In April, Mötley Crüe revealed that they had entered the recording studio with their longtime producer, Bob Rock, to lay down some new music.
Earlier today, Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx took to social media with the following update:
“Vince is cutting lead vocals this week on the new songs… We have a few final things Bob Rock wants us to record and then heading to London next week to prepare for European tour. We’re really excited to play for our European fans. It’s been a minute. Great combination of stadiums and festivals.”
Last week, Sixx commented,
“Vince Neil hits the studio Monday – Wednesday and we’re back in finishing background vocals and adding more layers of guitars towards the end of the week into the weekend. The only thing I can say about the new songs is they are pretty heavy.”
Mötley Crüe has been in the news recently for allegations of using pre-recorded tracks during their live shows. This has caused some controversy among fans who feel they have been cheated out of an authentic experience. The band responded to one such claim on Facebook by stating that there were no backing tracks for band members. However, reports suggest that they also called the fan a “f*cking clown” before deleting the comment.
The claims of pre-recorded tracks were first put forward by drummer Carmine Appice in an interview with Ultimate Guitar. Appice claimed that everything had been weird for a while with Mötley Crüe and that Mick Mars was unhappy with the tour. Mars confirmed these claims in his lawsuit, alleging that the other three members of the band had ousted him from the band’s various businesses and streams of revenue. Mars claimed that they had been trying to gaslight him into believing that his memory was going away.
Despite these allegations, Mötley Crüe has dismissed all claims and doubled down on their assertion that Mick had trouble remembering his parts and was being taken advantage of by his representatives. This has led to a heated debate among fans, with some feeling that the band is being unfairly criticized while others believe that they have a right to know if the live performance they paid for was authentic.
This Monday, Mötley posted a video of Tommy Lee playing at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California on Aug. 27, 2022. A fan by the name of Bruce Holland wrote in the comment section:
“Saw the backing tracks tour last yr and paid dearly to see it. It’s a hard NO for me this time around…”
As of now, Mötley’s response reads:
“THIS IS THE SUMMER TOUR FOOTAGE FOR F*CKS SAKE. THERE WERE NO BACKING TRACKS FOR BAND MEMBERS.”
When Sleaze Roxx reported on the matter, Mötley’s response seems to have also included the words “F*CKING CLOWN” at the end (screenshot courtesy of Sleaze Roxx):