Nikki Sixx Working on New Album; Says ‘Life is Beautiful’ 26 Years After His Death
Nikki Sixx has had his hands full with multiple projects in 2013.
The bassist reveals Sixx: A.M. is putting the finishing touches on a new album due out in 2014.
Earlier this year, Sixx was balancing touring with Motley Crue with songwriting sessions in his downtime away from the stage.
But as the year progressed, he was able to put more focus into Sixx: A.M.
Though the new Sixx: A.M. album is being released next year, neither an official title nor a release date have been nailed down.
In a series of tweets, Sixx revealed the band's progress.
Sixx, a Motley Crue co-founder, has had a rugged career and life experiences. However, none of his experiences are as infamous as the one Dec. 23, 1987.
After a night of drug-fueled partying with pals (including Guns n’ Roses members Slash and Steven Adler and Ratt’s Robbin Crosby), Sixx was injected with a syringe of heroin -- and promptly passed out cold. He turned blue and couldn't be roused.
In Sixx's book, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star," Sally McLaughlin recalls frantically giving the rocker mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, while her then-boyfriend Slash destroyed a hotel bathroom around them.
The paramedics arrived and gave Sixx adrenaline, although not before he had an out-of-body experience.
As he recounts in "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band:" "I tried to sit up to figure out what was going on. I thought it would be hard to lift my body. But to my surprise, I shot upright, as if I weighed nothing. Then it felt as if something very gentle was grabbing my head and pulling me upward. Above me, everything was bright white.
"I looked down and realized I had left my body. Nikki Sixx—or the filthy, tattooed container that had once held him—was lying covered face-to-toe with a sheet on a gurney being pushed by medics into an ambulance.”
Amid all the pandemonium, word leaked that Sixx had died.
In "The Heroin Diaries," Vince Neil recalled being devastated: “Maybe deep down I knew it was going to happen one day, but it still tore me to pieces because I loved Nikki -- even though he was an arrogant selfish s---. I cried. And I never used to cry then.”
But then — miracle of miracles — Sixx eventually awoke a few hours later. True to form, he was not thrilled to be in the hospital — and left it in style.
In his own "Heroin Diaries" words: “There was a cop asking me questions, so I told him to go f--- himself. I ripped out my tubes and staggered in just my leather pants into the parking lot, where two teenage girls were sitting crying around a candle. They had heard on the radio that I was dead and looked kind of surprised to see me.”
The teenagers gave Sixx a jacket, a lecture about quitting drugs — and a ride home, in their Mazda.
As Sixx himself says in "Heroin Diaries:" “When you've lost it all ... that's when you realize that life is beautiful.”
One other thing about Sixx: He has been engaged to model Courtney Bingham since late 2012, with a March 15, 2014, wedding date planned.