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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Guitarist Mick Mars (L) and bassist Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue perform during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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!

Motley Crue

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!

Mötley Crüe - Looks That Kill

Music video by Motley Crue performing Looks That Kill. (P) 1983 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by Masters 2000 Inc

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.