The original Guns N’ Roses co-founder and L.A. Guns lead guitarist Tracii Guns recently recalled his lifelong love for Motley Crue. He went on to explain what made the band appealing to him back in the early ’80s.
Tracil Guns opens up on Motley Crue
Mötley Crüe have some faults but it is a band that certainly knows how to enjoy. For Tracii Guns – veteran L.A. guitar hero and Nikki Sixx’s former Brides of Destruction bandmate – the Crüe’s magic seems to be intrinsically linked to the band’s earliest days and first two albums, 1981’s “Too Fast for Love” and 1983’s “Shout at the Devil”.
Tracii recently joined AL.com for a new interview, and said Nikki Sixx & Co. were a living example of the archetypal rock success story, with wide-eyed innocence, insane charisma and all the other trimmings:
“It’s the innocence, isn’t it? It’s these guys that are kind of from working-class families. Nikki’s kind of a terror and wants to be a rock star so bad to validate him as a human being, right? So, number one, the chemistry. Those four guys, man, the chemistry is undeniable. And the great thing about ‘Too Fast For Love’ is they really wore their influences on the sleeves. It sounds like Sweet, but it sounds like Motley Crue, this new band.
“And the way it was recorded, that’s really what they sounded like live back then. Really raw and really loud. And Vince [Neil] was a really special vocalist. Nobody sounded exactly like Vince, and it was really coming out of the L.A. punk scene. New wave was done pretty much.
“And there was W.A.S.P., and I loved W.A.S.P. too but Motley Crue just seemed to have … more chicks. [Smiles] More chicks went to the Motley Crue shows at the Troubadour, you know? So for me, it was like a lifestyle. That was my lifestyle when I was 15 years old, going to see Motley Crue, dyed my hair black, wore leather 24 hours a day, going to high school thinking I was cool and all that stuff.”
As it seems, Tracii was such a big Mötley Crüe fan that he relished the idea of being in Brides of Destruction with Nikki because of getting to play Mötley Crüe material:
“And so when I got to do Brides, I didn’t really give a hit about Brides, I just really wanted to play Motley Crue music. [Laughs] And I only wanted to play stuff off ‘Shout At The Devil’ and ‘Too Fast For Love’ and that’s what we did. Nikki was like, ‘We’ve got to play some L.A. Guns’ and I’m like, ‘No!’ and we did, and it was so cool watching Nikki each night play the intro to ‘One More Reason’ because ‘One More Reason’ I got that from (Motley Crue song) ‘Take Me To The Top.’
“There was a lot of that going back and forth between Nikki and I. He liked L.A. Guns and I liked Motley Crue. And as much as I have a f–ked-up relationship with Nikki, and I really don’t care at this point, I love that music. I love that image. And if it wasn’t for him and his vision for that band, I wouldn’t have done L.A. Guns. I might not even be a successful musician if not for that band. And that the truth.”
Motley Crue are back at full strength, as drummer Tommy Lee played his first full set with the band on “The Stadium Tour” after performing portions of previous shows while playing through broken ribs. Tommy Lee had defied doctor’s orders — despite sustaining four broken ribs — to take part in his band’s long-awaited return to the stage with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. He had also scared the fans with one of his jokes recently.