MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx spoke to The Village Voice about the band's "The Final Tour", which kicked off last year and will end New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after one more round of North American gigs.
Asked if he had second thoughts about retiring from the road with the CRÜE, Sixx responded: "No, none of us have them. We know it's time, and we're okay with that. We made the decision, we were proactive in this. No one came to us and said, 'This would be a good shtick.' We said, 'We're doing this and we want it to stick.' People said, 'You're going to leave a lot of money on the table,' and we said, 'If it's just about the money, we're in the wrong business.'"
He continued: "In the future, when bands say they're doing a farewell tour, I hope they also draw up legal documentation that says they will [make it final]. Because, you know, bands lie to fans, and fans don't trust bands."
Sixx also said that he would be fine if his other band, SIXX: A.M., never reached a similar stature as MÖTLEY CRÜE.
"MÖTLEY played The Troubadour; MÖTLEY played Madison Square Garden," he said. "Is it possible lightning strikes twice? I've seen it happen. Is it the end-all-be-all if it doesn't? No. The end-all is how great our music is and the legacy we create, and that we continue to spread that positive message. People come to our shows, they cry, they sing every single word, and they have our lyrics tattooed on them. My friend, who has seen hundreds of bands, came to see [SIXX: A.M.], and he goes, 'I've never seen anything like this.' Our audience is between 20 and 25 years old. They're not MÖTLEY fans. God bless MÖTLEY fans — and you're welcome — but we're our own band. Why would we want to be MÖTLEY JR.?"
SIXX: A.M., whose lineup also features guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, will continue its "Modern Vintage" tour, playing a limited number of dates all across North America throughout the end of April, several nights of which are sold out. While on the road, the prolific band is also already in the process of writing music for its upcoming fourth full-length album, which is tentatively due in 2016.