Nikki Sixx made a special guest appearance on American Idol during the latest round of auditions, where he welcomed the show’s judges and contestants to Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, the same place where he and his band, Mötley Crüe, got their start as well as many other rock legends.
On Sunday, March 20, Sixx performed Crüe’s 1985 smash hit “Home Sweet Home” on bass to open the show as well as greeted Idol judges: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.
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“Welcome to home sweet home,” Sixx said after offering a guitar solo in front of Richie, Perry and Bryan.
“Nikki Sixx has been around the world forever and forever,” Richie said, before Perry chimed in shouting, “from Mötley Crüe!”
“Listen, if anybody wants to hear about the stories of Sunset Strip,” Richie began, before Sixx interrupted him to say, “they’ll come to me.”
Watch Sixx’s brief appearance on the show below.
Sixx recently sat down with Billboard ahead of his appearance on Idol to chat about the opportunity.
“It was a lot of fun to team up with American Idol upon the show’s return to L.A. After all, Mötley Crüe are also from L.A., and so many amazing songwriters call Los Angeles their ‘Home Sweet Home,’” Sixx shared.
“Because of American Idol a lot of great, timeless, classic songs have not only been re-interpreted by the next generation of talented singers but have also been re-introduced to mainstream audiences and younger generations of music fans for the last two decades,” Sixx continued. “As a songwriter myself, that’s something I really appreciate so when I was invited to appear on this Sunday’s episode I did not hesitate.”
Mötley Crüe is gearing up to launch their summer stadium tour with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The massive co-headlining tour is scheduled to kick off at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 16 and will continue throughout the summer with stops in Philadelphia, Washington, Nashville, Chicago, Boston, and many more, before wrapping up on September 9 in Las Vegas.
Tickets for the outing are available now HERE.
American Idol returns on Monday, March 21 at 9/8c.