Although subtle, this helped give this Blackbird more tone and a higher output.
This model was discontinued in 2003, but has recently been put back in production as the Epiphone Nikki Sixx Blackbird.
In April 2008, the band announced the first Crüe Fest, a summer tour, that featured Sixx's side project Sixx: A. A deluxe tour edition of The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack was released on November 25, 2008, which included a bonus live EP entitled Live Is Beautiful which features recorded performances from the band's summer tour.
In April 2009, both Sixx and Michael confirmed that the band were in the studio, recording new material. it feels like we may have topped ourselves on this album coming up, and can't wait for you to hear what it sounds like." Sixx co-wrote the track "Die For You", along with Cooper and Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars.
Unlike the Gibson Blackbird, the new signature featured volume and tone controls, the 'opti-grab', and an on/off switch.
His inspiration to use the Gibson Thunderbird came from Pete "Overend" Watts of Mott the Hoople and John Entwistle of The Who.
and embarked on a co-headlining tour with Aerosmith, called The Route of All Evil. Sixx wrote most of Mötley Crüe's material, including tracks such as "Live Wire", "Home Sweet Home", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Kickstart My Heart", "Wild Side", "Hooligan's Holiday" and "Dr. In the 1990s, all four members began contributing to the material on the albums. They performed five songs from the album, with former Beautiful Creatures drummer Glen Sobel filling in on drums. During Crüe Fest, Papa Roach drummer Tony Palermo served as a touring drummer for the band.
During his time with Mötley Crüe, Sixx became addicted to heroin.
He is quoted in The Heroin Diaries as saying: "Alcohol, acid, cocaine... When I met heroin it was true love." He estimates he overdosed "about half a dozen times".
In 2002, Sixx played on Butch Walkers first solo album "Left of Self Centered".
In 2005, he collaborated with the Norwegian singer Marion Raven on two songs, "Heads Will Roll" and "Surfing the Sun", for Raven's debut album, Here I Am. In 2006, he was one of the songwriters for Meat Loaf's long-awaited album, Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.