Tracii Guns Explains How Mötley Crüe Changed The Rock Music Scene

L.A. Guns co-founder Tracii Guns opened up about how it was a life-changing experience when he saw Mötley Crüe performing for the first time during an interview with The Captain in addition to revealing the importance and impact of Mötley Crüe on the rock music industry.

As many of you know, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns are no strangers to each other since the two formed Brides of Destruction back in 2002, initially with the name Cockstar, after Mötley Crüe went on hiatus in 2001.

During a recent interview, Tracii Guns opened up about his former bandmate’s band, Mötley Crüe, and revealed that when he saw Mötley Crüe performing for the first time back in high school, it changed his life when it comes to having an impact on his later music style, punk-rock.

Here is what Guns said:

“I still want to be Randy Rhoads and Jimmy Page- one thing that’s never changed. But starting really in high school, I saw Motley Crue at their first gig in Hollywood and it changed my life. I was like, ‘Whoa, what is that?!’ Because everybody’s by now so desensitized to these sorts of loud heavy metal bands with leather…

But at the time the Motley Crue came out, there was W.A.S.P., and it kind of came out of the L.A. punk-rock scene at that time because punk-rock really survived until about 1980-1981 in L.A., and we were really into it. We had The Germs, so we’re punk-rock and we all dressed the part.

So in about a year’s time, I went from having spiky black hair to having Johnny Thunder’s long black hair because of Nikki Sixx. When W.A.S.P. and Motley Crue started playing the Troubadour and the Whiskey, everything changed. And there were other bands, Ratt was around and stuff like that, so it was healthy, but it wasn’t quite as fun yet.”

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