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LIVING LEGENDS: NIKKI SIXX

Even if you’re not exactly a raging metal head, you’ve probably heard of Motley Crue bassist, Nikki Sixx. Known for his eccentric lifestyle and his talent for getting into trouble, the rock legend has been in the limelight since the early days of Motley Crue, when the band headlined bars such as the Whiskey and the Roxy on the Sunset strip. After signing with Elektra records, the California foursome dominated the eighties with a string of classic albums such as “Shout at the Devil” and “Theatre of Pain”.

These days, the man that one female journalist once called, “one of Heavy Metal’s true sweethearts,”  spends his days not only writing songs and practicing with Motley Crue, but also writing, taking photographs and being a real entrepreneur, with his personal clothes line.

Even though his interests have expanded over the years, he remains married to music, his lifelong true love. Sixx is most associated with Mötley Crüe, but has also been linked to Sister, Brides of Destruction, 58, London and last but not least, Sixx A.M . He has proven to be a musician of many different dimensions, having played bass, guitar, vocals, keyboards and even piano.

If his professional career leaves you cold, then perhaps you’ll be more intrigued by his romantic escapades. Sixx was married not once, but twice to former Playboy playmates – first with Brandi Brandt, and then to Donna D’Errico. He has three sons from the marriage with the sexy Brandi Brandt and also a daughter from the relationship with Donna.

But perhaps the most exciting relationship in which the rock star has been involved is his latest – the relationship with the provocative tattoo artist Kat Von D, who’s actually 24 years younger than he is.

The public loved the affair between Kat (TV persona and hostess for the shows Miami Ink and LA Ink) and Sixx, a true showman himself, and also a host for the radio shows Sixx Sense and The Side Show. The two seemed strongly connected despite the impressive age difference. It was an intense and fiery relationship based on love and addiction – music, sex, drugs and tattoos- which left deep marks on Nikki’s persona, as he claimed after an amicable breakup.

Nikki’s and Kat’s passion for the ink and the needle even brought the rock star to an episode of LA Ink, where the sexy tattoo artist gave him a tattoo of Mick Mars, lead guitarist of Mötley Crüe.

Many rock stars have some scary skeletons in their closet, but Nikki’s are truly shocking. The early days of Motley Crue are filled with whiskey soaked tales of car crashes, bar brawls, and an endless supply of groupies, but it would be his battle with heroin that would nearly take his life – a harrowing and tragic tale he recounted in

“The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star”, the biography he co-wrote with Ian Gittins.  Sixx wrote down his terrifying bout with drug abuse and also recorded a testimonial album with the same name – “The Heroin Diaries” – as a soundtrack to the book.

In the end, he managed to overcome his violent heroin addiction and moved on with his life. He leaves the book and the soundtrack behind to remind people not to fall into the often fatal trap of narcotics.

In an interview many years ago, he casually spoke about a girl he had once dated. He said that she lived at the top of a steep hill, but the car he had at the time couldn’t make it up the hill unless he drove it up backwards. “I must of really liked her,” he said.  It’s a simple story from a simpler time, but it provides a glimpse of the man behind the rock star and a peek at his life before the spotlight.  Truly a man of many faces and an unforgettable metal icon, Nikki Sixx surely deserves his place amongst rock’s living legends.

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Posted in Uncategorized by tattoo on August 19th, 2010 at 1:48 am.

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