MÖTLEY CRÜE just finished recording three new tracks with producer Bob Rock
Bob Rock made a recent appearance on the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, which is hosted by FOZZY frontman and wrestler Chris Jericho, and confirmed that he recently worked on three new songs with CRÜE.
When asked what it was like having new MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist John 5 in the studio during the sessions, Rock said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It was so amazing. It was just the best time — so easy. It was really easy.”
The famed producer also revealed a story about being impressed by CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx and his willingness to improve his bass playing abilities during the recording of the band’s 1989 album “Dr. Feelgood.
“[While we were making 1989’s] ‘Dr. Feelgood’, [Nikki] says to me, he goes, ‘I don’t think I ever played on any of the MÖTLEY 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.
“But when we did ‘The Dirt’ [soundtrack], the songs on ‘The Dirt’, I went to see him and we started working on the demos. He picked up the bass and started playing, and I said, ‘Woah, woah, woah. What’s going on here?’ He had been taking bass lessons for five years. All of a sudden he’s an amazing bass player. And I think that’s so cool, in that point of his career, he wanted to be better. I admire that. So now, on ‘The Dirt’, Nikki and Tommy [Lee] played live off the floor, both of them.”
Touching once again on the recent MÖTLEY sessions, Rock added: “So I had John 5, Nikki — excellent bass player — Tommy Lee. It was easy.”
Sixx recently revealed in a social media post that CRÜE‘s new songs were “100% officially done and ready for mix.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE are currently on the road for their co-headlining world tour with DEF LEPPARD.