The emergence of the Seattle Grunge scene on the landscape of Rock in the ‘90s is still being felt in the follicles of bands of the era that were, in essence, pushed aside as fans gravitated to a new, angst-filled form of familiar musical expression.
This scab gets freshly picked every once in a while, and it can sometimes feel like a weird alternate reality where guitarists, singers, and drummers are belligerents in an all-out war for the hearts and minds of the legions of fans who undoubtedly mix and mingle much easier than their ego-driven overlords.
Just over a month ago, Pearl Jam singer and solo artist Eddie Vedder spoke to The New York Times about the "ripples" that eroded the shores of music culture in the early '90s; ripples that Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx obviously regrets, just like the “swipe” he feels Vedder recently took at the band he poured his blood, sweat, and tears into since the early ‘80s.
Vedder told the Times that during his come-up he would, "end up being at shows that I wouldn't have chosen to go to — bands that monopolized late-'80s MTV. The metal bands that — I'm trying to be nice — I despised. 'Girls, Girls, Girls' and Mötley Crüe: [expletive] you. I hated it. I hated how it made the fellas look. I hated how it made the women look. It felt so vacuous." Vedder added, "one thing that I appreciated was that in Seattle and the alternative crowd, the girls could wear their combat boots and sweaters... They weren't selling themselves short. They could have an opinion and be respected. I think that's a change that lasted. It sounds so trite, but before then it was bustiers. The only person who wore a bustier in the '90s that I could appreciate was Perry Farrell."
Sixx took to his Twitter a few days after publication, saying it made him laugh "reading how much the singer in PEARL JAM hated Motley Crue. Now considering that they're one of the most boring bands in history it's kind of a compliment isn't it?" Nikki then tightened the corset for followers and rubberneckers alike, comparing Vedder's vocals to singing with "marbles in your mouth," and telling a PJ fan to "remember there were zillions of brown haired bands for brown haired fans…..Go find them. You will know them by the bored look on their face."
And now there's more to chew. Nikki recently spoke with Brazilian interviewers Paulo Baron and Regis Tadeu about the feud, saying, "I remember going to MTV with 'Nevermind' before it had come out -- Nirvana. Me and Tommy [Lee], were on there. We were, like, 'Hey, you guys gotta check out this band. You gotta check out this band.' And they were bands that were coming. I remember having a cassette -- I think it was demos; it might not have been; it might have been early recordings -- for Rage Against The Machine, and I remember telling everybody about that... We've never been afraid to embrace music changing because that's the whole idea behind music." Sixx adds, "My only thing is, you wanna take a crack at my band, I'm probably gonna say something back. But what I don't understand is why's the guy even talking about my band? He's a successful guy... Let's face it: the guy flies around in private jets; he lives in a mansion in a gated community; he sells out stadiums, and then he dresses at the thrift store and tries to pretend he's some guy in the '90s. Don't take a swipe at my band, dude. I mean, I'm at least being honest."
Anyway -- the good news out of all of this is that both bands are hitting the road in 2022 -- with Pearl Jam scheduled to make up postponed dates beginning in May, and Mötley Crüe heading out, finally, on their Stadium Tour with Def Leppard, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Poison beginning in June. Looks like everyone is still doing just fine.
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