Mötley Crüe is one of the many hard rock acts to be passed over for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in recent years. Along with acts like Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Slayer, Mötley Crüe, which has been eligible since 2006, have yet to receive the honor. Bassist Nikki Sixx is so tired of waiting that if they do get the nod, he probably won't accept it.
"The only award I look forward to getting is the one I will probably decline and that's the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It's a fixed old-boy network that has lost touch with art, songwriting craft, lyrics and influential music and usually has other agendas at hand. Young bands tell me it's a joke, and these bands are the future," he wrote on his Facebook account, Blabbermouth notes.
If Sixx does in fact decline the honor, he will join other rock icons like Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) of The Sex Pistols and Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses. The latter, which rose to fame during the same era as Mötley Crüe, received its nomination the first year it was eligible in 2012.
Rose declined for personal reasons. Lydon's reason for not showing up was more in line with Sixx. "Next to the SEX-PISTOLS rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. Were not coming. Were not your monkey and so what?" he wrote in 1996.
KISS was inducted last year after a 15-year wait. The four original members showed up, and Paul Stanley used the opportunity to air his issues with the organization.
"It was done begrudgingly and because it had become absolutely ludicrous that they were choosing to ignore us. At the end of the day, most people don't realize that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was a privately created establishment and that it has a self-appointed board," he said. "It's a perfect case of perception becoming reality. People heard 'Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame' and gave it credibility."
Joan Jett, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Ringo Starr will be inducted in April.