Although singer Vince Neil is the focal point for many Mötley Crüe fans, the band’s heart and soul (not to mention their leader) is bassist/founding member Nikki Sixx.
By 1981, Sixx found the right members for his aforementioned band: guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee, and singer Vince Neil, forming Mötley Crüe and taking the Sunset Strip by storm. After issuing their debut album, Too Fast for Love, the same year on their own independent label (Leathür Records), the Crüe were signed to Elektra, which promptly remixed and reissued their debut a year later. Due to such subsequent hit releases as 1983’s Shout at the Devil (the band’s finest hour), 1985’s Theatre of Pain, and 1987’s Girls, Girls, Girls, Mötley Crüe became one of the world’s most popular hard rock/heavy metal bands and spawned countless imitators.
Despite all the success, Sixx’s personal life was spiraling out of control, as he seemed to have a death wish with hard drugs, overdosing several times during this period. The whole group cleaned up their act in time for 1989’s Dr. Feelgood, their most popular release yet, while Sixx lent his songwriting skills to other rockers’ albums (Lita Ford’s Lita, Steve Jones’ Fire and Gasoline, Alice Cooper’s Hey Stoopid). He was welcomed back to the fold by the late ’90s, resulting in their reunion album in 1997, Generation Swine.
Besides his Mötley Crüe duties, Sixx also has a side project dubbed 58, who issued their debut album in 2000, Diet for a New America, and also Sixx: A.M., a project with vocalist James Michael that served as an audio companion to Sixx’s autobiography, “The Heroin Diaries”. Nikki has written songs for Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper, Big & Rich, Drowning Pool and Saliva, and also serves as president of Eleven Seven Music, the #1 independent rock label.
Most recently Nikki released an album with his band Sixx A.M. and an autobiography entitled This Is Gonna Hurt.