Is Mötley Crüe Done Recording? Nikki Sixx Explains Why There Might Not Be New Music

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx discussed the band’s upcoming activities in a new interview with “Metal XS” on Riff X.

“We’re just playing festivals, and that takes us into October,” he said (as transcribed by Blabbermouth). “We don’t have any plans next year yet. I know there’s some conversations about stuff. I mean, we have a few singles [already recorded], so I don’t see us [recording any new music right now]… We’re not gonna be around.

“I live in Wyoming and Vince [Neil] lives in Tennessee, two guys in California, so I don’t… I don’t actually see a reason right now to go in the studio, ’cause we’ve got two more singles [recorded and ready] to [release],” Nikki continued. “And I always wanna be sure that if we go in the studio, we have a reason or we have something we’re really inspired by, but it’s a lot of scheduling, and we tour and we have families. For me specifically, I have a five-year-old daughter, and I really wanna be with her as much as possible. So when the time came to go do these demos of these three songs and then go in the studio with [producer] Bob Rock, it was like a perfect time. And that time will happen again, but there’s no rush.”

On the possibility of returning to Europe in 2025, Nikki offered: “We’re in ’24, and we don’t really know what ’25 looks like, but I’m sure we’ll come up with something fun to do and make sure that we’re there for the fans. I mean, we just did Europe, so I don’t see going back there for a second. But we love it over there. We had such a great time in Europe this last time. We got to spend two months over there, which is a long time. But what was nice about that is once we got over there, we got unjetlagged and the schedule wasn’t so tight. And I had my family with me. I was able to be with the band and play concerts, but also experienced Europe, all over Europe. So that was a really good time.

“I’m enjoying this pace of working,” he added. “I really enjoy it. I don’t feel burnt out. In the past, artists, we get burnt out, ’cause, you, you tour so much. And I’m really enjoying where we’re at. We make music when we feel it. We do shows when we feel it.”

This past April, Mötley Crüe unveiled their latest single, “Dogs Of War”. This release came through their recent partnership with Big Machine Records based in Nashville.

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, band’s frontman Vince Neil said about the song: “I think it’s classic Crüe, if you go back and listen to the first record [1981’s Too Fast For Love]. To me, it goes back to our roots. I think the fans are going to dig it. It’s a rock‘n’roll tune for partying, screamin’ and yellin’ along. That’s what Mötley Crüe is about anyway. It doesn’t seem like any time has passed. We’re still just a good rock ‘n’ roll band.”

As for what the song title means, he said: “We’re the ‘Dogs Of War’. We’re the b*stards. We’re in battle with everybody, all the time.”

The track marks the debut studio performance of John 5, who replaced the longtime guitarist Mick Mars in 2022.