NIKKI SIXX DISCUSSES HIS HEROES, DYING AND OZZY OSBOURNE

With The Dirt movie premiering on Netflix on March 22nd, Motley Crue has been in the news quite a bit lately.

Kory Grow of Rolling Stone spoke with Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, excerpts from the interview appear, below.

Rolling Stone: Who are your heroes and why?

Nikki Sixx: Keith Richards. He’s always kept the standards higher than anybody else. I also love so many Beat Generation writers. Look at the William S. Burroughs story; it’s not always pretty, but art wasn’t supposed to come from pretty places.

Rolling Stone: Like you, Richards and Burroughs both overcame heroin addictions. Is that another reason you look up to them?

Nikki Sixx: When I was first introduced to heroin, it was like, “Oh, these writers, songwriters and painters do that.” I was young and naïve. I didn’t realize the demon it was.

Rolling Stone: You were pronounced dead of a heroin overdose in 1987. What did dying teach you?

Nikki Sixx: That it hurts to come back. My heart stopped. My body stopped. It’s like you turned the computer off and they restart the computer. It felt like I’d been fucking hit by a truck. Every single thing hurt. My hair hurt. That reboot is a bitch.

Rolling Stone: Did dying give you a new perspective on things?

Nikki Sixx: I got a lot of great one-liners now like, “Jesus Christ and I both died and came back.” That doesn’t sit well in the Bible belt. But you’ve got to laugh.

Rolling Stone: Do you have a memory of being dead, like how on TV people say they saw a light?

Nikki Sixx: Let’s just say there was some spiritual intervention. God knows I wasn’t the one responsible for surviving. I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual. If I leaned toward anything, it would be Buddhism.

Rolling Stone: You filled the book [The Dirt] with jaw-dropping groupie stories. What have you learned about women?

Nikki Sixx: I stand 100 percent behind the #MeToo movement. I think we’re in a very great time for equality and we’ve got room to grow. Even though we were f–king animals and the s–t that we did was f–king crazy and the s–t the girls did to us was crazy, there was never a moment ever that anybody in the band took that as an opportunity to wield power. I’m not saying we were angels, but it was all consensual.

Rolling Stone: You’re from Los Angeles. What’s the most L.A. thing about you?

Nikki Sixx: Unfortunately, I think I’ve picked up the word “dude.” I hate using that word, and I’ve used it. I’m sure that’s not what Keith Richards would say.

Rolling Stone: You once watched Ozzy Osbourne snort a line of ants. What did you learn from him?

Nikki Sixx: Ozzy is one of the sweetest men I’ve ever met. But when Sharon wasn’t around, it was like a five-person gang. It was always like, “He topped us again.” I remember the day he walked into our dressing room in a dress. He didn’t act like anything was wrong. We were like, “F–k, I gotta get a dress now.” He was a role model … for rock & roll.

Rolling Stone: What’s the worst part of success?

Nikki Sixx: Just being away from home. I’ve missed so many birthdays and holidays. I remember having Thanksgiving dinner in a Hilton fucking bar, and they were serving turkey sandwiches and beer. I guess that reared its head in our song Home Sweet Home.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

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STRYPER ANNOUNCES THEIR “HISTORY TOUR,” TREK LAUNCHES ON MAY 10TH

Stryper will return to the road in May for the 2019 History Tour – Greatest Hits & Covers That Influenced Our Generation. The trek comes on the heels of the band’s yearlong God Damn Evil world tour, which concluded in Japan in February.

The music of our generation was and is timeless,” says Stryper frontman Michael Sweet. “It was all about the song and musicians who inspired you to want to play. We grew up on bands like Van Halen, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Journey and Boston. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the music of these legendary bands. We thought it would be an amazing experience to play some of these songs live and show you, the audience, exactly were our roots lie. We’ll also be incorporating our own hits and videos from 1984 to 2019, and something from Perry’s past as well (Firehouse). We’re excited to get back out on the road and we look forward to seeing you soon.”

Exclusive meet-and-greet packages will be available in most cities. Fans will have the option of purchasing either a Standard Meet & Greet Package or VIP History Tour Meet & Greet Package. Both meet-and-greet packages include an opportunity to meet the band, get autographs, take photos with the guys and receive exclusive one-of-a-kind merchandise. However, the VIP History Meet & Greet Package (limited to six fans per city) offers additional merchandise options and a stage tour (hold Michael’s guitar, photo in front of Robert’s drum kit, overview of gear with Stryper crew member).

 Stryper 2019 History”tour dates:

May 10 – The Firmament – Greenville, SC 
May 11 – Union Jack’s – Annapolis, MD 
May 13 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH 
May 14 – The Token Lounge – Westland, MI 
May 15 – The Rockpile West – Toronto, Ontario 
May 17 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY 
May 18 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY 
May 19 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY 
May 21 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA 
May 22 – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille – Warrendale, PA 
May 24 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH 
May 25 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY 
May 26 – The Lerner Theatre – Elkhart, IN 
May 29 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL 
May 31 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX 

June 1 – Magic Springs Theme Water Park – Hot Springs, AR 
June 2 – Graceland Sound Stage – Memphis, TN 
June 5 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA 
June 8 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
June 13 – Paparazzi OBX – Kitty Hawk, NC 
June 14 – Phase 2 – Lynchburg, VA 
June 15 – Roanoke Rapids Theater – Roanoke Rapids, NC 

July 17 – Rock Fest 2019 – Cadott, WI 
July 18 – Arcada Theater – St. Charles, IL 
July 20 – Roar on the Shore Bike Week – Erie, PA 

Sept. 7 – Teatro al Aire Libre – La Paz, Bolivia 
Sept. 10 – CC. Festiva – Lima, Peru 
Sept. 12 – Teatro Caupolicán – Santiago, Chile 
Sept. 14 – Tropical Butanta – Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Sept. 15 – Circo Voador – Rio de Janiero, Brazil 
Sept. 17 – Toinha Brasil Show – Brasilia, Brazil 
Sept. 19 – Mister Rock BH – Belo Horizonte, Brazil 
Sept. 21 – El Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina


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TED NUGENT ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR DATES

Ted Nugent has announced 13 new U.S. shows, which are set to take place between the middle of July and end of August. It will once again feature Greg Smith (Alice Cooper, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) on bass, Jason Hartless (Joe Lynn Turner, Mitch Ryder) on drums, and the Motor City Madman himself on lead guitar and vocals.

Ted Nugent dates:

Jul. 19 – Pasadena, CA @ The Rose 
Jul. 20 – Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon 
Jul. 21 – Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon 
Jul. 23 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House 
Jul. 24 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach Hous 
Jul. 27 – Big Bear Lake, CA @ The Cave Big Bear 
Jul. 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre 

Aug. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ Ameristar Casino Hotel 
Aug. 4 – Sylvania, OH @ Centennial Terrace 
Aug. 6 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall 
Aug. 12 – North Tonawanda, NY @ Riviera Theatre 
Aug. 14 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak 
Aug. 31 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

Ted Nugent’s latest release, The Music Made Me Do It, came out on November 9th on Round Hill Records. Watch the video for the title track, here.

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LISTEN TO MOTLEY CRUE’S COVER OF MADONNA’S “LIKE A VIRGIN”

As previously reported, Motley Crue has recorded a cover version of Madonna’s,Like A Virgin, for The Dirt soundtrack. Listen to it below.

Nikki Sixx recently spoke to Classic Rock about how the idea for the cover came to life, “I’m walking my dogs, it was a beautiful day, and all of a sudden this idea pops into my head,” he said.

“I look up as if to look to God and I start laughing. And I said, ‘That’s the worst idea ever.’ So I called Bob Rock, and he was, like, ‘Uh, I don’t think the guys are gonna go for it.’ 

I demoed it up and went over to Tommy [Lee]’s house. I said, ‘I have a song to play you but I’m going to go in the bathroom and hide cos I don’t want you to punch me in the face. And it starts going and Tommy gets this huge smile on his face, ‘This is so f–king wrong.” And I talked to Mick and Vince, and they were, like, ‘F–k it, let’s go.’ 

“I think it’s funny for Vince Neil to sing, ‘Like a virgin, touched for the very first time’ – the least virgin guy I know.’”

To view read more about the soundtrack, view the song listing and to hear the tune,  The Dirt (Est. 1981) (feat. Machine Gun Kelly), please click here.

The Dirt will be streaming on March 22nd via Netflix.

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HELLYEAH RELEASE FIRST NEW SONG “333” FEATURING THE LATE VINNIE PAUL’S FINAL RECORDINGS FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Hard rock stalwarts Hellyeah digitally release first track 333, from their eagerly anticipated new album featuring the late Vinnie Paul Abbott’s final recordings through Eleven Seven Music Group here. Early album pre-orders with classic merch are available here.
“Vinnie originally came up with the idea for 333,” said singer Chad Gray. “A lot of people may think Vinnie was just a drummer, but he was much more than just a badass, slamming, smashing drummer. He understood production and composition and he was very much a contributor to the writing process. This song was his baby; it belonged to and came from him. Unfortunately, by the time I was ready to actually write the lyrics, it was after Vinnie had passed. The lyrics embrace and recognize the feelings that most metal fans have. Being treated like outcasts and being judged for the way we look or dress. It’s a reminder to all the metal fans that no matter what, you will always have a place in our worldwide metal community. With that said…Welcome to the family. We’re all the root of half evil reppin’ 333.
Gray continues, “I love 333 and what it represents — being half evil. It was a part of Dime (Darrell Abbott) and (brother) Vinnie before Hellyeah was formed and very much became a part of Hellyeah as we carried the torch for Dimebag. They were both so accepting of me and many others, and they taught us to treat people with respect, dignity and humility.”
Hellyeah will perform a one-night-only special concert celebrating the life and legacy of Vinnie Paul, at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV on May 11th.  The band and Live Nation will donate a portion of each ticket to the American Heart Association, in honor of Vinnie Paul. Limited amount of tickets can be purchased at: https://livemu.sc/2UouEnW.

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