Today, fans of music icons Sixx:A.M. can purchase the band’s celebratory HITS album on vinyl and enjoy a new lyric video for their track “We Will Not Go Quietly,” which appears on their latest album released via Better Noise Music. Additionally, the band announced that a cassette version would be available for purchase this March.
Originally released in October, the band put together HITS as a retrospective celebration of their biggest hits and fan-favorite songs, including five unheard tracks and mixes, marking the band’s first official album with new material since 2016. Featured on their last album, Prayers for the Blessed, “We Will Not Go Quietly” was directly inspired by the group’s experience on tour and a purposeful step in a more bombastic direction.
The album was released alongside iconic Sixx:A.M. and Mötley Crüe founding member and music legend Nikki Sixx’s new memoir THE FIRST 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx.
The book is already getting acclaimed media coverage, with the LA Times writing, “Funny yet surprisingly moving memoir of a small-town kid figuring out who he wanted to be.” One of the brand new focus tracks included on the album is also titled “The First 21,” with the lyrics being inspired by the captivating content of the book, and the accompanying music video being made up of newly discovered home movie footage of Nikki Sixx and the band. Now in his 21st year of sobriety, Sixx is incredibly passionate about his craft and wonderfully open about his life in rock and roll, serving as a long-time advocate for expanding the support services for people in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). He has given testimony on Capitol Hill, made frequent media appearances to discuss his experiences, and authored op-eds on the subject in major publications.
In the memoir, Sixx, already a three-time New York Times best-selling author, tells the inspirational story of his first 21 years, how Frank Feranna became Nikki Sixx. He was an all-American kid—hunting, fishing, chasing girls, and playing football—but underneath it all, there was a burning desire for more, and that more was music. He eventually took a Greyhound bound for Hollywood. In Los Angeles, Frank lived with his aunt and his uncle—the president of Capitol Records—for a short time. But there was no easy path to the top. Frank honed his craft, forming a group of his own: London, the precursor of Mötley Crüe. Frank changed his name to Nikki London, Nikki Nine, and, finally, Nikki Sixx. Like Huck Finn with a stolen guitar, he had a vision: a group that combined punk, glam, and hard rock into the biggest, most theatrical and irresistible package the world had ever seen. With hard work, passion, and some luck, the vision manifested in reality— making for a profound true-life story of finding your identity, which fans have partly come to know through Mötley Crüe’s widely-celebrated collaborative autobiography The Dirt, most recently adapted into a hit biopic by Netflix in 2019.
The First 21 also continues Sixx’s tradition of setting the soundtrack to his own life, combining his work as a writer and a musician to offer multi-layered pieces of art. In 2007, Sixx:A.M. released The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, which acts as a companion piece to Sixx’s best-selling memoir The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, released the same year, introducing the concept of a book soundtrack into popular culture. Both the book and the album were successes upon release, with the book instantly becoming a New York Times-best seller in its first week, selling out in bookstores around the U.S. The album spawned the #1 single “Life Is Beautiful,” while simultaneously receiving critical acclaim and eventually achieving Gold certification in the U.S. IGN praised its effectiveness as a concept album, writing, “[It’s] not really an album but rather a musical book. It is almost impossible to recommend any specific songs over others.” Expanding this artistic signature move by Sixx, The First 21 now has its own soundtrack with the HITS album.