Check out this new interview with Nikki Sixx talking about the new signature bass, “The Schecter Sixx” exclusively from Schecter Guitars!
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 18, 2013 – Dean Markley USA announces a meet and greet opportunity with legendary international rock icon, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Sixx:A.M. at 5:00PM on January 26th, at booth # 5710 during this year’s National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, California.
The collaboration between Dean Markley USA and Nikki Sixx started in late 2011 as the two set out to design a set of signature bass strings able to withstand the demands of the road and the studio while still delivering the tone and attitude that you would expect from a rock icon. The result became the Nikki Sixx Signature Series Helix bass string. The signature sets offers the exact string type and gauges he uses on stage and are constructed of stainless steel alloy. They feature the new Helix patent-pending hyper-elliptical windings and Nikki sums it up best: “Dean Markley puts the bite back in the bass sound.”
Nikki Sixx is a founding member of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., two-time New York Times bestselling author with The Heroin Diaries and This Is Gonna Hurt, co-founder of rock couture fashion line Royal Underground, philanthropist, photographer and internationally syndicated radio show host of Sixx Sense and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx. Some other of Sixx’s accomplishments include over 80-million in album sales with Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., countless awards and sold out tours across the globe, Mötley Crüe’s sold out residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas – a first for the hard rock genre – the award-winning 2012 Kia Optima Superbowl commercial, photographing a high fashion shoot for The New York Post’s prestigious supplement Alexa, and raising several hundred thousand dollars through his Running Wild in the Night charity for Covenant House California.
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About Dean Markley USA
Established in 1972, Dean Markley USA is recognized as an innovator and leader in the world of musical instrument strings. Over the years, the company has expanded its product line to include pickups and accessories. Celebrated by retailers for their sales performance and endorsed by an elite caliber of musicians, Dean Markley USA products are the smart choice. www.DeanMarkley.com
SCHECTER GUITAR RESEARCH KICKSTARTS 2013 BY SIGNING MOTLEY CRUE / SIXX A.M. BASSIST NIKKI SIXX TO ITS STELLAR ROSTER OF ARTISTS
Company to Unveil “The Schecter Sixx” Bass at Winter NAMM Conference – Room 210-‐D
(January 16, 2013, Sun Valley/Hollywood, CA) –2013 is proving to already be a monumental year for Schecter Guitar Research as the company settles into its expanded headquarters in Sun Valley, CA, ramps up for MAJOR new gear announcements and continues to amass a stellar lineup of artists, which includes some of the biggest names in the recording and touring industries. To that note, the company is proud to announce the partnership with a true modern-‐day rock icon by signing Motley Crue / Sixx A.M. bassist, NY Times bestselling author and radio host Nikki Sixx, adding even more fire power to its roster. Not only has Schecter landed a talented and noted songwriter and player, but also one of the leading voices and minds in fashion, non-‐fiction, photography and media via his clothing lines, New York Times top 10 selling books and his successful internationally syndicated radio shows Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx.
However, it is his musical pedigree, history and current musical projects that helped the collaboration with Schecter come to fruition. “It was an exciting and creative process to work with Schecter on the new Schecter Sixx Signature Series Bass,” states Sixx, “It was important to all of us to design a bass that would feel right as well as sound amazing in the hands of all players, not just me. Every detail about the new Schecter Sixx comes from all of our collective experiences – whether it’s my 30 years of playing live and recording or Schecter’s unprecedented standards for making quality instruments for players of all genres. Simply said, this bass rocks!” Schecter’s Executive Vice President, Marc LaCorte adds, “I really felt as if we instantly gelled and were looking to accomplish the same goal with this project. Above all, it was so refreshing to see an artist of Nikki’s stature be so involved and genuinely concerned about every detail in the creation of this instrument.”
Nikki Sixx has been known for years as a player stylized by his brashness and Schecter has taken it upon themselves to create this Nikki Sixx signature mode, aptly named the Schecter Sixx. Nikki Sixx will be introducing the Schecter Sixx with an exclusive signing at the winter NAMM Conference in Anaheim, CA on January 26th from 3:00pm-‐4:00pm PST at the Schecter booth (Room 210-‐D). It can be maintained that The Schecter Sixx will reflect Nikki’s style, both visually and sonically, while being able to withstand the punishing rigors of the road from opening night to the end of tour closing set. The Schecter Sixx bass will surely make a rumble through the industry and then resonate with players, retailers and consumers alike.
Nikki Sixx Biography
Nikki Sixx is the International rock icon, founding member of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., two-‐time New York Times bestselling author with The Heroin Diaries and This Is Gonna Hurt, co-‐founder of rock couture fashion line Royal Underground, philanthropist, photographer and internationally syndicated radio show host of Sixx Sense and The Side Show Countdown. Some of Sixx’s accomplishments include over 80-‐million in album sales with Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., countless sold out tours, Mötley Crüe’s sold out residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas – a first for the hard rock genre – an award-‐winning Superbowl commercial for Kia, photographing a high fashion shoot for The New York Post’s prestigious supplement Alexa, and raising several hundred thousand dollars through his Running Wild in the Night charity for Covenant House California.
About Schecter Guitar Research:
As Schecter Guitar Research moves into its 37th year in business, they have solidified the elite status, as one of the world’s premier guitar companies. Its continually evolving and expanding line of guitars and basses appeals to a broad spectrum of players and diverse musical styles. Its core business practice offers high-‐quality instruments with professional components at an affordable price. One of the company’s strongest assets is its growing roster of high-‐profile artists, including: Nikki Sixx, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, The Cure, Papa Roach, Seether, Prince, Stone Temple Pilots, Nevermore and Black Label Society. For more information log onto: www.schecterguitars.com
Construction: Neck-‐Thru with Ultra Access
Body: Mahogany Neck: 5-‐ply Maple/Walnut
Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 42mm
Frets: 24 X-‐Jumbo
Pickups: EMG P/J
Electronics: Vol/Vol/Tone/”Kill” Switch
Bridge: Schecter Custom String Thru Body (or Top-‐Load)
Tuners: Grover Hardware: Black Chrome
Colors: Satin Black (SBK) or Vintage Sunburst (VSB)
Left-‐Hand Availability: Satin Black (SBK)
Lefty Case: See Website www.schecterguitars.com
THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ROCK BANDS ON ONE STAGE
Rock’n’roll doesn’t get any bigger than this!
KISS and Mötley Crüe. On the same stage. On the same night.
It‘s the news Australian fans have been waiting for with the spectacle of all spectacles announced today, KISS with very special guests Mötley Crüe will tour Australia in March 2013.
Presented by McManus Entertainment, the summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour will hit Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Mackay and Adelaide with guests Irish rockers Thin Lizzy along for the ride (*except Adelaide).
KISS and Mötley Crüe’s 45 show US summer tour has already gone down as one helluva rock’n’roll extravaganza and now, finally, its Australia’s turn!
Not only has it been five long years since KISS last toured Australia, but 2013 marks a very special milestone for this great band – their 40th anniversary. In all their bombastic and unstoppable glory, KISS will perform fan favorites from their treasure-trove of hits along with tracks from their just–released 20th studio album ‘Monster’, which debuted at #7 on the ARIA Charts. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are at the top of their game on ‘Monster’, which embodies all that is KISS and the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions.
Mötley Crüe last toured here last year, but let’s face it, we can’t get enough of the Crue! They’ve recently become the first rock band in history to play an epic sold-out Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band is best known for continuing to reinvent not only their live show (with mind blowing elements such as Tommy Lee’s 360 drum roller coaster) and music (brand new song due out soon), but remain on the cutting edge via social media interaction. Mötley Crüe’s New York Times bestselling book The Dirt is currently being adapted into a major motion picture.
With combined album sales of almost 200 million, KISS and Mötley Crüe are more than just iconic; they remain at the height of their popularity, the dominant powerhouses of rock music tallying 30+ chart-topping hits, countless sold out tours and awards and accolades from around the world. Known for their elaborate and spectacular stage shows, each band plans to give fans the ultimate concert experience with the most impressive lighting and sound production ever and their signature over-the-top pyrotechnics.
And if that wasn’t enough, classic Irish rockers Thin Lizzy will be back in town with the line-up that has been winning over fans and critics alike for the past two years. Along with Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton, the additions of vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarist Damon Johnson and Bass player Marco Mendoza, Thin Lizzy have been re-introducing their music to a whole new generation of fans to overwhelming success and now it’s Australia’s turn.
Brisbane up-and-comers Diva Demolition have won the highly-prized local support act spot and will open all shows on the tour.
KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. Having already broken box office records set by The Beatles and Elvis, KISS have more than 28 U.S. gold albums, the most for any American rock band, with 40 million sales in the U.S. and a total exceeding 100 million worldwide. Most recently the band announced the December release of “The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982”, a box set consisting of the band’s 29 singles on the legendary Casablanca label which began their career.
The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans. KISS remains unparalleled as the juggernaut of them all, with 3,000 licensed merchandise products, including the KISS golf course in Las Vegas.
About Mötley Crüe
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet – Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums) – has commandeered the rock pantheon for over 30 years. The Crüe’s bragging rights comprise worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million, seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance, a New York Times bestselling memoir and countless sold out gigs across the globe, playing to millions of fans.
After three decades of decadence Mötley Crüe maintains its iron will, capturing new fans and influencing musicians across multiple generations. The group recently invaded Las Vegas with the city’s first ever hard rock residency, “Mötley Crüe in Sin City” leaving the loud impression that what happens in Vegas can be heard around the world.
About Thin Lizzy
Led by the incomparable Phil Lynott, the fiery Dublin band influenced generations of musicians with classic tracks such as ‘Jailbreak’, ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’, and ‘Don’t Believe A Word’. Twenty six years have passed since Lynott’s untimely death, but the amazing body of work that is Thin Lizzy still retains all of its vibrancy.
A new lineup formed to take Thin Lizzy’s music to a new generation of fans. Led by alumni Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums) and Darren Wharton (keyboards), all of whom played with Lynott in Thin Lizzy, and with Damon Johnston (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) and Ricky Warwick (lead vocals/guitar), this stellar line-up has been racking up the road miles since announcing this line-up in 2010.
Last month the band announced that after a lot of soul-searching and out of respect for Lynott, they would not release a new album under the Thin Lizzy name, and would also retire it from live performance next year.
About DIVA DEMOLITION
Singer, songwriter and bass player Kylie Cowling and guitarist Sheree Newton head up Brisbane rockers Diva Demolition who will open all shows on the Australian tour. The band who morphed from Adelaide all-girl trio Legless, has just recorded their debut album with producer Craig Porteils for release in 2013, which while showcasing their exuberant Aussie rock, also fixes one firm eye on the international market.
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
Thursday February 28 PERTH ARENA Bookings through ticketek.com.au & 132 849
Sunday March 3 CLIPSAL 500, ADELAIDE
Currently on sale through ticketek.com.au & 132 849
* KISS and Motley Crue only
Tuesday March 5 ETIHAD STADIUM (Intimate Arena Mode), MELBOURNE
Bookings through ticketmaster.com.au & 136 100
Saturday March 9 ALL PHONES ARENA, SYDNEY
Bookings through ticketek.com.au & 132 849
Tuesday March 12 BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
Bookings through ticketek.com.au & 132 849
Saturday March 16 VIRGIN AUSTRALIA STADIUM, MACKAY
Bookings through ticketmaster.com.au &136 100
For VIP packages, including opportunities to meet KISS and Mötley Crüe, please visit www.themonstertour.com.
TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22
WITH VERY SPECIAL GUESTS MÖTLEY CRÜE
AT 2013 CLIPSAL 500 ADELAIDE
PRESENTED BY RADIO MIX 102.3
It doesn’t get any bigger than this! KISS and very special guests Mötley Crüe take to the stage on Sunday 3 March for the final concert at the 2013 Clipsal 500 Adelaide presented by Radio Mix 102.3.
KISS and Mötley Crüe have just completed a 45-date US summer tour and are excited to bring their spectacular shows to Australia next. This will be the biggest concert ever held at “The Race That Rocks”!
Kiss is Gene Simmons: bass/vocals, Paul Stanley: vocals/guitar, Tommy Thayer: guitar/vocals, and Eric Singer: drums/vocals, and as Paul Stanley puts it – “We’re a real, flesh-and-blood rock and roll band with people who’ve spent 40 years doing what we believe in.”
January 2013 will mark four decades since Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, then members of a band called Wicked Lester, joined up with drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley to form KISS. Forty years later, having racked up 28 U.S. gold albums along with 40 million U.S. and 100 million in world sales, Simmons and Stanley, with long- time members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are at the top of their game both in live performance and with “Monster”, the 20th studio album in their historic career.
The 12-song, straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll album features collaborations from all four members and is the group’s first studio album since the band’s 2009 smash success “Sonic Boom”. The album’s first single, the full-throttle rocker “Hell or Hallelujah” outlines the group’s long-held “take no prisoners” philosophy, what Stanley calls “a battle cry that encapsulates the entire record… one way or another, we’re going to do it our way.”
“Monster” represents KISS’ nod to the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flamethrowers and don makeup to entertain millions.
“We’re about authenticity,” says Simmons, the mastermind of not just the band’s music but a multi-million-dollar merchandising empire that includes everything from coffee-table books to coffins. “The KISS Army is ruthless. They’d skewer us if we put out records that weren’t great. We pushed ourselves on this album, to make not just ourselves but our fans proud. We try to hit a home run every swing we take. If we’re going to win, win big”.
The concert marks their first visit to Australia since 2008.
Mötley Crüe is: Vince Neil: Vocals, Mick Mars: Guitar, Nikki Sixx: bass, and Tommy Lee: Drums.
Perhaps the most momentous accomplishment of Mötley Crüe’s rock n’ roll legacy is the fact that its original members have survived to tell their tale—while remaining as active and relevant today as bands half their age, many of whom validated their own mojo from the original bad boys of rock.
After three decades of decadence, Mötley Crüe maintains its iron will, capturing new fans and influencing musicians across multiple generations.
Vocalist Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee have commandeered the rock pantheon for 30 years now and yet, Mötley Crüe’s rock royalty emanates with as much kickass iridescent relevance in the millennium as it did in the 1980s.
The Crüe’s bragging rights comprise worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million—25 million in the U.S.—seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 top 40 mainstream rock hits, six top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance, a New York Times bestselling memoir, and tours logging more than 1,350 live gigs across the globe, to date. The band’s output encompasses nine studio and two live albums, six compilation CDs, three box sets, nine DVDs, and 24 singles with accompanying music videos.
The group recently invaded Las Vegas with the city’s first ever hard rock residency, “Mötley Crüe in Sin City” leaving the loud impression that what happens in Vegas can be heard around the world.
A special “KISS Hot Zone” limited number ticket has been created for fans for the Sunday night concert for access to an exclusive section in front of the stage.
This special pass does not include entry to the circuit and grandstand, corporate platform, and Trackside ticket holders can purchase the “KISS Hot Zone” passes at a price of $80.
All Sunday Clipsal 500 Adelaide grandstand, platform and trackside Sunday ticket holders will still have free access to the concert oval.
The special “KISS Hot Zone” passes will go on pre-sale to the following groups:
Price Cap members from 2pm 19 November to 5pm 21 November. (SA time). Capacity 800. Limit as per Price Cap tickets held
`Public Sale from 9am 23 November (SA time). Capacity limited to remaining capacity. Limit of four tickets per transaction
A local band will also be part of the Sunday Concert line-up selected in conjunction with Music SA.
The 2013 Clipsal 500 Adelaide will be held from 28 February – 3 March.
Tickets are available from Ticketek on phone 132 849 or online at www.ticketek.com.au
For more event information visit www.clipsal500.com.au
THE SHOW TONIGHT IN DETROIT AT THE DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE IS POSTPONED UNTIL TOMORROW NIGHT!
To All KISS AND Motley Fans:
On its way to Detroit our pyro truck was involved in an accident and flipped spilling our gear all along the freeway.
We owe you the show you expect and deserve, so we’ve jointly decided to give our crews the 24 hours necessary to piece everything together to make it possible.
THE PARTY IS NOW THURSDAY NIGHT SEPTEMBER 6th.
See you there!
KISS and MOTLEY
Check out the new VINTAGE VAULT section in the Motley merch store online.
Additional items will be added frequently!
Vince Neil, Motley and Sennheiser USA have teamed up to give one lucky fan a prize pack including: Vince’s custom mic made in honor of the new single, a set of Sennheiser headphones and signed Motley merch!
Don’t go away mad! The new 2012 Tour merch is now available in the North American webstore.
If you haven’t seen THE TOUR yet, here’s a little taste of what you’ve been missing!