First, Bret said Nikki apologized for calling his band bad names. Then, Nikki said he did no such thing. Now, Bret Michaels of Poison has spoken with Noisecreep and tells them Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx did, in fact, apologize to him for saying “a lot of bad crap” about Poison.
Bret says he loves the drama.
“I love it and I hope you can help me put this to rest,” Michaels told Noisecreep. “I’m going to be very blunt and honest. When my career started, Nikki and I hung out and I remember telling him there were some Crue songs that I absolutely liked — I took a positive approach to things. You can look back at old photos me and Nikki with our Harley’s. We used to ride together because we had a house down the street from each other. At the time, both of our careers had just started and our records had hit. We would go out and party together, I would even join the CRÜE on stage and sing. Everything was great.
“Now at one point — I think it was in the mid-’90s — Poison and Bon Jovi were playing the arenas. Our Native Tongue album had sold a million copies and Bon Jovi’s album, Keep The Faith was at about 1.5 million or something and at one point in the middle there, Motley Crue changed singers.”
That is when Bret says Nikki “decided to brand his band differently. What confused me about that time period was when Nikki said that Vince [Neil] and I were kind of ridiculous. Now these are his words, ‘You and Vince are kind of the same — you don’t really pick and choose your fans, you just kind of go out and play music.’ Well, I thought that’s what music was about. I didn’t know I was supposed to decide which fan can like or not like my music.”
Bret contends this is how the apology went down.
“He…said, ‘I sort of said a lot of bad crap about you guys, but you’re actually a relevant band,’ and he went in and said some other good stuff about a month ago. I got a text from Nikki two weeks ago saying, ‘Hey bro, excited to see you on the road!’ But then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, I hear about him talking trash about us again. I can’t keep up [laughs].”