Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx Says Pearl Jam Are One of the "Most Boring Bands in History"

The bassist's commentary comes after Eddie Vedder took a dig at Mötley Crüe in a recent interview

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Feb 7, 2022

As the old adage goes, old habits die hard: the crusty, decrepit rift between hair metal and grunge seems alive and well, as Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx has responded to a recent Eddie Vedder interview — wherein the musician named Sixx's band directly when discussing the glam bands that he "despised" — by calling Pearl Jam "boring."

"Made me laugh today reading how much the singer in Pearl Jam hated [Mötley Crüe]," Sixx wrote on Twitter this Saturday (February 5). "Now considering that they're one of the most boring bands in history, it's kind of a compliment, isn't it?"

Would you like some aloe vera for that burn, Vedder?

But naturally, he brought it upon himself: in an interview with The New York Times, the Pearl Jam bandleader went on a tear about how much he hated the hair metal bands of the mid-to-late 1980s — Mötley Crüe very much included.

"I used to work in San Diego loading gear at a club. I'd end up being at shows that I wouldn't have chosen to go to — bands that monopolized late-'80s MTV; the metal bands that — I'm trying to be nice — I despised. Girls, Girls, Girls and Mötley Crüe: fuck you," Vedder said when asked if traces of the Gen X grunge movement were still present today, citing the band's 1987 album. 

He continued:

I hated it. I hated how it made the fellas look. I hated how it made the women look. It felt so vacuous. Guns N' Roses came out and, thank god, at least had some teeth. But I'm circling back to say that one thing that I appreciated was that in Seattle and the alternative crowd, the girls could wear their combat boots and sweaters, and their hair looked like Cat Power's and not Heather Locklear's – nothing against her. They weren't selling themselves short. They could have an opinion and be respected. I think that's a change that lasted. It sounds so trite, but before then it was bustiers. The only person who wore a bustier in the '90s that I could appreciate was [Jane's Addiction singer] Perry Farrell.

Whether or not he hated the music and the surrounding scene, commenting on how the women dressed and wore their hair seems like it's not exactly his place, no? It's wonderful to hear that Vedder feels like women are no longer selling themselves short and are having their opinions respected; we've been waiting for him to anoint the end of the patriarchy. Feminism wins!

Anyway, back to the silly old man drama: Pearl Jam addressed Sixx's tweet yesterday (February 6) by simply tweeting a concert clip of the audience singing along with "Given to Fly," captioned: "We ❤️ our bored fans."

See Sixx's tweet — and Pearl Jam's consequent subtweet — below.
Vedder is set to release his new solo album Earthlingfeaturing Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Ringo Starr — later this week, and is currently touring the material with members of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction. Meanwhile, Sixx released his latest memoir The First 21 last fall, and has hereby declared it irresponsible for bands to perform with a beer belly.

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