San Jose, California, USA
Claim to Fame
Mötley Crüe and Sixx: A.M.
Soundtrack, Writer, Producer
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NIKKI SIXX was born December 11, 1958 at 7:11 a.m. (just like the White Trash Convenient Store, he says) in San Jose, California. In Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt, Nikki described his mom Deanna Haight as “an Idaho farm girl with stars in her eyes... witty, strong-willed, motivated and extremely gorgeous... with an untamable wild streak.” Like mother, like son.
Sixx was named Frank Feranna by and after his father, who would abandon the family after a few years. Nikki learned later he also had a sister, Lisa, whom he was told he couldn’t see because she was placed in a home for the mentally ill. Nikki wouldn’t lay eyes on his sister, who was born with Down’s Syndrome and blind, her growth stunted, until her death more than 35 years later.
Nikki lived with his mom in Hollywood for awhile, but was often shipped out to stay with his grandparents, who moved between Texas, Idaho and New Mexico while Deanna lived the life of a gypsy. At various points in her life, she sang back-up in Frank Sinatra’s band, dated Richard Pryor and was a card dealer in Sparks, Nevada. Today, Nikki insists his parents did the best they could with the tools they were given in life, but it wasn’t always so easy for him to wax poetic about his relationships (or lack thereof) with his mother and father.
While in high school, Nikki was taunted for his eclectic clothing style, a mix of glam and punk rock, which he reacted to with violent retaliation. His troubled upbringing came to a head, with Nikki eventually running away from home and getting kicked out of school. Looking back on that troubled upbringing has led to his compassion for other abandoned youngsters and his recent establishment of the “Running Wild in the Night” fund-raising initiative for Covenant House.
“Having experienced life as a runaway myself, I wanted to do something to help kids put in this position through no fault of their own,” said Nikki, who admitted that music was perhaps the single most important factor in saving him from an inevitable tragic death on the streets. He had to leave Seattle after getting arrested for selling drugs at a Rolling Stones concert. Nikki knew it was just a matter of time before he ended up locked up in juvenile detention until he was 21 which didn’t exactly sit well with his dream of becoming a rock star. “All I had was an Aerosmith tape, a stolen, beat-up boom box, a Greyhound ticket to Idaho and my dreams,” he says.
Back in Idaho, Nikki hauled irrigation pipe on farms while living with his grandparents. He used the money he earned to buy a fake Gibson Les Paul guitar in a gun shop for $109 before catching yet another Greyhound , this time to L.A. to pursue his destiny.
Cutting his teeth on L.A.’s late-’70s punk-rock movement with one foot firmly on the heart of ’70s English glam and the other in heavy metal, Nikki looked for the perfect partners to take on the world.
After a slew of auditions, false starts and a short run in a band called London, Sixx met drummer Tommy Lee in 1981. Responding to an ad in L.A.’s Recycler for a “loud, rude and aggressive guitarist seeking a band, the duo found what they were looking for in guitarist Mick Mars. Tommy then introduced them to a blond-haired surfer dude with a gnarly, high-pitched yowl named Vince Neil and Mars christened the resultant outfit Mötley Crüe.
Mötley Crüe played their first show together January 17, 1981. That same year saw them record a debut album, Too Fast for Love, on their own Leathür Records label. Twenty-five years and some 40 million albums sold later, it all culminated in this year’s “Red White and Crüe” and “Carnival of Sins” worldwide jaunt, named Pollstar’s #6 grossing concert tour of the year. At this point, it looks like no end in sight for the Crüe’s wild and colorful career.
Sixx has also participated in a pair of solo projects, in 58 and Brides of Destruction, releasing albums that showed different sides of his songwriting ability. He supplied several songs to The Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Rock ‘n Roll Musical and recently co-wrote hit songs for Meat Loaf, Saliva and Marion Raven, among others. Sixx helped co-write the N.Y. Times best-seller Dirt, the history of the Crüe, which has become a sacred text and “bible” for rockers all over the world and will soon become a major motion picture through MTV and Paramount Films. In addition, Sixx’s autobiographical The Heroin Diaries, compiled from his 1986-’87 writings during the height of his drug addiction, will be published by Simon and Schuster next year. Sixx plans on taking the concept of a book to a different level, and with Nikki, these words should not be taken lightly. As with all things Sixx, all we can do is wait and see.
Full Name at Birth
Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna Jr.
Frank Feranna Sr.
Robbin Crosby, Slash, Michael Monroe, Andy McCoy, Rick Nielsen, Tracii Guns, Randy Castillo, John Corabi, Steven Tyler
Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, DJ Ashba, James Michael, Kelly Gray (they have together an own clothing brand named Royal Underground)
Randy Feranna (half-brother)
Ceci Comer (half-sister)
Tom Reese (grandfather), Nona Reese (grandmother)
Time Bandits 
The Artist's Way (Julia Cameron)
Dream On (Aerosmith) 
The Rolling Stones
Black Leather Converse Chucks
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band  (HarperEntertainment, RegaBooks), The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star  (Pocket Books)
Bassist, Songwriter, Author, Photographer, Radio Personality
Gunner Sixx (son), Storm Sixx (daughter), Decker Sixx (son), Frankie-Jean Sixx (daughter)
Favorite TV Shows
Sons of Anarchy
New York Dolls
twitter.com/NikkiSixx, www.sixxsense.com/main.html, www.myspace.com/nikkisixx, www.nikkisixx.com/, nsixxfoto.tumblr.com/, www.last.fm/music/Nikki+Sixx
Roosevelt High School, Seattle, Washington, USA (attended)
Whisky (Dog) 
Nikki Sixx (born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.; December 11, 1958) is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe. Prior to forming Mötley Crüe, Sixx was a member of Sister before going on to form London with his Sister bandmate Lizzie Grey. In 2000 he formed side project group 58 with Dave Darling, Steve Gibb and Bucket Baker issuing one album, titled Diet for a New America, the same year while in 2002 he formed the hard rock supergroup Brides of Destruction with L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns. Formed in 2006, initially to record an audio accompaniment to Sixx's autobiography The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, his side band Sixx:A.M. features songwriter and producer and vocalist James Michael and guitarist DJ Ashba.
Royal Underground (co-owner)
San Jose, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Malibu, Miami, London, Las Vegas
Silver, Green, Grey, Blue, White, Red
Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars
Kat Von D
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Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Tenth Street Entertainment
Music Genre (Text)
Heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal, alternative metal
Bass, vocals, piano, keyboards, guitar
Eleven Seven, Elektra, Mötley, Sanctuary, Leathür, Warner Music Group, Beyond
Mötley Crüe, Sixx:A.M., Brides of Destruction, 58, London, Sister