Tracii Guns On His Tumultuous Relationship With Nikki Sixx


L.A. Guns frontman Tracii Guns recalled his supergroup with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx during his recent interview with Alabama Life & Culture. The musician also opened up about the band’s early years and problematic friendship with Sixx by sharing some important details.

Sixx and Guns founded Los Angeles-based hard rock supergroup Brides of Destruction in 2002, shortly after Mötley Crüe’s hiatus. Its first name was Cockstar which finally became Brides of Destruction when Sixx’s friend and photographer Dano Panariello came up with it. Kris Kohls, Adam Hamilton, and London LeGrand joined them, but the band underwent several lineup changes for different reasons in a short time.

The supergroup could release only two albums and became a short-lived band after they decided to split in 2006 following Sixx’s departure to reunite Mötley Crüe and Guns’ focusing on his other projects. Sixx and Guns didn’t part their ways on good terms after the bassist claimed that Guns ripped him off for a lot of money after a fan asked about Brides of Destruction. The frontman responded to the statement, saying they financially supported one another and didn’t steal anything from Sixx.

In a recent conversation, Tracii Guns admitted that they ruined many things while playing together, and after that, he loved the music. According to the singer, his goal wasn’t creating a hit with the supergroup; he wanted to play Mötley Crüe classics like ‘Shout At The Devil’ and ‘Too Fast For Love.’ Guns highlighted that L.A. Guns existed thanks to Sixx’s vision.

Guns said in his interview that:

“So when I got to do Brides, I didn’t give a hit about Brides; I just really wanted to play Mötley Crüe music. I only wanted to play stuff off ‘Shout At The Devil’ and ‘Too Fast For Love,’ and that’s what we did. Nikki was like, ‘We’ve got to play some L.A. Guns, ‘and I’m like, ‘No!’ and we did, and it was so cool watching Nikki each night play the intro to ‘One More Reason’ because ‘One More Reason’ I got that from ‘Take Me To The Top.’

There was a lot of that going back and forth between Nikki and me. He liked L.A. Guns, and I liked Mötley Crüe. As much as I have a f*cked-up relationship with Nikki, and I don’t care at this point, I love that music. I love that image. If it weren’t for him and his vision for that band, I wouldn’t have done L.A. Guns. I might not even be a successful musician if not for that band. That is the truth.”

You can check out Brides of Destruction’s albums below.