Nikki Sixx recalled in a new interview how he wrote specifically for Vince Neil and how the Motley Crue frontman reminds him of Robert Plant.
Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment, Sixx said, “With Motley Crue, Vince has this amazing, unique voice — sometimes like Robert Plant, Perry Farrell… they have these interesting voices that are… they’re not pitchy, they’re just raw and just kind of on top. I always loved that about Vince’s voice and I would write for Vince.”
He added, “Vince will tell you ‘Nikki wrote all those lyrics for me.’ I did. I gave him stuff. I understand his voice so much.”
Sixx also touched on how different the Crue would’ve sounded with a vocalist with more traditional blues-rock chops.
“I got lucky! I got a guy with a really different voice,” said Sixx. “Imagine if he was a bluesy singer — if he was a David Coverdale? I love David, I love his voice — or Glenn Hughes, some of my favorite people and favorite musicians… Could he deliver ‘Bastard’? Could he deliver ‘Dropping Like Flies’? Could he deliver ‘Generation Swine’? I don’t know, I’ll never know. But I do love that about Motley Crue that we kind of four individually… I don’t know. It’s almost like we don’t belong together. We’re all so weird and different and it makes for some really interesting magic.”