Nikki Sixx reflects on Motley Crue’s final show in a video interview with CBC Radio One.
On what made Motley Crue so unique and popular:
Nikki : “We were four individual personalities. Tommy Lee is a great drummer, Mick ‘s a great guitar player, Vince has the most unique voice. I think my songwriting and lyrics… It was a perfect time, a perfect storm. And that — what made us original — is also what made us understand it was time to disband. “We have a live concert film coming out. I think it’s called ‘The End’ at this point. But, you know, things change, but I like that. And Tommy said in there, you know, we’re four strong personalities and it’s hard to agree on stuff. That happens. It happens.”
On how he feels about Motley Crue coming to and end:
Nikki : “I’m not sad. I’m not sad at all. I’m proud. I’m happy. I would have been sad if we would have stayed together another ten years and I would have been in here talking to you, and you go, ‘So, tell me how it’s going.’ ‘Well, I’m playing the rib joint down the street with just… only me and the band. And it’s called Motley Crue III or something.’ I like integrity. I’d really rather go out on my feet than my knees.”
On Motley Crue’s ‘s final show ( December 31, 2015 at the Staples Center in LA):
Nikki : “It was hip. It was cool. Vince cried, which I thought was really special, ’cause I had seen Vince only cry a few times. That was really nice to see that. I felt ready. I felt proud. When I walking to the stage, I was, like, ‘We did it.’ When we played at The Starwood on January 17, 1981, nobody cared. We couldn’t get a record deal. And I’d say we couldn’t get arrested, [but] actually, the only thing we could get was arrested. Our first show ended in a fistfight in the audience, and it wasn’t the band fighting each other; it was the band fighting people that were messing with us. And that was the heart and spirit of that band. And I was able to walk on that stage and go, ‘This is the last night on earth for Motley Crue, and I’m really proud of where we’re at.’ And I wasn’t sad. I was in the moment. “I got off stage and I saw my kids and my wife and they were… I had a little dressing room and I had some catering for friends. And I walked in, and they were, like, ‘How are you?’ And I was, like, ‘I’m great. Let me just get out of my clothes, and let’s jump in the bus,’ cause I was gonna go to Mexico the next morning for a much-needed vacation. And they go, ‘Are you sad?’ And I was, like, ‘No. I guess I’m not. I’m happy.’ “I’m very compartmentalized as a man. Any time in my life I’ve had a relationship that ends, I actually… when it ends, it means it’s really over. I will take a bullet for you. I will be there for anything and everything. But when it’s over, it’s over.”
To celebrate their mark in rock music’s history, the band has confirmed the release of a full-length concert film of the final performance, which will also include exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the last week of the tour, to be released later in the year.