STARR HOPES FOR END TO SIXX FEUD Tuesday May 26 2020, 5:39 PM

STEEL PANTHER   singer   Michael Starr   says that "the last thing" he wants to do is have a member of   MÖTLEY CRÜE   mad at him.

The latest war of words between   STEEL PANTHER   and   MÖTLEY CRÜE   began when   Starr   and   PANTHER   drummer   Stix Zadinia   were asked in a 2019 interview which musician from the past they would like to bring back.   Starr   replied, "I'd bring back   Vince Neil ," and   Zadinia   chimed in, "He's not dead."   Starr   pressed on, saying: "I'd bring back   Vince Neil   from back in the day because that guy is dead."

After news of   STEEL PANTHER 's comments made the rounds,   Sixx   tweeted: "The singer in   Steal Panther   [sic] can go fuck himself … wanna-be band putting down   Vince Neil ?" One fan then pointed out that   STEEL PANTHER   sometimes plays   MÖTLEY CRÜE   songs during its concerts, to which   Sixx   replied, "That's why they are assholes. Backstabbers."

Starr   addressed the   Sixx   online feud in a new interview with   Elliott Fullam   of   Little Punk People . Asked if he had heard from   Sixx   since their Internet exhange late last year, the singer responded: "Hopefully that thing was just like a blip in the, you know, heavy metal news for now. I think if we were to run into each other, I myself would totally be, 'What's up, dude?' That's the last thing I wanna do, is have a band that influenced my musical taste and direction be mad at me. But sometimes there's really nothing you can do about that kind of stuff; you just have to live with it."

Starr   revisited the subject toward the end of the video when   Elliott   asked him if he had anything else to add.

"People were saying, 'What are you doing? Why are you guys arguing?' and I was, like, 'Yeah, you're right. Why are we arguing?' It's silly,"   Michael   said. "There's no reason to do that, and it's over social media. And I know if we were on a festival or in the same room, I'm not gonna ignore the guy. I'm a fan. I'm gonna go up and say hi. And if he wants to not be my friend, then that's one thing, but I would totally walk up to him and say hi."

Last year's episode was not the first time members of   STEEL PANTHER   and   MÖTLEY CRÜE   had traded barbs. In 2017,   Zadinia   said that his band "really felt unwelcome" during its tour with   MÖTLEY CRÜE   several years ago. The drummer, whose real name is   Darren Leader , told   Music Life Magazine : "[ MÖTLEY CRÜE   members]   Tommy Lee   and   Nikki Sixx   did not like it when we went on tour with them in 2011. And that was the only time that we really felt unwelcome. The thing with those guys is I think they thought we were actually making fun of them directly. And I just gotta chalk that up to their egos being too big, because nothing that we do has anything to do with them directly. But we ended up doing the tour and it went off great and everything was totally fine," he said, adding that it was a European tour and that   DEF LEPPARD   was actually the top-billed band on the jaunt.

Sixx   told Australia's   Music Feeds   in 2016 that he didn't care for   STEEL PANTHER 's music. "You know, it's not my thing," he said. "That's just me personally. I don't know. It doesn't feel… I guess a lot of people think it's funny and they're kind of a joke band and that's cool. But that's not my cup of tea. I kind of take my music a little more seriously."

Back in June 2015,   Starr   revealed in an interview that   Lee   "was pretty upset over the fact we poked fun at   Vince Neil . He didn't like it. He just thinks we're just a joke, like a stupid joke band that shouldn't be playing with them. But all their fans like us."

Starr   added that members of   MÖTLEY CRÜE   simply "take themselves a little too serious," except for   Vince Neil , who "totally loves it."

"You know, he told me, 'Hey,   Michael , when we retire, you can have all our fans,'"   Starr   said.

In 2018,   STEEL PANTHER   guitarist   Satchel   acknowledged that not everyone is a fan of his group's over-the-top, juvenile sex-and-drugs schtick. "There are bands that hate our guts," he told   Meltdown   of the   WRIF   radio station. "We did a tour a few years ago with   DEF LEPPARD   and   MÖTLEY CRÜE . And   DEF LEPPARD , they got us on the tour, and it was an arena tour in the U.K. And they love us — they were so nice and so cool. And   MÖTLEY CRÜE   was on the tour, and they hated us. They wanted to kill us — every night they wanted to kill us. They talked to us, like, once the whole tour. And   Tommy Lee   and I, we just got into it — we butted heads a lot. 'Cause   Tommy Lee … I don't know why he hates us so much. Listen, I extended the olive branch. I wanted to be friends with them. I think some people feel threatened. I think maybe   Tommy Lee   feels like we're poking fun at him personally. But we're just having fun… And someday maybe   MÖTLEY CRÜE   will be our friends, but I think   Tommy Lee   would love it if one of us got hit by a bus."


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