Nikki Sixx Interview from Chicago House of Blues

I was shocked, but stoked to hear I was going to be talking with Nikki Sixx as he, and his co-host Kerri Kasem came through town to promote their talk radio show, Sixx Sense. Being a fan like so many others of the Crüe, this was an amazing opportunity to get to know the man a little and what makes him work.

And work he does. Performing with a half dozen bands, producing and writing for other artists, guitar developer, clothing designer, photographer, author, radio DJ and charity organizer and more. Sixx knows how to keep busy and for good reasons.

Before heading into this event, I asked a few Facebook friends what they would want to know about the man, the legend, that is Nikki Sixx. Besides my own curious questions, I was looking for conversations that Sixx hasn't already talked to death about - topics that would be unique and things that a true fan would know or want to know. Thanks to that, I got a few, but because of the time constraints and publicity concerns, I only got a fraction of what I wanted. Here's how that all went down.

Our meeting took place at the House of Blues Chicago in the infamous Foundation Room.

Not only does Sixx rock out in, without a doubt, the most influential hard rocking metal band to come out of the 80's, Mötley Crüe, but a host of other bands too. Currently, he is or has been involved in 5 musical projects including several side bands and productions as "58," a project with Dave Darling and Steve Gibbs, named for them being born in 1958, "Spiders & Snakes," a band (London) he was in before Crüe that reproduced reissued material, "Brides of Destruction" featuring several x-band mates like Tracii Guns and John Corabi, "Sixx A.M." which was originally recorded for his autobiography, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star," and featured friends, James Michael and DJ Ashba, and of course his pride and joy, Motley Crüe. The band he founded with Mick Mars writing the soundtrack to the 80's rocker youth lives.

But even that's not all he's done with music. He's also helped write and produce songs for Lita Ford, Steve Jones (of the Sex Pistols), Alice Cooper, Saliva, Meat Loaf, Drowning Pool and even his band mate, Vince Neil's solo work.

Among other things, (clears throat), you can say music is in his blood. The man bleeds music. (continued at

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