remain popular and attract attention with their exaggerated lifestyles as featured in their biographical film ‘The Dirt.’ The band is known to have a scandalous career and they liked challenging the conventional representations within the music industry as revealed in Nikki Sixx’s recent Instagram post.

Sixx shared a photo of Mötley Crüe that the famous photographer Mick Rock shot, who passed away yesterday. Sixx touched upon his close relationship with Mick Rock and the memories they shared over the years. Rock took the iconic photo of Mötley Crüe in the bathtub since he wanted to challenge the cliches in the metal music scene, which contributed to the band’s style.

Nikki Sixx’s Instagram post read:

“I remember us reaching out to Mick Rock to do some photo sessions for Motley because he had shot so many of our hero’s. Once we meet it was like kindred spirits. Jamming on ideas and then just letting whatever happened happen. We laughed a lot at the world and ourselves. He shared tons of great stories over the years with me about Bowie, Iggy, Lou Reed, and of course Queen.

He never had a bad word to say about anybody. He loved art. He loved adventure and with his wicked sense of humor showed no fear. I remember seeing this bathtub in the back room of a photography studio and he said ‘let’s get you lads in there and challenge the heavy metal cliche’ much like he had done a million times before.

He reached out to me 2 months ago and asked me to write the forward to his next book. I’ll miss our crazy phone calls and laughs backstage after our shows. I’ll miss his photography. The world lost a legend but his legacy and photos will live on forever. RIP my friend.”

Mick Rock was an iconic music photographer and he worked with many famous names including David Bowie, Queen, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop. After his death, a lot of important names from the music industry expressed their sadness.

You can check out the photo he posted below.

Photo Credit: Nikki Sixx – Instagram