Nikki Sixx Focusing on Sixx:A.M.'s First Headlining Tour as Motley Crue Comes to a Close

Nikki Sixx of Sixx:A.M.
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Nikki Sixx of Sixx:A.M. performs at iHeartRadio Theater on October 7, 2014 in Burbank, California. 

After seven years and three albums, Sixx:A.M. will do its first tour as a headliner -- though fans will have to wait another six months for the experience.

Wrestling Nikki Sixx's commitments to Mötley Crüe's farewell tour and Guns N' Roses' demands for DJ Ashba, Sixx:A.M. has scoped out April for a 16-date tour to promote the group's just-released third album, Modern Vintage. Sixx, Ashba and James Michael will be joined by drummer Jeff Fabb (In This Moment, Filter, Black Label Society) and a pair of vocalists who backed the group for its release-day show Tuesday at the iHeart Radio Theater in Los Angeles. The trek opens April 8 at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom and wraps 21 days later at The Fillmore in Silver Springs, Md., with Apocalyptica opening all dates.

"We've wanted to get out and play live and there hasn't been time to do it, and there's a small window between a couple of Mötley tours and it just happens that DJ is available and James is available," Sixx tells Billboard. "We're humble and we know that we're kind of a baby band and we're starting out and it's our first headlining tour, so we're gonna underplay, not play big places, and we're going to put on the biggest show we can think of in those type of places. My body would probably like to go, 'OK, you're gonna be on tour with Mötley Crüe pretty much non-stop. Let's take this break and maybe even go on vacation.' But I just love this record so much and I love this band so much, I'm going to take advantage of this time to give the fans what they want."

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With Modern Vintage openly influenced by a variety of '70s rock powerhouses, Sixx says Sixx:A.M.'s concerts will follow suit. "It's not new that we've been influenced by David Bowie and Mott the Hoople and queen and Elton John musically, but we also look at those bands and go, 'Those were arena bands. Those were theatrical shows. Those were extravaganzas.' As we're putting the show together and looking at ideas, that's what we're gunning for. We're not just going to play a linear, one-dimensional, hard set. We're gonna take you on a real musical journey."

Sixx adds that the concerts "will be like nothing that Mötley Crüe has ever done because I would never disrespect Mötley Crüe and do that. Mötley Crüe is this beautiful, four-headed monster and this is a new band, a different band and it'll have a different interpretation of what a rock band is."

Sixx says Sixx:A.M. will "look for other opportunities" to play live, but he's particularly excited for life after Mötley Crüe, when he won't have to juggle the two groups. "I have something in front of me, musically, to do next," he explains.

"We want (Sixx:A.M.) to be a band on our own, and moving forward we feel like this is the kind of band where there's no ceiling. There's no boundaries. It's going to be exciting to put it together live and solidify it as a live rock band and then see what we do with that when we start the writing process again, 'cause when Mötley Crüe's over (Sixx:A.M.) is going to be my priority as a band."

That, of course, means touring hasn't caused Sixx and his Crüe mates to change their minds about saying goodbye. "If anything it's solidified it," Sixx says. "We know that what we want is to end at a peak, and we're very proud of that. Everyone's getting along, the band's sounding good. It's fantastic." Sixx adds that the Crüe is still working on the film adaptation of its band autobiography The Dirt and plans to release the new song "All Bad Things Must Come To An End."

There are also talks about "a really in-depth documentary and possible live DVDs," according to Sixx. "There's a lot going on in the Motley camp," he says. "All that stuff will come out when the time time's right."

Full Sixx:A.M. Tour Itinerary

April 8 -- San Francisco, Regency Ballroom
April 10 -- Las Vegas, The Joint
April 11 -- Los Angeles, Club Nokia
April 13 -- Denver, Ogden Theatre
April 14 -- Kansas City, Midland Theatre
April 16 -- Houston, Warehouse Live
April 17 -- Dallas, Bomb Factory
April 19 -- Minneapolis, Mill City Nights
April 20 -- Chicago -- The Vic Theater
April 21 -- Royal Oak, Mich., Royal Oak Music Theatre
April 23 -- Toronto, Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 24 -- Sayerville, N.J., Starland Ballroom
April 25 -- Worcester, Mass., Worcester Palladium
April 27 -- New York, Best Buy Theater
April 28 -- Philadelphia, Electric Factory
April 29 -- Silver Spring, Md., The Fillmore


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