Nikki Sixx is on Team Tyler.
On his syndicated radio show Sixx Sense Wednesday, the rocker stood up for Steven Tyler, currently in a war of words with Kid Rock over his new gig as an American Idol judge.
"I don't have a problem with Kid Rock," Sixx explained. (Kid Rock has bashed Tyler's Idol stint as "the stupidest thing he's ever done.")
"I get what he's trying to do -- he's trying to say American Idol is cheesy…but the whole point of Steven Tyler being on American Idol is to not make it cheesy!"
The former Motley Crue member pointed out that the Aerosmith frontman is "a real artist...he knows how to write songs, he plays instruments; he's one of the greatest singers and one of the greatest front men of all time. So who's better to judge somebody then Steven? There should be more Steven Tylers on there!"
Sixx added that he recently chatted with Tyler about potentially finding "the next Jimi Hendrix, the next Janis Joplin" via Idol.
"This is a positive thing for music," he insisted. "This is a pipeline that we usually don't have."
Why is Kid Rock causing such a fuss? "[It] feels to me that he's just really trying to get attention," Sixx suggested. "I do know this: Steven is doing a forward-thinking, really cool thing."