Pearl Jam vocalist/guitarist Eddie Vedder has found himself beefing with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx online recently. The apparently developing feud rose after some comments made by Vedder about Mötley Crüe and the glam metal scene they helped champion, which enraged Sixx.
Speaking recently with The New York Times, Vedder fired the first shot while expressing his disdain for the glam metal scene of the late 80s/early 90s. As a frontrunner of the then up-and-coming grunge scene, Vedder‘s band Pearl Jam were part of the shift from the glam metal movement and much of the culture that surrounded it, towards the mainstream popularity rapidly going towards grunge’s direction.
You know, I used to work in San Diego loading gear at a club. I’d end up being at shows that I wouldn’t have chosen to go to — bands that monopolized late-’80s MTV. The metal bands that — I’m trying to be nice — I despised. “Girls, Girls, Girls” and Mötley Crüe: fuck you. I hated it. I hated how it made the fellas look. I hated how it made the women look. It felt so vacuous.
Guns N’ Roses came out and, thank God, at least had some teeth. But I’m circling back to say that one thing that I appreciated was that in Seattle and the alternative crowd, the girls could wear their combat boots and sweaters, and their hair looked like Cat Power‘s and not Heather Locklear‘s — nothing against her. They weren’t selling themselves short. They could have an opinion and be respected. I think that’s a change that lasted. It sounds so trite, but before then it was bustiers. The only person who wore a bustier in the ’90s that I could appreciate was Perry Farrell.Eddie Vedder
Firing back via social media, Sixx tweeted the following in response this past Friday, February 4th:
Made me laugh today reading how much the singer in Pearl Jam hated @MotleyCrue. Now considering that they’re one of the most boring bands in history it’s kind of a compliment isn’t it?#TheStadiumTour #RocknRoll— 📷 (@NikkiSixx) February 5, 2022
You’ll be fine. Remember there were zillions of brown haired bands for brown haired fans…..Go find them. You will know them by the bored look on their face 🛎— 📷 (@NikkiSixx) February 5, 2022
Or just sing to the baby with marbles In your mouth…Very zen.— 📷 (@NikkiSixx) February 5, 2022