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Nikki Sixx

Nikki Sixx

As the longtime bassist and creative force behind Hollywood bad boys Motley Crue, Nikki Sixx is undoubtedly one of the most recognized names in rock and roll; but the road to top of the mountain was neither a quick nor easy one for the man born Frank Feranna, Jr., on December 11, 1958. Instead, the future Mr. Sixx endured a troubled childhood after being abandoned, first by his father, then his mother, to the care of grandparents, and then bouncing between homes spread across Northern California, Idaho, Seattle before landing in Los Angeles at age 17. Once there, the aspiring bassist began auditioning with local hard rock bands, including future W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless’ Sister, underground favorites London and, finally, Motley Crue, which he founded in 1980 with drummer Tommy Lee, guitarist Mick Mars, and singer Vince Neil. From the very start, what the quartet lacked in natural talent they more than compensated for with their sheer ambition, over-the-top image, and undeniably catchy songs. These quickly took the quartet from the self-released punk metal of 1981’s ‘Too Fast for Love’ to a major label deal that helped propel 1983’s career-defining ‘Shout at the Devil’ into millions of teenage hands and homes — to the chagrin of concerned parents everywhere. In the end, ‘Shout at the Devil’ became one of the decade’s most influential al-bums and thrust Motley Crue to the forefront of the booming Hollywood glam metal scene, where they remained, thanks to mega-platinum follow-ups like ‘Theatre of Pain’ (1985), ’Girls Girls Girls’ (1987) and ‘Dr. Feelgood’ (1989), until being unseated by the all-conquering Guns n’ Roses. Unfortunately, this period of unparalleled fame and prosperity for Motley Crue coincided with equal doses of personal decadence; decadence, which, in Nikki’s case, revolved primarily around debilitating drug abuse and several near-death experiences (candidly chronicled in his memoirs, ‘The Heroin Diaries’). And then, just as they were finally cleaning up their act, Motley Crue parted ways with singer Neil, hired new frontman John Corabi, and released a single, ill-fated 1994 eponymous album into the unwelcoming jaws of grunge, before backtracking, their tails between their legs, and reuniting the original foursome for ’97’s ‘Generation Swine.’ The band would carry on recording and touring sporadically, amid recurring internal feuds and fallouts, but this at least opened the door for Sixx to explore other band projects, including 58, the Brides of Destruction (with Tracii Guns) and, more permanently, Sixx:A.M., which has released three studio albums to date.

 
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Nikki Sixx Recovering From Rotator Cuff Surgery

Nikki Sixx recovering from his second surgery this year after announcing he is unofficially retired.

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Nikki Sixx Reveals ‘Heroin Diaries’ Graphic Novel Details

Check out a preview of the upcoming adaptation of Sixx's essential memoir.

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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx May Become the Newest ‘American Idol’ Judge

Now that Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is 'unofficially retired' from touring, we may see him as a judge for 'American Idol.'

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Nikki Sixx Is ‘Unofficially Retired’ From Touring, Plots New Sixx: A.M. Albums, Books + TV Show

Unless something 'really inspirational' comes along, Nikki Sixx has retired from the road as he focuses on a number of future endeavors.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Mary Ouellette, She WillShootYou.com

Nikki Sixx on Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody: ‘If He Can’t Be a Hundred Percent Honest, He’s Gonna Have a Hard Time Getting Sober’

On his 'Sixx Sense' radio show, Nikki Sixx discusses Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody's battle with sobriety.

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Wendy Dio Calls Gene Simmons’ ‘Devil Horns’ Trademark Application ‘Laughable,’ Nikki Sixx Jokes He May Trademark Middle Finger

Gene Simmons does not have many people in his corner regarding his application to trademark the 'devil horns' hand gesture.

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Nikki Sixx: ‘I’m Terrified for Our Future’ After President Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

In a new posting, Nikki Sixx shares his thoughts on President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord and his fears about Trump's motivations.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Nikki Sixx ‘Feeling a Lot Better’ After Hip Replacement Surgery

Motley Crue legend Nikki Sixx went under the knife to have his hip replaced and detailed his recovery on the 'Sixx Sense' podcast.

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Nikki Sixx: ‘Most of the Songs Are Written’ for ‘The Heroin Diaries’ Play

According to Nikki Sixx, he recently spent time working on 'The Heroin Diaries' stage production and most of the songs are written for the project.

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36 Years Ago: Nikki Sixx Forms Motley Crue

On Jan. 17, 1981, Nikki Sixx formed Motley Crue after leaving London. Get the full story behind the band's beginnings.

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