Mötley Crüe may have played their last-ever gig, but band co-founder Nikki Sixx is revved for the future. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the veteran bassist says he’s excited about his other group, Sixx:A.M. “Sixx:A.M. gracefully and patiently waited in the wings, while the mother ship, a.k.a. Mötley Crüe, had touring we had to do,” says Sixx. “I've heard Tommy [Lee] say that it's hard to throw yourself 100 percent into a project, when you have to go out on the road to do other projects.” Sixx went on to say he’s proud that Mötley Crüe didn’t linger on, as a touring band, longer than they should have.

“We ended Mötley Crüe on our terms, so now we have the time--each guy, individual--to do whatever he wants to do.” He adds: “I've felt that we did the right thing.... I [wish] some of my heroes had called it a day when it was time, instead of dragging around a 50-percent version of what they were, or a quarter.” Sixx:A.M.’s new album, Prayers for the Damned, hits stores April 29.