In a new interview with a United Arab Emirates news outlet during Mötley Crüe's final tour, Nikki Sixx gave some details about his insane flamethrower bass that has become a staple of the band's stage presence over the years.
“It's like holding on to a dragon, to be honest with you — a fire-breathing dragon,” says Sixx about the sadistic instrument. “It's painfully violent, is the only way I can describe it. When Vince [Neil, Mötley Crüe vocalist] sings the last 'Shout At The Devil,' and I do the last shot, I walk over and I want that thing out of my hands. 'Cause it weighs almost a hundred pounds, and it's so hot that when we start the song, I'll be soaking wet, and at the end of the song, my hair is dry. It's amazing.”
Sixx also gave some details regarding how the band comes up with their stage show ideas. “It always starts with the songs, to be honest with you. You know, the lights and whatever effects we have, it all comes from the rhythm of the songs, or maybe there's a story with the lyrics, or maybe there's a color associated with a song, like 'Dr. Feelgood,'” says Sixx. “A lot of times we're working on that and the color green comes up, because of the album cover — green with the medical symbol on it…We're always trying to find out what is brand new. A lot of the stuff that we've developed with pyrotechnics has never been used before. And a lot of times, after we use pyrotechnics, they'll become available, and you'll see other bands using them, and they try to use them in their own way and stuff. And then we never go back to that same technology. We try to develop something further.”
Check out the full interview at The National. Watch the ridiculous flamethrower bass in action below.