Producer Bob Rock stated that parts of his recent account of working with Nikki Sixx on Mötley Crüe’s 1989 LP “Dr. Feelgood” were taken out of context, calling Nikki “one of the most talented players, lyricists and songwriters” he’s “ever had the pleasure of working with.”
Bob Rock opens up on Nikki Sixx
During a recent appearance on Chris Jericho’s “Talk is Jericho” podcast, the famous producer reflected on how much Nikki has improved as a musician since they first worked together on the aforementioned album.
During the interview, Rock also recalled the way in which Nikki jokingly described his qualms about playing on the record:
“[Nikki] says to me, ‘I don’t think I ever played on any of the Mötley Crüe records. I think somebody came in at night and replaced all my parts.’ He says, ‘So I don’t really know how to play bass.’
“And I said, ‘Too bad. You’re playing bass on it.’ So I worked with him through ‘Dr. Feelgood’, did a lot of edits and made him play every note.”
Since then, Bob Rock has released a statement in order to clear up any confusion caused by sarcasm not coming through in written form.
He wrote (via Blabbermouth):
“Yesterday on a podcast with Chris Jericho I told a story about working with Nikki Sixx and Mötley Crüe on the ‘Dr. Feelgood’ record. Unfortunately, like many things on the Internet today, it was taken out of context and misconstrued.
“When I began working with Mötley Crüe on the ‘Dr. Feelgood’ record, the band was sober for the first time and Nikki particularly was recovering from a very public addiction to heroin.
“We joked around a lot and Nikki, in his very self-deprecating style would say he didn’t even remember playing on their prior records. This was Nikki’s way of saying that for the record we were working on, he was showing up to do the best he possibly could and to make the best record of the band’s career. Which we did.
“At no time did I ever actually think Nikki didn’t play bass on Mötley Crüe’s records. He’s one of the most unique and talented players in the world and his approach to the instrument is part of what has made Mötley Crüe great throughout the years.
“Lastly, I was commenting on and commending Nikki because he never stops learning and never stops improving. I respect Nikki for always wanting to be better at his craft and it shows. I have worked with some of the biggest bands in the world and I can say unequivocally that Nikki Sixx is one of the most talented players, lyricists and songwriters I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
“And if the Internet wants to latch onto a story from one or two sound bytes, it’s extremely unfortunate because it doesn’t reflect the truth of the contributions he’s made to music over the last 40 years.”