Nikki Sixx has slammed STEEL PANTHER after their frontman Michael Starr made a joke about MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s Vince Neil.
In a recent interview on Little Punk People, STEEL PANTHER singer Michael Starr and drummer Stix Zadinia were asked to single out the musicians they would bring back from the dead if they could, Stix replied: “Okay, I’m gonna pick a singer, but it’s not to replace you [Michael]. You know who I’d bring back from the dead? Ray Gillen. You didn’t expect that? He was the singer for BADLANDS [died in 1993 at age 34].
Then Michael said: “I’d bring back Vince Neil,” to which Stix replied: “He’s not dead.”
Michael: “I’d bring back the Vince Neil from back in the day because that guy is dead.”
Stix: “You didn’t bring back John Bonham, dude.”
Michael: “You know what? It would be too intimidating to sing along with him. Like, John Bonham, he is the best musical heavy-metal drummer of all time – there’s nobody better than him, no drummer even comes close to this guy.”
After news of STEEL PANTHER‘s comments started circulating on social media, Sixx tweeted: “The singer in STEEL PANTHER can go f*ck himself … wanna-be band putting down Vince Neil?”
One fan then pointed out that STEEL PANTHER sometimes plays MÖTLEY CRÜE songs during its concerts, to which Sixx replied, “That’s why they are a—sholes. Backstabbers.”