Has Nikki Sixx ever been invited to join Quiet Riot?

Rock historians agree that Nikki Sixx auditioned for Quiet Riot before her Motley Crue fame. But whether the bassist was actually offered the gig appears to be up for debate.

“I really, really loved Quiet Riot,” Sixx recalled in a recent interview with Metal edge. “They were kinda right. Kevin DuBrow had a great voice, and of course we don’t need to talk about Randy Rhoads and his influence. I really loved hanging out with these guys and watching them perform. It would be like 200 people in the Starwood, but for me, when I was so young, I was just like, ‘They look cool, they sound cool, and they have great songs.’

It was during these early years that Sixx and Rhoads became friends.

“I used to hang out with Randy at his house, and Randy was such a gifted musician. Whereas I’m a fairly simple Cliff Williams, a bass player who has no place. And I remember Randy saying, “If you like doing this and you do that…” Just showing me a few things.

When Quiet Riot fired original bassist Kelly Garni in 1978, Sixx claims to have been asked to join.

“And at some point they were like, ‘We’re going to change bass players. Would you be interested?” the rocker recalled. “I thought, why am I going to say no to this? That’s all I could wish for. But I kind of had my own ideas, which took time but eventually came to fruition. And who knows how it would have turned out anyway? I would have joined Quiet Riot, Randy would have left and God knows if I would have continued with them or not.

The possibility of Sixx teaming up with Rhoads is a fascinating piece of rock history that has many fans wondering “what if?” Only problem: Quiet Riot says it never happened.

“All lies,” the band’s official Facebook page responded to a story featuring Sixx’s recent quotes. “That never happened. (Which means Nikki wasn’t asked to join Quiet Riot. Yes, we all know he auditioned.)”

A follow-up post to the Quiet Riot account, written by drummer Frankie Banali’s widow, Regina, claimed “Family and friends of Kevin, Frankie and Randy have ALL debunked this story.”

“When I was an actress, I auditioned for a lot of big movies and TV shows,” she continued. “That doesn’t mean that I was asked to participate. There is a big difference. Nikki Sixx has NEVER been asked to join Quiet Riot. Period. Do.”

Regina’s post appears to match what DuBrow said during a 2007 interview. The since-deceased singer claimed that Sixx “didn’t know the names of the [musical] Remarks. Yeah, so Randy (Rhoads) couldn’t sit there and teach him how to play bass. We really liked him as a person, but he just couldn’t play the instrument. This is not an insult; it’s just a fact. I mean, in 1977 he didn’t know the instrument.

This isn’t the first time Sixx has claimed to have been asked to join Quiet Riot. In a 2021 interview with Kerrang! Radiothe bassist said Rhoads and DuBrow offered him the gig.

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