SATCHEL: 'I Still Love MÖTLEY CRÜE Even Though I Think NIKKI SIXX Is A D**k' Sunday June 7 2020, 8:09 PM
SATCHEL: 'I Still Love MÖTLEY CRÜE Even Though I Think NIKKI SIXX Is A D**k'

STEEL PANTHER   guitarist   Satchel   says that he still loves   MÖTLEY CRÜE   even though he thinks " Nikki Sixx   is a dick."

The latest war of words between   STEEL PANTHER   and   MÖTLEY CRÜE   began when   STEEL PANTHER   singer   Michael Starr   and 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 the   CRÜE   bassist replied, "That's why they are assholes. Backstabbers."

Satchel   addressed the   Sixx   online feud in a new interview with   Ultimate Guitar . Asked if   STEEL PANTHER 's upcoming   "Concert To Save The World"   livestreamed event is "a plan to steal the audience from   MÖTLEY CRÜE ,"   Satchel   replied: "You know what?   MÖTLEY CRÜE   had tour plans. And that shit got canceled, right? I mean, I'm a fan of   MÖTLEY CRÜE . I think that   Tommy Lee   and   Nikki Sixx   can act like total dickheads much of the time, but that's also what comes with being a rock star sometimes. The guys want to act like dickheads and they do — and that's cool. I still like the songs. But we can't steal their fans any more than they can steal ours. People are gonna be fans of both bands, and I'm always gonna love   MÖTLEY CRÜE   no matter how big of a dick   Nikki Sixx   is, because I like how they sound. Our bands are not mutually exclusive, and you don't have to hate   STEEL PANTHER   to love   MÖTLEY CRÜE   and vice versa. And you don't have to hate   MÖTLEY CRÜE   to say   Nikki Sixx   is a dick as well. [ Laughs ] I still love   MÖTLEY CRÜE   even though I think   Nikki Sixx   is a dick — these things are not mutually exclusive. [ Laughs ]"

Asked if everything is "cool" between the two bands now,   Satchel   said: "I don't have anything going on with those guys. I don't really give a fuck one way or the other. Like, if I saw them, I probably wouldn't go hang out with them 'cause   Nikki Sixx   seems like he doesn't like my band so I probably wouldn't buy him a beer. But I don't have anything against   MÖTLEY CRÜE   and I wish them the best in the future. But it seems like we annoy   Nikki Sixx   — and I'm fine with being annoying to   Nikki Sixx   'cause I don't really give a fuck. But I don't think we're going to be on tour with   MÖTLEY CRÜE   anytime soon; that's what I reckon."

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 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,   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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