Industry Source: Bob Rock Will Be MÖTLEY CRÜE’s ‘Ghost Bassist’ On Upcoming Studio Album

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Following a lip-syncing scandal, MÖTLEY CRÜE, without Mick Mars, faced skepticism about their musical prowess. To dispel doubts, Nikki Sixx, the band’s bassist, embarked on a mission to create a new album, demonstrating his enduring talent. However, rumors suggested Sixx’s bass skills were inadequate for studio recording, leading him to enlist producer Bob Rock, known for his bass proficiency.

Bob Rock, beyond his production capabilities, was rumored to be the “ghost bassist” for MÖTLEY CRÜE’s new project. This choice wasn’t surprising, given his history of stepping in as a bassist for other bands, notably METALLICA. Rock’s versatility as a musician was highlighted during an interview with Gibson, where he recounted his stint as METALLICA’s bassist, including his contributions to their 2003 album “St. Anger” and several live performances.

Rock’s involvement with METALLICA began unexpectedly when their then-bassist Jason Newsted was absent during the pre-production of “I Disappear.” Rock filled in to facilitate rehearsals. Following Newsted’s departure, METALLICA temporarily relied on Rock’s bass skills while searching for a permanent replacement.

Though primarily a guitarist, Rock acknowledged the challenges of playing bass, emphasizing its distinct technical demands. His adaptability and skill in playing bass for various bands, especially in studio settings, made him a sought-after figure in the rock music scene. This expertise presumably led to his secret role in MÖTLEY CRÜE’s latest endeavor, underlining the importance of versatile musicianship in the industry.

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