NIKKI SIXX to End iHeartRadio Show SixxSense, The Heroin Diaries Broadway Play Coming Soon!

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Today global rock icon Nikki Sixx announces plans to step down as host of and end his nationally-syndicated Premiere Networks / iHeartRadio rock Radio programs, Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx, The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Classic with Nikki Sixx at the end of this year. His final broadcast will be December 31, 2017.

Launched at the beginning of 2010, his flagship radio program Sixx Sense quickly became the biggest syndicated rock show in America, distributed to more than 130 stations nationwide and boasting nearly 3 Million global weekly listeners. Sixx has welcomed an influential array of prominent musicians, celebrities, and noteworthy personalities as guests on the show. During his tenure as host he interviewed royalty such as Sir Paul McCartney, Slash, Steven Tyler, Metallica, Stevie Nicks, and Dolly Parton, boxing champion Mike Tyson, director Cameron Crowe, celebrity health expert Dr. Oz, and many more.

In addition, the program provided a unique platform for new music discovery with Sixx hand-selecting up-and-coming talent and introducing his audience to future superstars. Sixx launched trailblazing artists such as Awolnation, Greta Van Fleet, and Nothing More among many more by debuting their music on Sixx Sense.

 

Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks, stated: “When we first partnered with Nikki in 2010, we set out to create a unique program from the perspective of true rock star, and that’s exactly what we did. We’re proud of the work we did together to make Sixx Sense one of the most-widely-syndicated Rock radio programs in the country, while establishing the ultimate platforms for rock music fans, as well as new and established artists. It’s been a pleasure working with Nikki, and we wish him all the best.”

 

“I grew up discovering music on the radio,” explains Nikki Sixx.”So to host my own show over the nearly eight years of Sixx Sense was beyond my wildest dreams. I could not have done it without my amazing team in the studio, or the guests, musicians, and listeners that brought the show to life. It’s been an inspirational journey and I’ll always be a fan of the medium, but it’s time to shift gears outside the realm of solely radio. I’m in the process of developing new and unique programming and ventures across multiple platforms. But I’m really gonna miss Sixx Sense.”

Sixx is stepping down from his hosting duties to focus on myriad new endeavors in 2018 including his blossoming photography career, television endeavors and the Broadway adaptation of his New York Times Bestselling Memoir The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life of a Shattered Rockstar.

Featuring music from SIXX:A.M.’s The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, the first-ever soundtrack tied to a book release, Sixx has teamed up with former Live Nation Chairman and Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark Broadway producer Michael Cohl to bring this compelling story of addiction and redemption to life on stage.

Originally released in 2007, both the book and soundtrack will see Tenth Anniversary Editions released later this month: The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life of a Shattered Rockstar ft. new chapters and never-before-seen photographs is out October 24th via Gallery Books / Simon and Schuster. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack: 10th Anniversary Edition by SIXX:A.M. ft. three newly reimagined 2017 tracks including #1 hit “Life Is Beautiful 2017” is out October 27th via Eleven Seven Music.

2018 will also see Sixx take his first-ever photo exhibition Conversations with Angels around the world in partnership with Leica Camera. On display through November 5th 2017 at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles, the collection showcases the artist’s talent for storytelling across platforms with intimate images by Sixx depicting homelessness and drug addiction amongst other subjects; topics that he was all too familiar with before photography helped change his life. Sixx has also partnered with Leica Camera on the debut of a limited edition Nikki Sixx Leica Q camera. More info here.

HELLYEAH UNDEN!ABLE Deluxe Edition Featuring Fan-Shot Live Concert DVD We’re All In This Together

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Today HELLYEAH announce UNDEN!ABLE Deluxe Edition out 10/27 on Eleven Seven Music as a CD/DVD Best Buy Exclusive and CD & Live Audio Digital Deluxe. The physical package contains the fan-shot Live Concert DVD We’re All In This Together. The digital package contains the live audio from the DVD. UNDEN!ABLE features three top ten US Active Rock singles, including “Human”, “I Don’t Care Anymore”, and “Love Falls” - currently at its highest position at #7.

Featuring footage from HELLYEAH’s Australian leg of the 2015 “Blood For Blood” World Tour captured by the band’s fans, We’re All In This Together also features frank on-camera discussions with HELLYEAH founder Chad Gray discussing the heavy metal lifestyle and their history within the heavy metal community. To celebrate the re-release of the album, the band is hosting a contest on Toneden - where they will be giving away 6 months of premium membership to Spotify or Apple Music. The contest can be found here.

“Moth” Live Audio from We’re All In This Together is out today exclusively via Spotify/Apple Music

HELLYEAH, formed in 2006 by Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Chad Gray (Mudvayne) and Tom Maxwell (Nothing Face), have released 5 albums culminating in the release of the #2 Hard Rock album UNDEN!ABLE in June 2016. HELLYEAH have notched up multiple top 10 songs including “Moth,” “Hush,” “Human” and “I Don’t Care Anymore,” the classic Phil Collins song featuring Dimebag Darrell Abbott on guitars. HELLYEAH is now rounded out with bassist Kyle Sanders and guitarist Christian Brady.

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The Ringer Interviews Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix about "Crooked Teeth", Showmanship, Rock Music + More

“It Just Seems Like Monkeys Thrown’ Shit at Each Other”

Jacoby Shaddix, frontman for the long-lasting and newly relevant Papa Roach, talks about rock music, showmanship, politics, and, yes, Paul Ryan

Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix is arguably one of the best frontmen active in rock, and inarguably one of the most. Onstage at last month’s Rock on the Range festival, he was Extra in the best possible way, a screaming and chanting and swearing and rapping dervish, like the deranged offspring of Willy Wonka and Johnny Rotten. Shaddix puts on a Show; he proudly holds himself up for both adulation and ridicule. He even brought out a local marching band, the Olentangy Orange, to provide backup on a new song called “Born for Greatness.” (The original plan was to get Ohio State’s band, but as Shaddix tells me, “We didn’t fit their standards and practices.”)

Any reaction is better than none; any emotion is preferable to indifference. It’s been this way ever since Papa Roach’s major-label debut, 2000’s triple-platinum Infest, turned the Northern California band into nü-metal superstars, and Shaddix into a rap-rock poster boy. That record’s biggest single, the bombastic and infectious “Last Resort,” has especially endured as a cultural touchstone. In late March, when House Republicans’ first attempt at a major health care reform bill went bust, a faked screengrab of a New York Times article went viral, alleging that a distraught Paul Ryan fled the White House in a black SUV blasting you-know-what.

The band’s ninth album, Crooked Teeth, is arguably their best and inarguably their weirdest in a decade or more, full of candy-coated blasts of rage and triumph like the mental-health anthem “Help” and the societal-ills lament “American Dreams.” Last week, I talked to Shaddix about showmanship, longevity, the dolorous state of active rock, the inspiring state of current hip-hop, and, yes, Paul Ryan. Here are excerpts from our conversation.

What I really like about you guys is you put on a show: With a lot of other Rock on the Range bands, it was mostly dudes just frowning and rocking out. Is it a crucial part of your job to be a showman, to do almost a ringmaster thing?

I mean, isn’t that the fuckin’ — isn’t that what a frontman is? I don’t know, man. I studied a lot of the greats growin’ up. Freddie Mercury was one of those guys, I just think he’s amazing. The way that he commands an audience. I never saw him live personally, but I watched a lot of footage, and it’s like, somehow Freddie Mercury made a stadium feel like a club, and then, when he’d play a club, he’d make a club feel like a fuckin’ stadium. So that’s always been my approach: make it personal, and draw the people in, and interact. I just feel like that’s why I’m fuckin’ there, man. It’s like a moment where we’re all just interconnected. The live show, that’s the last tribal experience. You know?

I’ve seen you in a few places describe Crooked Teeth as “weird” — you really wanted it to be weird, or at least unexpected in some ways. Any particular reason for that?

It just kinda felt like over the course of the last couple records, it became less experimental and less focused on being adventurous. And I feel like this record, it was just time: Either we’re going to just keep making active rock records, or we’re gonna fuckin’ evolve. ’Cause when we first came in, our songs were sprawling, and kind of oddball at times, and we’d just jump into these weird-sounding parts out of nowhere. And we lost that.

This record was kind of a mission to get that back: to still maintain our identity as a fuckin’ kick-ass rock band, but also spread it out a bit, because I don’t know, man. I listen to rock sometimes, and I just feel like it’s just fuckin’ so homogenized — that it’s just, like, one long song. I just fuckin’ — we want to do our best to break it up, you know? Crooked Teeth, it’s got elements of the core, but then it’s got elements where we just freak shit out. Those moments are important.

It’s been out a week or two — do you have a sense of the reaction? Are you freaking out any hard-core fans who just want that core experience?

Oh, dude, the fans are fuckin’ loving it. Our fans know that it’s about the evolution when it comes to Papa Roach. It’s always about pushing it forward. They expect that from us at this point — it was just a little bit more dramatic on this record, as far as how we evolved. A lot of our hard-core fans are coming back with, “Fuckin’ ‘Born for Greatness’ is my jam.” And that’s like a cross between fuckin’ Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” with some fuckin’, I don’t know, White Stripes crazy rock drop with a cool anthem built on top of it. There were a lot of moments in the studio where, like, “Fuck it! Just try it!” If we string a bunch of those moments together, it just makes it fun, man.

You do quite a bit of rapping on Crooked Teeth. Is there any pattern or logic to how much rapping you do from record to record?

I mean, it’s calculated, but it’s also about just how I’m fuckin’ feeling. I fell in love with hip-hop in the last few years again. Artists like Yelawolf, UGK, Run the Jewels — they’re setting me off again, and I’m like, “Fuck, man, I love hip-hop music again. It’s going down!” It’s a trip, because hip-hop cats are taking a page from the rock-star book, you know what I mean? And it’s like, “Alright, cool. I’ma fuckin’ dip back in your world again and see what happens.”

It’s exciting, man, and it makes it fuckin’ fun and different for me as a writer and as a vocalist. I just felt like this time around, it’s like, if I made everything a melody, it just kinda seems passe and ehhhhh. There’s more fire in what I’m saying when I’m rapping. ’Cause who else in active rock is gonna be rapping on fuckin’ rock music like me? Not many.

Has your fan base changed in a fundamental way since you started doing this? Are they getting older with you, or are you getting a little older, and they’re mostly staying the same age?

It’s a little bit of both. We’ve got some core folks that’ve stuck with it, and just believed it, lived it, for years. And then touring with bands like Mötley Crüe, that got us some older fans as well. But then we’re seeing the demographics skew a lot younger. So we have this fan base that goes from 14 to 50. And for us, we’ve been around long enough to be multigenerational. Where kids are like, “Fuckin’, I was listening to Papa Roach when I was 5 years old!” ’Cause their parents were bangin’ it!

And “Last Resort” is still a classic. It still connects with people in an authentic fashion. Still. That’s what dope. There’s kids hearing “Last Resort” for the first time after fuckin’ jamming out Twenty One Pilots. It’s fuckin’ cool, man.

Speaking of “Last Resort,” do you remember where you were physically when the Paul Ryan Twitter thing happened?

Oh, where was I? I think I was in the studio. Yes. I was in the studio. I remember that, because [my managers] Ian and Jerry were on Twitter or whatever, and saw that pop off, and we were like, “Oh, shit.”

What do you think when that happens? What’s your initial reaction?

I just had to laugh. You know? I just look at American politics right now, and it’s just a fuckin’ shitshow. It’s just, wow. It’s like Idiocracy. I don’t know if you’ve seen that movie.

I see that a lot, people making that comparison.

And I’m like, I’m conservative on some shit. I’m like Chris Rock when he said it: “I’m conservative on some shit, and liberal on some other shit.” You know what I mean? But it’s just, I don’t man, it just seems like monkeys throwin’ shit at each other.

Yeah, I really dig “American Dreams.” Is that inspired by any particular event or feeling? Pretty much everybody feels like they’re being lied to at this point.

Yeah. I was writing that during the presidential debates. When that was going down, I’m like, “I can’t even sit my kids down in front of the television and have ’em watch these two.” They seem like high schoolers. Like, bad high schoolers. I mean, hey, man, they’re both intelligent people. We know that. But unfortunately, it just devolved into this, bleaaaggh.

And so the track, it deals with a lot of just American issues. Street crime. Hate crimes. War. The effects of war on people, on family. And through all of it, it just seems like a bunch of smoke and mirrors and lies that we’re trying to sift through to find the truth.

Have you thought about how political, or apolitical, you want Papa Roach to be?

Ughhhh. I take neither side. I take the human side. I’m a human on this planet. Planet Earth. That’s it. First, I’m a human being. First off, I’m a fuckin’ spirit. Second off, I’m a human being on this planet. And then, you know, before I get caught up in … what my allegiance is to, I feel sort of a higher calling than a country or anything. I just try to serve my fellow man. That’s how I look at the world. And so as far as how political I wanna get or what side I wanna pick, I pick the side of justice. I pick the side of truth, even if it fuckin’ hurts. You know what I mean? Or even if it makes me look like a fuckin’ asshole.

Rob Harvilla, The Ringer

Loudwire Reviews Papa Roach's New Album 'Crooked Teeth'

Papa Roach 'Crooked Teeth' Album Review

By Michael Christopher June 5, 2017 11:16 AM

Papa Roach found themselves in an interesting position going into the recording of album number nine, Crooked Teeth. They had dipped a toe back into the rock/rap leanings of their earliest material on 2012’s The Connection, but pulled it out quickly for its 2015 follow-up, F.E.A.R. Now, two years later, they’ve waded into the deep end again with a healthy mix of old and new. A big part of it is the production team of Nicholas “RAS” Furlong and Colin Brittain, who both grew up as fans of the group and encouraged them to grasp the past while keeping it fresh.

“My Medication” is just one example of how the two sides of Papa Roach’s career can fit onto one coin. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix effortlessly switches back and forth from rapping and singing in his vigorous vocal style. He slips in a bit of the former in the title-track, and does it even more so on album opener “Break the Fall,” which is almost the most striking moment of Crooked Teeth if it weren’t for welcoming rapper Machine Gun Kelly into the fold for a duet on “Sunrise Trailer Park.” Papa Roach have done this before; a guest spot from Royce da 5′ 9″ was featured on F.E.A.R., and if it worked then, why not give a shot this time around?

A stark contrast to the on again embracing of hip-hop is having pop singer/songwriter Skylar Grey teaming up with Shaddix on “Periscope.” The result is one of the highlights of Crooked Teeth, with Grey’s stirring vocals actually meshing well with the band’s sound, which is restrained in just the right way to make it work on every level.

Without the help from outsiders and when not looking in the rear-view, Papa Roach continue their longstanding tradition of fist-pumping, energetic anthems. “None of the Above” has a guitar riff from Jerry Horton bubbling just underneath the surface before it explodes into a familiar theme from Shaddix in the chorus where he is in need of rescuing, in this case, it’s religion that may save his soul, whether metaphorically or literally. “Take me to church / ‘Cause I’ve been blessed with a curse / I arrived in a limo / And I left in a hearse,” he sings.

There are demons chasing Shaddix which aid in a loss of control on “Ricochet,” and on the single “Help,” which sounds like it could’ve been an outtake from the band’s 2002 disc lovehatetragedy, he’s in search of, well, help.

It’s obvious Papa Roach aren’t straying too far outside of the lines of what made them so appealing in both the beginning of their career and in recent years, but at almost a quarter century into the game when so many of their peers have been forgotten, they continue to stay relevant. What’s most compelling about the band, other then their more than admirable longevity, is continually trying to find the balance between the then and the now. On Crooked Teeth, it’s by far the closest they’ve come to giving fans of both eras an equal helping of each, which is no easy feat.

Jacoby Shaddix Chats With Billboard About Partnership With Re-Mind Project, Mental Healthcare and Papa Roach's Hit Single "Help"

Singer partners with Re-Mind Project to advocate compassionate approach.

Papa Roach winged it a bit when they recorded F.E.A.R. in 2014. For that project, the quartet entered the studio without a lick of music and frontman Jacoby Shaddix revived rap alter-ego Coby Dick for the No. 5 Mainstream Rock Songs duet “Gravity” with In This Moment singer Maria Brink. For Crooked Teeth, which arrived May 19, the band took a different approach by prepping music before it started recording and working with producers who carry pop credentials: Nicholas “Ras” Furlong and Colin “Doc” Brittain (The Wanted, 5 Seconds of Summer). Papa Roach also invited rapper Machine Gun Kelly and singer/songwriter Skylar Grey to join in on “Sunrise Trailer Park” on “Periscope,” respectively.

“We wanted to make a record that was adventurous, bold, outside the box, not the typical rock record that we had made,” Shaddix tells Billboard. “We felt like with F.E.A.R. we kind of boxed ourselves in a little bit. Although we love the record, it just didn’t feature all the characteristics of who we are as creators and writers.” Whereas with Crooked Teeth, Shaddix says, “we wanted to experiment and try new things. And these producers were all about it.”

The result: Papa Roach landed its third Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1, “Help.” It was a track that Shaddix didn’t feel like writing — and he practically composed it without even realizing it.

“There’s not really a lot of bright, shiny, happy moments” on Crooked Teeth, says Shaddix. “We thought the album needed a track in the major key, so we were writing this song in the studio and the band’s playing the music and I’m still like, ‘Fuck it. I am not feelin’ this. I don’t feel happy and joyous and free.’”

Shaddix was in a negative head space, a state of mind that he frequently encounters. He says he has never been officially diagnosed with depression, but mental health issues run in his family and his mother has observed that it might be why Shaddix had a habit of self-medicating before he got sober several years ago. As he discussed the situation with Furlong and Brittain, Shaddix says, “I was like, ‘I don’t know, man. I’m going through some shit right now. I feel like I need some help. I’m just very hesitant to go to a therapist or to a doctor, because am I going to go there and they’re just going to give me medicine? I feel like I’m just drowning in myself.’ [They] were like, ‘You just wrote the damn song right there, dude!’ ”

Watch the video for “Help” NOW!

Shaddix credits writing music with helping him “move on and be done with it and celebrate my fucking weakness, celebrate my brokenness” and he wants to assist others in getting support when they need it.

“I just encourage fans out there, if they’re struggling through something, don’t be afraid to reach out to one of your best friends and just get real with them, because it starts with being open and honest with the people that are closest to you,” says Shaddix. “Sometimes we can work through those issues together right there, bang, [because you know] you’re not alone.”

Shaddix’s passion for effective mental healthcare has led him to become a partner and inaugural ambassador for the Re-Mind Project, which launches its website re-mind.org today. His friend Ezio Lucido (who has shot such Papa Roach videos as “Gravity”) founded the project to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness by promoting a compassion-first approach. The catalyst is Lucido’s elder brother, Jerry, who was diagnosed with early-onset schizophrenia at the age of 12. When Lucido was only 5, he became one of Jerry’s caregivers.

“In 1985, I became Jerry’s big brother, literally overnight,” says Lucido, who lives with Jerry. “One day, he was teaching me how to be a young man in this world, and the next day I had to teach him what the difference was between the kitchen and the bathroom.”

Throughout the brothers’ experience, Lucido has observed “a lot of unjust bias and actual discrimination” toward the mentally ill. “We tend to have a sort of fail-first approach where our reaction to a diagnosis or something we may not understand or fear is control versus empowerment.” Thus, Re-Mind’s tagline “Compassion is genius” is meant to remind people that “by giving someone the benefit of the doubt, you are not jumping to conclusions. Being careful how we judge one another would have been very helpful in helping [Jerry] have a better outcome and life experience,” says Lucido.

Watch the exclusive PSA for the Re-Mind Project:

As an example of how stigma creates problems, Lucido points out that those with a mental illness have difficulty accessing proper healthcare for other issues, like if they experience a heart attack. Recently, Jerry had a seizure that nearly killed him. “Unfortunately, the response from the medical community was, ‘What do we do with this person with the diagnosis of schizophrenia?’ ” recalls Lucido. “So 10 minutes was almost spent discussing how to address his diagnosis versus how to save his life.”

Shaddix believes the next critical frontier in healthcare is understanding cognitive and behavioral issues.

“Cognitive behavioral issues have exploded as we’ve started using antipsychotics in medication. Mental health issues have exploded, so for-profit medicine and the pharma industry has definitely proved that they don’t have the finger on the pulse as far as truly helping the people,” he observes. “In our developmental stages, if we catch some of these quote unquote mental health issues and you deal with them in other ways than just medication, we can help a lot of people.”

Mötley Crüe Launches Pledge Campaign In Honor of 30th Anniversary of the Band's 4X Platinum Album 'Girls, Girls, Girls'

Album Re-issue Bundles Available August 25th; Pre-order Available Today 

LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 25, 2017—Iconic LA rock band Mötley Crüe celebrates the 30th anniversary of their fourth studio, and 4x platinum album, Girls, Girls, Girls with special album reissue bundles that will be available on August 25 via Pledge Music. Fans can get a jump start on owning the exclusive merchandise TODAY by pre-ordering bundles exclusively at Pledge Music! Various bundles will include, colored vinyl, cassette tape, commemorative poster/lithograph, vintage t-shirt, vinyl test pressings, a limited edition, numbered drum head, a flexi single of “Wild Side”, “Girls, Girls, Girls” patch, and more! The band recently celebrated the 30th anniversary on the album’s actual release date –May 15—with the announcement of the August 25 reissue.  Fans can get the latest updates surrounding the reissue and other anniversary activity throughout the rest of the year by signing up now at www.motley.com.

Mötley Crüe paved the way for rock bands to push the envelope since the band’s inception and their music, as well as their antics, provided them a successful 36-year career as a leading force in rock around the world. 1987’s Girls, Girls, Girls included 3 smash hits, “Wild Side,” “You’re All I Need,” and the title track, which became a global success, despite the original uncensored video being banned from MTV at the time! Watch the statement making Girls, Girls, Girls video HERE.  The album itself, explores themes inspired by the band’s hard-living lifestyle of booze, drugs, strip clubs, love of motorcycles, and death.

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx says: “It’s hard to believe Girls, Girls, Girls already turned 30 this year. We went against the grain with this album when it first came out in 1987. The music and lyrics reflect what was going on in the streets of Los Angeles at that time. A big thank you to all the fans who have made the album stand the test of time. It’s really cool to now see a new generation of fans exploring and digging Girls, Girls, Girls three decades later.”

Girls, Girls, Girls Track Listing:

1. Wild Side
2. Girls, Girls, Girls
3. Dancing on Glass
4. Bad Boy Boogie
5. Nona
6. Five Years Dead
7. All In the Name Of…
8. Sumthin’ for Nuthin’
9. You’re All I Need
10. Jailhouse Rock

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