Nikki Sixx Says Vince Neil Struggled Singing Some Of The Mötley Crüe Songs
Classic Rock recently published an interview featuring the iconic bassist of Mötley Crüe, Nikki Sixx. In the interview, Sixx talked about Mötley Crüe’s formation, their first dreams, and goals. He admitted that their singer, Vince Neil, said that he struggled singing some of the songs because Sixx would put a lot of lyrics.
Sixx has been the primary songwriter of Mötley Crüe since the band’s formation. He was mainly inspired by the extraordinary rock and roll lifestyle and his personal experiences. By combining that with his writing skills, he achieved to carry Mötley Crüe to commercial success throughout his career.
In a recent interview, he revealed that some of the songs he wrote were difficult for Neil to sing because he would put a lot of lyrics, such as ‘Shout At The Devil,’ for instance. The metal and rock genres are mainly known to entertain their listeners with energetic sounds, and even if someone doesn’t hear or understand the lyrics, they would still have fun at the concerts.
However, as a passionate songwriter who prioritized the quality of their work, Sixx gave a lot of importance to both lyrics and sound. As he would create complex songs with many lyrics, the band’s lead vocalist would struggle to perform them.
Here is what Sixx said about Neil struggling singing his songs:
“We all played against each other. A lot of times, Vince would tell me he struggled with the fact I put so many lyrics in a song. ‘Shout At The Devil’ is a good example. But it was because I grew up with beat generation writers as a teenager, and I would get into this kind of rhythmic frenzy.
And because of the way that Vince sang, that was what made his voice excel. His voice was kind of like a Gatling gun. Like, bap-bap-bap. I remember the first time the four of us ever played together, we ran ‘Live Wire.’ I turned around to adjust my bass amp, and Tommy and I just gave each other a look, ‘Something’s happening here.'”
Sixx ties his insistence to write songs with a lot of lyrics to the fact that he grew up with the Beat Generation writers and couldn’t resist writing. Even though the singer struggled, they had caught a good rhythm together, and Neil successfully met their expectations. The band is currently active, preparing to go on tour in 2022 to meet and entertain its fans once again.