Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, Mick Mars said that Motley Crue was using backing tracks as early as the “Dr. Feelgood” era, also mentioned that bassist Nikki Sixx didn’t play his instrument live during last year’s ”The Stadium Tour”.
The article says: “The band started using backing tracks at their concerts around Dr. Feelgood since the three musicians onstage couldn’t recreate every part of the album live.”
Here’s what Mars said about this topic:
“I remember saying, ‘People know what’s supposed to be there. Will they miss it? Some probably will, but a majority will not. They’ll hear it subliminally the way it was recorded as long as the meat and potatoes are there.’
“I didn’t want to fool the audience, but the others wanted to fill in where the holes were. I never liked that garbage.”
About Nikki Sixx not playing his bass on last year’s ”The Stadium Tour”, Mars said:
“I’ve been with him a long time, and I got fan-based film of him thrusting his arms in the air and stuff when there’s a bass line playing. I’m absolutely positive (he wasn’t playing live).
“I think he did that because he felt too much competition from the other bands on the tour, like Def Leppard. I think they made him feel inadequate about his bass playing.”