Nikki Sixx

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Nikki Sixx
Nikki Sixx
Nikki Sixx, September 2007
Background info
Full name Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.
Birthday/Birthplace (1958-12-11) December 11, 1958 (age 59)
Origin San Jose, California, U.S.
  • Heavy metal
  • hard rock
  • glam metal
  • alternative metal
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • author
  • fashion designer
  • radio host
  • photographer
  • record producer
  • Bass
  • vocals
Active Years 1975–present
Record Labels
  • Eleven Seven
  • Elektra
  • Mötley
  • Sanctuary
  • Leathür
  • Warner Music Group
  • Beyond
Worked with
  • Mötley Crüe
  • Sixx:A.M.
  • Brides of Destruction
  • 58
  • London
  • Sister
Official Website

Nikki Sixx (born December 11, 1958 under the name Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr. in San Jose, California) is an American bassist and the principal writer of songs of the hard-rock band Mötley Crüe. He has also played with the glam metal band London, the experimental band 58 and the hard rock band Brides of Destruction, currently, besides being with Mötley Crüe, he is with his band Sixx: AM, he participated with Tommy Lee, in the video Ratt’s Back For More, dressed as police.

Nikki Sixx’s Biography


Sixx was born on December 11, 1958 under the name Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna Jr. in San Jose, California. Later his name was changed to Nikki Sixx as he rejected his father’s name. He lived with his single mother, Deana Haight and his abusive boyfriend, after his father left the family. When he was six years old, he and his mother went to live in Mexico for a while, then moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, with their grandparents. The family moved several more times: first to El Paso, Texas, then to Anthony, New Mexico, back to El Paso and back to Twin Fall.

It should be noted that his mother sent him to live with his grandparents every time he changed boyfriend, until when he wanted to talk to Nikki, he told her that he did not want to return with her, that he was going to stay with his grandmother, although his mother says it was a plot by his family against him to take Nikki away.

Mötley Crüe

By 1980, Sixx had devised a plan to create the best “theatrical” band of the new decade. He found that guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist Vince Neil shared this vision. The band Mötley Crüe gained popularity quickly in the area of ​​Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, although at the beginning no record company wanted them due to their erratic performances on stage. For this reason they decided to record “Too Fast For Love”, their debut album, released in November 1981, under Leathür Records, their own label. After signing a contract with Elektra Records, they re-released their album Too Fast For Love. The band then recorded and released the album Shout At The Devil in 1983, bringing them to national fame.

Like his companions, Sixx took advantage of the excess allowed by rock n ‘roll, exceeding their peers in alcohol, cocaine and heroin abuse. Sixx has said several times that he used his body as a game of human chemistry, mixing excessive amounts of drugs frequently to look for a new state of “high”. On February 14, 1987, during a trip to London, Sixx suffered an overdose at the home of a drug dealer. The drug dealer threw it in a trash can for dead, after trying to stop the seizures and wake him by hitting him with a baseball bat. This incident inspired the verse “Valentine’s in London, found in the trash” (“Valentine in London,found myself in the trash”) of the song Dancing on Glass. On the night of December 23, 1987, Sixx suffered another overdose at the home of his friend Slash. The famous guitarist and his girlfriend called an ambulance, was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital, stayed in that state for about 5 minutes and then was reanimated by two injections of adrenaline in the heart administered by the hospital staff where he was admitted. This incident inspired Sixx to write the song Kickstart my Heart.

After suffering this overdose, and pressured by his representative, he and his companions decided to rehabilitate themselves to achieve sobriety. It was then when the band achieved its greatest success, with the album Dr. Feelgood, in 1989, produced by Bob Rock. When Mötley Crüe met at the end of 2004, Sixx declared himself sober. She is known for being one of the most excessive rock stars who have survived and enjoys a “legendary” status among music critics. While Mötley Crüe has been heavily criticized by the press because of its excesses, Sixx is frequently mentioned alongside other legendary rockers who live the “fast life”, such as Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy Osbourne.

Being the brain and the main creative influence of the band during the 80s, Nikki wrote most of Mötley Crüe’s material. This is true especially during the early years of the band, since Tommy Lee and Mick Mars were just beginning to develop as composers. Nikki wrote classics such as Live Wire, Home Sweet Home, Girls, Girls, Girls, Kickstart My Heart and Dr. Feelgood. Their songs are distinguished by a strong and hard sound, as a result of the “low” tuning of Nikki and Mick’s instruments, and also by their fast rhythms, almost punk style. The first album they recorded with John Corabi marked a change in their classic sound of the 80s to something more alternative and experimental, similar to the style of Alice in Chains and the movement of alternative rock at the beginning of the 90s. With a new decade came new composition tasks for the band, with all the members contributing material to the albums. Many fans and music critics believe that this is the reason why the sound of the band changed so much. After that, the original members met to record what would be their most experimental album to date, “Generation Swine”, in which they test an industrial and even electronic sound to return with “New Tatoo” to their happiest sound and finally evolve towards the one that promises to be one of the discs that generates the best earnings of this year in the USA titled “Saints of Los Angeles”.

In 2006, Mötley Crüe finished a reunion tour with the four original members. After its culmination, they declared to be preparing material for an album in 2007. Mötley Crüe also participated in a tour with Aerosmith, called “The Route of All Evil” (“The Route of All Evil”). Finally, it would not be until June 2008 when the band’s new album, entitled Saints Of Los Angeles, would go on sale and inspired the stories that The Dirt autobigraphy gathers.

And in this new year, they have already started their new tour through the US entitled “Saint Of Los Angeles”

Basses and equipment

Nikki Sixx usually uses the Gibson Thunderbird Reverse Bass model and even had his own bass line, called Gibson Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird, which was discontinued in 2003. He was inspired to use the Gibson Thunderbird by Pete “Overend” Watts from Mott the Hoople and John Entwistle from The Who. Previously, it was sponsored by B.C. Rich and used low Mockingbird & amp; Warlock, which can be seen in the Live Wire and Looks That Kill videos. When Gibson did not produce the Thunderbird with his specifications, Hamer made Thunderbird-style bass for him. Apparently, the Thunderbirds of the mid-70’s had the sound he was trying to imitate with the Hamer models.

During the 90’s, Nikki started using 12-string basses and also used Ephiphone Thunderbird on some occasion manufactured in Japan by Hiroshigi Kids Guitar Company; of this model less than 30 were manufactured. Nikki owns at least 5 of them. He also used Ernie Ball Music Man’s 5-string basses.

He has used Fender Precision bass and when he is seen breaking a bass at the end of a performance, they are usually Precision. During the 90’s he started using Gibson Thunderbird Non-Reverse Basses. He also decided to use Ampeg amplifiers, but now he uses Basson.

Nikki Sixx Net Worth – $45 Million

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