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Nikki Sixx

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Nikki Sixx (born Frank Carlton Serafino Ferranna, Jr. 11 December 1958 in San Jose, California) is the bassist for pioneers Mötley Crüe. He has also played bass for the band London, band 58, band Brides of Destruction (with Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns fame on guitar), and most recently in Sixx:A.M..

Sixx was born Frank Carlton Ferrano on December 11, 1958 in San Jose, California. He was raised by his single mother, Deana Haight, and her abusive boyfriend, after his father abandoned the family. When he was six, he and his mother moved to Mexico for a short time, after which they moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, with his grandparents. The family moved several more times, to El Paso, Texas, then to Anthony, New Mexico, back to El Paso and then returned to Twin Falls.

While living in Idaho, Sixx became a teenage vandal, breaking into neighbors’ homes, shoplifting and being expelled from school for selling drugs. His grandparents sent him to live with his mother, who had moved to Seattle. He lived there for a short time, and learned how to play the bass guitar after buying his first instrument with money made from selling a guitar he stole from a music store. At the age of 17, he moved to Los Angeles on his own; he got jobs at a liquor store and manufacturing plant and played in a band with Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P.

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