The Album Nikki Sixx Couldn’t Live Without

Cheap Trick has become one of the most enduring rock bands of the last decades. The band released its first self-titled album in 1977. However, they gained wider popularity and mainstream recognition, owing to the massive success of ‘Cheap Trick at Budokan.’ The band decided to turn its 1978 live performance in Japan into an album, and it seems that this was the right call. Since then, they have significantly influenced the rock and roll scene.

Besides its long-lasting legacy, Cheap Trick has influenced many other notable rock bands, including legends like Nirvana, Melvins, and The Smashing Pumpkins. Apparently, Mötley Crüe’s bassist Nikki Sixx was also among them. Cheap Trick has greatly influenced Nikki Sixx, as he revealed many times before. He was so impressed by the band’s sound that he described one of their albums as a record he could not live without.

What Is Nikki Sixx’s Favorite Cheap Trick Album?

As the primary lyricist of Mötley Crüe, Nikki Sixx wrote most of the band’s material himself. In a Twitter post in 2021, he revealed that Cheap Trick was his number 1 influence while creating these smash hits. In another social media post, he said Rick Nielsen is his ‘hero.‘ He mentioned the band’s name again during an interview with Spin in 2021 and listed a Cheap Trick album as one of the albums that changed his life. The record in question was ‘In Color,’ the 1977 release of Cheap Trick.

During the conversation, Sixx described Cheap Trick as one of his favorite bands of all time and talked about how they inspired him while writing songs for Mötley Crüe. He said he listened to many bands like AC/DC and Black Sabbath while growing up, but Cheap Trick always had a special place for him. Talking about how talented all the band members were, he called their second album ‘In Color’ mind-blowing.

Here is Nikki Sixx’s statement about Cheap Trick and their second album:

“One of my favorite bands of all time. One of my biggest influences as a songwriter. I don’t think there’s a bad song on that record. And when I was growing up, I listened to everything from the T. Rexes, to the Black Sabbaths, to the ABBAs, to the AC/DCs, to the Queens, and somehow Cheap Trick glued everything in my brain.

Every song was immediately hooky and catchy, and the talent in that band, Robin Zander’s voice, Rick Nielsen’s guitar playing, Tom Petersson’s bass playing, Bun E. Carlos on drums. It was this magical moment. I loved their first record, but their second record, ‘In Color,’ blew my mind.”

You can listen to Cheap Trick’s second album, ‘In Color,’ through Spotify below.