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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: ‘No Chance’ of Another Motley Crue Record

Nikki Sixx speaks about moving on from Motley Crue and the transition to Sixx: A.M.

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Nikki Sixx’s Advice to Younger Self: ‘Try Not to Snort Colombia’

In a new interview, Nikki Sixx reflects on his days of excess and the advice he would give to his younger self.

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Ethan Miller / Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images (2)

John Corabi Swears Off Talking About Motley Crue Members After His Nikki Sixx Comments Make Headlines

John Corabi has commented on the media's coverage of his recent quotes about former Motley Crue bandmate Nikki Sixx.

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Jennifer Bartram-Schmitt, Noize in the Attic

John Corabi: ‘I Have No Idea Why Nikki Sixx Feels That I’m the Biggest Piece of S–t to Roam the Earth’

Former Motley Crue vocalist John Corabi spoke more in depth about Nikki Sixx's criticism of him and the band's 1994 self-titled album.

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Nikki Sixx Joins Megadeth for Cover of Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’ at Download 2016

Nikki Sixx joined the members of Megadeth for a cover of the Sex Pistols classic 'Anarchy in the U.K.' during their appearance at Download 2016.

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Nikki Sixx Calls Out Media for Drama-Pushing Coverage of Motley Crue’s ‘The End’ Film

According to Nikki Sixx, there is much more to 'The End' film and Motley Crue than just the drama of their dysfunction as recently reported in the media.

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Nikki Sixx on Feud With KISS Members: ‘We Look Like a Bunch of Old Women Fighting at This Point’

Nikki Sixx has been in a war of words with KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in recent weeks. See what he tells Loudwire about the situation.

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KISS’ Paul Stanley to Nikki Sixx: ‘Get Off Your Self Inflated Pedestal’

KISS’ Paul Stanley is once again playing 'voice of reason' as the frontman took issue with Nikki Sixx’s recent criticism of Gene Simmons.

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Nikki Sixx Rails Against Gene Simmons for Prince Death Comments: ‘You’re No Longer My Hero’

After calling Gene Simmons 'an overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown,' Nikki Sixx declared that Simmons was no longer his hero.

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UDR Music / Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

Lemmy Kilmister + Nikki Sixx Appear in Human Trafficking PSA

The late Lemmy Kilmister and Nikki Sixx have both made an appearance in a human trafficking PSA put together by the Rockers United organization.

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