Bob Rock clarifies comments about Nikki Sixx’s recordings: “At no time did I ever actually think Nikki didn’t play bass on Mötley Crüe’s records”

Nikki Sixx and Bob Rock
(Image credit: Anthony Devlin / Stringer / Amy E. Price / Getty)

Bob Rock says that an anecdote he told on a recent Talk Is Jericho podcast has been “misconstrued” and that he was not actually suggesting Nikki Sixx did not play bass on the band’s first four albums.

“When I began working with Mötley Crüe on the Dr. Feelgood record, the band was sober for the first time and Nikki particularly was recovering from a very public addiction to heroin," explains Rock in a new statement. 

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.