Nikki Sixx

Nikki Sixx (Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna,) the co-founder and bassist of the band Mötley Crüe was born 11 December 1958. He is also a songwriter, Author, fashion designer, radio host, and photographer. At the age of 17, he moved to Los Angeles and began various jobs such as working at a liquor store and selling vacuums over the phone while he auditioned for bands. Prior to forming Mötley Crüe, Sixx became a member of the band Sister alongside Lizzie Grey and Blackie Lawless, after answering an ad in the Recycler for a bass player. Soon after recording a demo, Sixx was fired from Sister along with bandmate Lizzie Grey. Subsequently Sixx and Grey formed the group London in 1978 and he legally changed his name to Nikki Sixx After a number of lineup changes, London added former Mott the Hoople singer Nigel Benjamin to the group recording a 16-track demo in Burbank. After the departure of Benjamin, along with the failure to find a replacement, Sixx departed London. However Sixx’s former Sister band mate Blackie Lawless (later of W.A.S.P.), lZzy Stradlin (then of Hollywood Rose, later of Guns N’ Roses) and drummer Fred Coury (later of Cinderella) eventually joined the band.

In 1980, Sixx founded Mötley Crüe with drummer Tommy Lee, later being joined by guitarist Mick Mars through an ad in the local newspaper he was reading, then by singer Vince Neil with whom Tommy had attended high school. The band decided to self-record their debut album, Too Fast for Love, which was released in November 1981 on the band’s own Leathür Records label and later re-released On Elektra Records. The band then went on to record and release Shout at the Devil, raising the band to national fame. This was followed by “Theatre of Pain in 1985 and Girls, Girls, Girls in 1987 and Dr. Feelgood in September 1989.

Unlike his bandmates, Nikki Sixx became addicted to heroin. He estimates he overdosed “about half a dozen times”. soon after his overdose, he and his bandmates went into rehab. In 1989, the band produced their most successful record Dr. Feelgood, with producer Bob Rock. The album stayed on the charts for 114 weeks after its release. After releasing the compilation album Decade of Decadence, that included a new version of “Home Sweet Home”, in 1991, Neil departed the group and was replaced by John Corabi formerly of The Scream. They released one self titled album with Corabi, in 1994, before firing him in 1996 and releasing Generation Swine in 1997 with Neil returning as lead vocalist In 1999, Tommy Lee left the group and formed Methods of Mayhem. He was replaced by former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Randy Castillo The group remastered and reissued all of their studio albums as well as releasing a new album titled New Tatt Due to Castillo’s illness, former Hole drummer Samantha Maloney filled in for Castillo for the subsequent tour. The group went on hiatus soon after before reuniting in 2004, during which Sixx declared himself sober. A 2001 autobiography entitled The Dirt packaged the band as “the world’s most notorious rock band”. The book made the top ten on The New York Times Best Seller list and spent ten weeks there.

ln 2000 he formed side project group 58 with Dave Darling, Steve Gibb and Bucket Baker issuing one album, titled Diet for a New America, and a number of the London demos recorded with Sixx were included on London Daze by Spiders & Snakes, led by former London guitarist Lizzie Grey. ln 2002 he formed the hard rock supergroup Brides of Destruction with L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns. Formed in 2006, initially to record an audio accompaniment to Sixx’s autobiography The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, his side band Sixx:A.M. features songwriter and producer and vocalist James Michael and guitarist DJ Ashba.

In 2006 Mötley Crüe completed a reunion tour featuring all four original members and embarked on a co-headlining tour with Aerosmith, called “The Route of All Evil”. Sixx also formed the group Sixx:A.M. in 2006, initially to record an audio accompaniment to his autobiography The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star with friends producer/songwriter James Michael and guitarist DJ Ashba (Guns N’ Roses, formerly of Beautiful Creatures and BulletBoys). They recorded and released The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack in August 2007 through Eleven Seven The single “Life Is Beautiful” received strong radio and video play peaking at #2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.The band made their live debut at Crash Mansion on July 16, 2007. They performed five songs from the album, with former Beautiful Creatures drummer Glen Sobel filling in on drums.

On April 15, 2008, Sixx:A.M. announced they would be touring as part of Mötley Crüe’s Crüe Fest. In April 2008, the band announced the first Crüe Fest, a summer tour, that featured Sixx’s side project Sixx:A.M., Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Trapt On June 24, 2008, Mötley Crüe released their ninth studio album, Saints of Los Angeles, with Sixx credited as either writer or co-writer on all tracks. The second Crüe Fest, Crüe Fest 2, commenced a year after the first and featured Charm City Devils, Drowning Pool, Godsmack, and Theory of a Deadman, in addition to Mötley Crüe themselves.The tour began on July 1, 2008, in West Palm Beach, Florida. . A deluxe tour edition of The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack was released on November 25, 2008, which included a bonus live EP entitled Live Is Beautiful which features recorded performances from the band’s summer tour. In April 2009, both Sixx and Michael confirmed that the band were in the studio, recording new material. Sixx added that the new material is “inspiring. it feels like we may have topped ourselves on this album coming up, and can’t wait for you to hear what it sounds like. In 2010, the group continued recording the album with plans to release it by the late 2010/early 2011 with the group bringing in Paul R. Brown to shoot the video for the album’s first single During an interview in July, Sixx stated that the album was almost finished.With the release of “Lies of the Beautiful People” in April 2011

SIXX has also worked with a number of artists and groups, co-writing and/or producing songs, such as Sex Pistols’s guitarist Steve Jones, Lita Ford, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf Marion Raven Drowning Pool, Saliva and The Last Vegas among others and has launched the clothing line “Royal Underground” in 2006 with Kelly Gray, formerly the co-president and house model of St. John.nitially the label concentrated on men’s clothing before expanding into women’s while in 2010, Premiere Radio Networks launched nationally syndicated rock/ alternative music radio programs “Sixx Sense” and “The Side Show Countdown” with both based in Dallas, Texas and hosted by Sixx and co-hosted by Kerri Kas. During his Music career Sixx has Courted Plenty of controversy- ln an October 30, 1997 incident at Greensboro Coliseum he goaded the audience during a Mötley Crüe concert to physically attack a security guard for repeatedly punching a female fan however In May 2001, Sixx addressed the issue and claimed he had apologized to the victim of the incident

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