Now that Mötley Crüe has officially reached The End of its legendary career, Nikki Sixx has plenty of time and energy to devote his primary attention to Sixx:A.M. The iconic bassist saw the release of the band’s fourth studio album, Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 1, earlier this year. The record marks the first half of a two-part release, the second half, Prayers for the Blessed, Vol. 2, is due November 18 through Eleven Seven Music.
Much like Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba departed Guns N’ Roses last year to focus solely on Sixx:A.M. as well. The band is rounded out by vocalist and producer James Michael (Papa Roach, Scorpions, Hammerfall). The trio formed the group nearly a decade ago and immediately struck a chord with fans upon the release of their debut album, The Heroin Diaries, a soundtrack to Sixx’s autobiography of the same name. They scored a hit single with the track, “Life is Beautiful.” Sixx:A.M. followed up with the sophomore release This is Gonna Hurt in 2011, and Modern Vintage in 2014.
This fall, the band is out on tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and U.K. up-and-comers, As Lions, opening the bill. Metalholic caught up with the dynamic tour at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. While the headliners brought the big stage productions, Sixx:A.M. ignited the crowd with their energy, stage presence and powerful anthems. The band ripped through nine songs, including four from Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 1. Among them were the inspired new single “Rise,” as well as “Everything Went to Hell,” “When We Were Gods” and the title track.
To the delight of fans, Sixx:A.M. also served up the rebellious first single, “We Will Not Go Quietly,” from the forthcoming Prayers for the Blessed, Vol. 2 album, as well as the hits, “Lies of the Beautiful People,” “Stars,” and “This is Gonna Hurt”. The band closed the show out with “Life is Beautiful”.
Helping Sixx, Ashba, and Michael bring the show to life were drummer Dustin Steinke, and backing vocalists Amber Vanbuskirk and Melissa Harding. The chemistry between the band members radiated into the crowd, and the fun they were having onstage spread like rock and roll contagion throughout the arena.
Photographer Katarzyna Cepek captured the excitement. Click any photo to view as a slide show.