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    Wed, 16 Jul 2008 11:23:02

    Tour Diary: Nikki Sixx - The Crüe bassist and bestselling author gives a personal look at recording an album and life on the road

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    JULY 7th 2008, NYC

    ALL THE GOOD AND ALL THE BAD OF TOURING HAS KICKED IN THE LAST FEW DAYS. I'M NOT ONE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT IT AS MUCH AS JUST POINT OUT THE FACTS..BOTH GOOD AND BAD OF COURSE……KATHERINE WAS OUT FOR THE FIRST FEW SHOWS AND WE HAD THE BEST TIME EVER.ITS WAS HER FIRST TIME SEEING ME IN TOUR MODE.SHES SEEN THE SONGS AND THE WHOLE SHOW COME TOGETHER, BUT TO SEE IT LIVING AND BREATHING LIVE ONSTAGE IS ENTIRELY DIFFERENT AND OF COURSE WAS PRETTY EXCITING FOR US TO SHARE TOGETHER. I HAVE TO SAY, MY SIDES HURT FROM LAUGHING FROM HANGING OUT TOGETHER, AND OF COURSE WE TATTOOED AND DID PHOTOS TOO (DUH)…….SHE STARTS FILMING SEASON THREE OF L.A.INK TODAY AND I KNOW THIS IS GONNA BE THE BEST SEASON OUT OF ALL OF THEM…JUST WATCH AND SEE……..… NOW THE BAD NEWS, SEEING EACHOTHER IS GONNA BE HARD WITH BOTH OF OUR SCHEDULES, BUT WE BOTH WANTED A PARTNER WITH THERE OWN CAREER, SO THIS IS FLIP SIDE TO THAT…

    ALL THE BANDS DROVE IN FROM VIRGINIA BEACH TO NYC LAST NIGHT. I HAD A HARD TIME SLEEPING CAUSE OF ALL THE PEOPLE I LOVE AND MISS SWIRLING AROUND IN MY BRAIN. ANYBODY WHO KNOWS ME, KNOWS MY KIDS, MY GRANDFATHER, KATHERINE AND MY SHORT LIST OF DEAR FRIENDS ARE EVERYTHING TO ME, SO BEING FAR AWAY FROM THEM IS THE PART OF TOURING I DISLIKE THE MOST…. THE GOOD NEWS IS MY KIDS WILL START COMING OUT TO HANG REALLY SOON, SO THAT WILL BE A BLAST…I MISS THEM SO MUCH…THIS SUMMER IS GONNA BE LIKE A ROCK N ROLL ROAD TRIP FOR ALL OF US…THE OTHER GOOD THING IS JAMES, DJ AND MYSELF ARE ALL ON ONE BUS, SO I HAVE THEM TO HANG WITH TOO. WERE ALREADY WRITING THE NEXT SIXX:A.M. ALBUM….

    MORE UPSIDE NEWS IS THAT OUR VERY FIRST "CRUE FEST" HAS BEEN KICKING MAJOR ASS. CROWDS HAVE BEEN INSANE AND SINGING EVERY SONG FROM EVERY BAND. BESIDES A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE FANS, I HAVE TO SAY IT TOOK US ALL BY SURPRISE THAT MOTEYS ALBUM DEBUT TOP 5 AND THE REVIEWS HAVE BEEN SO GOOD. ITS HARD TO BE THE UNDERDOG WHEN SO MANY PEOPLE SUPPORTING YOU..HAHHA

    NOT MUCH TO SAY OTHER THAN THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME DO WHAT IT IS I LOVE TO DO…. FOR YOU…

    NIKKI

    FOR THE ONE'S WE LOVE…
    Saturday, June 22, 2008


    KATHERINE HAS BEEN GOING OVER ALL MY OLD TATTOOS AND RE-COLORING THEM, RE-OUTLINING THEM AND JUST RE-DOING A LOT OF THEM…WERE ABOUT 50% DONE.... AFTER SO MAY YEARS OF SUN, FUN AND PUTTING THEM THRU HELL ITS AMAZING WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE NOW…BETTER THAN NEW,JUST FUCKING BAD ASS TO BE HONEST…….

    SHE HAS DONE A HUGE PIECE ON MY RIGHT RIBCAGE… IT'S AN ANGEL I TOOK A PHOTO OF IN A CEMEMTARY WHEN I WAS IN MILAN ITALY.UNDERNEATH IT FROM MY LOWER BACK WRAPPING AROUND TO MY LOWER STOMACH IT SAYS "LOS ANGELES". THE DETAIL BLOWS MY MIND…..SHES JUST ABOUT FINISHED WITH PORTRAITS OF ALL MY CHILDREN ON MY LEFT CALF…THEY COVER EVERY INCH OF MY LEG…I CAN JUST LOOK DOWN WHENEVER I MISS THEM AND SEE THERE FACES…THERE ALL FROM PHOTOS I TOOK OF THEM…SOMETHING SO PERSONNEL ABOUT HAVING HER TATTOO MY OWN PHOTOGRAPHY ON ME.THE FACT THAT WERE SO IN LOVE, SO IN SYNC AND SO MUCH ON THE SAME PATH IN LIFE MAKES US EVEN CLOSER DURING AND AFTER THE TATTOO EXPERIENCE…OBVIOSLY IVE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE WITH MY TATTOO ARTIST BEFORE (HA)) SO THIS IS A PRETTY BIG HIGH FOR BOTH OF US...….ITS ALL ABOUT THE ONES WE LOVE..LIKE THE TATTOO OF MY GRANDFATHER ON MY LEFT THIGH SHE JUST FINISHED…YOU SHOULD OF SEEN HIS FACE WHEN HE SAW IT…I THINK AFTER 80 YEARS ON EARTH AND ALL HE HAS DONE AND SEEN, THIS ONE TOTALLY BLEW EVERYTHING ELSE AWAY AND BLEW HIS MIND…HE'S PRETTY SMITTEN WITH KAT TOO…THAT JUST PUT HIM OVER THE TOP.HAHHAHA…IN FACT WE ALL ARE……I FINALLY MET MY OTHER HALF…YES IM HAPPY AS HELL...THIS IS GONNA BE A GREAT YEAR FOR BOTH OF US......

    HER BOOK IS JUST ABOUT DONE, ITS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS IVE SEEN ON TATTOOING AND ALL AROUND ART…YOU HAVE TO GIVE THIS GIRL PROPS FOR TAKING WHAT SHE LOVES AND SPREADING THE WORD AROUND THE WORLD….

    OFF TO THE GIG…. LATER…

    N

    WHATS UP!
    Saturday, June 21, 2008


    Sitting here in my hotel room in Montréal Canada, just got in from Los Angeles. I was thinking how Motley hasn't played a show together in awhile, yes we've played our press conference, recorded the new album and of course just got done rehearsing for this upcoming tour, but there is there is always those first gig mishaps, and I guess its always a bit nerve racking until you get one under your belt. So tomorrow seems like a million years from now, just get me on stage already…

    Hey, I don't know if any of you saw us last night on Larry King or not, but it was a blast…his show was one of those things on my list of things to do…so check of another goal ……Behind the scene's he is a really funny, nice guy…sometimes you meet people who exceed your expectations…. thanks Larry…

    Tue our album comes out and were gonna be on David Lettermen…If I was you,I wouldn't miss this one…enuff said….:)

    Things im into lately…..

    Books………..

    The Mastery of love.
    The four agreements. ((Reading it again))
    Places you need to see before you die.

    Music…(Albums)

    The MusicWelcome to the north.
    Mars VoltaThe Bedlam In Goliath.
    The Stooges-Fun House.
    Prince-The Black Album.((Good luck finding this one ))
    Eagles Of Death Metal-(Not released yet……)
    The Sweet- Give us a wink.
    Pink Martini-Sympathique.
    The Devils Rejects Soundtrack.

    Songs in my playlist….

    Showstopper by Iron Knowledge.
    I'll Get Along Somehow by Ruth Brown.
    Lazy Eye by Silversun Pickups.
    Fooled Around and Fell In Love by Elvin Bishop.
    Something Fast by Sisters of Mercy.
    Comeback (Light Therapy) by Josh Rouse.
    Snowblind by Black Sabbath.
    L'Via L'Viaquez by Mars Volta.
    Rainy Day Women 12 & 35 by Bob Dylan.
    Wasted Again by Turbonegro.
    Queen of Apology by The Sounds.
    Licking Stick by Desmond Dekker.
    The March Of The Black Queen by Queen.
    Believe by Brooks & Dunn.
    Bridge Of Sighs by Robin Trower.
    Light Up The Sky by Van Halen.
    Salka by Sigur Rós.
    Pick Up the Pieces by Average White Band.
    Cockroach by Sweet.

    Nikki

    NEW,FUN SHIT.......
    Friday, May 23, 2008


    HERES A LINK TO MY PHOTOS AT NIKKISIXX.NET http://www.nikkisixx.net/photography/main.php HAVE FUN......

    LATELY
    May 15th, 2008


    SORRY FOR NO UPDATES LATELY, BUT IM SURE YOU CAN IMAGINE IVE BEEN BUSY FINISHING THE ALBUM AND PREPARING THE TOUR.BEISDES THE USUAL STUFF IVE BEEN DIVING BACK INTO A FEW BOOKS THAT ARE REALLY INSPIRATIONAL TO ME AND HELPS TO CLEAR AWAY ANY ROAD BLOCKS THAT OUR CRAZY LIVES (FULL OF CRAZYMAKERS) TEND TO BRING. KATHERINE AND I HAVE BEEN UP TO OUR EYEBALLS IN BOTH "THE FOUR AGREEMENTS" AS WELL AS "THE MASTERY OF LOVE ‘BOTH BY DON MIGUEL RUIZ.SIMPLE CONCEPTS FOR COMPLICATED LIVES…KAT WAS SHOOTING A MOVIE IN NORTH CAROLINA, SO I WENT OUT TO VISIT HER FOR A FEW DAYS…HAD A BLAST…BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND COOL PEOPLE…WE NEEDED IT….MUSIC WISE…DIFFERENT TONES FOR DIFFERENT MOODS….AVERAGE WHITE BAND, RUTH BROWN,WYNONA CARR,JACK JOHNSON,SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE AND OF COURSE JOSH ROUSE IS GREAT WAY FOR ANYBODY TO START THE DAY.MID DAY HAS ME ADDICTED TO MARS VOLTA, OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, BIGELF, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS AND EAGLES OF DEATH METAL…END OF DAY FOR ME LATELY HAS BEEN A COMBO OF SIGUR ROS, AIR AND ASSORTED OLD JAZZ (RED GARLAND, OSCAR PETERSON OR CHARLIE PARKER)…ALL IN ALL JUST FEEDING THE MIND BEFORE I LEAVE ON TOUR. BEEN DOING A LOT OF BOOKING FLIGHTS FOR MY KIDS TO COME AND GO THIS SUMMER WHILE IM ON THE ROAD. WERE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO JUST HANGING OUT, TRAVELING AND SEEING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER THIS SUMMER….THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND DONATION FOR THE KIDS AT COVENANT HOUSE…WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE THEM A CHECK FOR OVER 250,000.00 DOLLARS…A LOT OF KIDS LIVES WILL BE CHANGED WITH THAT…AND I THINK WERE JUST GETTING STARTED….THANK YOU

    NIKKI

    Covenant House California
    May 8th, 2008

    I am being honored by Covenant House California for my work with Running Wild in the Night, a program I started 3 years ago to get homeless kids off the streets and give them a creative outlet to express themselves through music. Covenant House California is an agency shelter for homeless kids. The event is May 9th here in Los Angeles. Just click the link below to find out more information.

    Heroin Diaries book is up for a "Guy's Choice" award
    April 22nd, 2008M


    Nikki's Heroin Diaries book is up for a "Guy's Choice" award. Here's the link to vote.http://www.spike.com/guyschoice/

    "SAINTS OF LOS ANGELES"
    April 12th, 2008


    THE ALBUMS DONE, THE VIDEOS DONE, THE ARTWORK IS DONE, THE PHOTO SESSIONS ARE ALL WRAPPED UP AND THE SINGLE IS READY TO GO TO RADIO,REHEARSALS START TOMORROW,WOW……IT'S BEEN SO BUSY,IT FEELS LIKE I'M LEAVING A FEW THINGS OUT….AND I PROBABLY AM..:)I KNOW A LOT OF YOU HAVE HEARD "SAINTS OF LOS ANGELES" ON THE WEB….IF YOU LIKE THE SINGLE,JUST WAIT TIL YOU SEE THE VIDEO……..OK,MY EYES ARE RED,AND ITS A RARE NIGHT TO NOT HAVE TO WORK,SO IM GONNA SIT BACK AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT ALL THE HARD WORK….I HOPE YOU ALL LIKE IT AS MUCH AS WE DO…THANK YOU

    NIKKI

    I'm the new Eleven Seven President
    April 4th, 2008


    Motley Crue/Sixx: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx has been named the president of Eleven Seven Records, Billboard can reveal."I find it very interesting to take the artist's craft, the art, the music, the image, and get it out there," he says. "It comes under the heading of ‘record company president,' but it's a little more than that."Sixx will oversee a roster that includes Buckcherry, Trapt, Drowning Pool, Marion Raven and up-and-coming rock outfit Chosen Son."I've had enough success and enough misfires in a career that's lasted over 25 years that I can go back and draw on that experience, and I think that's helpful for the artists," Sixx says. "When I go into rehearsal rooms and meet with bands, they're genuinely excited to be with me because of what I've done as an artist, not because of anything else."In addition, Sixx is hard at work on a new Motley Crue studio album, expected this summer. "This is one of those albums that I just feel it in my stomach that something's happening with the band," he enthuses. "There's a newfound energy in the songs. It's just a rebirth of that really dirty, rock and roll side of Motley Crue.

    I FUCKING LOVE…….
    March 16th, 2008


    I FUCKING LOVE THIS NEW MOTLEY CRUE ALBUM.TOMMYS KICKIN ASS,VINCE SOUNDS INSANE AND MARS IS SHREDDING ON GUITARS.IT DOESNT FEEL LIKE ONE SONG IS BETTER OR WORSE THAN ANY OTHER………IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE EXCITED ABOUT SOMETHING YOUVE WORKED ON SO HARD………IM SO EXCITED FOR YOU ALL TO HEAR IT….NIKKI

    WEEK IN THE LIFE OF……..
    March 13th, 2008


    THE STUDIO HAS BEEN FLOWING NICELY. WE WERE ALL TOGETHER AGAIN TODAY PLOTTING, PLANNING, DESIGNING, LISTENING AND THE BAND SEEMS TO HAVE THE OLD BITE BACK, BUT WE WILL LET YOU BE THE JUDGE OF THAT WHEN ITS TIME.

    I DO KNOW THE PEOPLE AROUND US, THE ONES WE CAN TRUST ARE FEELING THE MAGIC FROM THE SONGS, SO MAYBE IT'S NOT ONLY IN OUR HEADS…? AAH HAAND YES, KAT AND MYSELF ARE TOGETHER.YES WE'VE BEEN "JUST" FRIENDS SINCE LAST SUMMER .SHE WAS GOING THRU A BRUTAL DIVORCE (AS WAS I)) AND WE WERE FRIENDS, ALONG THE WAY,SHE MET A GREAT GUY (ORBI) AND WE WERE FRIENDS THRU THAT TOO, THEY BROKE UP AND WE WERE STILL "JUST "FRIENDS…. IVE NEVER HAD A FRIEND BECOME THE GIRL.YES IT CAUGHT US BOTH BY SURPRISE, AS IM SURE SOME OF YOU.ITS UNDERSTANDABLE, ON HER TV SHOW, SHE IS STILL IN A RELATIONSHIP ((WELCOME TO TV…ITS NOT LIVE)), POINT BEING, WE UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF YOU DON'T, ITS COOL…WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE ARE VERY VERY HAPPY TOGETHER …. I HOPE IT SHOWS IN OUR ART AND MUSIC. …NOTHING IS BETTER FOR ARTISTS THAN COMPLETE CONNECTION… …OH ONE LAST THING, WHEN I FELT MYSELF FALLING FOR HER, SHE WAS ALL WALLS AND BARIGADES,AN INVISIBLE BODYGUARD ON CALL EVERYTIME I EVEN TRIED TO ALLUDE TO OR USE THE EVIL SMIRK TO GET CLOSER TO HER HEART.….SO IF YOU THINK BAD OF ANYONE, LET IT BE ME ….LOST A DEAR FRIEND ((BOB TIMMONS)) AND SAW HOW MANY PEOPLES LIVES HE HAS TOUCHED.HIS TIME HERE WAS DONE AND I FEEL GOOD IN KNOWING THAT'S THE DESTINY FOR US ALL. HE TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT RECOVERY AND I HOPE TO PASS THAT .. MY TIME IS UP…IT'S THE LEAST WE CAN DO. LEAD BY SOBER EXAMPLE TO THOSE WHO STILL STRUGGLE….THANK YOU

    NIKKI SIXX



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