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MÖTLEY CRÜE’s NIKKI SIXX Says He Is The Most Underrated Bass Player Ever

, MÖTLEY CRÜE’s NIKKI SIXX Says He Is The Most Underrated Bass Player Ever

MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx says that he doesn’t get the credit that he deserves as a bass player.

When Nikki was asked by one of his Twitter followers to name “the most underrated bass player ever,” Sixx simply replied simply in the most humble way possible, saying: “Me”.  This of course led to his loyal army of cougars jumping to stroke his ‘ego’ even further by stating that he of course, has always been their favorite four stringer and blah blah blah.  Hey ladies!  You ever hear of Cliff Burton?  Maybe Billy Sheehan?  Ok I’m getting off topic here.

Back in a 2015 interview with For Bass Players Only, Sixx said that he was “drawn to the simplicity” of a bass guitar as a songwriter. “I love basically writing in the simplest form, and then I figure out what that means — ‘Is this a ballad? Is this a pop song? Is this a heavy metal song?'” he explained. “A lot of time some of our songs, our heavier songs, I’ll play them acoustically when I’m writing and really make sure that the melody line is really worked out, just acoustically and then get into the rough ‘n’ tumble of it. But a song has to be hummable and memorable at it simplest form, and that’s what bass does for me. I feel like the glue to everything.”

Asked where he finds your spot within what guitarist Mick Mars and drummer Tommy Lee are doing in MÖTLEY CRÜE, Nikki said: “I feel my spot is somewhere between a bass player and a rhythm guitar player. I play with a pick. I play very aggressively. I always have a distortion pedal in line, and I play less melodies and do more stuff against the guitars that create melodies. Song is king for me, so as long as the song is soaring, I’m in my pocket, and then I figure out what I can do to make the song better. In a song like ‘Too Young To Fall In Love’, for example, the bass moves from the A to the G to the F, and then towards the end it does the A to the B to the C and it walks up — the same melody line but we just kind of wrap it around a different way. It’s those simple little things that are what people remember.”

MÖTLEY CRÜE’s “The Stadium Tour” with DEF LEPPARD, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS ” was originally scheduled to take place this summer but ended up being pushed back to 2021 due to the summer ruining coronavirus pandemic.