In a new interview with Tone-Talk, former OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Jake E. Lee said that Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee wanted him to replace Mick Mars in MÖTLEY CRÜE.
“I quit RATT. I had nothing going on. I was going to MÖTLEY‘s f*c*ing gigs… Nikki and Tommy wanted me in the band. They actually wanted me to replace Mick — which you can understand that. [I was] f*c*ing better looking and f*c*ing better playing.
“They wanted me to replace Mick. Mick‘s in-law or whatever was funding the band, so that didn’t happen. And there was [talk of MÖTLEY CRÜE] maybe [having] two guitar players, which even then, I was, like, ‘MÖTLEY CRÜE. Two guitar players. I don’t know about that.’ So, anyway, it kind of started with that. ‘Cause there was that thing going. Whether somebody denies it or not, that’s what started the rift between me and Mick.”
A couple of years later, MÖTLEY CRÜE ended up supporting Ozzy on a U.S. tour.
“I’m not saying I had a big deal to do with it, but I remember Sharon [Osbourne] saying, ‘This MÖTLEY CRÜE. What do you think about [them] opening?’” Jake said. “I said, ‘F*c*ing MÖTLEY CRÜE. I think they’re gonna be the next big deal.’ So MÖTLEY CRÜE is opening for us now. At one point, I’m out partying with… I think it was Tommy… It might have been Vince[Neil]. Who knows? Whoever Mick‘s roommate was. We go back to the room, and Mick‘s in his pajamas and he’s very upset with us.
“It was with RATT too — I remember Robbin [Crosby] was there, Stephen [Pearcy] was there. Mick, being the old man, as everybody joked about [him], he made a complaint. I’m not sure what I said.
“I think just called him ‘the old man’ and [told him to] shut up. And he did look over at me and said, ‘At least I’m not a slant-eyed Japanese b*st*rd.’ And I did not like that — did not like it. I hadn’t heard it, actually, since I was in grade school — the whole ‘slant-eyed Japanese’ thing.
“And it pissed me off. I walked over. I was gonna beat the f*c* out of him. And it was Robbin Crosby, who was six-five, he came up to me, picked me and said, ‘C’mon, Jake. None of that sh*t matters.’ And he carried me out of the room.”