At age 17, the burgeoning musician moved to Los Angeles and worked odd jobs while auditioning for bands. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Sixx joined the group Sister, led by Blackie Lawless.In 1978, after being fired from Sister, Sixx and bandmate Lizzie Grey formed the band London.
He was revived by paramedics and taken to the hospital, which he escaped to rush home and shoot up in his bathroom.
They recorded a number of demos, but shortly after, Sixx left to form his own heavy metal band.
In 1981, Sixx founded Mötley Crüe with drummer Tommy Lee, guitarist Mick Mars and singer Vince Neil.
Soon after this near-death event, Sixx and his bandmates went into rehab.
Afterward, the band produced their most successful album to date, best seller list for 10 weeks.