Sixx:A.M.’s Modern Vintage Tour rolled through Royal Oak on Tuesday evening as they took to the stage at the Royal Oak Music Theatre along with openers VAMPS and Apocalyptica. The tour is the band’s first-ever headlining gigs after seven years and three albums. The band has only made scattered live appearances over the years and their fans have been clamoring to see them. That was clear as their Michigan fans packed into the venue.
The show kicked off with a bang as Japanese rock band VAMPS hit the stage with a energetic live set that was quite impressive and more than got the crowd warmed up.
Finnish cello metal band, Apocalyptica, were up next and kept the energy level high as they rolled through a short, but powerful set filled with some new material from their new release Shadowmaker, as well as some of their biggest hits. In the past, the band has used guest vocalists on their albums and brought a touring vocalist out with them on the road but this time out the band decided to work with one vocalist, Franky Perez, who has joined them out on tour and seems to have fit in flawlessly.
New single “Cold Blood” and title track “Shadowmaker” allowed Perez to shine and he brought new life into fan fave “I Don’t Care”. Meanwhile, cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, and Paavo Lötjönen shined during their impactful instrumental tracks, which kept the audience mesmerized as drummer Mikko Sirén kept things furiously moving.
The band also gave a nod to their early days playing Metallica covers as they performed a beautiful version of “Nothing Else Matters”.
Sixx:A.M. is gearing up to record their fourth album and have been promising another world tour next year. With no new music to promote, the band was able to mix things up during their set on Tuesday and clearly seemed to be relishing the fervor of their fans and enjoying their time on stage.
The group originally formed to provide a companion album to Nikki Sixx’s 2007 memoir, The Heroin Diaries, and were surprised when it took off and developed into so much more than they had imagined. Sixx, who is gearing up for Motley Crue’s final year end run, spoke to the crowd about the band’s accidental formation and taking a chance and promised that they will be sticking around.
They kicked things off with the electric “Let’s Go” and just kept things going from there with songs like “Relief,” “Accidents Can Happen,” “Miracle” and “Dead Man’s Ballet.” They also slowed things down for a piano version of The Cars “Drive” before wrapping things up with hits “Stars, “Lies of the Beautiful People,” “Skin” and “Life Is Beautiful.”
Vocalist James Michael has a fantastic vocal range and the interplay between guitarists Sixx and DJ Ashba really brought the set home combined with a vivid light show.