He said: “I really, really loved QUIET RIOT. There was also a band called A La Carte that was super-cool. A three-piece. But QUIET RIOT were different. They kinda had it right. Kevin DuBrow had a great voice, and of course, we don’t need to talk about Randy Rhoads and how influential he was. I used to really enjoy hanging around those guys and seeing them play. It’d be like 200 people in the Starwood, but to me, when I was that young I was just like, ‘They look cool, they sound cool, and they have great songs.’ The songs were important.
“I have a hard time with music where I can’t really dive into the songwriting. EDM is an example of something that doesn’t really connect to me because there’s not the verse/chorus/post-chorus/explosive guitar solo/outro thing. But whether it’s hip-hop or pop or different kinds of metal, if there’s a great song I’m drawn to it. And QUIET RIOT had all those elements.”
“I’d hang out with Randy at his house, and Randy was such a gifted musician,” he continued. “Whereas I’m a pretty simple Cliff Williams, a right-in-the-pocket bass player. And I remember Randy being like, ‘If you like do this and you do that…’ Just showing me a couple of things. And at one point they were like, ‘We’re going to change bass players. Would you be interested?’ I was thinking, why am I going to say no to this? This is everything I could ever want. But I kind of had my own ideas, which took a while but eventually happened. And who knows how it would have gone anyway? I would’ve joined QUIET RIOT, Randy would’ve left and god knows if I would’ve gone continued with them or not. And maybe MÖTLEY CRÜE would’ve never happened.”
After a rock new outlet, Sleaze Roxx, published the news of Nikki‘s interview, QUIET RIOT commented on their Facebook post, simply writing: “All Lies. It never happened.”