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Nikki Sixx calls Pearl Jam “boring”, Pearl Jam agree

By | Published on Monday 7 February 2022

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Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx has said that he is taking recent criticism from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder as “kind of a compliment”. Although only because Pearl Jam are “one of the most boring bands in history”.

Vedder made his comments about Mötley Crüe in an interview with The New York Times last month. Contrasting his experiences with late-80s hair metal and the alternative rock scene that Pearl Jam came up through, he said: “I used to work in San Diego loading gear at a club. I’d end up being at shows that I wouldn’t have chosen to go to – bands that monopolised late-80s MTV. The metal bands that – I’m trying to be nice – I despised. ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ and Mötley Crüe”.

“I hated it”, he went on. “I hated how it made the fellas look. I hated how it made the women look. It felt so vacuous. Guns N Roses came out and, thank God, at least had some teeth. But I’m circling back to say that one thing that I appreciated was that in Seattle and the alternative crowd, the girls could wear their combat boots and sweaters, and their hair looked like Cat Power’s and not Heather Locklear’s – nothing against her. They weren’t selling themselves short. They could have an opinion and be respected. I think that’s a change that lasted”.

Finally getting around to reading that interview at the weekend, Sixx tweeted: “Made me laugh today reading how much the singer in Pearl Jam hated Mötley Crüe. Now, considering that they’re one of the most boring bands in history it’s kind of a compliment, isn’t it?”

I don’t know, is it? I guess it depends on your view of each band. Pearl Jam did respond to this slight against them though. Tweeting a video of a quite excitable looking audience, they wrote: “We love our bored fans”.