Today’s song is Life Is Beautiful by SIXX:A.M.
This song is a solo project by Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. He was born on this day in 1958. His book The Heroin Diaries is one hell of an amazing read. When I read the book the first time I was impressed he was still alive, based on everything he did as well. The Dirt which is the biography about Motley Crue is also a must read book, even if you aren’t a fan of them or Nikki Sixx, Both books are a great read just as a music fan.
The band released The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack in 2007, which is based upon Sixx’s autobiography, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star.
The band made their live debut at Crash Mansion on July 16, 2007. They performed five songs from the album, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack. The album had no drummer because lead singer/rhythm guitarist James Michael programmed all the drums. Due to this, there was some curiosity as to who would be playing drums for them live. Former Beautiful Creatures drummer Glen Sobel ended up playing on tour with the band.
On October 25, 2007, Sixx:A.M. played another show opening for Korn. At the time of this show, Glen Sobel was on tour drumming with Elliott Yamin.
Originally the group stated they had no intention of touring. After constant support for the band and interest in a tour, they held a nationwide vote for tour dates. The tour was scheduled to start in spring 2008 but was postponed to the summer due to unforeseeable circumstances.
In 2008, Ashba and Michael assisted Sixx with the writing and recording of Mötley Crüe’s studio album Saints of Los Angeles.
On April 15, 2008, Sixx:A.M. announced they would be touring as part of Mötley Crüe’s Crüe Fest, along with Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Trapt. The tour began on July 1, 2008, in West Palm Beach, Florida. During Crüe Fest, Papa Roach drummer Tony Palermo served as a touring drummer for the band. A deluxe tour edition of The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack was released on November 25, 2008, which included a bonus live EP entitled Live Is Beautiful which features recorded performances from the band’s summer tour.