Today (December 11) is Nikki Sixx’s birthday, and to celebrate, we thought we’d look back on some of the pivotal moments in rock history that lead to the creation of Motley Crue and some of the biggest bands ever. Enjoy!
Sixx and Tommy Lee formed Motley Crue in 1981. Shortly thereafter, the two came across Mick Mars’ infamous “Loud, rude and aggressive guitar player available” ad. The weird kismet moment, of course, was that Sixx and Mars met before in a liquor store where Sixx worked as a cashier. It’s all in The Dirt. If you haven’t read it yet, shame on you!
Drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., who was only 14 at the time, posted a note on a bulletin board at his high school saying he was looking for musicians to start a band. Six people responded to the note, and among them were Paul Hewson (Bono), David Evans (The Edge) and Adam Clayton. Who would have thought that a simple note would evolve into one of the biggest bands in history?
Obviously, this story starts with brothers Eddie and Alex, but those two came across David Lee Roth, because they would often rent his PA system. Roth at that time was in a band called the Red Ball Jets. The brothers Van Halen, in an effort to save money, asked Roth to join the band and bring his PA with him. The rest is history.
The Stones earliest beginnings can be traced back to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who were school friends when they both lived in Dartford, Kent, England. However, the two drifted apart due to Jagger and his family moving away to a different town, but the two would fatefully meet again about six year after the move on a platform at the Dartford Railway Station. The station even has a commemorative plaque on display at the station marking the historic moment.
NIN really came to be because Trent Reznor was a janitor at a recording studio whose owner let him record for free during open studio time. The lesson? Even if your job isn’t exactly in your desired field, you never know what might come from it.