During a recent appearance on the Meltdown show, Steel Panther guitarist Satchel talked about the band’s not-so-friendly relationship with Motley Crue, saying:
“There are bands that hate our guts… We did a tour a few years ago with Def Leppard and Motley Crue.
“Def Leppard, they got us on the tour. It was an arena tour in the UK, and they loved us – they were so nice and so cool.
“And Motley Crue – they hated us. They wanted to kill us. [Laughs] Every night they wanted to kill us.
“They talked to us like once the whole tour. And Tommy Lee and I, we just butted heads a lot. Because – 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 because we… I think maybe Tommy Lee feels like we’re poking fun at him personally. But we’re just having fun.
“We love heavy metal, I think it’s pretty obvious to people that like Steel Panther that we are good at playing it because we’ve been playing it out whole lives.
“If we were just out to make fun of heavy-metal players, then we probably wouldn’t be as good at playing it and writing songs. We just love what we do.
“And someday maybe Motley Crue will be our friends but… I think Tommy Lee would love it if one of us got hit by a bus. [Laughs]”
Last year, Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia told Music Life Magazine:
“Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx did not like it when we went on tour with them in 2011. 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. Leppard was fully supportive of it. They were amazing dudes, and I am not kidding you, that on the first day of the tour, they knew every single one of our names.
“And when you’re Def Leppard, you don’t have to do that. It’s just a testament to the kind of dudes those guys are, all of them. They and their crew were very, very generous.”