Nikki Sixx has announced plans to step down as host of and end his nationally-syndicated Premiere Networks/iHeart 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 31st.
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 three 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.
“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,” states Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “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.”
“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.”
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 features 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 re-imagined 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 5, 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.
In addition to his own creative endeavors, the visionary artist remains committed to broadening horizons for all. Sixx recently penned a powerful op-ed for the Los Angeles Times arguing for better policies to end the scourge of opioid addiction in America.
He has also joined Canadian talent show The Launch where he will mentor unsigned talent alongside Boy George, Shania Twain, Fergie, Alessia Cara, Julia Michaels, and Jennifer Nettles as an experts in crafting a hit song on the new six-part series. Additional endeavors are in the works.
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