MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx spoke to The Washington Post about the group's "Red, White, and Crüe 2005...Better Live Than Dead" tour, which hits Washington, D.C.'s MCI Center tonight (March 6).
On the current tour, MÖTLEY CRÜE are traveling in separate buses, "but not for the reason anybody would think," Sixx insisted. "When you've been touring for 24 years, it's pretty cool to have your own bus with your own queen-sized bed, with your own environment. We travel in a convoy, and we're all together all the time. It's just I've earned the right — and so have the other guys — to not have to sleep in a bunk."
Speaking about the fact that he is regarded as the band's central figure — the glue that holds a fractious ensemble together through his persistence and ability to manage odd and at-odds personalities, Sixx said, "The concept of glue is wonderful, but without solid things to glue together, it doesn't really do much except just sit there and be sticky. I think we're a team, and everybody has strong and weak points, including myself, and that's what makes it what it is. The thing about MÖTLEY CRÜE is we are dysfunctional, and we know that. We have grown up a lot, but I can't depend on that to really be too much of a reality because the DNA is reckless. It's there, and I don't think it will ever be able to be completely rehabilitated enough."
According to Sixx, there are no regrets and there's no impulse to personify old legends. "What's exciting about the band is that we don't live up to anything, we just are us. We really do whatever we want to do. You can't work at this as business — you have to look at it as something you passionately want to do, no matter what. We didn't do drugs to be wild; we did drugs because we loved drugs. We didn't drink to let everybody know we drink; we did it because we liked it. We didn't engulf ourselves in decadence because it was a marketing thing; it was who we are.
"I'm a member of Alcoholics Anonymous," Sixx pointed out. "I don't drink and I don't do drugs and I try to give back and help people, but there's still the spirit of rock 'n' roll there in all of us, no matter what shape we're in or not in — it's just the real deal. We are what we are and we don't apologize for it."