Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Nikki Sixx Supports New Sixx:AM album with Motley Crue Tour

I haven't bagged on Motley Crue for a while, so here goes.

First of all, I noticed that Motley Crue was playing an area around these parts-the same arena they played just a few years ago when they released that piece of shit Saints Of Los Angeles album.

You remember the one. It's the album that featured those songs that served as clues to head to the bathroom to piss out all that Coors Light you chugged during "Girls Girls Girls."

I'll be that the set list is a virtual mirror of that shitass Saints tour, because the last time the Crue did a tour that featured a majority of songs from their latest album was the one with Vince Neil replacement-John Corabi-on lead vocals.

And that tour bombed.

I remember Motley Crue played in a town 45 minutes from my Iowa home that had a population of no more than 50,000 people. They played in a dirt race track and the town's low wattage rock station gave away tickets for WEEKS leading up to the event because nobody wanted to go. Even then, they only managed to fill half the house.

It became apparent for Sixx and company that they first thing his band needed to do was to fire John Corabi.

The second was to swallow his pride and hire Vince Neil's drunk ass back and create a fifteen song set that includes nothing past 1990.

After endless performances of "Dr. Feelgood," Sixx evidently got bored to the point where he started writing books that are surprisingly good.

He also started a band with DJ Ashba called Sixx A.M. and they began releasing albums that are surprisingly bad.

They evidently have a new album coming out, which is weird because I learned about the Motley Crue tour way before the new Sixx A.M. album.

Not that it makes any difference, because I have no intentions of seeing Motley Crue in that arena this summer, I have no plans of buying the new Nikki Sixx book (but I am intrigued to learn any news on Crue guitarist Mick Mars because I'm utterly convinced that the man died nearly two decades ago and they've developed an animatronic corpse of him to parade around on tour) and I sure as hell don't plan on seeking out the new Sixx A.M. record. Because the only thing weirder looking than the corpse of Mick Mars is DJ Ashba.

I suppose if they bothered to send me a copy of the new Sixx A.M. record to review, I probably would.

Instead, they merely sent me the following press release. I have no idea why they use all caps.

MAY 3RD, 2011

Sixx: A.M.'s This Is Gonna Hurt Out Today. CD is companion soundtrack to Nikk Sixx's bestselling book.



(New York, NY) -Rockers Sixx:A.M. have released their second album, THIS IS GONNA HURT today, Tuesday, May 3rd via Eleven Seven Music. The band (Nikki Sixx, bass, James Michael, vocals and Dj Ashba, guitar) is currently enjoying the success of the first single from the new CD, "Lies Of The Beautiful People." The track is now Top 5 at Rock radio and follows on the heels of Sixx:A.M.'s "Life Is Beautiful," which was the most played rock track of 2008.

"Writing, singing and producing THIS IS GONNA HURT has been one of the most fulfilling artistic experiences of my life. Taking elements from Nikki's book and working with both Nikki and Dj has allowed me to move beyond just the typical process of making an album. THIS IS GONNA HURT pushed every boundary and when it was all said and done, I emerged a changed person," said singer James Michael. THIS IS GONNA HURT will be available at Best Buy and wherever music is sold, as well as online.

Two-time New York Times bestselling author Nikki Sixx's latest offering and the companion piece to the new CD, "This Is Gonna Hurt: Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx" (William Morrow) is the first rock self-help book and just bowed in the #4 spot on the The New York Times Best-Seller list. Written as a tribute to Sixx's institutionalized sister, the book and companion album explores what true beauty is and embraces our own power around that. Written entirely by Sixx with no ghostwriter, the book is part journal, part memoir part social commentary and features his original photography.

Sixx:A.M. is the rock band formed in 2007 by Nikki Sixx, Dj Ashba and James Michael. The last time Sixx:A.M. aligned, their first album which has sold over 300,000 copies, 2007's The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack gave birth to the single, "Life Is Beautiful," which became radio's most-played rock song of 2008. They joined the Crüe Fest tour and played for more than half a million rock fans with Michael at the mic, Ashba on guitar and Sixx on bass.


Cousin J said...

I swear I've never heard the so-called most played rock radio song of 2008 & it only took about 30 seconds of this new tune to know I'll be a better person if I never hear it again. Sixx just loves to hear himself speak doesn't he? Does he keep doing this crap because he thinks that it may earn him a scrap of respect or credibility? Someone needs to tell him that it aint gonna happen. Do his life experiences put him up there with with Dylan & Springsteen? Nope. Anyone who admits to not taking a shower for weeks and trying to have sex with as many girls as possible will never be considered anything more than what he is. A consumate sleazy entertainer. He spent the 80's "treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality."* If he embraced his true self, like Vince & Tommy have, he be much happier. And so would I.

*Spinal Tap

Todd Totale said...

Dude, I thought the same thing until I heard it. I recognized it! It must have been from my wife, but I'm positive that I had no idea it was from Nikki Sixx. It sounded just like anything everything else on current rock radio.
I'm going to confess that a lot of my issues with Sixx is that I do think he has some talent. Those first two Crue albums are pretty good for me, but then he got lazy and went for commercial reward instead of trying to emulate those that inspired him. And then he felt guilty about it and he's been trying to rescue his street cred ever since he dropped Corabi like a bitch. I think we've talked about that Corabi record before, but it wasn't that bad! Remember, he just got a windfall from Elektra prior to that, and the moment management and label execs started crunching the Crue's number is the moment he figured out that he had a certain lifestyle that the Crue provided him. And since he pissed away a large portion of that nest egg on junk, the idea of artistic integrity took a back seat to money. I hear you, the dude doesn't know when to shut the fuck up, and as stupid as Vince and Tommy are-you're right-they aren't pretending to be something that they're not.