SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside James Michael and D.J. Ashba (GUNS N' ROSES), is putting the finishing touches on its second album, to be released in conjunction with Nikki's new book, "This Is Gonna Hurt". Some of the songs were inspired by the author's photographs; others inspired photographs of their own.
A new video message from Michael regarding the progress of the mixing sessions for the CD can be viewed below.
"I'm here in Nashville, Tennessee at my recording studio where I'm putting the final touches on the last few mixes of the new SIXX: A.M. record," James can be heard saying in the clip. "It has been a long, long, long process, as you know. I know I've promised you guys several times that the record's nearly done or it's gonna be done in a week and the truth is every time I said that I really did believe it. But this shit happens — you go back and you change something or you write another song and the next thing you know, everything gets pushed back. Anyway, at the end of the day, here I am, the last week, the mixes are going fantastic. I'm almost done. Hopefully within a couple of days the final mix will be out of my hair and this record will be in your hands very soon. So thanks for being patient."
HarperCollins imprint William Morrow has set a March 22, 2011 tentative release date for the "This Is Gonna Hurt" book.
"This Is Gonna Hurt" is part photo, part journal — but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling snapshots and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Told with the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times bestseller "The Heroin Diaries", "This Is Gonna Hurt" chronicles Sixx's experience, from his early years filled with toxic waste to his success with MÖTLEY CRÜE, his death from an OD and rebirth to his addictions to music, photography, and love.
In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect.com, Sixx stated about "This Is Gonna Hurt", "We're working on the book right now. It's 99 percent finished. It's exciting for me because it's probably got about 150 of my photographs in it as well, so you start to see the tie-in between who I was as a kid and who I am as an adult and then what happened in that journey and how this fucked up brain of mine works."
The New York Times bestselling author of "The Heroin Dairies", Sixx refuses to become a sanitized PSA for suburban mothers; instead, he has found strength and inspiration in his pain and sobriety, and in this raw and powerful book gives us a glimpse inside his sick and dirty mind.
"I've always had an eye for the oddities in life," said Sixx. "Even as a kid I saw the world in my own way and thought most things that were different were beautiful and magical. Even things that other people thought were horrifying and disgusting and weird. . . . People say I have a distorted lens. I think I see things as they really are."
Love story, bad-ass rock tell-all, social commentary, family memoir, "This Is Gonna Hurt" offers the compelling insights of an artist and a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending — a search that fuels Sixx's being. "I want to take you on the journey I am on, in real time," Sixx writes. "If you don't deal with your demons, they will deal with you, and it's gonna hurt."
"This Is Gonna Hurt" includes a foreword by Sixx's ex-girlfriend, 28-year-old tattoo artist Kat Von D (born Katherine Von Drachenberg) on "Love and Inspiration."
"This Is Gonna Hurt" will include more than two dozen of Nikki's images. He will incorporate the stories behind the pictures and how they came to be, including interviews with the subjects so readers can see "what life is like for those whom society has labeled as freaks."