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SIXX: A.M. To Enter Studio Next Month

SIXX: A.M. To Enter Studio Next Month

According to MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, his SIXX: A.M. band — which also features guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael — will enter the studio in late June to begin work on its fourth album, tentatively due in 2016.

SIXX: A.M.‘s recently completed “Modern Vintage” tour included a limited number of dates all across North America. While on the road, the prolific band was in the process of writing music for its upcoming CD.

To round out its live lineup, SIXX: A.M. added drummer Dustin Steinke of BLEEKER RIDGE into the mix for the tour, as well as backup singers Melissa Harding and Amber VanBuskirk.

Michael told Lithium Magazine about “Modern Vintage”: “We think it’s our best record so far, and the feedback has been really incredible, to be honest with you.”

He continued: “When we put out the first single, ‘Gotta Get It Right’, it was a daring choice for us, because we had other songs on the album that were so much more what SIXX: A.M. fans are expecting. But because of how different this record is and how important it is to us, we wanted to put out a single that kind of set the stage for what is to come.”

Michael added: “DJ and I got back from Europe [where] we were doing a bunch of press, and I was kind of blown away with how positive the reaction has been, because when you take risks like this, you fully expect to get some pushback. But it has been wonderful so far.”
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30 Years Ago: Heavy Metal Legends Convene for ‘Hear ’n Aid’ Sessions

On May 20 and 21, 1985, one of the greatest heavy metal summits of all time took place at Los Angeles’ A&M Records Studio for the creation of a charitable single, “Stars,” later issued by the project known as Hear ’n Aid. The cause was raising money for famine relief in Africa — as it had been for recent efforts undertaken by pop musicians, in both the U.K. (Band Aid) and the U.S. (USA for Africa), but that’s where the similarities ended and Hear ’n Aid stood alone.

But it was in fact 1984’s Band Aid that sowed the general seeds for Hear ’n Aid’s existence, along with a 48-hour radio telethon hosted by L.A. radio station KLOS, specifically, which happened to be attended by Dio members Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Jimmy Bain (bass), among many other stars. Together, the duo crafted a new song and asked their boss, Ronnie James Dio, to help with some lyrics and, before anyone could count to 11, heavy metal had an answer to Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and USA for Africa’s “We Are the World.”

Its name was “Stars,” and the roll call of hard rock and metal stars eager to lend their talents to those sessions was nothing short of astonishing. In common with those pop music efforts, “Stars” witnessed a string of leather-lunged singers trading lead vocals lines — namely Dio, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Blue Oyster Cult’s Eric Bloom, Quiet Riot’s Kevin DuBrow, Queensryche’s Geoff Tate, Y&T’s Dave Meniketti, Rough Cutt’s Paul Shortino and Dokken’s Don Dokken, as well as dozens more providing backup, including members of Motley Crue, Twisted Sister and W.A.S.P.

Distinct among all these musical charities of the time, “Stars” did its metal heritage proud by boasting an extended jaw-dropping guitar solo that collated fireworks of shredders like Yngwie Malmsteen, Dokken’s George Lynch, Craig Goldy, B.O.C.’s Buck Dharma Roeser, Twisted Sister’s Eddie Ojeda, Journey’s Neal Schon, Quiet Riot’s Carlos Cavazo, Night Ranger’s Brad Gillis and co-songwriter Campbell, who also contributed rhythm guitar parts, along with Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, who flew in from their band’s massive World Slavery Tour to do their part with harmony parts.

Even Ted Nugent came down to sing backup — as did the members of spoof-metal band Spinal Tap to lend a few laughs to the otherwise dead serious circumstances.

Unfortunately, obtaining legal clearance for so many artists signed to so many different record labels proved a daunting task that would delay the music’s release for months. The Hear ’n Aid compilation LP finally arrived in stores in January 1986, packing recordings donated by major names such as Kiss, Rush, Motorhead, Accept, Y&T, Scorpions, the Jimi Hendrix estate and Dio.

By then, “Stars” had also been made available as both 7” and 12” singles (peaking at No. 26 in the U.K., No. 39 in the U.S.), and the entire historic event was eventually celebrated by a 48-minute documentary filled with interviews, outtakes and behind-the-scenes clips. And while some of those involved feared that the legal delays had diminished Hear ’n Aid’s impact, one could likewise argue that they also extended awareness for famine relief for a few more months, well into 1986.

In any case, the nearly $1 million raised by Hear ’n Aid speak for themselves, and the still-unmatched collection of heavy metal star power that came together during those two days in the name of a good cause.

 

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SIXX: A.M. AT THE VIC THEATRE IN CHICAGO, IL ON 04-APR-2015

Sixx: A.M. at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL on 04-Apr-2015

Sixx:A.M. in Chicago with Apocalyptica and the VAMPS.

2009 was the last time Sixx:AM has been on tour. In the music business, this could be the end for many bands, but when you have bassist Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue, featuring one of the top guitarist’s in rock, DJ Ashba, along with producer extraordinaire/singer James Michael, you can do this. Since that time, they have released three studio albums, their latest Modern Vintage which debuted #1 on rock charts.

Opening the show was VAMPS from Japan. Just as Sixx:A.M. stopped touring, VAMPS released their first album, VAMPS, in 2009 and last year released BloodSuckers in October. Opening with “World’s End,” off their new album, they set a high standard, which got raised with each band on the bill. The charismatic singer, Hyde and guitarist K.A.Z., gave American fans a 30-minute taste of what has been driving fans in Japan crazy for years.

Apocalyptica have been producing cello metal since 1996 and have, just as of this review, dropped their eighth album, Shadowmaker. As the intro began, the crowd packed in tighter to see this curious band from Finland, which many have heard on the radio but not many have seen live. Apocalyptica’s past albums featured guest vocalists, but with Shadowmakerthey relied on Cuban-American Franky Perez to sing tracks on the whole album as well as join them on this tour. Adding Perez to the touring lineup has completed a missing piece to an otherwise great live band.

As the lights dimmed, the intro to “X-Mas in Hell” signaled to the sold-out crowd it was time. Fans waited six long years to sing-along to Sixx:A.M. Opening with “Let’s Go” from the new album, Modern Vintage; throughout the set they played seven songs from the new album. The interaction between DJ Ashba and Nikki Sixx was refreshing to see for artists of their stature to be playing with each other and the sheer joy of sharing the stage together.

James Michael’s voice was in fine form and when paired with two backup singers, created a perfect blend unseen on many rock stages.

Nikki Sixx let the crowd and Yahoo audience know that Sixx:A.M. will be touring heavily in 2016, along with recording a new album. Contemplating retiring after Motely Crue wrap up touring this year, the fan response to Sixx:A.M. has rejuvenated him to continue touring and making music.

Michael sat down to play the ivory on a grand piano as he sang “Skin.” DJ Ashba was sitting on the piano as lounge singer playing his solo; showcasing each other’s talent in perfect unison.

The night ended with “Life is Beautiful” … a track that propelled Sixx:A.M. from three guys as friends not looking to form a band, to now selling out venues and playing with a fearlessness unseen in today’s music.

Review: Sixx:A.M. rocks at the Royal Oak


Nikki Sixx and James Michael perform Tuesday, April 21, 2015, with their band, Sixx:A.M., at Royal Oak Music Theater. Photo by Ken Settle

ROYAL OAK >> We can now be assured that Nikki Sixx has something to fall back on after Motley Crue says its final farewell at the end of the year.

As if we really needed to worry about that.

In the midst of the Crue’s Final Tour — which plays a third Detroit-area date on Aug. 9 at The Palace of Auburn Hills — the bassist brought his other band, Sixx:A.M., to town Tuesday night (April 21) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre as part of its first-ever headlining tour. The group, formed to provide a companion album to Sixx’s 2007 memoir “The Heroin Diaries,” has hit the road before, as part of the 2008 Cruefest tour, but with three albums behind it now, and a couple of hits in “Life Is Beautiful” and “Stars,” Sixx:A.M. showed itself to be tight and polished, bolstered in particular by the experience of Sixx and Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba.

And with Michigan-born frontman James Michael, in Billy Idol-style peroxide blonde, Sixx:A.M. displayed an arena-worthy swagger during its 17-song, 90-minute show, which gave Tuesday’s intimate setting a considerable dynamic wallop.

The show’s focus was, not surprisingly, on Sixx A.M.’s latest album, “Modern Vintage,” although it drew just as many tracks from 2011’s “This is Gonna Hurt.” Hitting the stage after opening sets from Japan’s Vamp and the Swedish cello act Apocalyptica, Sixx:A.M. charged right into the big-beat glam of “Let’s Go,” the urgent rock of “Give Me a Love” and big-melody punch of “Relief” — a wham-bam opening that was certainly steeped in Motley Crue’s blend of catch pop and heavy rock, but with less punk and more pomp — the latter especially evident in the dramatic arrangements of “Dead Man`s Ballet,” “Gotta Get It Right,” “Goodbye My Friends” and the power ballad “Accidents Can Happen.”

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The night’s only miscues were the “Modern Vintage” disco-funk track “Miracle,” which was too far out of step with the rest of the show’s offerings, and a cover of the Cars’ “Drive” which didn’t quite work in Sixx:A.M.’s adrenalized treatment.

Backed by a touring drummer and two female backing vocalists, Sixx and company were clearly stoked to finally be out on tour — and each of them made sure to tell the Royal Oak crowd that during the course of the show. Sixx in particular seemed energized and excited as he offered a discourse about Sixx:A.M.’s accidental birth and promised more in the future — including another album and world tour in 2016. “We’re gonna stick around,” he said, and on Tuesday he certainly had a theater full of fans who were happy to hear it.

 

NIKKI SIXX On MÖTLEY CRÜE Playing Final Show At Whisky: ‘It Sounds Romantic’ But Is ‘Not A Very Good Idea’

NIKKI SIXX On MÖTLEY CRÜE Playing Final Show At Whisky: 'It Sounds Romantic' But Is 'Not A Very Good Idea'

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx spoke to Australia’s Rolling Stone magazine about the band’s “The Final Tour”, which kicked off last year and will end New Year’s Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after one more round of North American gigs.

Asked if the CRÜE is still planning to play a set at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California after the band’s Staples Center show on December 31, Nikki responded: “I don’t know. By the time we get off stage and hang out, it will be about 2 o’clock in the morning. Do you want to drive into Hollywood, get there about 4, play at 5 a.m.?”

He continued: “I think I like the send-off at the Staples, where we blow the place up, rather than kind of hobbling through a set at the Whisky at 5 o’clock in the morning!

“It sounds all romantic, until you really put the pieces of the puzzle together and you go, ‘Yeah, it’s actually not a very good idea.'”

The idea of MÖTLEY CRÜE playing its final show at the Whisky A Go Go was first raised last year by singer Vince Neil, who told the Las Vegas Weekly: “Rumor has it, the last few shows are going to be Vegas and L.A., because we wanted to end in 2016 in Los Angeles where we started.

“After New Year’s, we’ll do three nights at one of the arenas in L.A.,” Neil added. “And then do a special show at the Whisky A Go Go on our 35th anniversary.”

MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee told Rolling Stone last year: “We want to finish where we started. There’s talk about the Staples Centre and the Forum, though it might end with a 1 a.m. show at the Whisky. Fuck, we all used to live around the corner from that club.”

Sixx added. “After we take the final bow, I’m gonna drive home alone with the radio off.

“I’ll go past the Roxy, the Rainbow and the Troubadour. I’ll open the door to my house and be like, ‘Where did all the fucking years go?’ Then I’ll close the door and wait for the next chapter.”

While announcing the first details of “The Final Tour” at a Los Angeles press conference in January 2014, the four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal “cessation of touring” agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner.

“The only loophole is if all four members agreed to break the contract,” Sixx said before adding. “There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again. We’d have so much egg on our face.”

After the completion of the farewell tour, MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars is expected to put the finishing touches on his long-in-the-works debut album as well as a memoir. Sixx will focus much of his efforts on his other band, SIXX: A.M., while Neil will continue his solo career. Lee‘s plans have not yet been revealed, but he did tell Newsday: “I am writing and putting things aside. It’s a different direction from my last solo work because I’m changing around all the components. It won’t be something you’ve heard or seen before. Believe me, I’m not done after this.”

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Announces 21 More North American Tour Dates

Iconic rock band MÖTLEY CRÜE has announced 21 more North American dates. The new shows will take place in October and December as part of the band’s two-year “The Final Tour” cycle. MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s touring career will conclude on New Year’s Eve, December 31 at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles where the band began 34 years ago.

Says bassist Nikki Sixx: “The demand to add more shows in North America has been overwhelming. The fans have spoken, so we’ve been trying to find time for more dates in addition to the international dates on the schedule this year. We want to say goodbye to as many fans as possible so we added these shows around the holidays. No better way to spend them than with the people who have supported us over all these years.”

The new North American shows announced today will see the band visit cities such as Little Rock, Arkansas and Lincoln, Nebraska in the U.S. and Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon in Canada. All dates will be taking place in arenas exclusively to ensure fans get to experience the full show production of “The Final Tour”.

Leading up to today’s announcement, MÖTLEY CRÜE gave fans an opportunity to voice their thoughts on what additional cities they would like to see the band play. Fans shared their messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DemandtheCrue and could see the progress of the conversation via a heat map that was updated daily at: Motley.com/DemandTheCrue.

After thirty-four years performing together, MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s 2015 leg of “The Final Tour” includes shows all across the globe. Next up, MÖTLEY CRÜE will head over to Australia and New Zealand in May for their last-ever shows there. June will see the band saying farewell to the European festival circuit with three massive performances at Download (UK), Sweden Rock (Sweden) and Nova Rock (Austria) festivals before taking their can’t-miss show back to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico this summer.

MÖTLEY CRÜE first announced plans for “The Final Tour” by signing a Cessation Of Touring Agreement at a press conference in Los Angeles in January 2014, solidifying the end of their touring career for December 2015. Since the announcement, the band has been touring tirelessly to say goodbye to fans around the world, most recently playing their final shows in Japan.

The 2014 leg of “The Final Tour” was one of last year’s top-grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million.

MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s ‘Final Tour’ has been a massive global success and a true testament to the popularity of this legendary rock band,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation‘s regional president of North American concerts. “New Year’s Eve 2015 will mark the end of an era in rock history but there’s no doubt that MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s music will influence generations of artists for years to come.”

Audiences can also expect a high-energy performance from very special guest Alice Cooper, who joined the band for “The Final Tour” in 2014. He will be tearing up the stage for crowds in Australia/New Zealand and across North America once again on most 2015 dates. The pairing has been roundly praised as a must-see by fans and media alike.

The band’s exclusive VIP Packages (including opportunities to meet band members, new exclusive merchandise, up-close and personal view of the encore performance like never before in the Crüesnest, and more) and fan club pre-sales for these dates start April 22. Check out VIP offers at MotleyVIP.com.

Local ticket pre-sales start this Thursday, April 23 at 10 a.m. local time before the public on-sale begins on Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. local time with some dates going on sale on Saturday, April 25.

Newly confirmed MÖTLEY CRÜE tour dates:

Oct. 05 – Hidalgo, TX – State Farm Arena
Oct. 07 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Oct. 08 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
Oct. 10 – Evansville, IN – The Ford Center
Oct. 11 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
Oct. 13 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Oct. 14 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagra Center
Oct. 16 – Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena
Oct. 17 – Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
Oct. 18 – Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
Dec. 04 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Dec. 07 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
Dec. 08 – Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center
Dec. 10 – Saskatoon, SA – SaskTel Centre
Dec. 12 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Dec. 13 – Calgary, AB – ScotiaBank Saddledome
Dec. 15 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Dec. 19 – Phoenix, AZ – U.S. Airways Center
Dec. 20 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
Dec. 22 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Dec. 27 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Arena

 

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SIXX:AM and Apocalyptica rock The Bomb Factory

The Deep Ellum Arts District in downtown Dallas is known for it’s music scene, and has had many amazing music venues over the years. Recently one of those historic venues, The Bomb Factory, reopened and what could be a better way to show they intend to inject some major energy into the Dallas music scene then by bringing in SIXX:AM and Apocalyptica.

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Despite the threat of major storms on Friday night, the line to get into The Bomb Factory wrapped around the building. Three bands were scheduled to hit the stage – VAMPS (a Japanese rock duo formed in 2008), the Finnish cello gods,Apocalyptica, and SIXX:AM, the side project of Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx. While last two bands I knew well, I had never heard of VAMPS and wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. These guys knew how to rock and really got the ever growing crowd energized. It’s no secret I love bands with a bit of a goth rock vibe, and VAMPS delivered on that score. Getting a little “Sex Blood Rock n’ Roll”- to start the night off was the perfect way to go and I know the band had many more fans by the time they left the stage.

Apocalyptica has been around for twenty years, and though they are from Finland they have a strong fan base here in the States. And those fans were out in force Friday night to welcome the Finns back to Dallas. For the few in attendance who had never seen Apocalyptica, it was a surprise. It’s not often you see a rock band with nothing but three cellists, a drummer, and a guest vocalist but that’s what you get with these guys. And they proved once again that they can rival any rock band out there. Think you can’t head bang while playing a cello? Apocalyptica will prove you wrong. This time around they did things a little different. On previous albums the band has brought in several well known guest vocalists to contribute and then hired someone to do vocals on tour, but with their new album, Shadowmaker, they hired Franky Perez to not only do vocals for the entire album but to go on tour as well. His sound compliments the band perfectly and with Franky working closely with Eicca, Perttu, and Paavo even before recording began, Shadowmaker is perhaps the tightest album I’ve heard from this band. They killed it on stage as well, working the fans up and doing things on cellos you’ve only ever seen with guitars. They were quick to point out that they will be back later in the year when they do their headlining tour for Shadowmaker and it’s a show you won’t want to miss.

SIXX:AM started out with Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba and James Michael writing a soundtrack of sorts to Nikki’s book The Heroin Diaries. From there the fans took over, demanding songs like Life Is Beautiful be played on the radio and clamoring for more music. As Nikki said Friday night, SIXX:AM is here because the fans made it so and while he thought he was about to retire (from Mötley Crüe), SIXX:AM is just getting started. And rightly so. This was their first ever headlining tour (promoting the album Modern Vintage) and with seasoned performers like this you know you’re getting something amazing right out of the gate. They owned the stage and brought the house down in what was truly a special night for both the fans who had been waiting for this for a long time and the band that still seemed to be happily amazed it was happening.

It’s been a while since I’ve gone to a show where I truly enjoyed every band on stage and was greatly pleased with the venue (lights, sound, staff) as well. That these bands were great and that the venue let them truly shine just made the night as a whole one I’ll definitely remember. If you get a chance to see this show in another city, don’t miss it.

SIXX: A.M.: ‘Get Ya Some’ Lyric Video Released

April 8, 2015

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SIXX: A.M.: 'Get Ya Some' Lyric Video Released

SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, has released the official lyric video for its song “Get Ya Some”. The track is taken from SIXX: A.M.‘s third album, “Modern Vintage”, which was released on October 7, 2014 via Eleven Seven Music.

In an interview with Soundcheck 411, Michael stated about “Get Ya Some”: “That’s one of my favorite songs on the record; I really love that song. It’s a fantastic song to sing and because it’s so over the top, the lyric is just so abstract and kinda obscured and that’s what I love about it. It’s a very fun song to sing, those verses are… I’ve kinda described them as kinda this low, creepy Tom Waits type of vibe in the verses and then, to me, that chorus explodes into that very Freddie Mercury-esque type of falsetto all over the top, and there’s horn sections going on and it’s just such a flamboyant song and I love it. It’s a fun one to sing and it was a fun one to record.”

SIXX: A.M. has hired drummer Dustin Steinke of the Canadian rock band BLEEKER RIDGE to sit behind the kit for its upcoming U.S. tour, which is scheduled to kick off in tonight (Wednesday, April 8) in San Francisco, California.

Based in Orillia, Ontario, BLEEKER RIDGE was previously signed to the Canadian branch of Roadrunner Records and recently completed work on a new album with Michael at the production helm, due later in the year via the Eleven Seven label.

Steinke made his live debut with SIXX: A.M. on February 19 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan as part of Vampark Fest hosted by the rock band VAMPS.

Support on SIXX: A.M.‘s first-ever headline tour will come from Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA and Japan’s VAMPS.

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Nikki Sixx: “No Retirement For Me”

Nikki Sixx: "No Retirement For Me"

BY ROD YATES | APRIL 20TH, 2015 12:19:PM EST

Nikki Sixx is in the car on the way home from rehearsals. He hasn,’t, however, been jamming with Tommy Lee, Vince Neil and Mick Mars – the three buddies who formed Motley Crue in Hollywood in 1981, and who will bring their career to a close on New Year’s Eve with their last-ever show at the Staples Center in LA – but instead he’s been working up a set with his other group, Sixx: AM, in anticipation of their first ever tour.

“We have three albums to pull from, and a lot of the music is so complicated and so diverse, so we needed to get in there and really spend the time and really give the music the attention it needed,” he explains.

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With the Crue about to play their last notes, the bassist can now direct his full attention to Sixx: AM. “We want to go to Japan and Australia and New Zealand and then Europe and back to America, all while we’re working on our fourth record. We’re fucking ready to do it. No retirement for me!”

In May, Sixx and the Crue will tour Australia for their final Antipodean dates. Here, the bassist talks about the reality of the Crue calling it a day, and what we can expect from the shows. We also got the low down from Nikki on what he’s listening to right now, check out the playlist over on our Rdio channel.

Mentally, have you come to terms with the fact that Motley Crue will no longer exist come January 1 next year?
You know, if you have a death sentence, the closer it comes to execution day you start to say, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I should re-think this.’ But you know, it is what it is. Our execution day, so to speak, is New Year’s Eve of this year, and we know what it means, we know what we’re doing. We’re smart, we’re doing it on purpose, and of course there’s little pings and pangs of emotion like, ‘Oh man, this is my youth, this has been my life, it’s been my best friend.’ I’ve seen everything with these three guys, so of course there’s moments. Sometimes on stage I’ll look over and be really laying into it and I’ll get a smile from Mick [Mars, guitar] and all of a sudden it will hit me, and vice versa I’m sure.

In the Nineties when Vince Neil and Tommy Lee both left at various times, did you ever worry you’d never get the chance to go out on your own terms, with the four original members?
We’re a stubborn bunch [laughs], we’re definitely determined. I think the strongest of bands would have caved at times, when we just kept moving forward, and I think that kind of makes us who we are, it makes us unique in the fact that we pushed through. We pushed through being the most popular to being the least popular to being the most popular to being the least popular, being the most loved the most hated.

Which of your albums best sums up Motley Crue?
You know, it’s funny, because the way you write a record you spend a lot of time in the studio and you’re mixing it and you listen to the same song about 1000 times, you master it and then you kind of give it to the fans. I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t listened to any of our records since we’ve made them, and even now and then we’ll say, ‘Hey man, let’s break out something like “Piece Of Your Action” and someone will have to go to iTunes and download it. We have to buy our own song, you know! [Laughs]

What can we expect from Motley’s Australian shows?
We’re bringing the American show. We’re bringing all the bells and whistles, we want to give Australia a good send off. You guys have been more than good to us, and we’ve had nothing but great experiences playing there, and Australian fans have been so supportive of us. It’s one of those places where we wish we could spend more time, but you’re so damn far away.

Are you still planning to play a set at the Whisky after your Staples Center show on the 31st?
I don’t know. By the time we get off stage and hang out it will be about 2 o’clock in the morning. Do you want to drive into Hollywood, get there about 4, play at 5am? I think I like the send off at the Staples, where we blow the place up, rather than kind of hobbling through a set at the Whisky at 5 o’clock in the morning! It sounds all romantic, until you really put the pieces of the puzzle together and you go, ‘Yeah, it’s actually not a very good idea.’

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SIXX: AM and Apocalyptica rock The Bomb Factory

The Deep Ellum Arts District in downtown Dallas is known for it’s music scene, and has had many amazing music venues over the years. Recently one of those historic venues, The Bomb Factory, reopened and what could be a better way to show they intend to inject some major energy into the Dallas music scene then by bringing in SIXX:AM and Apocalyptica.

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Nikki Sixx rocking The Bomb Factory

 

Kelly Hitt

 

Despite the threat of major storms on Friday night, the line to get into The Bomb Factory wrapped around the building. Three bands were scheduled to hit the stage – VAMPS (a Japanese rock duo formed in 2008), the Finnish cello gods,Apocalyptica, and SIXX:AM, the side project of Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx. While last two bands I knew well, I had never heard of VAMPS and wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. These guys knew how to rock and really got the ever growing crowd energized. It’s no secret I love bands with a bit of a goth rock vibe, and VAMPS delivered on that score. Getting a little “Sex Blood Rock n’ Roll”- to start the night off was the perfect way to go and I know the band had many more fans by the time they left the stage.

Apocalyptica has been around for twenty years, and though they are from Finland they have a strong fan base here in the States. And those fans were out in force Friday night to welcome the Finns back to Dallas. For the few in attendance who had never seen Apocalyptica, it was a surprise. It’s not often you see a rock band with nothing but three cellists, a drummer, and a guest vocalist but that’s what you get with these guys. And they proved once again that they can rival any rock band out there. Think you can’t head bang while playing a cello? Apocalyptica will prove you wrong. This time around they did things a little different. On previous albums the band has brought in several well known guest vocalists to contribute and then hired someone to do vocals on tour, but with their new album, Shadowmaker, they hired Franky Perez to not only do vocals for the entire album but to go on tour as well. His sound compliments the band perfectly and with Franky working closely with Eicca, Perttu, and Paavo even before recording began, Shadowmaker is perhaps the tightest album I’ve heard from this band. They killed it on stage as well, working the fans up and doing things on cellos you’ve only ever seen with guitars. They were quick to point out that they will be back later in the year when they do their headlining tour for Shadowmaker and it’s a show you won’t want to miss.

SIXX:AM started out with Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba and James Michael writing a soundtrack of sorts to Nikki’s book The Heroin Diaries. From there the fans took over, demanding songs like Life Is Beautiful be played on the radio and clamoring for more music. As Nikki said Friday night, SIXX:AM is here because the fans made it so and while he thought he was about to retire (from Mötley Crüe), SIXX:AM is just getting started. And rightly so. This was their first ever headlining tour (promoting the album Modern Vintage) and with seasoned performers like this you know you’re getting something amazing right out of the gate. They owned the stage and brought the house down in what was truly a special night for both the fans who had been waiting for this for a long time and the band that still seemed to be happily amazed it was happening.

It’s been a while since I’ve gone to a show where I truly enjoyed every band on stage and was greatly pleased with the venue (lights, sound, staff) as well. That these bands were great and that the venue let them truly shine just made the night as a whole one I’ll definitely remember. If you get a chance to see this show in another city, don’t miss it.