According to Blabbermouth.net, Rock band SIXX: A.M. — which consists of bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael — is continuing work on material for its third album, tentatively due later this year.
In a new posting on his Facebook page, Sixx — who will embark on a twelve-show residency with MÖTLEY CRÜE at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas September 18 through October 6 — stated about the progress of the recording sessions for the new CD: “James has been with DJ in Vegas recording guitars on the new SIXX: A.M. album.We have a little ways to go to finish off the whole album, but were zeroing in on what the first single will be. It’s not gonna be easy.
“I am so proud of this album from the ground up. These songs are very unique. James, DJ and myself feel we have topped ourselves, but in the end, [the fans] will be the ones who make that decision.
“We have agreed on the album title and the artwork direction. Photo sessions, videos, going over album cover concepts and mapping out release dates are all hovering above our heads now… The excitement is growing and things looks great for us to play live at some point.”
In a recent interview with Loudwire, Sixx stated about how the new SIXX: A.M. material is sounding: “This time we really want to fly on our own. We started out the songwriting process by having conversations about how far we can push ourselves musically … Our conversations were, ‘Let’s go as far to the left as we can, musically,’ and once we finish up a handful of songs that are pretty out there … I don’t even want to use any kind of references because it’ll throw people and they won’t really understand what I’m talking about. But we’re just taking a lot of chances musically and at this point nothing sounds at all like SIXX: A.M. that you would know, because we’re taking such huge leaps of faith that we’re going to land on our feet. But once we finish what we have now, we’re going to start backtracking into who we are as a band that we know at least. I think you’re going to end up with some songs on the album that are sort of surprising and bands that always did that for me were like QUEEN. There would be songs on QUEEN‘s albums that would be like, ‘I can’t even believe that came out of a rock band,’ and that’s what we want to do. We want to take those leaps of faith and in the end, we are a rock band so we’ll go back to that at some point.”
SIXX: A.M., made a rare appearance — its first in four years — on April 11, 2012 at Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
As each band member has been kept busy with their other careers — Sixx is also the bassist for MÖTLEY CRÜE and a syndicated radio host; Ashba is currently touring with GUNS N’ ROSES; James Michael is a famed rock producer who is currently working on new records for PAPA ROACH, HALESTORM and others — this marked the band’s first chance to perform in support of their current album, “This Is Gonna Hurt”, which supplied the #1 rock anthem “Lies Of The Beautiful People”.
“7”, the latest EP from SIXX: A.M., came out in December 2011 and sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort contained acoustic versions of songs from the group’s first two albums — 2007’s “The Heroin Diaries” soundtrack and 2011’s “This Is Gonna Hurt”.
Released on May 3, 2011, SIXX: A.M.‘s sophomore album, “This Is Gonna Hurt” is a companion piece to Sixx‘s “This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx” book, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, “The Heroin Diaries”.
According to Fox News, the issue, which hits newsstands Friday, features an picture of an unsmiling Tsarnaev above the bolded legend “The Bomber.” The subhead promises to reveal “[h]ow a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster.”
Writing on his Facebook page, Sixx said: “I understand journalism but Rolling Stone has disrespected the families of the Boston bombing victims 100%.
“Why not put photos of the victims and families on the cover and let that tell the story of courage and heartbreak? You could keep the photo of this terrorist inside, if need be, and report your story. I am sure you are aware of the pain you were about to cause all the families when you went to print…
“I know journalism isn’t pretty when you have the face of evil staring back at you, but why put him on the cover of a supposed music-oriented magazine? You treat him with the same honor as those of us who have made the cover based on our craft?
“I agree with many of my peers and I hope Rolling Stone can take responsibility and issue an apology to everybody whose lives have been affected...”
Nikki Sixx was a major drug abuser during much of MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s first decade, and was once even declared dead for two minutes after overdosing on heroin. Since getting sober, however, Sixx has continued to record and tour, written a book, taken up photography and become president of a record label. He told The Pulse of Radio that sometimes he can’t believe his current lifestyle. “It’s insane,” he said. “It’s insane. And you know what? If you manage it well, you can achieve so much on the planet, more than what I used to be able to achieve, which was, ‘Let me write ten songs, record an album and go on tour.’ That’s it. That’s all I did. That’s like, ridiculous. If all I had to do was make a MÖTLEY CRÜE album and tour, I’d feel like I was gonna slit my wrists, I’d be so bored now.”
Sixx‘s real name is Frank Carlton Serafina Feranna. He was born in San Jose and raised by his mother and grandparents after his father left the family.
After moving around several times, he struck out for Los Angeles on his own at the age of 17, first joining the band London before forming MÖTLEY CRÜE in 1981 with drummer Tommy Lee.
The band released its debut album, “Too Fast For Love”, in 1982, and scored its commercial breakthrough in 1983 with “Shout at the Devil”.
Despite other hit albums such as “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr. Feelgood”, the CRÜE went through a period of uncertainty in the ’90s, with both singer Vince Neil and Lee leaving the group at different times.
The original band reunited in 2004 for a hugely successful world tour, at which point Sixx officially declared himself sober.
His darkest drug period was chronicled in a 2007 memoir, “The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star”, and the accompanying album by his side project SIXX: A.M.
Sixx has been married twice, to Playboy Playmate Brandi Brandt and actress Donna D’Errico, and has five children. He is currently engaged to model Courtney Bingham.
In a brand new interview with MSN, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx was asked about his recent statement that the band’s next studio album will likely be the last one and then they will do a farewell tour and call it quits.
“MÖTLEY CRÜE has been the core of our life,” Sixx explained. “It’s been the reason we have anything at all. The four of us made MÖTLEY CRÜE, and the four of us want to leave it in a way that we feel proud, and not be one of these bands, where we’re sitting around going, ‘Why are those guys doing that? There’s two versions of that band? Why are they doing it? The lead singer is dead. Why are they touring?’ We don’t ever want to be like that. Through the years we talked about when we’re absentee, let’s call it. Leave it where everyone’s like, ‘That was an awesome experience.’ We can always forever feel proud about that. We’re not there yet. We’re going up to Canada. We’re doing shows. We’re writing music. We’re getting everything in line for the movie [adaptation of MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s New York Times bestselling collaborative autobiography ‘The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band’]. We’re cool. Don’t freak out yet.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE last year released a brand new song called “Sex” to coincide with the launch of the band’s North American co-headlining tour with KISS.
Written when the group was together during their residency in Las Vegas in February 2012, “Sex” was the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of “Saints Of Los Angeles”.
MÖTLEY CRÜE will return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for a dozen shows September 18 through October 6.
The CRÜE‘s first Las Vegas residency in February 2012 consisted of 12 sold-out concerts featuring pyrotechnics, aerialists, special effects, vixens galore and tons of hits from a catalog stretching back to the band’s formation in 1981.
MÖTLEY CRÜE / SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx has checked in with the following update:
“For the unique collector I am finally going to be selling one of my basses I play during the show this tour. I have said no to this for a long time and still have collectors come backstage and offer to buy my basses. I wanted to do something I feel good about and give that person a personal experience on top of taking home one of my played basses from the show. These are not cheap junker basses, these are what I play. Here is the link. Thank you guys…”
Tour dates for Canada and the US can be found at the link above.