Orianthi discussed texting with Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx to figure out their collaboration on her new album “O” on Let There Be Talk. Van Halen & Motley Crue Singers Announce Shows.
“Really cool, big fan. I actually didn’t know Nikki that well. I actually met him – because I left Alice Cooper just before the Motley Crue tour, and joined with Richie [Sambora], my partner, at RSO at the time. I had to leave because it was full-on touring. About two years ago, or a year and a half ago, Alice was playing the Hollywood Bowl, and Nikki came with his wife.
They were hanging backstage and ended up just hanging out with him. What great people, what cool people. We just got chatting and talking about different things, changing numbers. We just kept in contact with the text and talking whatever, and I mentioned to his wife, ‘Oh, I’m making a record, I’m having some guests and probably just writing. If Nikki’s down to write something, it’ll be awesome.’
And she goes, ‘Yeah, I’ll ask him.’ And then the next minute, he texts me and said, ‘Hey, just send me some ideas and I can write some lyrics or whatever.’ And he was round and sent me these amazing lyrics, and I was with Marti [Frederiksen, producer] when I got the email, it was called ‘Streams of Consciousness,’ and it was just painting a really dark picture of L.A. but in a really cool way – kind of like dark Bowie lyrics.
And we just wrote some music around it and sent it back to him, and he really dug it. I was just, ‘Thank you so fucking much for doing that, dude. That’s so awesome!’ He’s super busy and he’s freaking writing for Motley Crue. But wow, I was really blown away, what a super nice person and nice people. I’m just really proud of the song, people dig it.”