Carmine Appice, the renowned musician, has come forward to support a claim that was previously undisclosed, suggesting that Nikki Sixx may not have played the bass parts on Mötley Crüe albums himself. This surprising revelation sparked a significant amount of conversation, especially after Appice shared his thoughts on the matter via his Twitter account.
Confirming that a session musician was behind the bassist’s work with Crüe, the drummer wrote:
“I rest my case regarding Nikki Sixx… Carol Kaye.”
The rumors surrounding Nikki Sixx initially gained traction during a legal dispute initiated by Mick Mars against Sixx and the band. Mars alleged that pre-recorded tracks were utilized during live performances, adding fuel to the fire. The situation escalated further after a notable interview on the Talk Is Jericho podcast featuring the band’s producer, Bob Rock.
During this chat, Rock spoke about the creation of ‘Dr. Feelgood’ and shared some interesting insights into the recording process by saying:
“I’ve got to tell you a story about Nikki Sixx. This is funny. So, [while we were making] ‘Dr. Feelgood’, [Nikki] says to me; he goes, ‘I don’t think I ever played on any of the Mötley Crüe records. I think somebody came in at night and replaced all my parts.’ He says, ‘So I don’t really know how to play bass.’ And I said, ‘Too bad. You’re playing bass on it.’ So I worked with him through ‘Dr. Feelgood’, did a lot of edits and made him play every note. “
However, after his comments sparked reactions, the producer clarified his stance with another public statement:
“At no time did I ever actually think Nikki didn’t play bass on Mötley Crüe’s records. He’s one of the most unique and talented players in the world, and his approach to the instrument is part of what has made Mötley Crüe great throughout the years.”
I rest my case regarding Nikki Sixx … Carol Kaye 👌👏— Carmine Appice (@carmineappice1) May 31, 2023