Nikki Sixx’s “Sixx: A.M.” and Apolcalyptica Roll into Kansas City

Two hours before showtime, the line to see Apocalyptica, and Sixx A.M. at the Midland Theater, downtown Kansas City, wrapped around the building, and down the block. The message was clear: Kansas City was ready to rock; Apocalyptica and Sixx A.M. would need to deliver. Upon entering the theater, word was getting around that Franky Perez, vocalist for Apocalyptica was battling the flu. How it would affect his performance was a major concern.

Shortly after taking the stage, it became clear that Franky wasn’t going to let his illness affect his performance, and  delivered a powerhouse performance that would be enviable to any singer, healthy or not. Frank had a lot to deliver; he’s the new vocalist for a well loved band, and was touring in support of Apocalyptica’s new album, Shadowmakerdue out on April 21st.

Backed by Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso (all three of whom are classically trained cellists) and drummer Mikko Sirén, Apocalyptica performed an array of neoclassical and speed metal originals, as well as classical favorites (they closed out with Edward Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King, how often are you going to hear that at a rock concert?)

After a short set break, the headliners were ready to come out. As previously mentioned, Sixx A.M. is on their first headlining tour, so there was a lot of excitement for the show. Though a side project for Nikki Sixx, Sixx A.M. is a true rock band in every sense of the word. With a powerhouse lineup, and a catalog of studio albums.

Fronted by James Michael, he delivers a powerful performance with charisma, and soaring vocals. DJ Ashba wails on guitar, and Dustin Steinke of Bleeker Ridge, is filling in on drummer for this tour.

Performing hits like StarsLies of the Beautiful People, and Life is Beautiful, Sixx A.M. delivered the kind of performance that leaves an audience on a musical high for days to come.


Sixx A.M.

Sixx A.M. Set List
X-Mas in Hell

Let’s Go
Give Me a Love
This Is Gonna Hurt
Pray for Me
Dead Man’s Ballet
Accidents Can Happen
Live Forever
Gotta Get It Right
(The Cars cover)
Help Is on the Way
Goodbye My Friends
Lies of the Beautiful People
Life Is Beautiful

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