Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin Explains Sully Erna’s Feud With Nikki Sixx
Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin is setting the record straight about singer Sully Erna’s feud with Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.
After much speculation about the origin of Godsmack’s song ‘Cryin’ Like a Bitch,’ Larkin revealed in a recent interview that the song was not originally penned about Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, but rather a sidelined Philip Rivers from the San Diego Chargers crying after a game loss.
Frontman Sully Erna then apparently took the song in a new direction that may have been influenced by his alleged less than hospitable experiences with Nikki Sixx on the 2009 Crue Fest 2 tour.
Now, in an all new interview with ‘Interviews From the Edge’ (see video below) on a recent Rockstar Mayhem Festival Tour stop, Larkin explains the rift between the two camps in a little more detail:
“Coming off of that Crue tour, [Sully] had issues with Nikki,” recalls Larkin. “Most of it stemmed from Motley Crue’s security more than Nikki, but Nikki is the leader of the band. Basically, the security threw us off the stage. Whatever, it was a bunch of ego s–t that none of us really got into.”
Larkin continues, “[Motley Crue's security] were real weird with our guests getting backstage, like our guests might want to look at Motley Crue. Our guests were there to see us and they didn’t care a s–t about Motley Crue. Motley Crue is a legendary band that we all respect. When I was 17, I had ‘Shout at the Devil’ but it just kind of fronted us a little that they would think that our guests would be star-struck over them. So, that’s where the bad blood came from.”
As to where all the recent animosity is coming from, Larkin pointed out that ‘Sully runs his mouth, Nikki runs his mouth. They’re both big rock stars. Next thing you know, it’s a battle in the press.”
Seemingly surprised that people are still talking about such an old issue, Larkin summed it up best, “People love drama.” He adds that despite the animosity between Sully and Nikki, “that was a fantastic tour.”