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BURRN!: About the Crucial Crue
series, how do you feel about it?
MICK: It`s great for us to have our own label. Everything we have done in this world over the past 18 years is now coming out.
BURRN!: For young age rock fans,
what part of Motley Crue do you think appeals to them?
MICK: I think all kids want to listen to music with huge guitars, they`re not polluted by the trends. Guitar music is real and raw, rock `n roll will always exist.
BURRN!: Listening to your guitar
sound on the old demos or live tracks, do you have any reflections on the past?
MICK: I don`t think that way; I only play. When the composition of the music is done I don`t like to put limits on it, but when we recorded Mood Ring, it was almost like jamming; I could do anything I wanted, it was good. When I play that kind of music, I can express myself a lot more. Compared to this the songs are already finished, I feel there is already a limit to my playing.
BURRN!: Thinking about the
beginning of this band, have you ever thought that you would be where you are now with the
changes? Did you think about that in the past?
MICK: Everything changes, even the relationships of human beings, but working with them for a long time, you don`t need to talk to them, you can guess what is going happen naturally.
BURRN!: So what kind of album will
MICK: I don`t know, I don`t like guessing the future. Until now, we were giving the albums titles like Monsterous, many times we said that, and then we never used it, right? I don`t like planning, but I can only say that it`ll have a heavy guitar sound.
BURRN!: On Generation Swine, when
Nikki and Tommy were working in the studio, I think that they weren`t devoted to guitar
oriented rock `n` roll. Honestly, were you dissatisfied with the way they handled that
MICK: I was dissatisfied. Very dissatisfied, because I`m the guitarist. Getting into the studio, writing guitar parts they never used . . . but, the main reason was the producer at the time, Scott Humphrey. He was never satisfied with what I played on any of the songs, because you can hear it on the guitar sound. (laughs) I was very dissatisfied.
BURRN!: Can I have a comment on
Supersonic And Demonic Relics?
MICK: Mood Ring was when we were making Shout At The Devil, we were just playing around. Getting in the studio, warming up, we just did it. Most of the outtakes were only half finished, then just in case we made demos, "They don`t fit the album," so we didn`t use them on the album, but I think each of the songs are good songs.
BURRN!: Do you think it was the
right decision getting John Corabi in the band after Vince left?
MICK: You know, when you`re with somebody for a long time, sometimes you want change. When John joined the band, two things happened; one was, the band became new and fresh, the other was us going down a new road. But also at the same time we found what we lost, and in this case it was Vince. So it was a good thing and also a bad thing. We got new blood in the band so we could do something different, doing what you do for a long time you tend to repeat what you do. It looked liked the sound of every record changed, but the base of the sound was the same. So getting out of that situation was fresh, but it wasn`t the real Motley Crue.
BURRN!: About changing members with
John Corabi, it was Nikki`s idea. Was anything related with you?
MICK: You should ask Nikki that question. (laughing)
BURRN!: How do you feel about Tommy
leaving the band?
MICK: I have nothing say about him. No comment.
BURRN!: Can you tell what Motley
Crue will be like in the future?
MICK: Guitar rock is better than anything else, it has the most appeal for me. What I want to do is guitar music. It took me 30 years to get to this point, so I thing the guitars will be back heavy. If my ideas come through, I want to make more music with guitars right in your face! (laughing)
BURRN!: Your guitar sound is always
consistent, it`s a special characteristic of Motley Crue`s sound . . .
MICK: But my real sound has yet to be officially recorded yet. My tone and sound live in concert is actually heavier and louder than on the records. When Tom Werman produced our records I hated the frequency of 500k! (Puts his hands over his mouth and mumbles.) You could hear the guitar sound like that. For example when you listen to Theatre Of Pain, most of the guitar tone sounds like that. That wasn`t the thick tone of Mick Mars. The recording that had that close sound was Dr. Feelgood. That`s the closest. But after you see us live and then listen to the records, it`s a totally different world. The sound of live guitars is so much bigger. Next time I`m thinking to use a live soundman to record my tracks, if I do it like that the engineers will never say, "Yeah, that was nice." I don`t ever want to play something that sounds nice! I want it to sound thick, huge and rugged! (laughs)
BURRN!: I was think that you don`t
like Theatre Of Pain because it was a bad time for you guys then, that`s what I thought.
But coming from you there is another reason it being the recording problem.
MICK: Bands like us never have good times! (laughing) You`re always working hard to get your songs played on the radio. You always get labels put on you for making bad music, it`s the devil`s music! You`re always being misunderstood. Rock `n` rock is not an easy job, but for the Backstreet Boys any radio station can play them. (laughing) Speaking of the sound . . . if the guitars on Theatre Of Pain were only done by me in the studio again, there is no doubt that it would have been much better.
BURRN!: Putting general opinions of
the band aside, Tommy, Nikki and Vince are all wild people, I mean, they`re rock `n
rollers, and you`re always on tour with them. Honestly have you ever thought that it`s
hard being with them?
MICK: That`s a big reason for the
pain in my stomach! (laughing) That`s it. "Hey, what`s next?" That`s the way it
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