The war of words began when Starr and PANTHER drummer Stix Zadinia were asked in a 2019 interview which musician from the past they would like to bring back, to which Starr replied, “I’d bring back Vince Neil,” and Zadinia chimed in, “He’s not dead.” Starr pressed on, saying: “I’d bring back Vince Neil from back in the day because that guy is dead.”
After the news spread around the internet, Sixx took to Twitter to write: “The singer in Steal Panther [sic] 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 responded, “That’s why they are a—sholes. Backstabbers.”
When asked if STEEL PANTHER‘s upcoming “Concert To Save The World” livestreamed event is “a plan to steal the audience from MÖTLEY CRÜE,” Satchel now responded: “You know what? MÖTLEY CRÜE had tour plans. And that sh*t got canceled, right? I mean, I’m a fan of MÖTLEY CRÜE. I think that Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx can act like total d*ckheads much of the time, but that’s also what comes with being a rock star sometimes.
“The guys want to act like d*ckheads and they do — and that’s cool. I still like the songs. But we can’t steal their fans any more than they can steal ours. People are gonna be fans of both bands, and I’m always gonna love MÖTLEY CRÜE no matter how big of a d*ck Nikki Sixx is, because I like how they sound.
“Our bands are not mutually exclusive, and you don’t have to hate STEEL PANTHER to love MÖTLEY CRÜE and vice versa,” Satchel continued. “And you don’t have to hate MÖTLEY CRÜE to say Nikki Sixx is a d*ck as well. [Laughs] I still love MÖTLEY CRÜE even though I think Nikki Sixx is a d*ck — these things are not mutually exclusive. [Laughs]”
When asked if everything is “cool” between two bands now, guitarist replied: “I don’t have anything going on with those guys. I don’t really give a f*ck one way or the other. Like, if I saw them, I probably wouldn’t go hang out with them ’cause Nikki Sixx seems like he doesn’t like my band so I probably wouldn’t buy him a beer.
“But I don’t have anything against MÖTLEY CRÜE and I wish them the best in the future,” Satchel added. “But it seems like we annoy Nikki Sixx — and I’m fine with being annoying to Nikki Sixx ’cause I don’t really give a f*ck. But I don’t think we’re going to be on tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE anytime soon; that’s what I reckon.”