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Nikki Sixx

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.

 
Elektra
Elektra

35 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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Tenth Street Entertainment

Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx Gives Speech, Tommy Lee’s Drum Stunt Breaks Down at Final Show [Watch]

Motley Crue's final performance was filled with reflection and appreciation and featured a comedic hiccup to make the night even more memorable.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Sixx: A.M.’s Nikki Sixx: ‘You Will Never See This Band Lean on Motley Crue’

The bassist reveals that Sixx: A.M. may eventually revisit Motley Crue material, but you will never see them lean on the Crue to further their career.

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Christopher Polk / Ethan Miller, Getty Images (2)
Christopher Polk / Ethan Miller, Getty Images (2)

Nikki Sixx Reveals Scott Weiland Used His Tour Bus, Died in Same Room Sixx Slept In

Nikki Sixx just revealed some eerie information, detailing that Scott Weiland was on the bus he just used and died in the same room Sixx had slept in.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Police Were Called for ‘Possible Overdose’ in Scott Weiland Death; Bandmates Attend Funeral

A new report suggests that police were called for a possible overdose. Meanwhile, Weiland's bandmates were in attendance for the singer's funeral.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Nikki Sixx on Sixx: A.M.’s Upcoming Discs: ‘I Feel Like We Have Topped Ourselves on Both Albums’

Nikki Sixx offers a recording update on the band's two upcoming albums and makes a bold declaration.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images (2)
Ethan Miller, Getty Images (2)

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Calls Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx ‘An Old, Fat, Washed-Up Has-Been’ [Update]

Sully Erna and Nikki Sixx have been quiet lately, but Erna just threw gasoline on a dying fire with some venomous words directed towards the Motley Crue bassist.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images (2)
Ethan Miller, Getty Images (2)

Nikki Sixx on Classic Guns N’ Roses Reunion Tour: ‘Everybody Knows’ It’s Happening

Has the classic Guns N' Roses lineup reunited for a tour? Nixxi Sixx not only says they have, but that 'everybody knows.' Read the latest in the ongoing frenzy.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx: ‘In My Opinion, Yes, We’re Breaking Up’

Motley Crue are coming to the conclusion of their touring career and bassist Nikki Sixx has doubts about any further music in the future.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx Not Happy With Fans Taking Selfies at Miami Concert

Technology has changed the concert experience in many different ways.

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