“Don’t talk bad about my band”: Mötley Crüe Bassist Talks Eddie Vedder Beef

Mötley Crüe bassist
Nikki Sixx photo: Ollie Millington/Redferns / Eddie Vedder photo: Theo Wargo, Getty Images
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Recently, the Mötley Crüe bassist and Pearl Jam frontman were going back and forth with comments about each one’s respective band. All of this dates back to a New York Times article from this past January where Eddie Vedder threw some shade at Mötley Crüe; Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx clapped back on Twitter calling Pearl Jam “one of the most boring bands in history,” with Edder following up later with another jab at the hair metal act.

There hasn’t been any back and forth between the two musicians since, but Sixx has recently provided some insight into why he went at Vedder. In an interview with Brazilian entrepreneur Paulo Baron and music critic Regis Tadeu, Sixx was asked about his beef with Vedder. One of the points he clarified is that he isn’t against the grunge genre. Per Sixx:

“I remember going to MTV with Nevermind before going out with Nirvana, and me and Tommy were there, and we were told to see that band and there were bands coming up. I remember having the cassette tape, I think they were demos, or early Rage Against The Machine recordings, and I remember telling everyone about that. We were never afraid to embrace the changes in the song because that’s the idea behind the song. If you listen to Too Fast For Love and then listen to The Dirt, you feel like it’s the same band that grew up so we never had a problem with that.”

Sixx then went on to clarify that he only went at Vedder because the latter came at his band first.

“The thing is: If you want to badmouth my band, I’ll probably say something in return. What I don’t understand is why the guy is talking about my band. He’s a successful guy, let’s face it: guys fly private jets, he lives in a mansion in a gated community, he sells out stadiums, and he dresses up pretending to be a guy in the ’90s… Don’t talk bad about my band, man! At least I’m being honest.”

What do you think about Sixx’s point? You can find the full interview with Sixx below:


Words by: Michael Pementel