Who is Nikki Sixx?
Nikki Sixx is a founding member of the popular heavy metal band “Mötley Crüe” as well as its lead bassist. As a matter of fact, he is well-known for his wild on-stage shenanigans.
Additionally, Nikki is also an acclaimed songwriter, author, fashion designer, radio personality and photographer. Besides, he is also the host of the radio show ‘Sixx Sense’ and has published several autobiographies.
Profile of Nikki Sixx
|Full Name||Frank Carlton Serfino Feranna|
|Popular As||Nikki Sixx|
|Birthdate||11th December, 1958|
|Place of Birth||San Jose, California, USA|
|Profession||Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter, Author|
|Race / Ethnicity||Italian-American|
|Age||64 Years Old|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Height||6’0” (183 cm)|
|Parents||Deana Richards (Mother0|
|Siblings||Lisa Feranna (Died in 2000)|
|Children||5 (Decker Nilsson , Frankie-Jean, Gunner Nicholas, Storm Brieanne & Ruby)|
|Net Worth||$55 Million USD|
Nikki Sixx is the bassist and co-founder of Mötley Crüe who embodies the essence of rock ‘n’ roll, living a life fueled by drugs, sensuality, and excess.
Early-life, Education & Family Background
Nikki Sixx, originally Frank Carlton Serfino Feranna was born on 11th December, 1958 in San Jose, California. Apparently, Frank Sixx inherited his name from his father, who abandoned him as a child. However, he subsequently renounced it and changed his name to Nikki Sixx in 1978. Besides, he also had a sister, Lisa Feranna, who died in the year 2000.
Accordingly, Nikki Richards’ relationship with his mother Deanna Richards was troubled, despite the fact that he was raised by her. Consequently, after his mother abandoned him reverting to vandalism, stealing, and drug sales, he moved in with his paternal grandparents.
Regardless, it has been revealed that Sixx had rough relationships with his mother, Deanna Richards, who died in 2013, and he regrets not reconciling with her before she passed away.
Nikki Sixx’s Music Career
Sixx became interested in music when he was a teenager, and his first instrument was a stolen guitar that he eventually traded for a bass. Thereafter, he relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to pursue a career in music. Accordingly, he did several odd jobs while auditioning for bands. And, during this time, he changed his name to Nikki Sixx.
In parallel, he auditioned for a number of bands and was a member of “Sister” before co-founding Mötley Crüe, which is now one of the world’s most successful rock bands. Reportedly, Sixx joined the Sister band, fronted by Blackie Lawless, shortly after relocating to Los Angeles.
Later on, Sixx and fellow bandmate Lizzie Grey formed London in 1978 after being fired from Sister. Soonafter, he quit to establish his own heavy metal band immediately after they produced a handful of demos. Resultantly, “Mötley Crüe” was formed in 1981 by Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee, guitarist Mick Mars, and singer Vince Neil.
Further, Nikki is said to have formed Mötley Crüe after performing as a bassist in numerous bands in Los Angeles. Mötley Crüe recorded and released their debut album, “Too Fast for Love”, on their home record label in November 1981. The band re-released the album after signing with Elektra Records. “Shout at the Devil”, which they recorded and released in 1983, became a nationwide success. The following two releases were “Theatre of Pain” (1985) and “Girls, Girls, Girls” (1987).
Books, Radio Shows & Other Ventures
Apart from his prolific musical career, Nikki is also an acclaimed author. Sixx collaborated on the memoirs The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band with his bandmates and writer Neil Strauss in 2001. Moreover, the group’s autobiography was a New York Times best book and eventually adapted into a film.
Similarly, Mötley Crüe finished their “The Route of All Evil” reunion tour in 2006, which featured all four original members and was co-headlined by Aerosmith.
In 2006, Mötley Crüe completed a reunion tour called “The Route of All Evil,” which featured the four original members and was co-headlined by Aerosmith. Meanwhile, Sixx, on the other hand, worked on his own projects. Remarkably, he co-founded the Running Wild in the Night initiative with Covenant House in 2005 to give help to homeless and runaway adolescents.
Likewise, Nikki also published “The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star” two years later, which documented the traumatic 12 months from Christmas 1986 to the end of 1987. Additionally, Sixx began hosting “Sixx Sense,” a nationally syndicated radio show that aired on all major rock/alternative music stations, in 2010. Unfortunately, the show’s run ended at the end of 2017.
Aside from his radio show, he also broadcasts a weekend program called ‘The Side Show with Nikki Six’. Moreover, Mötley Crüe announced in 2014 that they would tour together once more before legally disbanding the band, following previous reunion tours. The “Final Tour” went on until the end of 2015. Furthermore, his extracurricular endeavors include the band Sixx:A.M. as well as photography.
Besides, Nikki also has his own clothing brand, ‘Royal Underground,’ which he launched in 2006 alongside Kelly Gray. Initially, his brand began with men’s apparel and has gradually evolved to include women’s attire.
Struggle with Addiction & Apparent Death
Nikki Sixx has struggled with substance misuse his entire life and has even passed out on few occasions. On several instances, he was also sent to rehab.
Interestingly, Sixx overdosed on heroin on December 23, 1987, and was proclaimed dead for two minutes. Fortunately, the paramedics resuscitated him and sent him to the hospital. Soon after this near-death experience, Sixx along with his bandmates went into rehab. Afterward, the band released Dr. Feelgood, their most successful album to date (1989).
Netflix’s “The Dirt”
The Dirt, a Mötley Crüe biopic based on the band’s best-selling autobiography, was produced into a movie by Netflix. The band contributed four new songs to the film’s soundtrack, which premiered on Netflix in March 2019. Besides, the film, which is based on the band’s biography of the same name, delves into the members’ rock’n’roll lifestyles – and the fatal events that ensued.
Eventually, Sixx and his old bandmates stated in late 2019 that Mötley Crüe would reform and go on tour, thanks in part to a rebirth of fan interest spurred by the film.
Nikki’s Personal-life & Relationships
In the 1980s, Nikki Sixx dated and lived with Lita Ford. However, almost six years later, he began dating Vanity and wrote an autobiography about their tumultuous relationship.
Thereafter, Nikki married Brandi Brandt, his first wife and Playboy Playmate in 1989. Sadly, the couple separated in 1996 and share three children; Gunner Nicholas (born in 1991), Storm Brieann (born in 1994), and Decker Nilsson (born in 1995).
Surprisingly, Sixx tied the nuptials with Donna D’Errico, another Playboy Playmate, less than a month after his divorce from Brandi. Despite repeated attempts to repair their relationship, D’Errico filed for divorce in 2006, and the couple divorced in 2007. Meanwhile, they share one daughter, Frankie-Jean Mary (born in 2001). Similarly, between 2008 and 2010, Sixx was romantically linked to Kat Von D, a well-known tattoo artist.
Eventually, Nikki proposed to his then-girlfriend Courtney Bingham while on vacation in St. Barts and is together until now. Moreover, the pair has been married since March 15, 2014, and have a daughter named Ruby, who was born in 2019. . In addition, it has been revealed that Sixx practices Transcendental Meditation.
Social Media Handles of Nikki Sixx
Nikki Sixx is a well-known figure in the music industry. Meanwhile, he has amassed a sizable fan base as a result of his involvement with a heavy metal band, a record label, and radio appearances. Nevertheless, he has 1.8 million Facebook followers. Similarly, he has more than 1.4 million Instagram followers as well as over 873.8k Twitter followers.
Net Worth of Nikki Sixx
Nikki is regarded as one of the best bassists of the 80s and 90s. Moreover, is also one of the wealthiest and highest-paid musicians in the business. Accordingly, Sixx’s net fortune is projected to be over $55 million as of 2022. Further, he is said to own a number of multimillion dollar mansions as well as real estate based on several sources.