James Michael On The Possibility Of New Sixx:A.M. Music: “All Three Of Us Would Say The Door Is Not Shut”

During a recent appearance on “In The Trenches With Ryan Roxie,” Sixx:A.M.’s James Michael discussed the possibility of new music from the band. According to him, “all three [members] would say the door is not shut.”

Michael said the following:

“It’s a good question. And yeah, there’s a lot of interest in that…

We kind of went into hiatus, we kind of went away without really letting people know why. And the reality was that we were all really burned out. We were three friends that started this band as just a bunch of guys in a room making up songs together, and it just turned into something so much more significant over the years. And we were so lucky and so blessed to have the more-than-a-decade-long career that we’ve had so far.

The best way that I can answer the questions about what is the future of SIXX:A.M. and what’s going on with them is we have no plans right now to do anything moving forward. But I do talk quite regularly with both Nikki [Sixx] and DJ [Ashba]. And we all love what SIXX:A.M. was and became so much that… Would I love to make another SIXX:A.M. record? Absolutely. There’s nothing I’d love more than getting back in the room with Nikki and DJ and the whole gang and just experiencing that.

I would say all three of us would say the door is not shut [to future SIXX:A.M. activity]. It’s just with SIXX:A.M., we never were supposed to be a band in the first place. When we started, we were just, like I said, three guys getting together and making up songs. And then we recorded those songs. I wasn’t supposed to be the singer; we were just eventually gonna find a singer to actually record — take my voice off and put somebody else’s voice on. But just through circumstances, it just ended up taking off. And I’m just grateful for that experience. It’s just been amazing.”

He also added the following about working with Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba:

“To answer the question what it’s like to work with Nikki and DJ, it’s that chemistry that you hope you find when you are in this music industry. You hope that you get lucky enough to meet a guy or a couple of guys that you just jell with and that you can work with on every level — professional and personal. And that’s what it’s been like.

I think that there were tough times; there were very, very times being in SIXX:A.M. because we’re three very, very opinionated people. But 99 percent of the time, those strong opinions are also what became the strong support group for one another. When I, as the producer of the albums, would just reach a point where I didn’t know what the next right move was, I always had my two very, very skilled partners to lean on and to just say, ‘Hey, I need your input on this. Where should we go?’ And it was just always that kind of a give-and-take relationship.

SIXX:A.M. was always very much a democracy; we all brought ideas in and we all collaborated. We love that process so much. We laughed our way through a decade of making music. That’s the part I look forward to the most, is just getting the three of us in a room together, because it’s just non-stop laughter. And usually what we come up with ends up being something I’m very, very proud of.”

[via Blabbermouth]

James Michael Says He “Would Really Love” To Do A New Sixx:A.M. Album

During a recent appearance on “The Chuck Shute Podcast,” James Michael offered an update on Sixx:A.M. The singer says the band are still on hiatus, but if they did decide to do a new album he “would really love that.”

Michael said the following:

“We’re on hiatus. We don’t have any plans right now. I’m communicating quite regularly with both Nikki [Sixx] and DJ [Ashba]. And we all have some other creative projects that we are doing together, or will do together.

I don’t know if SIXX:A.M. will do another record. I think I would really love that if we did, and to be honest with you, I think probably Nikki and DJ feel the same. So we’ll just have to see. It’s certainly not off the table. But it just depends on where we’re at in our lives and if we feel that it’s something to pursue.”

He also added:

“I’m gonna be releasing some music in September. I’ve been back in the studio recording. And it’s really cool stuff. If you’re a SIXX:A.M. fan, I think you’re gonna really like this. It doesn’t sound like SIXX:A.M. necessarily, but these songs could absolutely have been SIXX:A.M. songs. So I’m getting really excited about putting out this music. And I think mid-September I’m gonna release the first song. … I’m just having a blast with it. And I really have no expectations for it other than I wanna start putting out music for the fans again because it’s been a long time and we’ve had a lot of people asking about SIXX:A.M. And while this won’t be SIXX:A.M., I definitely think it’s gonna be something that SIXX:A.M. fans really respond to.”

[via Blabbermouth]

DJ Ashba Says He Has “No Intention Of Doing Anything Further With” Sixx:A.M.

During a recent interview with Antihero Magazine, DJ Ashba was asked about the possibility of new music or live shows from Sixx:A.M. The guitarist responded by saying “never say never,” but also added that he currently has “no intention of doing anything further with” the band

Ashba said the following:

“Sixx:A.M. has always been a labor of love. It’s weird with Sixx:A.M., we all three are currently still full-blown members and we are very proud of everything we’ve created. James has mentioned recently that he’s kind of retiring, kind of stepping away from music, which is sad to hear, but the guy has done so many great, great things in his career and the songs he has been a part of. He has a lot to be proud of.

Now, that being said, the three of us at any given time could call each other and go, hey, let’s do one more tour. Let’s write a new song. That’s just how we are. We don’t ever plan anything. So, I would say, never say never, but I have no intention of doing anything further with it. I think we’ve put a nice bookend to Sixx:A.M. with the greatest hits and if something else were to happen so be it, but I think we’re all pretty satisfied with what we’ve done with that.”

James Michael Says Sixx:A.M. Don’t Have Any Plans To Tour Or Record More New Music

During a recent interview with Metal On Loud, Sixx:A.M. frontman James Michael discussed the band’s new “Hits” collection (out October 22) and their future plans. According to him, the group currently have no plans to tour or record more new music

Michael said the following when it was mentioned that artists tend to release greatest hits compilations at the end of their careers:

“I think for us, we really don’t know what the future holds for SIXX:A.M. So for us, when we sat down and started doing these recordings [for ‘Hits’], it was pretty much, in our minds, ‘Okay, this is a good way to kind of wrap up SIXX:A.M.’s body of work.’ So we were kind of looking at it as ‘This is the end, at least for now.’ And that was also an important aspect to us going into the studio and doing this because we really wanted to be able to — for lack of a better way to describe it — wrap this up and put a nice bow on it and really feel like we’ve controlled this from the beginning to the end. So it was fun and it was exciting. And as I said, we never know what SIXX:A.M. is gonna do in the future, but for now, we’re looking at this and saying, ‘This is a good way to wrap this up.'”

He continued when asked if the band will play some shows in support of “Hits”:

“We don’t have any tour plans. I know that, of course, MÖTLEY CRÜE has this big tour that has been planned and rescheduled. So I think that that’s probably all-encompassing for Nikki and the gang, as far as that goes. But we right now don’t have any plans to do that.

When we got off the road a couple of years ago, we were all pretty burnt out. And I think that we just naturally kind of made the decision that that might be it for SIXX:A.M. as far as touring goes. But you never know what time off does to somebody. So we’ll see.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sixx:A.M. Premiere New Song “The First 21”

Sixx:A.M. have premiered a lyric video for their new song “The First 21.” This track will be included on the band’s new greatest hits compilation, “Hits,” which will be released on October 22. The following was said about the song and video in an official press release:

“As the new companion track founding member Nikki Sixx’s new memoir of the same name, ‘The First 21’ looks back nostalgically at the moments where we discovered music, ourselves and our dreams. An official lyric video for the song also premiered today, featuring unseen footage following Frank Feranna’s journey to becoming Nikki Sixx. The video was directed by artist Lucy Dyson, who has handled creative visuals for Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Paul Smith and many more.”

Sixx:A.M. To Release New Greatest Hits Compilation “Hits” In October

Sixx:A.M. will be releasing a new greatest hits compilation titled “Hits” on October 22. A “rock mix” of “Skin” from the effort can be found below:

“Hits” Track Listing:

01. “Life Is Beautiful”
02. “This Is Gonna Hurt”
03. “Lies Of The Beautiful People”
04. “Pray For Me”
05. “Rise”
06. “Stars”
07. “Maybe It’s Time”
08. “Skin”
09. “Belly Of The Beast”
10. “Are You With Me Now”
11. “Girl With Golden Eyes”
12. “Accidents Can Happen”
13. “Gotta Get It Right”
14. “We Will Not Go Quietly”

Bonus Tracks:

15. “The First 21”
16. “Talk To Me” (Radio Mix)
17. “Penetrate”
18. “Waiting All My Life”
19. “Skin” (Rock Mix)
20. “Life Is Beautiful” (Piano Vocal)

DJ Ashba Says He Recently “Finished Cutting Guitars On A Brand New Sixx:A.M. Track”

DJ Ashba has confirmed that he recently “finished cutting guitars” for a new Sixx:A.M. song. He said the following about that:

“Just finished cutting guitars on a brand new @sixxam track with @nikkisixxpixx and @jamesmichaelofficial This felt like the Heroin Diaries Days when we just got together as friends and had fun writing songs! What a blast this one was! Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did creating it! 👽”

Sixx:A.M. “Finishing Up” New Music

It looks like Sixx:A.M. are “finishing up” some new music. Nikki Sixx recently confirmed the news on Facebook:

“Heading back to Wyoming. Got a lot of work done on the new book, LA Rats, a new creative endeavor I am about to embark on and seeing family. Finishing up new Sixx:A.M. with James [Michael] and DJ [Ashba] now and next time you see me I’ll be fly fishing on the Snake river …THIS is gonna be a great summer with so much opening up but I really look forward to the Stadium tour NEXT summer…Been a minute since I’ve been onstage…… WHATS YER PLANS?”

James Michael: “There’s Some Incredible New Sixx:A.M. Music That’s Waiting In The Wings”

During a recent interview with Andy Hall of Lazer 103.3, James Michael was asked about the possibility of Sixx:A.M. releasing new material. He responded by saying that there is actually “some incredible new Sixx:A.M. music that’s waiting in the wings.”

Michael said the following:

“We’ve been talking a lot. Nikki [Sixx] and I spent a lot of time talking — not just about music, but just about life in general. But we have had a lot of conversations recently about writing.

Actually, when we got off the road in, I think, 2017, we went right into the studio and recorded a few more songs. So there’s some incredible new Sixx:A.M. music that’s waiting in the wings. So we’re trying to figure out what the next move is, what would make sense for us. And I think this project right here, with ‘Maybe It’s Time’, is a great starter for us to kind of start thinking, ‘Hey, what’s next for us?’ Obviously, with COVID still being such a relevant thing, it’s hard to answer those questions entirely, but we are talking about getting back in the studio and doing some more [writing].”

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Etc. Members Guest On New Version Of Sixx:A.M.’s “Maybe It’s Time”

Sixx:A.M. have released a new version of their song “Maybe It’s Time.” The updated version of the track features the following guests: Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch), Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves), Awolnation, and Brantley Gilbert. All participating artists will be donating their royalties to the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation. On top of that, Better Noise Music are also planning to match the donation.

Sixx:A.M.’s Nikki Sixx (also of Mötley Crüe) said the following:

“I am proud to bring together these artists to help raise funds for the Global Recovery Initiative Foundation. The opioid epidemic did not go away when the pandemic came along. Just the opposite…those in early recovery became even more at risk than before so it’s more important now than ever to raise awareness and support them. I really believe that united we can make a difference and save lives.”

A few of the guests also commented:

Def Leppard‘s Joe Elliot:

“So, Nikki rang me to see if I’d lend a vocal to ‘Maybe It’s Time.’ After hearing the track for the first time in a while, I was reminded how good it is so I was in! It felt right, all around, giving back to the much-needed Global Recovery Initiative.”

Bad Wolves‘ Tommy Vext:

“Alcoholism and drug addiction are family diseases. They’re the only diseases that everyone is mad at and hurt if you have it. People don’t get upset at you if you get cancer. It’s because with addiction, it affects everyone whose life touches the sufferer.”

Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor:

“It’s a real issue… It’s affecting young people more and more every year, so it’s very, very important for all of us to pitch in and do our part, especially some of us who have lived through it…those of us who have survived… it’s the least I can do.”

The new version of “Maybe It’s Time” will be included on the soundtrack to the new film “Sno Babies,” which will be available on on-demand and digital platforms on September 29.