Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx is clean and sober these days — and taking a prominent position as a spokesman for National Recovery Month — but if he doesn't think something is rock & roll, he'll still make some noise about it. While praising Crüe Fest tourmates Papa Roach and Buckcherry for living up to the name in both music and personality, Sixx took some shots at a pair of recent chart-toppers.
"There's things that I see where I go, 'Rock Star energy drink? Give a fucking break,'" Sixx says. "There's no rock stars involved in this. There's a lot of shit out there where people are calling it 'rock.' I went into Barnes & Noble the other day, and there's a huge display that says 'rock & roll,' and it had a big thing of Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. I went, 'What the fuck is this?' People are believing that shit that is not rock & roll, is not the rock lifestyle, is rock."
While the image of Nikki Sixx in a Barnes & Noble settles in, take heart that the Crüe will be back in American arenas for a three-month tour starting in January — a month after Sixx turns 50. In the meantime, Sixx is helping commemorate National Recovery Month by offering up his Sixx:AM song "Tomorrow" from The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack as an unofficial anthem, as the track's lyrics offer an inspiring tale of getting accountable and finding stability in recovery.