Producer Bob Rock has issued a brand new assertion following feedback made on the Speak Is Jericho podcast (heard under) during which he shared a narrative about working with Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx within the early days of the band during which the bassist questioned whether or not he had actually played on the band’s first four albums. Within the new assertion, Rock explains the context during which these feedback had been made, chalking it as much as Sixx joking round in a self-deprecating model.
Whereas showing on the podcast, Rock recalled, “[While making] ‘Dr. Feelgood’, [Nikki] says to me, he goes, ‘I do not suppose I ever performed on any of the Motley Crue information. I feel anyone got here in at night time and changed all my components.’ He says, ‘So I do not actually know tips on how to play bass.'”
“And I stated, ‘Too unhealthy. You are taking part in bass on it,'” the producer continues, “So I labored with him via ‘Dr. Feelgood,’ did numerous edits and made him play each be aware.”
Rock would later share how Sixx has continued to enhance as a participant over the course of his profession. “After we did The Grime [soundtrack], the songs on The Grime, I went to see him and we began engaged on the demos. He picked up the bass and began taking part in, and I stated, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. What is going on on right here?’ He had been taking bass classes for 5 years,” revealed Rock. “Abruptly he is an incredible bass participant. And I feel that is so cool, in that time of his profession, he needed to be higher. I like that. So now, on The Grime, Nikki and Tommy [Lee] performed dwell off the ground, each of them.”
In October of 2021, Sixx himself opened up about taking guitar, bass and vocal classes earlier than the pandemic and that he even realized to play bass together with his fingers, as he had been utilizing a decide up that time.
Now, to supply a clarification of what was stated on the podcast and the context during which is was shared, Rock issued an announcement that reads as follows:
Yesterday on a podcast with Chris Jericho I informed a narrative about working with Nikki Sixx and Motley Crue on the Dr. Feelgood report. Sadly, like many issues on the Web as we speak, it was taken out of context and misconstrued. Once I started working with Motley Crue on the Dr. Feelgood report, the band was sober for the primary time and Nikki notably was recovering from a really public habit to heroin. We joked round so much and Nikki, in his very self-deprecating model would say he didn’t even keep in mind taking part in on their prior information. This was Nikki’s approach of claiming that for the report we had been engaged on, he was exhibiting as much as do one of the best he probably might and to make one of the best report of the band’s profession. Which we did. At no time did I ever truly suppose Nikki didn’t play bass on Motley Crue’s information. He’s some of the distinctive and proficient gamers on the earth and his strategy to the instrument is a part of what has made Motley Crue nice all through the years.
Lastly, I used to be commenting on and commending Nikki as a result of he by no means stops studying and by no means stops bettering. I respect Nikki for at all times desirous to be higher at his craft and it reveals. I’ve labored with a few of the greatest bands on the earth and I can say unequivocally that Nikki Sixx is without doubt one of the most proficient gamers, lyricists and songwriters I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. And if the Web needs to latch onto a narrative from one or two sound bytes, its extraordinarily unlucky as a result of it doesn’t replicate the reality of the contributions he’s made to music over the past 40 years.
Mahalo – Bob Rock
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Rock has continued his working relationship with Motley Crue of late, most not too long ago working with Sixx, newly added guitarist John 5 and drummer Tommy Lee on new material.
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