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Motley Crue ‘ceased to run on creativity’ - Sixx

Motley Crue’s final interviews as a band will reveal the “drama and pain” of being in an outfit that had run out of creativity, says Nikki Sixx.

The members spoke frankly as the camera rolled in the run-up to their final show on December 31, and all will be revealed when the material is released.

Crue had prevously signed a legally-binding document making it all-but impossible for them to reunite after their farewell world tour.

Sixx tells Classic Rock: “We’ve got a docu-series about the last night, with lots of interviews. It’s kind of like the last night on Earth, of being together.

“It’s interesting, because we talk about each other in a way that’s endearing – but not. We say where we’re really at. We talk about the drama and the pain of being in a band that has ceased to run on creativity, just on pure, mechanical motions.”

He says the band refused to write new material for the movie version of infamous biography The Dirt, adding: “If it comes down to, ‘Well, you have a movie, you need to write music,’ I’m like, ‘Sorry, but that’s cheap. We don’t want to go, ‘We have to write a song for marketing.’

“I want to write music because it’s real. There’s not a relationship there. Let it die gracefully. We couldn’t be creative as a band, so how the hell can we continue?”

Sixx reports that The Dirt has been fully green-lit, but the marketing budget remains a problem for producers. “People get just enough money to do a project, then no one ever hears about the project – I’m not really interested in that,” he says.” Just go read the book at that point.”

Emphasising that Sixx:AM is his main band now, and he has no plans to revisit Crue, he says: “I want to just leave it intact. We said what we had to say. I’m proud of what we did – I don’t want to disgrace it by being cheap.”

The full interview will appear in a future edition of Classic Rock. Details will be confirmed in due course.

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Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.