Nikki Sixx talks Axl Rose in AC/DC, loss of Prince

Written by Scott Mervis on .

nikkiIn a not-so-subtle acknowledgment that not everyone wants to see a replacement singer, even if it is Axl Rose, British ticketing company See Tickets announced Tuesday that it was offering refunds for the June 4 AC/DC concert at London Olympic Stadium.

It is one of 12 European dates on the tour set to start May 7 in Portugal. Singer Brian Johnson parted ways with AC/DC after concerns about his hearing came to light in March, and Rose, who has begun his reunion with Guns N' Roses, was announced as the stand-in for the tour.

Nikki Sixx, who has first-hand experience with fill-in singers (Jon Corabi replaced Vince Neil in Motley Crue rather unsuccessfully in the early ‘90s), thinks it’s a good fit.

In an interview Tuesday, the bassist said, “I think Axl’s got the right voice for that. Brian’s a friend. I’m a huge fan of AC/DC from back in the day. I was devastated when Bon Scott passed away and I didn’t think they could survive THAT. Brian means so much to AC/DC. I don’t know the inner workings, but if they have to go and do shows, I think Axl’s got the right voice.”

The Crue bassist, whom some would say is lucky to still be with us given his early-career exploits (“I know, I’m in the dead poll”), also talked about the recent spate of fallen idols.

“For me, personally, I feel like I lost a lot of heroes in a short amount of time. Losing Glenn Frey, I didn’t see that coming. Bowie just took the wind out of my sails. Prince, he was 57 years old, like not even old enough for anything to happen to him.”

He never crossed paths with Prince, but he says, “I knew people that knew him. I knew some people that lived with him. What I know about Prince is that he lived and breathed art, music. He did it all through the night. Sometimes he didn’t sleep for days. He was obsessed with it. He played all the instruments, wrote all the music, he was very prolific and his body of work is beyond what we know on the 39 albums. His body of music is laying in vaults in Minneapolis, and who knows what’s in there? At some point somebody has to go through that.”

In the meantime, he says, “Seeing what’s happening, it just increases my passion for new music. New bands, new artists: Raise your standard, push against the system, write music, play live, make your stage shows interesting. We need you. The future needs you.”

Sixx:A.M., his band with James Michael and DJ Ashba (a former GNR member) will release its fourth album, “Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 1,” on April 29, and they play Stage AE on May 18.

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