Mötley Crüe is named a lot for his or her antics and rap sheets as they’re for his or her music, if no more so. The band was infamous for dwelling as much as their identify within the 1980s and ’90s, destroying resort rooms and binging medicine and alcohol. Numerous infamous rock bands have nonetheless managed to make their method into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, however bassist Nikki Sixx has mentioned Motley Crue is banned from ever being inducted to the Corridor of Fame. However is that true and, in that case, why?
Is Mötley Crüe banned from the Corridor of Fame — and why?
The origin of this rumor comes from feedback Nikki Sixx made to British rock weekly Kerrang in 2019 about whether or not one other reunion was ever within the playing cards for the band. Curiosity in a comeback surged with the discharge of The Dust, the film primarily based on their biography of the identical identify.
Sixx instructed the zine that they’d been requested that in one other interview lately and drummer Tommy Lee had mentioned, “I don’t know. Possibly if we received into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame or one thing, we might mud off a few our outdated classics.” Nonetheless, Nikki says that’s just about moot, “as a result of we have been instructed by the Corridor of Fame that we’d by no means get in, due to how we’ve acted, in order that’s type of it.”
Based on the Corridor of Fame web site, the one strict requirement is that an artist doesn’t develop into eligible till 25 years after the discharge of their first report, which for Mötley Crüe, made them eligible 14 years in the past. The choice course of additionally considers “the affect and significance of the artists’ contributions to the event and perpetuation of rock and roll.”
Who decides who will get into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame anyway?
If Nikki is telling the reality, anyone from the Corridor of Fame choice committee made it clear Mötley Crüe is not being thought of for his or her “affect and significance.” The query is who that particular person may need been. See, the factor is, not a lot is thought concerning the physique who decide the inductees to the Corridor of Fame, and that appears to be by design.
CEO Greg Davis mentioned in a 2016 Q&A that there are “roughly 24 folks” who determine every year which artists will probably be honored, and their identities are shrouded to keep away from giving artists the chance to curry favor with them. Nonetheless, the positioning Future Rock Legends, which isn’t affiliated with the Corridor of Fame, has lists of the supposed nominee choice committee members for every year.
The committee doesn’t wholly change every year, in keeping with the positioning, and the checklist of 2020 members contains musicians like Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters, Questlove of The Roots, Linda Perry, and Tom Morello of Rage Towards the Machine. The committee additionally contains music trade execs and music critics.
Who is aware of whether or not anybody with any authority instructed Nikki that the band is verboten, however with such a big choice committee, it appears doable, if sufficient members really feel passionate sufficient about it, that the Crüe nonetheless has a shot on the HoF. However even when they by no means make it in, they’re in good firm. The checklist of snubs contains legends like Mariah Carey, Rage Towards the Machine, Brian Eno, and fellow umlaut lovers Hüsker Dü.