Tommy Lee wanted Machine Gun Kelly to appear on one of his solo albums but schedules didn’t work
Some Mötley Crüe fans might be wondering why Machine Gun Kelly made a guest appearance on the band’s first single “The Dirt (Est. 1981)” from the upcoming album The Dirt Soundtrack. Lee and bassist Nikki Sixx along with Kelly were interviewed by RollingStone and shed some light in that regard.
Lee advised: “I’ve been trying to get him on one of my [solo] tracks, and schedules haven’t worked out… But he got right back to us and jumped on the track. I was like, ‘Fuck, I’ve been trying to get you on one of my tracks forever, dude.’ I’m gonna kick his ass later. But I love it. It came out great.”
Kelly indicated: “I’d told him, ‘I don’t want to rap on here, because I feel like it’s not something a Mötley Crüe fan base would want to hear,’… I remember getting to the studio and taking this approach of this chant, and once I I’d laid it down I brought my boys in to hear it. They had never heard me come off like that on a song. I made sure that this was something that every single person could sing along with, and it felt right and badass.”
In terms of the lyrics for the song, Kelly stated: “Nikki had one lyric change… I remember I put ‘morphine’ as one of the rhyming words in there, and he asked me take that out of respect for the opioid epidemic. I thought that was really awesome, because I come from Ohio, which is a huge opiate state, so I replaced ‘morphine’ with ‘torn jeans.’”
You can read the rest of the interview / article at RollingStone.
Mötley Crüe‘s “The Dirt (Est. 1981)” video feat. Machine Gun Kelly: