STEEL PANTHER Singer Says SULLY ERNA Could ‘Punch The Shit Out Of NIKKI SIXX, Recalls Playing With ‘Pretty Hammered’ Scott Weiland

STEEL PANTHER‘s Michael Starr has commented on the ongoing feud between GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna and MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, saying that he wants to invite the two musicians to “have a fight” at his home in Los Angeles.

The tension between Erna and Sixx began when they clashed during the 2009 “Crüe Fest 2” tour, on which GODSMACK was a support act and CRÜE was the headliner. GODSMACK later wrote the song “Cryin’ Like A Bitch” about Nikki, fueling what has now become a six-year feud.

Asked who he thinks would win the fight between Sully and Nikki, Starr told Meltdown of the WRIF radio station in Detroit, Michigan: “Man, Sully is… He’s kind of burly. He may be little, but he can go at the knees, right? I think he’d punch the shit out of Nikki‘s knees. ‘Cause Nikki‘s older now, so his knees are a little weak.”

He continued: “I’ll tell you what: if they wanna have a fight, I’ll set up a ring in my backyard and we’ll televise it, and it’ll be killer. So I wanna invite them to have a fight in my backyard in Sherman Oaks, Southern California. It’s out there… C’mon, Nikki. C’mon, Sully. Let’s see who wins this fight.”

Back in January 2012, Sixx poked fun at Erna‘s diminutive stature, joking on Twitter that MÖTLEY CRÜE was looking for someone to play “an angry midget” during the band’s first Las Vegas residency and “was thinking of using the singer from GODSMACK.”

During an appearance on a recent installment of HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta‘s official podcast, “The Jasta Show”, Erna stated about Sixx: “I’ll say it straight out: I’ve never met a bigger fucking dick in my life than Nikki Sixx. He’s a douchebag. He’s straight-up a fucking douche, and I don’t give a fuck what he says. He knows exactly where I am, and he knows exactly how he can find me anytime that motherfucker has the balls to come and look me up. And I’ll say it straight out on your podcast. He’s a dick, man. He just treats people like shit.”

In 2011, Sixx had the following to say regarding Erna‘s complaints about how GODSMACK was treated on the Crüe Fest 2 tour, “Every person — from road crew, fans and even all the bands on the tour (including [Sully‘s] band) — was so happy, but [Erna] just seems to be crying like a bitch,” Sixx replied. “Funny, even his manager told me he’s an asshole… Maybe the problem is just in his head… I got no problem with him.”

Steel Panther have ditched the full time cover band aspect of their career after enjoying lengthy residencies in Hollywood and Las Vegas. Before their career truly took off with their unabashedly crude and playful original material, the band had a history of performing rock and metal classics with a heavy focus on the glam era. Never shying from the opportunity to bring celebrity musicians who were in attendance on stage, Steel Panther got to share the spotlight with some of the best, including Scott Weiland.

In an interview with Detroit, Michigan’s WRIF, singer Michael Starr was asked if he ever had the opportunity to bring the now late Weiland on stage. Recalling the lone moment, the frontman stated, “When we had a residency in Hollywood on the Sunset Strip, we were just playing our normal show. And you never know who’s gonna pop up, right? So I get a message that Scott Weiland’s there. And, of course, it’s Scott Weiland… Anybody who’s there that’s famous, we’re gonna bring him on stage.”

Detailing the event, he continued, “So we pull him on stage and we start playing [the Stone Temple Pilots song] “Plush.” Everything’s going good. He forgets the words, which is, I think, normal for him, right? But then he stops the song and he goes, ‘You guys are playing the song wrong, man.’ I go, ‘No, we’re not, dude. You fucked up.’ Yeah, he was pretty hammered, dude. He forgot all the words. But you know what? At least I can say I got to jam with him.”

Stating this was the only time he had ever had a chance to interact with the legendary singer, Starr pointed to Weiland’s drug history, “Yeah, you know, when you’re a heroin addict, you really don’t socialize that much.”

In an exclusive interview with Loudwire earlier this year, Weiland claimed to have been off drugs for 13 years.

The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer was found dead on his tour bus on Dec. 3, which was incidentally the same tour bus which Motley Crue‘s Nikki Sixx had been using. Weiland was even occupying the same bedroom the Crue bassist had previously called his own. A mix of drugs were found on the bus and in the singer’s bedroom after police obtained a search warrant to further investigate the death, which was called in as a “possible overdose.” Cocaine, synthetic opiates, Viagra, prescription pills used to treat his bipolar and schizophrenic diseases and more all turned up in the search. A toxicology report is expected to surface in the coming weeks.

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