Check out this interview Nikki did with BackstageAxxess.com while at NAMM last weekend!
THIS IS GONNA HURT
by Nikki Sixx
Bestselling author, photographer, musician, and radio host of internationally syndicated radio program, “Sixx Sense”, Nikki Sixx is back with the high quality, full color paperback edition of his New York Times bestselling book, THIS IS GONNA HURT: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx (William Morrow Paperbacks / February 12, 2013 /9780062061881 / $19.99).
Looking for a medium to replace the drugs he had used for so many years, Nikki Sixx picked up a camera and began capturing his vision of hope. THIS IS GONNA HURT features many of the photos of what he considers beautiful: a young prostitute, a morbidly obese woman, a homeless man with one arm. Sixx’s talent for photography is undeniable; many of the photos in the book were created utilizing the handcrafted individuality process of wet plate photography.
His idea is to question & challenge society’s established beauty ideals through displaying beauty in a non-traditional way. His hope is to inspire fans the way he has been inspired, and show how he is able to live a vibrant life post-addiction.
This is not a typical post-addiction memoir; for the first time, Sixx is giving readers a glimpse into living the rock star life without drugs. Filled with color photographs he’s taken himself and stories he’s written himself, THIS IS GONNA HURT is an honest look at his life, through his own camera lens. The book is the companion piece to Sixx:A.M.’s highly successful CD of the same name.
ABOUT NIKKI SIXX
Nikki Sixx is the International rock icon, founding member of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., two-time New York Times best selling author of The Heroin Diaries and This Is Gonna Hurt, co-founder of rock couture fashion line Royal Underground, philanthropist, photographer, proud father of four and internationally syndicated radio show host of Sixx Sense and The Side Show Countdown. Some of Sixx’s accomplishments include over 80-million in album sales with Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., countless sold out tours, Mötley Crüe’s sold out residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas – a first for the hard rock genre – an award-winning Superbowl commercial for Kia, photographing high fashion for The New York Post’s prestigious Alexa supplement, and raising several hundred thousand dollars through his Running Wild In The Night charity for Covenant House California. You can follow him on Twitter @NikkiSixx or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/NikkiSixxOfficial.
THIS IS GONNA HURT
Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx
William Morrow Paperbacks / February 12, 2013 / 9780062061881 / $19.99
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“Ashba — who also plays lead guitar in Nikki Sixx’s band Sixx: A.M. — built his talent with years of practice and hard work.”
SIXX:A.M. JOINS RYAN SEACREST, VINCE GILL AND SUGARLAND TO SUPPORT CITY OF HOPE
DONATIONS TO CITY OF HOPE UNLOCK THE BAND’S NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR
“ARE YOU WITH ME NOW”
May 14, 2012 – Rock hit-makers Sixx:A.M. (vocalist and famed rock producer James Michael, Motley Crue bassist and radio personality Nikki Sixx and Guns n’ Roses guitarist Dj Ashba) announced today their support of City of Hope through an initiative designed to help raise money for research, treatment and education for the fight against cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. Joining other celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Vince Gill and Sugarland in their support of City of Hope, Sixx:A.M. have offered their new music video for “Are You With Me Now” exclusively to the charity. Beginning today, fans who make a donation to City of Hope via www.cityofhope.org/radio will receive a code to unlock the never-been-seen-before video.
Check out a short preview of Sixx:A.M.’s new “Are You With Me Now” video here:
“Are You With Me Now” is the third single from the band’s latest album, This Is Gonna Hurt. The album gave the band their first Top 10 debut on The Billboard 200 chart and has already produced the #1 hit “Lies of the Beautiful People.” The 11-track CD that Billboard proclaimed “redefines the meaning of beauty” and AOL added is “boasting 11 radio-baiting tracks” is also the soundtrack to Nikki Sixx’s New York Times bestselling book “This Is Gonna Hurt,” which debuted at #4.
Sixx:A.M. is the rock band formed in 2007 by Nikki Sixx (bass), Dj Ashba (guitar) and James Michael (vocals). Their debut album, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, sold over 300,000 copies, and the single, “Life Is Beautiful,” became radio’s most played rock song of 2008.
Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe and Sixx: A.M.: ‘The Thunderbird is Me’ – Gibson.com
‘Nikki Sixx, bass player for Los Angeles heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, says years of touring and recording music hasn’t taken a toll on the guys: It’s made them stronger.
“We’re like soldiers, man – you can’t take us out now,” Sixx told Washington D.C.’s Fox 5. “You do it long enough and you realize that you just get stronger and you get better – you’re a better player, better singer, better performer, and you just go. You’re like a war machine, to be honest with you.
“The longer you’ve been around, the better you get. And if there’s anything that young musicians [should] take away from this, you can’t look like a roadie and be in a … band. You’ve gotta be in a band. You’ve gotta be a rock star. You’ve gotta dress like a rock star, you’ve gotta play music that’s important, you’ve gotta put a hundred percent into your lyrics, a hundred percent into your songs, a hundred percent into your show, your packaging, your marketing, and do it…”
Sixx has thrilled fist-pumping metal fans since the ’80s, but he became a champion all over again with his high-octane, modern rock band, Sixx: A.M., which formed in 2007. Add to that Mötley Crüe’s recent reunion and Sixx’s popular syndicated radio show, Sixx Sense, and it becomes obvious Sixx is a force of nature.
In the following quotes, the Thunderbird originator chats about his lengthy history playing Gibsons and why writing great songs is about being as “honest as possible.”’
James Michael will be the featured guest on the first half of the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn on Monday March 5, 2012 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with James toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The second half of the show will feature Ivan Moody and Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch. For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
Interview with James Michael of Sixx: A.M.
On December 23, 2011, I had the pleasure of having a chat with James Michael, lead singer of hard rock outfit, Sixx: A.M. , which also includes Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba. The bandwas formed in 2007 as a side project for the members. It evolved into something much bigger than was originally planned, the platform to release The Heroin Diaries, an album based on the book documenting Sixx’s previous heroin addiction and recovery. Today, Sixx: A.M. has a large following of fans who are inspired by their telling and truthful lyrics and hard-hitting melodies.
Today is the day! ”7″, the new acoustic EP from Sixx:A.M., is out on iTunes along with a FREE download of the unreleased single “Codependence!” Here are the links:
Also available in the iTunes Canada Store: http://bit.ly/uvn2Rf
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