Producer Bob Rock has issued a brand new assertion following feedback made on the Speak Is Jericho podcast (heard under) by which he shared a narrative about working with Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx within the early days of the band by which the bassist questioned whether or not or not he had truly performed on the band’s first 4 albums. Within the new assertion, Rock explains the context by which these feedback have been made, chalking it as much as Sixx joking round in a self-deprecating type.
Whereas showing on the podcast, Rock recalled, “[While making] ‘Dr. Feelgood’, [Nikki] says to me, he goes, ‘I do not assume I ever performed on any of the Motley Crue information. I feel anyone got here in at night time and changed all my elements.’ He says, ‘So I do not actually know find out how to play bass.'”
“And I mentioned, ‘Too unhealthy. You are enjoying bass on it,'” the producer continues, “So I labored with him via ‘Dr. Feelgood,’ did loads of edits and made him play each notice.”
Rock would later share how Sixx has continued to enhance as a participant over the course of his profession. “After we did The Dust [soundtrack], the songs on The Dust, I went to see him and we began engaged on the demos. He picked up the bass and began enjoying, and I mentioned, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. What is going on on right here?’ He had been taking bass classes for 5 years,” revealed Rock. “Unexpectedly he is a tremendous bass participant. And I feel that is so cool, in that time of his profession, he wished to be higher. I love that. So now, on The Dust, 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 discovered to play bass together with his fingers, as he had been utilizing a choose up that time.
Now, to supply a clarification of what was mentioned on the podcast and the context by which is was shared, Rock issued a press release 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 right this moment, 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 significantly was recovering from a really public dependancy to heroin. We joked round so much and Nikki, in his very self-deprecating type would say he didn’t even bear in mind enjoying on their prior information. This was Nikki’s means of claiming that for the report we have been engaged on, he was exhibiting as much as do the perfect he probably might and to make the perfect report of the band’s profession. Which we did. At no time did I ever truly assume Nikki didn’t play bass on Motley Crue’s information. He’s one 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 enhancing. I respect Nikki for at all times desirous to be higher at his craft and it exhibits. I’ve labored with a number of the largest bands on the earth and I can say unequivocally that Nikki Sixx is likely 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 just lately working with Sixx, newly added guitarist John 5 and drummer Tommy Lee on new materials.
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