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Nikki Sixx Says Axl Rose Says Guns N’ Roses Considered Covering Mötley Crüe

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Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx tells Eddie Trunk that once upon a time, Guns N’ Roses considered a cover of the Too Fast for Love track “Stick To Your Guns,” I guess because it has the word “guns” in the title or whatever:

“After we took [Guns N’ Roses] out on tour, and they first put out ‘Welcome To The Jungle’, or was it ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine,’ I remember going to the Rainbow [in West Hollywood], and I saw Axl there. And he jumped up and he said ‘hi’ and ‘Thanks for the tour. Thanks for the tour because now MTV is gonna play ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.” It really gave ’em a shot. And I was super stoked for those guys. And then he kind of told me he always loved that song ‘Stick To Your Guns’ and had thought about covering it in GN’R. That’s pretty cool to hear, that those guys thought that was cool. And that song’s got its own little life, so to speak.”

To be blunt (moi?), I don’t buy this. I’m not saying Nikki is lying (although he clearly has a talent for self-promotion); Rose may have told him this. But if he did, he was blowing smoke up Sixx’s ass. GN’R opened for Mötley Crüe in the fall of ’87, mere months after the release of Appetite for Destruction, so it’s not too hard to imagine Rose being gracious. I just don’t see Axl or Slash deciding to cover what would have then been a fairly recent song by a band of peers. Maybe I’m wrong, but it strikes me as being out of character.

Having said that, I wish this had happened, because i) “Stick To Your Guns” is an underrated song and ii) it would have made the ensuing Axl Rose/Vince Neil feud even more entertaining.

‘The Stadium Tour,’ featuring Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, is currently scheduled for the following dates (in 2022, duh):

6/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Suntrust Park [tickets]
6/18 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium [tickets]
6/19 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium [tickets]
6/22 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park [tickets]
6/24 – Queens, NY @ Citi Field [tickets]
6/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park [tickets]
6/28 – Charlotte, NC @ Bank Of America Stadium [tickets]
6/30 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium [tickets]
7/2 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field [tickets]
7/5 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium [tickets]
7/8 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field [tickets]
7/10 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park [tickets]
7/12 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium [tickets]
7/14 – Cleveland, OH @ First Energy Stadium [tickets]
7/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Great American Ballpark [tickets]
7/17 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Field [tickets]
7/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Stadium [tickets]
7/21 – Denver, CO @ Coors Field [tickets]
8/5 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park [tickets]
8/6 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park [tickets]
8/10 – Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field [tickets]
8/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park [tickets]
8/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium [tickets]
8/19 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park [tickets]
8/21 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome [tickets]
8/22 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Park [tickets]
8/27 – Inglewood, CA @ Sofi Stadium [tickets]
8/28 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park [tickets]
8/31 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park [tickets]
9/7 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park [tickets]

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