‘Ripoffs’: Hanoi Rocks Guitarist Slams Mötley Crüe for Reunion Tour and ‘Pure Lies’ in Biopic

This June, Mötley Crüe finally kicked off their reunion tour, originally announced back in late 2019. And back then, the announcement made some mixed reactions, reminding us of the band’s claims that they’ll never tour again. Nonetheless, Crüe is currently touring with Def Leppard and Poison.

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Among those who aren’t thrilled about the reunion is Hanoi Rocks guitarist Antti Hulkko, popularly known as Andy McCoy. In a recent interview over at the Waste Some Time With Jason Green podcast, McCoy discussed various Mötley Crüe-related topics. Reflecting on the band’s current tour, McCoy said (transcript via Blabbermouth):

“Yeah, their 25th goodbye tour or something. [Laughs] Fucking ripoffs.”

He also added:

“I speak the truth, mate. I don’t lie, like Nikki Sixx, through my fucking teeth.”

Of course, the bad blood between two bands goes back to the 1980s when Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley got killed in a car accident with Vince Neil driving under the influence. Additionally, two other people were seriously injured, sustaining lifelong consequences as a result.

Reminded by the interviewer of Mötley Crüe’s decision to name one of the box sets “Music to Crash Your Car to,” McCoy commented:

“I thought, and Michael Monroe [Hanoi Rocks singer] thought, [that] was the tackiest title, thinking about what had happened… That was in real tacky, bad taste. If you’re European like me, it’s something you don’t do. You respect other people. You just don’t wanna make a buck for yourself. You respect other people.”

Reminded of the two injured people, he commented:

“People forget about those two. I remember. I never forget. People tend to forget about them. And that was horrible. It was just plainly wrong. Fifty yards to the liquor store. I thought they’d walk. But no, this motherfucker — I don’t care to mention his name; you know who he is — had to show off his second-hand fucking ugly Pantera, which ain’t even a nice car to me.”

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Regarding Mötley Crüe biopic “The Dirt” and the exaggerated recreation of the tragedy, he said:

“Like the party in that movie, the Mötley Crüe movie, in some mansion. You know what really happened? We were in a two-bedroom apartment. It was five people there. When I saw that movie, or clips of it, I was, like, ‘I don’t wanna see the whole movie. This is bullshit again. Hollywood bullshit.’ [Hanoi Rocks bassist] Sami [Yaffa] was passed out on the sofa, and Vince’s pregnant wife, who was on her seventh or eighth month. That’s who was there, [along with me and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee]. So the movie is just pure lies and bollocks again. And I can’t go for that kind of crap. I want the reality out.”

Another thing McCoy reflected on were Nikki Sixx’s claims that he was beaten by a baseball bat at a drug dealer’s flat, saying:

“He’s lying. I used to play baseball as a kid. If I beat someone up with a baseball bat who’s unconscious, you think he’d live? Hell no. Hell no, bro. He was not beaten. He was slapped around to be woken, because he overdosed. And I told him, ‘Be careful. This is strong shit.’ I warned him. And he wanted to be tough. And that’s the kind of stuff you don’t wanna be tough with.”

Photo: Tuomas Vitikainen (Andy McCoy – Ilosaarirock 2008 2), (Sixx A M Rock Im Park 2016 (15 von 15))


  • David Slavkovic

    David always planned for music to be nothing more than a hobby. However, after a short career as an agricultural engineer he ended up news editor at KillerGuitarRigs, senior editor at, as well as a freelance contributor to online magazines such as GuitaristNextdoor.