Nikki Sixx Reflects On The Best Musician In Mötley Crüe, ’I’m Not A Great Player’


Classic Rock recently featured the iconic Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and talked to him about his opinions on the band, their music, and his opinions on Vince Neil. Once asked who was his favorite player in the band, he described his bandmates’ talents and stated that he is not a great musician.

The world defines Mötley Crüe as a unique band in terms of musical style, outfits, and extreme partying style. The band members were always tight with each other, and while they all had strong personalities, they fit each other with their music and kickstarted their success.

Their relationship was depicted in the 2019 movie ‘The Dirt’ inspired by Nikki Sixx’s autobiography ‘The Dirt.’ While Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx seemed like best friends, Mick Mars and Vince Neil were a bit more distant, living in their own world with their own problems. However, since the first time they played together, they knew that something different was happening.

Nikki Sixx talked about this in his recent interview and was asked to reply to who the best musician in the band was. He revealed that he doesn’t have a favorite. He appreciates all of his bandmates with their own instrument. He stated taht what makes them so great is that they all make Mötley Crüe great, and if you removed one member from the equation, it wouldn’t work. He continued to state that he is not a great bass player but he was different which fit with the band.

Here is what he replied:

“They’re all really fucking good. Tommy is a monster on drums. Mick is one of my favorite guitar players. And Vince has something that nobody else has. Isn’t that what you’re looking for – guys that don’t sound like anybody else? I’m not a great player. Like, if I really woodshed for six months, I’m okay. But if I was a different kind of bass player, it would offset the sound of the band. Mötley Crüe is an interesting band because if you remove any one member, it completely changes the sound.”

His words were proven right when Vince Neil quit the band between the years 1992 and 1996 replaced by John Corabi. They released their 1994 album ‘Mötley Crüe’ with the new singer. However, it became the band’s only album not to go Platinum, indicating that Neil’s departure changed the band for all-time fans. The fans reacted by not showing interest in the band anymore. Hence Corabi left the band following the less successful album in 1996.