MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil's new solo album, "Tattoos & Tequila" is set to be released June 4, 2010 in Europe via Frontier Records. The digital-only release of the title track will precede the full-length effort on April 16, 2010.
MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist spoke toBillboardabout the progress of the songwriting sessions for the new album from SIXX: A.M., his band withJames Michael and D.J. Ashba.
"We've got a lot of songs," Sixx said, "and we're in the final home stretch of buttoning all those songs up. It's definitely going to be this year — or in a perfect world, it will be this year. I don't want to jinx it."
The new album will be another concept piece, but Sixx isn't revealing the storyline yet. "As a lyricist, I'm really trying to raise my level of quality,"Sixx said. "Being able to say something lyrically, to say something that will do more than just be words, is really hard. It's easy to do when you're writing a chapter of a book or writing poetry, but it's really hard to do when you're confined to a melody line."
Considering the fact that SIXX: A.M.'s debut, "The Heroin Diaries", has shifted more than 300,000 copies in the U.S. to date, there is quite a bit of pressure on SIXX: A.M. to deliver a worthy follow-up effort, but Sixxsays he is doing his best to put it aside.
"There are expectations, but you have to ignore them," he said. "SIXX: A.M. is a passion project. I think when you do things like that and put your heart into them and do your best and don't necessarily put them on a marketing grid, that's when things turn out the best."
SIXX: A.M has contracted Paid, Inc.'s celebrity
services to design and manage its new fan-engaging and interactive web site.
They’re all pretty stoked about joining forces with one-another! Paid Inc is
not only going to be managing the new Sixx AM fan-emerging and interactive
website, but they’re also going to provide brand management and online
traditional and international merchandise retailing to support the band's
projects. Some of which include bassist Nikki Sixx's New York Times
bestselling memoir, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a
Shattered Rock Star" (MTV/Pocket Books). SIXX: A.M.
will now have the ability to connect with fans on a higher level and offer a
more personal experience. Nikki Sixx is one smart cookie! There's absolutely no stopping Nikki when he puts his mind to something. The internet is so well established these days and this is a great decision and oppertunity on his part, for him as well as for Sixx AM. Currently as of right now, there’s not any information on when the site should
be launching but when it does, it’s going to be fantastic! ...and all of you are going
to head over and check it out, right? Sixx AM/Paid Inc. Here's what Nikki had to say:
"As we explored our future plans for SIXX: A.M, I felt it was
essential that we get Keith Garde and Paid, Inc. involved because
I love what they've done to unify so many other musical artists with their
fans, I knew that their team could establish a web presence that will truly
attract, energize and connect our fans, allowing us to know their likes and
dislikes and give them an active role in what SIXX: A.M. is."
This predominantly live video shows band members James Michael, Dj Ashba and Nikki Sixx on this year's Crue Fest and was filmed at the Detroit and Chicago shows. It was shot and directed by P.R. Brown, who also shot and directed the video to #1 rock song "Life Is Beautiful" and the video to Motley Crue's latest hit "Saints Of Los Angeles."
The band continues their tour on Crue-Fest 2008 throughout the rest of the month. Be sure to catch them live when they're in your town.
8.13 Edmonton, Alberta @ Rexall Place
8.14 Calgary, Alberta @ Pengrowth Saddledome
8.15 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Credit Union Centre
8.17 Winnipeg, Manitoba @ MTS Centre
8.19 Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Amphitheatre
8.20 Cleveland, Ohio @ Blossom Music Center
8.22 Boston, Massachusetts @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
8.23 Holmdel, New Jersey @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8.24 Uncasville, Connecticut @ Mohegan Sun Arena
8.28 Toronto, Ontario @ Molson Amphitheatre
8.29 Albany, New York @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8.30 Scranton, Pennsylvania @ Toyota Pavillion at Montage Mountain
8.31 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania @ Post-Gazette Pavillion
West Palm Beach, FL – Sixx:A.M embarks on the first tour of their career on Crüe Fest which began on Tuesday, July 1. The summer’s most decadent rock festival kicked off in West Palm Beach and also includes Mötley Crüe,Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Trapt. Sixx:A.M. was conceived by Nikki Sixx,
James Michael and DJ Ashba as an all-star studio band to create the soundtrack to Sixx’s New York Times bestselling book The Heroin Diaries: "A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star", which details Sixx’s crippling drug addiction and the recovery that followed. Since releasing The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack in August of 2007, the first single, “Life Is Beautiful” reached #1 at Mainstream Rock, becoming the biggest hit on rock radio in 2008; the band is halfway to earning a gold record and will next go to radio
with their newest track, “Tomorrow.”
The New York Post described The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack as “A modern-day rock opera based on his time in hell”.
“James: DJ and I never had plans to take Sixx:A.M. on the road. But “Life Is Beautiful” hit the top of the charts at rock radio and the fans kept asking for a tour. "Sometimes you just have to say, "Fuck it!" Let’s hit the road.”
Sixx:A.M. members lent their studio expertise to the newly released Mötley Crüe album Saints Of Los Angeles; vocalist James Michael stepped back into producer mode while Dj Ashba and Nikki Sixx served as co-producers on the album -- the critically acclaimed disc which is the first Mötley Crüe record to feature the original members in over ten years!
Later this summer, fans can emulate their rock idols when MTV releases the hit, “Life Is Beautiful” for download on their massively successful super awesome video game known as Rock Band. Also a partner of the Crüe Fest tour, Rock Band will host contests on each stop on the tour, offering fans a chance to prove themselves as champions and to perform on the main stage as an “opening act”, yep..imagine that. Crüe Fest’s line up features five killer headlining bands for the price of one and it's gonna be bad ass; you can't beat that! Scoop some of those up asap!
Tickets, band profiles and exclusive content from all of the Crüe Fest bands will consistently be uploaded at: http://www.therockvine.com
Jul. 01 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jul. 03 - Tampa, FL - Ford Center
Jul. 05 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul. 06 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Jul. 08 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul. 09 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Jul. 10- Sarnia, ON - Bayfest
Jul. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul. 13 - Washington, DC - Nissan Pavilion
Jul. 15 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater
Jul. 16 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Jul. 18 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul. 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheater
Jul. 20 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul. 22 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jul. 23 - San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul. 24 - Dallas, TX - Superpages.com center
Jul. 26 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
Jul. 27 - Denver, CO - Coors Amphitheater at Fiddler’s Green
Jul. 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheater
Aug. 01 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Aug. 02 - Los Angeles, CA - Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Haven
Aug. 05 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheater
Aug. 06 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater at Mountain View
Aug. 08 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheater
Aug. 09 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena
Aug. 11 - Vancouver, BC CA - GM Place
Aug. 13 - Edmonton, AB CA - Rexall Place
Aug. 14 - Calgary AB CA - Pengrowth Saddledome
Aug. 15 - Saskatoon, SK CA - Credit Union Centre
Aug. 17 - Winnipeg, MB CA - MTS Centre
Aug. 19 - Cincinati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 20 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
Aug. 22 - Boston, MA - Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Aug. 23 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 24 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 28 - Toronto, ON CA Molson Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 - Albany, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 30 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
Aug. 31 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post-Gazette Pavilion
Today I got to interview one of the most phenomenal rockers in rock history and I was absolutely
thrilled to have Nikki Sixx in the studio. He’s a rock legend from Motley Crue to Sixx AM. He even wrote the
book, “Heroin Diaries” which is a book based on diaries that he actually wrote. It's a very touching, inspiring book, it's a must read if you haven’t
read it. Here’s what Nikki had to say..
JUICY BANDS: “Life Is Beautiful” was a huge hit and lately “Pray For Me” has
been getting a lot of radio and video airplay, since you guys didn’t really
promote the album or have a desire to do so, how did that come about?
NIKKI SIXX:It was a very enjoyable process. A lot of times you have a band,
you have a tour, you have an album, you have a single, you work radio, you work
press. It’s all very planned. But in this case we made a record and leaked the
song out through MySpace. It started to pick up momentum and radio picked up on
it. Then we took it to radio and it ended up being the most added song in the
country and then climbed the charts. We said why? They said it’s moving, people
like it, it’s a great piece of music. We just formed the band Sixx A.M. because
people had to go buy the album by somebody. It’s not me, and it’s not James and
it’s not D.J., it’s all of us as producers and songwriters. I was driving down
the road yesterday and looked down at my Sirius radio, and it said Sixx A.M.,
“Life Is Beautiful.” I said, how is that possible?
JUICY BANDS: Before Sixx A.M, I’ve never in my life heard James sing
before, but he’s definitely got an amazing voice on him. I know he’s done a lot
of producing and behind the scenes stuff for a lot of different artists, so how’d
you bring out the singer in him and actually get him to join in the band?
NIKKI SIXX: He does do a lot of behind the scenes stuff. He’s a phenomenal
writer, a phenomenal producer, an amazing engineer. D.J. is equally talented as
a writer and guitar player and producer. It was effortless. It wasn’t about us,
it was about the song, the journey. It so exciting, so free. We’ve all known
each other for years, we had an amazing time, and planned on doing it again
because it was so fun and we just formed together and gave it all we got.
JUICY BANDS: So a while back I was hearing that Sixx A.M wasn’t planning
on touring but now you guys are actually planning a tour starting in July so I’m
excited about that, how’d that come about?
NIKKI SIXX: When we formed the band, we didn’t plan on being on the radio, didn’t
plan on touring, it just wasn’t an interest to us, but the demand was high so
we thought we would give it a shot. Nothing to major just a little here and
there with some good bands, a simple one month tour and that’s that. We are
planning on playing some television shows and maybe doing some other small
stuff as well.
JUICY BANDS: They’re making a movie out of the Motley Crue book “The Dirt”.
Have you had any interest from movie studios about your book, The Heroin
NIKKI SIXX: It’s interesting. The phone has been ringing. I have to pinch
myself. It’s really affecting people emotionally. It’s phenomenal that you can
do something positive and still stand up and say, “I’m rock and roll.” I look
it, I walk it, I talk it, I live it, I breathe it.
JUICY BANDS: How did the idea of turning your diaries into a book come
NIKKI SIXX: It was a long process because the original feeling was to publish
those diaries based on my belief that I could raise awareness of this global
epidemic and what it’s like, whether you’re down in the streets or in a private
jet. It’s an epidemic and a problem. I wanted to share my experience, and by
getting through that experience share a little hope, a little faith that people
can get out of it. That’s where it started and it just went from there.
JUICY BANDS: I actually sat down and read the book and it was phenomenal. I
think you’re a very strong person for coming out and dealing with everything that you've been through and taking something so personal and sharing
it with the world. I know a lot of other people around the globe appreciate the
book as well. Are you planning on coming out and writing any more books based
on anything that you’ve written in the past?
NIKKI SIXX: Thank you so much, I really appreciate that. This was a one time
thing. I think there’s a benefit to this. I know that the stuff from ’81 and
’82 and forming the band and going on tour for the first time is all wonderful
stuff, but it’s personal and I write for personal reasons. Something you never
expect to do is publish something like this. There’s a benefit to publishing
this because I’m exposing myself and exposing an issue. I want to do some good.
It inspired a wonderful soundtrack and accidentally formed a band out of it.
JUICY BANDS: Thank you so much for coming in, you’ve inspired so many people
and it was great to finally meet you. Rock on, you kick ass!
NIKKI SIXX: Hey anytime, you’re awesome. Thanks for having me.