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SIXX: AM Releases ‘Lies of the Beautiful People’ 

If you follow me on Twitter, then maybe you’ll remember that I Tweeted about how awesome the new SIXX: AM song “Lies of the Beautiful People” is – but I couldn’t discuss it here! With no way to really share the song, I didn’t think it was fair to write about something you all couldn’t enjoy, too.

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!

Reader Comments (25)

HOOK, LINE & SINKER!!! PURE MAGIC!!! I was up at 5:00am and immediately found the video on my cell as I was getting dressed. I had to hear it right then and there!!!!



I love CRUE but musically they are just burnt out and have been for quite some time. This is where SIXX's heart lies and I'm all for it full time right now! BRING ON THIS IS GONNA HURT!!!
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKari
I never really looked into this band.Probably because I've gone into a more heavier direction, ie BLS, Killswitch, Five Finger Death Punch. However this song merits more interest to be taken. Sounds good and it does sound modern but thats now neccesarily a bad thing it has an edge to it that works in its favor.
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Um, the song is okay, but not great. james Michael is hardly a genius. he has an okay voice, and decent vocal range, but do you really want to put the "Genius" tag on him?

I actually think it's cool that Sixx is doing something musically different from crue, but I don't find anything in this song that sets it apart from most other modern rock songs. I suspect that if Allyson and kari heard this song without knowing that Sixx had anything to do with it, they wouldn't be slobbering over it nearly as much.
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob
I love Sixx, but this entire visual theme is a copy of Marilyn Manson's late 90's work.
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSparkyDR99
Ehhh, Its ok not as good as what I expected after their debut CD. Still blows away any thing the Crue has done recently.Hopefully the CD has better tunes.
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSleaze Rocker
It's just OK. Nothing special. Sixx has written much better than "Lies of the Beautiful People" (the Beautiful People.. Whaaa...)

Even the title is 2nd rate Marilyn Manson re-hash.
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce
By Genius, i wasn't speaking of his vocals....he is the mastermind behind the production for all of SIXX AM. I think he has monster talent in the studio!!
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkari
I am not even close to sold on this. I definitely don't agree that is brilliant and it sounds like something that would be fine on the Top 40 Rock Charts. Very unoriginal.
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterspence
I'm up to 5 times listening. Awesome stuff!
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColsCPA
Pretty damn good. Why oh why cant Motley put out anything this good?!?!?
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbumblefootboy
Good song.
Also Beady Eyes new album has been leaked on the internet.
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam
Average at best, first album was really great but that song is mess for me, solo is great but it didn't blow me away. I hope rest of album is much better. It is nowhere near "Life is Beautiful" or "Pray for Me".
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter
Stop ripping me off Nikki!! Oh wait, No, next year I will put out a carbon copy of your Theatre of Pain image.
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn Manson
Man, this would sound so much better if it was Vince Neil singin' it.

I hope Nikki at least saves some of his ammo for the next Crue album.

p.s. Marilyn, you need to ROCK OUT more. If you had cranked up the guitars since the very beginning, you would gone a lot further. You would be drinkin' REAL absinthe instead of havin' to hawk your own crap one. Same goes for Vince and his stupid tequila, I guess, if Nikki kept delivering for Crue after Dr. Feelgood and Neil not quit. Even saving "Life Is Beautiful" for Crue's last one and letting Neil have "Promise Me" on it, too, would have helped all the way around. Gee, I wonder if any of that stuff Nikki writes for Lee Ann Rimes, etc., would improve Crue's canon if he saved it for 'em?
February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I absolutely love it! James Michael has a voice of an angel, I could listen to him all day and his production talents shines through this song. Dj has always been phenominal with the guitar and Nikki should be proud of the awesome job he did. I can't wait for the entire CD and book to come out. God I wish they'd tour again. The first time around was WAY to short of time on stage. I hope they realize that the demand is still high on people wanting to see them tour again!!!!
February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Rather listen to Reckless Love or Wig Wam...sorry...Sounds way to modern rock. i will give Sixx props though for being so talented and creative
February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
Reckless Love! One of my Top 5 last year!

Hope to catch 'em in Sweden or somewhere soon.

Isn't it f*cked up how U.S.Glam today, overall, is more "Modern Rock" than Glam? Aside from a handful of bands in The States, the motherlode of bands truly carrying the torch of Glam are in Europe.

Why in h*ll can't we get 'em over here as support acts, at the very least? I'm tellin' ya, they would catch on and the kids would buy in.

The same way "If a tree falls in the forest will anyone here it?", kids are never going to know about NewGlam, if record companies who have deals with current Glam Metal acts like Reckless Love don't expose 'em over here, it's a missed opportunity for the fans, for the bands and for their respective record company's sales, brand and profile.

Yeah, okay, the record labels have to lay out some bux to get 'em over here and get 'em touring, but, c'mon, you don't think these bands will catch on in this country given the present climate in music right now with the very real lovefest going on with this genre right now for the timeless, ageless Journey/Leppard/Crue/Poison fans?

The kids will eat it up as they're already into the old stuff via the internet, RockBand and Guitar Hero, etc.

If the record companies and AEG, LiveNation, etc., don't seize the opportunity and realize they can capitalize on NewGlam, we'll have to keep settling for this annoying generic and mediocre "Modern Rock" crap that's got half the people settling for less and thinkin' it's more.

Glam Metal is a movement ready to happen in this country...

Just like Allyson has been onto for a long time...

Bring Back Glam! Now!
February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Just go the Reckless Love cd in the mail on Tuesday... AMAZING!
February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Reckless is amazing. However, a band like Bad City is keeping glam alive in the US. Still... one band hardly does it. Dirty Penny was doing it, but they broke up!
February 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterspence

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