Classic Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler was asked by Triple M if he could shed any light on Manager Doug Goldstein’s claims that Nikki Sixx stole the “Dr. Feelgood” riff from GN’R, to which he replied :
“None whatsoever. Nikki is a genius. He is one step ahead of everybody. But he didn’t steal nothing from nobody. He’s a freaking genius.
“I was hanging out with him and John 5 last Thanksgiving, and I’m telling you, he is the sharpest person I’ve ever and just the greatest guy. I mean, he ruled the ’80s; he ran the ’80s. Everything that he did, every band did after he did it.
“The only thing of ‘Dr. Feelgood’, that ‘Kickstart My Heart’ song, he wrote it about the paramedics took that syringe and did that ‘Pulp Fiction’ thing to him. But they didn’t do that; they didn’t do that.
“I dragged him into the shower with a broken hand and a cast on my hand, I rolled him in, I put the cold water on him in the shower and I started slapping him in the face with my cast.
“And next thing you know, the purple in his face just disappeared. And then right then, the paramedics came in and they grabbed him out of the shower like a rag doll, dropped him in the living room and they just pumped his chest with their hands. And that was it. But he got a hell of a good song out of it. It is entertainment, after all.”
As reported, Goldstein said about the whole thing:
“‘Dr. Feelgood,’ the Motley Crue song, that’s a Guns N’ Roses song. Slash and Duff [McKagan] wrote that riff. They wrote it down in Redondo Beach, when I was with them.
“[Guns N’ Roses] were rehearsing, and Steven [Adler] would come down once a week, and Duff would come down five days a week, and they were jamming and they came up with that riff.
“Nikki [Sixx] is famous for taking a recorder to a club and stealing songs from bands, [they got it] because they recorded the recorded before we did.”