Now, the song is officially out! The song and video debuted on Nikki’s website for the radio show Sixx Sense last night. The song is the first single from the upcoming album This Is Gonna Hurt. The single goes to radio March 1.
The good news is that the album date was actually pushed forward to May 3rd. The album is the companion to the book This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx (Harper Collins/William Morrow). The book is due April 12.
Now, back to “Lies of the Beautiful People.”
When I first heard the song, I immediately freaked out. As in, I woke up. It takes a lot to musically excite me anymore but “Lies of the Beautiful People” did it – I was hooked! On that first night, I listened to the song about 12 times in a row. James Michael sounds absolutely fantastic on the track. While the guitar solo isn’t long, it’s easy to see that DJ Ashba will be given a chance to shine on this new record. And Nikki, well, he’s Nikki.
Getting more complex, the song is a unique hybrid of modern and stadium rock. You can definitely tell the song is from a modern band…but it doesn’t sound much like anything else that is out there now. I’ve already read people saying the new song is a bandwagon-jumping attempt at fame. And that is just wrong. SIXX:AM is Nikki’s side project. I think he, just as everyone else in the world, realizes Motley Crue is still his main bread and butter. Motley has a defined sound, SIXX:AM lets him do something else. To complain something is “Too modern… or too different from the Crue” is completely missing the point.
I can’t wait for the new album. Based on “Lies of the Beautiful People” alone it will be in my top 10 of 2011. Let’s hope for a tour!