Nikki Sixx Recalls Randy Rhoads’ Offer To Join Quiet Riot, ‘Mötley Crüe Would Have Never Happened’
Nikki Sixx recently talked about one of his favorite Sunset Strip bands, Quiet Riot, and revealed how Randy Rhoads once offered him a spot. However, Sixx declined the offer because he had other things in mind, like forming Mötley Crüe.
In the 1970s, the LA rock scene was hit with Quiet Riot. They were formed in 1973 by the guitarist Randy Rhoads and the bassist Kelly Garni. Drew Forsyth was later hired as their drummer and Kevin DuBrow as their vocalist. The band started to compete with the iconic band Van Halen, and this rivalry caused tension within Quiet Riot. After an eventful argument, Garni left the band and started looking for a new bassist.
Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx still hadn’t formed the band and was still in the planning stage when he started to hang out with Rhoads. He loved the band and was having a blast seeing them play and hanging out with them. Sixx considered their songs important, and Rhodes highly influenced him. He even received some tips for his bass playing from Rhodes and a proposal to join the band as their bass player.
Even though this was everything he could ask for, he didn’t want to put his plans on hold and settle just yet. In his recent interview, he indicated that it was the right choice not to accept because Mötley Crüe wouldn’t have happened if he had. He declined Rhodes’ offer and went on to form Mötley Crüe in 1981.
Here is how he talked about Quiet Riot and their offer:
“I really, really loved Quiet Riot. There was also a band called A La Carte that was super-cool. A three-piece. But Quiet Riot was different. They kinda had it right. Kevin DuBrow had a great voice, and of course, we don’t need to talk about Randy Rhoads and how influential he was. I used to really enjoy hanging around those guys and seeing them play. It’d be like 200 people in the Starwood, but to me, when I was that young, I was just like, ‘They look cool, they sound cool, and they have great songs.’ The songs were important. I have a hard time with music where I can’t really dive into the songwriting. EDM is an example of something that doesn’t really connect to me because there’s not the verse/chorus/post-chorus/explosive guitar solo/outro thing. But whether it’s hip-hop or pop or different kinds of metal, if there’s a great song, I’m drawn to it. And Quiet Riot had all those elements.
I’d hang out with Randy at his house, and Randy was such a gifted musician. Whereas, I’m a pretty simple Cliff Williams, a right-in-the-pocket bass player. And I remember Randy being like, ‘If you like do this and you do that…’ Just showing me a couple of things. And at one point they were like, ‘We’re going to change bass players. Would you be interested?’ I was thinking, why am I going to say no to this? This is everything I could ever want. But I kind of had my own ideas, which took a while but eventually happened. And who knows how it would have gone anyway? I would’ve joined Quiet Riot, Randy would’ve left, and god knows if I would’ve gone continued with them or not. And maybe Mötley Crüe would’ve never happened.“
In 1979, Randy Rhoads quit the band, and Quiet Riot was left without the two original members. Rhoads went on to join Ozzy Osbourne’s newly formed solo band and toured with him. Unfortunately, the guitarist died in a tragic Plane crash that also killed the pilot Andrew Aycock and Rhoads’ makeup artist Rachel Youngblood in 1982.