The Mötley Crüe and KISS drama continues as Nikki Sixx accuses the band of producing “an exact reenactment” of their stage production from their own farewell tour.
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Now, bassist Nikki Sixx has chimed in on the matter.
“If ya wanna see an exact reenactment of this just go to the #LosAngeles Forum tonight,” Sixx wrote in an Instagram post comparing the two setups.
Sixx also responded to bandmate Tommy Lee’s tweet from earlier in the month.
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Nikki Sixx accuses KISS of using backing tracks
Sixx also called out KISS just a few short days ago, claiming the band was using backing tracks.
Sixx vented his frustration with bands who blast the use of background vocals in live performances, despite Mötley Crüe doing it themselves.
However, Gene Simmons has previously expressed a hard stance against the use of backing tracks. In a 2015 interview with news.com.au, the bassist/vocalist cited a handful of bands, not including Mötley Crüe, as the only ones left who don’t rely on the aid of electronics for live shows.
“I have a problem when you charge $100 to see a live show and the artist uses backing tracks,” Simmons says. “It’s like the ingredients in food. If the first ingredient on the label is sugar, that’s at least honest. It should be on every ticket—you’re paying $100, 30 to 50 per cent of the show is [on] backing tracks, and they’ll sing sometimes, sometimes they’ll lip sync. At least be honest. It’s not about backing tracks; it’s about dishonesty.”
Sixx went on to admit that Mötley Crüe have used technology to aid in live shows, but defended the choice, citing overall sound quality.
“We’ve used technology since 87. Been using sequencers, sub tones, background vox tracks plus background singers and us. Stuff we can’t tour with like cello parts in ballads etc. Same as NIN and everybody else. We love it and don’t hide it. It’s a great tool to fill out the sound.”
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