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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.

 
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Sixx: A.M. Bring ‘Modern Vintage’ Sounds to New York City With Apocalyptica

In the heart of the crossroads of the world, Best Buy Theater in Times Square housed Sixx: A.M. with special guests Apocalyptica and local talent Honor Among Thieves.

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Nikki Sixx: ‘I Will Never Play Another Motley Crue Song Again’ After Final Tour

Fans of Motley Crue should catch them playing on their Final Tour because Nikki Sixx says he’ll never play a Crue song again once it's over.

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Nikki Sixx Blasts Floyd Mayweather’s Strategy; Paul Stanley Rips Jamie Foxx’s National Anthem

Nikki Sixx expressed his frustration over the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, while Paul Stanley had a beef with Jamie Foxx's performance of the National Anthem.

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Nikki Sixx Says Sixx: A.M. ‘Will Be Back With New Album and World Tour in 2016′

Sixx: A.M. have enjoyed touring and Nikki Sixx is promising a world tour and a new album for 2016.

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Nikki Sixx on Rock Hall: ‘If They Got It a Little Bit Righter, People Would Respect It a Little Bit More’

In an interview about Motley Crue's Rock Hall chances, Nikki Sixx shared his view on what would bring the Rock Hall more respect.

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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx to Be Featured on VH1 Classic’s ‘Rock Icons’ Show

Motley Crue and Sixx: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx will be featured on the March 28 edition of VH1 Classic's 'Rock Icons.'

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Nikki Sixx: ‘$100 Million for Five Shows’ Would Not Get Motley Crue to Perform After Final Tour

Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx speaks about Crue’s final tour, his plans for the future and if the band would ever consider touring again.

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Nikki Sixx Signs With SESAC, Begins Rehearsal for Sixx: A.M. Tour

Nikki Sixx has lined up his songwriting representation for the future and begun rehearsals for Sixx: A.M.'s upcoming dates.

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Nikki Sixx: I’ll Play Naked Onstage If Patriots Beat Seahawks in Super Bowl

How big of a Seahawks fan is Nikki Sixx? See some of his recent comments here.

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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx Responds To Justin Bieber Question With Double Flip of the Bird

Apparently, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx isn't a fan of Justin Bieber.

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