Nikki Sixx Calls Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen His Hero

Mötley Crüe’s songwriter and bassist Nikki Sixx recently celebrated Cheap Trick’s leader Rick Nielsen’s birthday and called him his ‘hero.’

Cheap Trick was formed in 1977 but reached commercial success in 1979 with their album, ‘Cheap Trick at Budokan’, and sold over 20 million albums throughout their career. They were named as an inspiration by bands like Smashing Pumpkins in terms of their impact on the alternative rock genre and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Not very long ago, Sixx had revealed that his favorite two bands of all time are Aerosmith and Cheap Trick. The musician had a hard time trying to narrow it down to two, but he had stated that if it weren’t for the influence of these bands, there wouldn’t be Mötley Crüe.

Recently, the musician celebrated the leader of the band, Rick Nielsen’s birthday by posting a photo of him on his Instagram. He revealed that Nielsen is his hero and stated that he has greatly influenced him as a writer. He thanked them for the live concert experiences, which Sixx seemed very affected from, and wished him a great day.

Here is how Sixx named Nielsen as his hero while celebrating his birthday:

“Happy birthday to one of my heroes Rick Nielsen. A huge influence on me as a writer and all-around great guy. Thank you and the guys for so many amazing songs and concerts. Again- Have a great day.”

Cheap Trick’s late induction to the Hall of Fame was criticized by the Rock and Roll fans and made them reconsider the quality of the platform. Their wish finally came true in 2016. The band is still active with three members, and they released their most recent album ‘In Another World,’ in April 2021.

You can see Rick Nielsen’s photo posted on Instagram by Nikki Sixx below.

Photo Credit: Nikki Sixx – Instagram