This Day In Heavy Metal. Mötley Crüe
Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna Jr., later known as Nikki Sixx, was born on December 11, 1958, in San Jose, California.
When he became interested in music his first instrument was a stolen guitar, which he later exchanged for a bass. At age 17, the burgeoning musician moved to Los Angeles and worked odd jobs while auditioning for bands. At this time, he changed his name to Nikki Sixx.
Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Sixx joined the group Sister, led by Blackie Lawless. In 1978, after being fired from Sister, Sixx and bandmate Lizzie Grey formed the band London. They recorded a number of demos, but shortly after, Sixx left to form his own heavy metal band. In 1981, Sixx founded Mötley Crüe with drummer Tommy Lee, guitarist Mick Mars and singer Vince Neil.
On December 23, 1987, Sixx was declared dead for two minutes after a heroin overdose. He was revived by paramedics and taken to the hospital, which he escaped to rush home and shoot up in his bathroom. Soon after this near-death event, Sixx and his bandmates went into rehab. Afterward, the band produced their most successful album to date, Dr. Feelgood (1989), which remained on the charts for 114 weeks.
Currently, Sixx appears on a nationally american syndicated radio show called Sixx Sense. His side projects include the band Sixx:A.M. and photography work.