Nikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe. Prior to forming Mötley Crüe, Sixx was a member of Sister before going on to form London with his Sister band mate Lizzie Grey. In 2000 he formed side project group 58 with Dave Darling, Steve Gibb and Bucket Baker issuing one album, titled Diet for a New America, the same year while in 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. 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. Sixx launched the clothing line "Royal Underground" in 2006 with Kelly Gray, formerly the co-president and house model of St. John.
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My short bio: Tuesday we announced Mötley Crüe's Final Tour...Bring your questions. Starting at 10:30AM PST, I'll answer as many as I can. Check out motley.com for all the details.
Thanks everyone for the cool questions. This has been an emotional and exciting week for Motley Crue and the fans and we promise to leave a legacy that you'll be proud of. Talk to you soon...Nikki
My Proof: Twitter: https://twitter.com/NikkiSixx/status/429299161909837825
Lets address the elephant in the room.
Who banged more girls, you or Tommy lee?
The Heroin Diaries is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. What was the thought process that led you to publishing them, and do you ever regret putting that side of your life on public display?
Questions aside, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the joy your music has given me. Mötley Crüe was the most important band of my adolescence and I still blast Dr Feelgood on the regular. Thanks for touring so hard and giving a Brit the chance to see you twice!
The idea behind releasing the book was that if I could reach just one addict and save their life, it was worth laying all my good, band and the ugly out for the world to read.
Hey Nikki. Big fan. I'm a bass player because of you. My question is: If you could give Justin Beiber some man-to-boy advice, what would it be?
you need to know who your audience is...when your audience is 11 - 15 year old girls, you can't promote yourself as a pot-smoking, hooker fucking wannabe thug....I understand that your 19 and your balls just dropped, but you gotta use your brain and let your audience grow with you. you're jumping the gun and leaving your fans behind and now they are confused...if i were you, I'd take a serious look at who your audience is...
Will you take me shopping with you so I can watch you try on leather pants? I don't have to see you naked, I just want to see you in leather. Bucket List complete! Hey, someone had to ask, right? :-)
yes...but, the best part about shopping with me is when I try on the dresses...
Will SIXX: A.M. ever go on tour?
once Motley Crue wraps their final show...the opportunities for touring will be wide open...
What was your immediate reaction to when Ozzy Osbourne won that gross-off when he snorted up your urine? I know, it's weird question, but I really want to know for some reason
EDIT: Sorry, double checked and he snorted it. Don't know which one's worse
we were in a contest to see who could be more outrageous...at that moment I realized...Ozzy is the reigning champ.
Nikki what the FUCK man, you guys are killing me with this breaking up shit lol. Anyway, Lars did a (mediocre) AmA yesterday and it got me thinking. In the documentary "Heavy: The Story of Metal" I remember Lars talking about how Motley and Metallica had issues back in the day. You all ever patch that up or is there still tension? Cant wait to see you guys in Camden.
I actually talk to Lars from time to time and have massive respect for their staying power and what they've achieved....it's those bands who can go through the high high highs and the low low lows that I always respect most...
What's your biggest regret?
the biggest lesson that i've learned is that drugs don't work...yet I wouldn't change the past because that's part of what made me who I am today...as hard as it was.
Hi Nikki, thank you for doing this. I've been waiting for this AMA since it was announced.
I was born in 1992 so Motley Crue was a little before my time, but
My question is, of all the songs you wrote for the Heroin Dairies Soundtrack, which song did you like the most, what song embodies who you are, what you've been through and where you are now?
when we were writing the album, we didn't really know what we were doing other than following the storyline in the book...when it was all said and done, the song that just jumped off the record and touched everybody was Life Is Beautiful...i've seen more people with those words tattooed on them than any other song. just shows the power of music and it's something me and James are very proud of.
A few of us girls here want to know if you cook? We all love a man who can cook.
in a pinch, to not starve to death, i can do a mean top ramen...
What was the last concert you went to where you sat in the audience unrecognized (or mostly unrecognized), like a regular joe?
unfortunately, it's hard to go to rock concerts and sit in the audience so I watch shows from the side...my fiance recently took me to the L.A. Philharmonic which was a much different experience as a rock show, and I think I was the only one there with hair...
Nikki! Welcome to reddit! Seen you 3 times, looking forward to another this summer!
Are you guys breaking out any tracks you might not normally play this time around?
we haven't got around to picking the setlist...just started the preliminary design on the stage show...
Name 5 things on your bucket list.
I just wanted to say how much I admire you as a musician. I grew up listening to Motley. You guys are my mom's all time favorite band. My first concert was Motley at 15 years old and I was absolutely amazed. You are the reason I learned to play bass.
I really just wanted to say thank you so much for your music. Its gotten me through a lot of tough times in my life and kept me going.
You're a freakin' legend.
thank you very much, tell your mom we said hi and hopefully none of the band members are your father...
What hit song if any, do you still love playing?
Livewire is the one song that we I believe have never not played live. And that song represents Motley Crue on every level...and I think it's still one of my favorite songs to play live...
Hey Nikki, my best friend lost his battle with addiction three weeks ago. He loved your first album, especially “Stick to Your Guns” and “On With the Show”. I guess I figured I’d let you know since I had the chance. Are there still plans for another album, or was “Sex” the last new song we’ll hear from the Crue? I’m very much looking forward to hearing what Sixx AM puts out, as well as Mick’s solo album that he mentioned in the press conference. See you August 8th!
Me and Mick have been working on some ideas and in a day and age of spending 6 - 9 months recording a new album that falls on deaf ears, we're looking for songs that we write to reach more people, hence our relationship with Dodge and sponsors. we think getting less music out to more people is more important than getting more music out to less people.
Hi Nikki, first i'd like to say You are what inspired to start playing bass. My question to you is, What Inspired you play bass?
I was drawn to the bass...it wasn't even a choice for me...i didn't even think about drums or guitar or anything...i have a songwriting room in my house and I have guitars, pianos and 99% of the time, I pick up the bass...because I love it...
Hey Nikki thanks for doing this AMA! Just seconds ago I ordered tickets to see you guys in Birmingham August 15th! The Dirt is one of my favorite books and I have read it so many times my copy is falling apart. Just one question! Who would you like to see play you in the now confirmed movie in 2015?
the band's vision is that there will be edgy, unknown actors playing us and that the visual presentation needs to be closer to Goodfellas, Boogie Nights or Trainspotting....and the benchmark for what this movie will NEVER be are cheesy movies like Rock Star and Rock of Ages...
1) After the final tour is done, what will be your main focus as far as projects go? 2) I know you have been sober for years now. Do you still find it hard to hang out with your fellow musician friends that still live the party lifestyle?
I just signed a 4 year extension on my contract with my radio show...and that's something I could see doing for the rest of my life...I love listening to music, playing music and finding new music through Sixx Sense...and interviewing new and established artists...writing more books...more music with
What album did you enjoy making the most, and why?
Have any of your guests on Sixx Sense been wildly different than you expected them to be, personality or behaviour-wise?
They are all different processes...right now, on the heals of announcing our final tour, I'm feeling sort of sentimental about the recording of Too Fast For Love
Is a UK / worldwide tour off the table for the final farewell tour? If so, any particular reasoning for it?
Also for your Tats, do you stick to one shop/artist or go wherever?
2015 International dates are coming soon...
No question, I´d like to say my respect! Thank you for everything and hope, we´ll see you in Europe next year!
Yes you will!
Hey, Nikki, been a fan of you and the crue ever since I got into music. Just wanted to say, I can finally get around to seeing you guys in concert and I look forward to seeing you all in Jersey this summer. It's going to be bittersweet for sure.
Question time: What moment or show stands up more than anything from your whole career?
the 1983 US festival where we played to 350000 people still has to be one of the coolest highlights of our career.
Will you guys be making appearances in 'The Dirt' movie?
at this point, no...
Hi Nikki! Will you guys definitely be coming to the UK during the final tour? Desperate to see you all! :D Gutted about the breakup, but thank you all so much for the music over the years!
International dates will be announced later this year....stay tuned...
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Will you be touring the midwest with
after we release "three" and Motley takes our final bow, the opportunities for touring are wide open.
What aspect of your job do you genuinely dislike?
i dislike leaving my family...and the months on the road away from them...but, with that being said, I love performing live for my fans more than just about anything...that's probably my biggest struggle for my job.