Sat Eye Candy: Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe


Mötley Crüe bassist/songwriter Nikki Sixx takes another step into his fifties today. Easily the busiest dude in the Crüe, Sixx hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows, writes books, runs a great charity, and has his own band, Sixx:AM, outside of Mötley Crüe. Yet, the man can – as Ted Nugent once put it – rock his balls into a firestorm every night. Anyone who's read The Dirt or his excellent collection of journal entries The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star may marvel that the man is still ambulatory at this point, but there's little doubt that Nikki is one tough son of a bitch. He's also been a part of some of the raunchiest, most visceral hard rock of the past 30 years, and based on 2008's Saints of Los Angeles it's clear Sixx and his Crüe mates aren't done yet. Thanks for the music and the madness, man. We salute ya! (Dennis Cook)

JamBase is looking forward to the return of Crüe Fest in 2011, too. We had a real good time at the last one. Read about it here.

We begin with a recent dirty gem off Saints. Need something to get your blood moving this gray Saturday? Here it is.

Next, a standout from the soundtrack album for The Heroin Diaries performed at the first Crüe Fest.

This is arguably the most misunderstood song in all of hard rock. Here's a hint: It's ANTI-Satan not pro. This clip comes from one of the biggest rock concerts in history, the Moscow Music Peace Festival in 1989, where Mötley Crüe joined Cinderella, Bon Jovi, The Scorpions, Ozzy and more to bring loud Western culture to the Soviets. Now shout!

Last year the Crüe celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Dr. Feelgood album by playing it in its entirety. One of the best parts was the collective swoon that hit during closer "Time For Change." For a bunch of roughnecks, they can be kinda sweet sometimes. This song hadn't been performed live but a handful of times before the 2009 tour.

The earliest Crüe material has a distinctly British punk edge. Here's the guys in 1983 whipping up the massive US Festival audience with the first track off their debut album Too Fast For Love.

Another slice of Sixx: AM in action.

Strip clubs would not be the same without this song.

One of the more unjustly overlooked albums in the Crüe catalog is 2000's New Tattoo, which contains this fab cover of The Tubes' classic.

And we end where so many high school proms ended in the 1980s. Happy birthday, Nikki. Thanks for keepin' it sleazy.

Ah hell, one more for good measure.

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[Published on: 12/11/10]

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