Photo credit: Rob Nozeika
Sixx:A.M., the side project turned full time project of bassist Nikki Sixx, rolled into Baltimore’s Rams Head and put on a fantastic show for a full crowd. On tour to support their fourth release Prayers For The Damned Vol.1, Sixx lead singer James Michael, guitarist DJ Ashba, and drummer Dustin Steinke rocked out a 90-minute plus set which included six songs off of the new album. The new single “Rise” off of Prayers quickly followed opener “This is Gonna Hurt.” As this was my first time seeing Sixx:A.M., I was wondering if a Motley Crue song was going to filter into the set somehow, but alas, that was not the case. Sixx:A.M. can stand on their own now without any of those songs. The title track “Prayers For The Damned” was my personal favorite and I was not alone. Sixx of course got his own little bass solo in the middle of the set showcasing his 30 plus years of playing, and actually looked refreshed playing with his new fulltime gig. Ashba, who recently just said he prefers playing in this band better than his previous band (if you don’t know this, I’m not telling you), was dead on perfect on the rocker “Live Forever” from their second album. You had to wait until the very last song of the evening for “Life Is Beautiful” as expected, but Michael got the crowd to help with a sing-a-long of it, and all was perfect in the world.
Look for Prayers For The Damned Vol.2 to come out sometime this fall as a follow up to Vol.1, and Sixx and company will be touring all summer long.