Motley Crue has returned after four years of “retirement”, and chaos wasn’t too far in the future. It is rumored that they are now looking for a fourth act to join their reunion tour with Def Leppard and Poison. The conflict began when Nikki Sixx got into a feud with a member from Steel Panthers.
Steel Panther’s frontman Michael Starr and their drummer Stix Zadinia were interviewed by Little Punk People when Michael Starr made a comment that Nikki Sixx didn’t appreciate.
The interviewer asked Michael Starr if he could bring any metal god back from the dead to join his band, who would he pick? Starr replied, “I would bring back Vince Neil.” Sitting on the other side of the couch, Stix Zadinia replied: “He’s not dead.” Starr then said “I’d bring back the Vince Neil from back in the day. Cause that guy’s dead.” Stix Zadinia shook his head in agreement.
The comment upset Nikki Sixx, the bass player of Motley Crue. He later tweeted “The singer in steal panther can go f*ck himself… Wanna be band putting down @thevinceneil?” Fans were very confused as to why the two bands were in a feud because Vince Neil had recently performed with Steel Panther. Nikki Sixx later tweeted “That’s why they are a**holes. Backstabbers,”.
Steel Panther kept fueling the fire when their drummer Stix Zadinia tweeted “Sounds like someone needs some f*cking attention. Haha.” And then said, “In order to stab someone in the back, you have to have been somewhat cordial, to begin with.” Steel Panther toured with Motley Crue in 2011 and have made claims that the band is unfriendly and made them feel unwelcomed. Steel Panther didn’t like the “egos” that Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx had.
The unsettled drama between the two bands has caused a lot of turmoil and puts the tour at a major risk. Although they are still looking for a fourth act, Motley Crue’s guitarist Mick Mars offered Steel Panther’s Stix Zadinia free tickets to the tour and seemed excited about it. Steel Panther’s Satchel wasn’t too happy about the friendly encounters between the two.
“If he were any dumber, he’d be in Motley Crue,” Satchel said at Gramercy Theater in New York City.
Not only has this situation caused friction between the two bands, but now it is causing friction between actual band members. Hopefully, the bands can come to a resolution on their differences in the near future.