Motley Crue discuss their new songs for the soundtrack to 'The Dirt,' which includes a cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin. Nobody said goodbye to him or went to the after party. OK, dude. But they still worked together on a business end, coproducing a biopic about their lives, the upcoming Netflix film The Dirt , and slowly began reconnecting with each other again behind the scenes.
Once they landed on what would become lead single "The Dirt," featuring rapper Machine Gun Kelly, "the label said, 'Just go rewrite the choruses, and the other songs will be called something else,'" says bassist Nikki Sixx. Nikki Sixx: He's a great guy; he's passionate. I'm a fan, Tommy's a fan and also a friend of his. He chopped it up and added 32 bars, and just did this Gatling-gun, fast-vocal thing. He asked me, "What do you want me to write about? I've seen some fans online being like, "I can't believe Motley Crue has a rapper on a song," and I'm like, "You guys gotta slow down and trust the band that we know what we're doing. We know everything about each other. So there's a bond between us that is unbreakable. Even if we're fighting, it's unbreakable.
Those songs have made some fans wonder what's next for the band members. Speaking to them for the 30th anniversary of Dr. Feelgood , Billboard learned about their forthcoming solo projects. Mars moved to Nashville about six years ago. He had lived in L. Feelgood period with Bob Rock, the guitarist has been pushing his playing, although this time with producer Michael Wagener at Blackbird Studio. Wagener recorded the Vendetta album then went back his home country of Germany for awhile, eventually settling outside of Nashville. They were gonna get rid of one of their guitar players. I hadn't even thrown out the [band] name yet.
What was planned to be the band's final show took place on New Year's Eve, December 31, The concert was filmed for a theatrical and Blu-ray release in Sixx and Lee then began a search for new members and soon met guitarist Bob Deal, better known as Mick Mars , after answering an advertisement that he placed in The Recycler that read: "Loud, rude and aggressive guitar player available". Mars auditioned for Sixx and Lee, and was subsequently hired. Upon seeing him perform with the band Rock Candy at the Starwood in Hollywood, California, Mars suggested they have Neil join the band. At first Neil refused the offer, but as the other members of Rock Candy became involved in outside projects, Neil grew anxious to try something else. The newly formed band did not yet have a name. Sixx has said that he told his bandmates that he was "thinking about calling the band "Christmas". The other members were not very receptive to that idea.