Here's a look at the top stories of the day on Loudwire and around the Web:

- In our exclusive interview with Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, the icon tells us about the new creative direction he's taking with his new Schecter Sixx signature bass. [Loudwire]

- Tool guitarist Adam Jones proposed to his girlfriend live in front of the WWE 'Royal Rumble' audience. Watch the footage of Jones' proposal here. [Loudwire]

- Tour dates and cities for the 2013 Mayhem Festival have been announced. Check them out here. [Loudwire]

Jason Newsted on new band dynamics, besting Justin Bieber on iTunes + tour plans. [Loudwire]

- Bryan Carlstrom, engineer for Alice in Chains, the Offspring and many more bands, has died at the age of 51. Rest in peace. [Loudwire]

- Don't forget to vote in the Loudwire Rock Bowl. Pick your favorite songs in the Quarterfinals here. [Loudwire]

- Iron Maiden expose the hidden danger of onstage pie fights! [Ultimate Classic Rock]

- Beatles icon Paul McCartney takes very good care of his sheep. Don't believe us? See for yourself here. [Ultimate Classic Rock]

- Punk rock legends Black Flag announce new album and U.S. tour. []