Could this be the next big band feud? Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx accused Kiss of pillaging from Crue’s final show dramatics in 2015. Sixx posted on social a composite image of him being carried above the crowd on a crane, and one of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons doing basically the exact same thing.
In a very punchy comment to go with the image, Sixx wrote: “Wow. Our body wasn’t even cold before they took this exact grande finale from our tour. Might not matter to Kiss fans but it does to Crue fans.”
The pictures in question have since been taken down, but that doesn’t mean that Sixx has simmered down, in fact, he says he’s still annoyed about what Kiss did.
Sixx told Kerrang magazine: “What they did that really bothered me and my bandmates, is we built these giant arms that fitted in the venue’s ceilings that had lights in them. We developed these things.” Adding: “It was a lot of work and it cost a lot of money. We’d use the lights, then, at the end of the set, these arms would come down from the ceiling and me and Vince Neil would jump on them and they would take us out over the arena and that was our grand finale.”
Going in to more detail Sixx said: “But then I saw a video of Kiss and they were using our arms. It was exactly our shtick. I just think it’s uncool. I think it’s uncool of the company to make the same thing again for them.” Adding: “It just bothers me. It was our last tour and something that people have posters of on their walls is now being repeated by Kiss. Sure, we all use pyro and stuff, but with this we re-invented an idea. And this was our idea.”
It’s surely a matter of time before Gene Simmons responds, and be safe in the knowledge that Rock My World will be here to give you the blow by blow…