Nikki Sixx had some interesting comments in a new interview about rock ‘n’ roll and the current state of the genre.

Speaking with Classic Rock, Sixx was asked what the most embarrassing footage he’s seen of himself on YouTube, and he candidly said, “It’s funny, the only time I ever really dig down and listen to Mötley Crüe is as we’re putting together a show; you kind of go through the albums and stuff like that. I dug into YouTube and was looking at some of the old videos, and I guess it could all be considered embarrassing, because rock ’n’ roll is embarrassing – as it should be.”

He added, “We should be ridiculous, we should be outrageous, we should be pushing envelopes and we should be rebelling against each other. We’re supposed to be loud and rude and in-your-face.”

When asked his opinion about the current state of rock ‘n’ roll, Sixx didn’t hold back saying, “My criticism is that it’s extremely overproduced in a lot of cases. It’s ProTooled to death, it’s chopped to death, and I miss some of the slop. I miss some of the flat notes. I miss when a guitar player doesn’t exactly come down perfect. I kinda miss some of the nuts and bolts of just being in a raw rock ’n’ roll band.”

Sixx would go on to say, “With that being said, there’s some cool bands that are coming out and just going to the studio and cutting it pretty much live off the floor, and it’s real – you can feel it, that they mean it.”

Sixx and Mötley Crüe are finally kicking off the Stadium Tour with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts tomorrow (June 16) in Atlanta after the tour was delayed for two years because of the coronavirus pandemic.


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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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