Motley Crue singer Vince Neil and bassist Nikki Sixx have both slammed the latest episode of the Reelz documentary series Breaking The Band, which focuses on the history of their band.
Neil complained on social media about the way his 1992 exit from the Crue was portrayed in the documentary, writing on Instagram, “Breaking the band, f**king memories from a manager Doug Thaler who can't remember that he's the one who actually broke up the band! The band didn't break up because of me racing. It broke up because he was too much of a p**sy who didn't just say, 'Hey guys, let's take a week off and come back with cooler heads.'”
Meanwhile, Sixx wrote, “Breaking The Band was not authorized by Motley Crue. Our lawyers sent them a cease-and-desist and further action will be taken.” He added later, “Should @ReelzChannel be liable for putting out shows without so many artist approval? I am very disappointed that they think they can tell our LIFE story just to sell advertising ( mostly incorrect ) and without any bodies permission.”
The decision to split with Neil was made on February 10th, 1992, after Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Mick Mars sat impatiently waiting for Neil to arrive for a rehearsal. Sixx said in the Crue's biography, The Dirt, that Neil's drinking was at least partly to blame for the singer's exit. “Except for Mick, we were all slipping off the wagon, but Vince was the only one who was letting it affect his work.”
Neil rejoined the band in 1996. The Dirt was made into a successful Netflix movie earlier this year, with the full cooperation of the band.