76-year-old drummer Carmine Appice has fired back at MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx by saying at least he “can play his instrument well”
The latest shot comes after Sixx called Appice a “washed up drummer” last week after Carmine made the comment that former MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars wasn’t very happy that the band were using pre-recorded tapes during their recently completed “The Stadium Tour“.
Appice told Ultimate Guitar: “I’ve been talking to Mick, and he told me, ‘When I was on ‘The Stadium Tour‘, I was not happy.’ Basically, everything was on tape; it was all planned out and ultimately a lot of crap. And Mick is a pretty good player, and so to now let him loose and play the way he wants, that was never going to work for him.
“The truth is that everything has been weird for a while with MÖTLEY CRÜE, and Mick didn’t like that everything was on tape. Mick told me that people that came to see it could tell that it was all pre-recorded and that everything was on tape.
“When you play in a stadium like that, you can hear a lot of things come to the monitors or what doesn’t. And with Vince’s [Neil] vocals, bass, drums, guitars, and all the other stuff, it was obvious that it was all on tape. And Mick was pissed off and said, ‘I can play these things. I want to play them. I don’t want to make believe I’m playing them.’ So, I think that’s one of the reasons why he said, ‘I’m done.’ Sure, the disease that he has doesn’t help, and it doesn’t make life easy on tour, but Mick can play all the licks, and he was allowed to.”
When Appice was asked if “Mick wasn’t getting along with the rest of” MÖTLEY CRÜE in his final weeks with the band, he replied: No, he wasn’t. He had his own means of travel and would travel alone on a bus while the other guys flew everywhere. He said, ‘Man, these guys are pissing their money away, flying to every gig.’ They were all busy still trying to be rock stars, and Mick just wanted to play the music.
“Mick wasn’t interested in wasting time and money flying everywhere, so he traveled by bus. Their lifestyles are different than his, and so there were a lot of disagreements. I think he was just done. They were supposed to have done their last tour, and then they came back. Then they did ‘The Stadium Tour’, and that was apparently supposed to be the last. So, when they came back again, he said, ‘You can do it. I’m not going out with you for this.’”
Sixx responded to Appice’s comments via his social media, tweeting: “Love how people talk FOR us without talking TO us. This is why the media has lost credibility. Obviously by printing BS they make money off of advertising and we’re not into that clickbait game. When the truth comes out it will be FROM üs.”
He added later in the day: “A washed up drummer trying to speak for us? And bottom feeder media running with it to make money off of lies? Welcome to the sad new world of LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME.”
After Sixx’s outburst, Appice countered with his own Twitter post by aknowleding his lengthy career, his status as a mentor, and his actual musical talent, saying: “At least this washed up drummer can play his instrument well who has pioneered heavy rock drumming and can educate others around the world on his instrument!!!”
Obviously, if Nikki Sixx chooses to reply, the “bottom-feeding media” will be sure to publish his response.
At least this washed up drummer can play his instrument well who has pioneered heavy rock drumming and can educate others around the world on his instrument !!!
— Carmine Appice (@carmineappice1) March 19, 2023