Nikki Sixx Reveals Taylor Hawkins Will Appear on Next Sixx: A.M. Album
Ask and ye shall receive! A little over a year ago this time Nikki Sixx shared his desire to record music with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and now it appears as though Hawkins got word and will actually turn up on the next Sixx: A.M. album.
Back on April 12, 2013, Sixx tweeted to fans, "I really would love Taylor Hawkins to play drums on some new Sixx: A.M. tunes. One of my favorite drummers. What about you?" At the time, the Foo Fighters were on hiatus, but Hawkins was coming off performing with Dave Grohl for his 'Sound City' documentary shows and the next Foo Fighters album was in the process of starting to come together. Now, a full year later, Sixx has confirmed that he did indeed get Hawkins to play for Sixx: A.M.
In a couple of tweets, Sixx first revealed that Hawkins was a guest on his 'Sixx Sense' radio show, but then later explained that he was "really excited" that Hawkins had accepted his offer. Both tweets can be seen below:
Speaking in a Loudwire interview in 2013 at the beginning of work on their new album, Sixx stated that the band was stepping away from the book soundtrack format that they used for their first two albums. He explained, "This time we really want to fly on our own. We started out the songwriting process by having conversations about how far we can push ourselves musically … Our conversations were, ‘Let’s go as far to the left as we can, musically’ and once we finish up a handful of songs that are pretty out there … I don’t even want to use any kind of references because it’ll throw people and they won’t really understand what I’m talking about. But we’re just taking a lot of chances musically and at this point nothing sounds at all like Sixx: A.M. that you would know, because we’re taking such huge leaps of faith that we’re going to land on our feet."
He added, "I think you’re going to end up with some songs on the album that are sort of surprising and bands that always did that for me were like Queen. There would be songs on Queen’s albums that would be like, ‘I can’t even believe that came out of a rock band,’ and that’s what we want to do. We want to take those leaps of faith and in the end, we are a rock band so we’ll go back to that at some point."