INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Nikki Sixx attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
These past two months have been pretty crazy for both KISS and Mötley Crüe. KISS are currently tearing things up on their ‘End Of The Road’ world tour and Mötley Crüe are about to release their long-awaited biopic ‘The Dirt’. Needless to say, both bands are having a busy 2019, but a great one, nonetheless.
However, with that said, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe accused KISS of stealing the technology that they themselves used on their own farewell tour. The technology is two giant robotic arms that extend from either side of the stage holding a guitar player each. KISS are currently using this on their tour.
However, Nikki has now taken it upon himself to clarify that he’s not actually mad at KISS, just the company that makes the technology. During a recent interview with SiriusXM Entertainment, Nikki said to clarify his frustration…
“We’ve got no problems with KISS. You know who we had a little bit of a problem with? This company – I’m not even gonna give ‘em props by naming them. We’ve worked with them a long time with our production manager, and they’ve done stuff with us that’s really cool, like Tommy’s roller coaster and different versions of that. And that takes a lot of technology and a lot of people to make it happen, make it cool and make it safe. You’ve gotta take that around the world.”
Alright, let’s talk about this. This leads to a more important question. Does the company have the right to licence the same technology to other bands/artists, or should the company make an effort to come up with something new each time, as hard as that might be?
I honestly don’t think KISS stole anything. Hell, I’m pretty damn sure that nobody from KISS ever watched a single second of footage from Mötley Crüe’s farewell tour where they used that tech. So did KISS steal? No. Not the technology, anyway…