Nikki Sixx,Frank Carlton Serafino Ferran
Nikki Sixx (real name Frank Carlton Serafino Ferran) is an American rock bassist, born December 11, 1958 in San Jose, California. It is with Tommy Lee one of the founders of heavy metal band Motley Crue, and its main composer.
Childhood and adolescence
Abandoned by his father during his childhood, Frank grew up raised by his mother, Deana Haight, who was once a singer in the group of Frank Sinatra. They led a nomadic life and when Frank was 4 years old, his mother remarried. When they moved to Mexico while Nikki was 6, he lived the best days of his childhood. Shortly after, they joined the grandparents of Frank, Tom and Nona Reese in Idaho. There he received his first phonograph, a plastic toy that only read the singles.
A year later, they all moved to El Paso, Texas. So they were just settle, they moved again, this time for Anthony, New Mexico. They remained there for much longer, however, and a year later, they returned to live in El Paso. There, the young Frank began to steal books and clothing in the lockers of his college. He also stole candy in the candy.
He moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, where he listened to the radio a lot. The first time he heard Big Bad John Jimmy Dean, he had a revelation. "That's it,"thought he. "That's what I always wanted to do."
But because of the problems it caused, his grandparents sent him to his mother in Seattle. There he was to take the bus and wait an hour and a half the second bus. To kill time, he stopped at a music store called West Music. He also met a rocker named Rick Van Zant, who was playing in a band and needed a bassist.
One afternoon Frank strolled into the West Music with an empty guitar case. He came to ask for work and when the seller had his back turned, Frank hid a guitar into the case. He awaited the return of the seller, said thank you and left.
He went to see Rick with low to show him its instrument. "It's a guitar, asshole, " said Rick. Nikki did not know what to say, so he lied: "I know, I'll play bass on this guitar." He replaced the guitar with a Rickenbacker bass white. He could play anything, but began working his hard instrument.
He played with many bands in Seattle, but did not find what he sought. He stole and drank more and quarreled with his mother every day. His mother sent him to join his grandparents.
He had no problem once there, but when he met the new husband of his aunt Sharon, Don Zimmerman, there was a new idea. Zimmerman was a producer in Los Angeles and he sent her tapes and rock magazines. Nikki for the future, Los Angeles was like paradise. He then moved again to move to Idaho.
The birth of Motley Crue
This time, he moved to Los Angeles alone. After doing odd jobs in a record store, alcohol, and after selling the phones, he joined a band called London. He legally changed its name to Nikki Sixx was renamed in 1980.
He met Tommy Lee after he left London and started playing with Greg Leon Group Suite 19. They formed a band together, but Nikki rejected Greg quickly. After some tests with other guitarists, is Mick Mars that was chosen. Tommy begged Vince Neil, a friend from high school to fill the role of singer: Motley Crue was born.
The group will know success during the '80s, and Nikki Sixx prevail as the main composer. However, the group will experience problems related to drugs that fail to ruin their careers. Nikki goes elsewhere near death December 23, 1987 after overdosing: it has indeed been diagnosed brain dead but was resuscitated by two injections of adrenaline in the heart (this incident his inspiration for the theme the song Kickstart My Heart).
The 90s were difficult years for Motley Crue and Nikki will undertake two parallel projects: .58 and Brides of Destruction. In 1991, Sixx played bass on "Feed My Frankenstein"from the album Hey Stoopid Alice Cooper. Sixx also co-wrote the song "Die For You", along with Cooper and guitarist Mick Mars of Motley Crue (who plays guitar).
In 2004, while Mötley Crüe seems more or less forgotten, the group is reuniting for a greatest hits and a world tour, which may suggest a second start for the band.
It has a 4 string bass model signing at Gibson's Nikki Sixx Thunderbird IV.
He released his book Heroin Diaries, and a disc, "Sixx: AM The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack" (August 21, 2007).
He recently divorced actress Donna D'Errico and the father of 4 children (3 of which are the fruit of his marriage to Brandi Brandt).
Nikki has recently split from tattoo artist, Kat Von D, who plays in the series "LA Ink" aired on Discovery Real Time every Sunday at 8:50 p.m..
See also Bon Jovi
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