New Sixx:A.M. album spawns band’s first headliner tour
The side project formed by Mötley Crüe co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter Nikki Sixx is back with its third studio album on the Eleven Seven label. Modern Vintage is the latest offering from Sixx:A.M., the L.A.-based outfit that also features DJ Ashba (lead guitar, backing vocals) and James Michael (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards). The album debuted atop the iTunes Rock Album chart and first single ‘Gotta Get It Right’ is currently No. 12 on both the Mediabase Active Rock radio airplay chart and Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The band is also planning its first-ever headline tour in early 2015.
“Fans have been asking for years, ‘When is Sixx:A.M. gonna tour?’ and we’ve finally announced our first headline tour,” says Sixx in a press announcement posted on SixxAMMusic.com. “We can’t wait to play these songs live and put on a rock extravaganza for our fans.” Sixx added Finnish metal band Apocalyptica is joining the tour as special guest. “It is extremely exciting to get the band on the road,” comments the band’s agent, Peter Pappalardo. “The demand for them to perform live has been building over the years. We can finally give the fans what they have been asking for,” he says.
"For three records now we have been envisioning what a Sixx:A.M. headline tour would look and feel like,” says Michael. “We are so excited to finally be bringing these songs to life.” Guitarist Ashba adds, “Over the years we feel we have taken our fans on some pretty incredible and diverse musical journeys. However, they have only been able to experience half of our vision. For the first time we are going to present a visual journey to go along with the music.”
Sixx tells Billboard finalizing the 16-date tour that launches April 8 in San Francisco involved synchronizing several schedules. “We've wanted to get out and play live and there hasn't been time to do it, and there's a small window between a couple of Mötley tours and it just happens that DJ is available and James is available," explains Sixx, who adds the band won’t play large arenas, but “we're going to put on the biggest show we can think of in those type of places.”
Billboard reports that with Modern Vintage “openly influenced by a variety of '70s rock powerhouses,” Sixx claims Sixx:A.M. concerts will follow suit. “It's not new that we've been influenced by David Bowie and Mott the Hoople and queen and Elton John musically, but we also look at those bands and go, 'Those were arena bands. Those were theatrical shows. Those were extravaganzas.' As we're putting the show together and looking at ideas, that's what we're gunning for. We're not just going to play a linear, one-dimensional, hard set. We're gonna take you on a real musical journey,” he says.
Sixx is quick to point out that also touring with Mötley Crüe hasn't caused him or his Crüe bandmates to change their minds about breaking up for good. “If anything it's solidified it,” he continues to Billboard. “We know that what we want is to end at a peak, and we're very proud of that. Everyone's getting along, the band's sounding good. It's fantastic.” Sixx adds Mötley Crüe is still working on the film adaptation of the band’s autobiography along with a new song titled, ‘All Bad Things Must Come To An End.’
Watch the official music video for ‘Gotta Get It Right,’ the first single off the new Sixx:A.M. album, Modern Vintage.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Sixx:A.M. formed in 2006 as an audio accompaniment to Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx's autobiography, “The Heroin Diaries.” The band members also include vocalist James Michael and guitarist DJ Ashba. Drummer Jeff Fabb (In This Moment, Filter, Black Label Society) sits in as a touring addition.
* The 13 tracks that make up The Heroin Diaries soundtrack serve as the group's 2007 debut. Each track coincides with the book's chapters that paint a surreal musical portrait of '80s hair metal, spoken word pieces, and electro-industrial beats to tell the story behind Sixx's rise to stardom and subsequent fall from grace.
* The Heroin Diaries soundtrack was released on Eleven Seven Records in August 2007, spawning the gold-selling hit single, ‘Life Is Beautiful.’ Two more songs also fared well on the modern rock charts, prompting Sixx to launch Sixx:A.M. as a full-fledged touring group.
* Sixx: A.M. toured in 2008 and returned to the recording studio to record This Is Gonna Hurt. The album appeared in April 2009 as another companion soundtrack to Sixx's second book of the same name. The album debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.
* Nikki Sixx married longtime girlfriend, Courtney Bingham, in March 2014. It is the third marriage for the 55-year-old rocker, who was previously married for seven years to Playboy playmate Brandi Brandt, and 11 years to former Baywatch actress Donna D'Errico.