Anyone in Motley Crue will tell you that hard rocking comes with a side order of hard partying, and Nikki Sixx was probably one of the hardest members in any Motley Crue party. His life wasn't all roses, though. Here's the tragic story of Nikki Sixx. Before he became Nikki Sixx, young Frank Feranna Jr. had quite a childhood, and it turned him into a hellraiser of an adult. Sixx was raised jointly by his grandparents and his mother, and had to move a lot - in a span of 11 years, he attended seven schools. This turbulence did not mold him into a particularly law-abiding young man, and when he was living with his grandparents in Jerome, Idaho, his school expelled him for selling drugs. This was the last straw for grandpa and grandma Sixx, who sent the young man to his mother in Seattle. According to Blabbermouth, living with his mother was no picnic for Sixx, as it came with a side order of violent men. By the time he was 17, the budding musician finally had enough, so he left his past behind and took his bass, his new name, and his big dreams to Los Angeles. Still, his experiences as a young man may have influenced Motley Crue's music. Sixx has said that the song "Live Wire" in particular is about domestic violence and specifically mentions the assorted stepdads he had to deal with.
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The turbulent early years | 0:14 Relationship with his mother | 1:13 His "death" | 1:59 His arrest in Japan | 3:06 His darkest moment | 4:05 His relationship with Vanity | 4:52 Secret lives of ex-wives | 5:50 Petty feuds | 7:02 His isolated paranoia | 8:03 His strange "doppelganger" | 8:50 His struggle with depression | 9:59