Watch Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee perform at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute

Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee teamed up with Classless Act singer Derek Day to perform “Home Sweet Home“by Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert in Los Angeles last night.

“You can’t play a show in LA without it Motley CrueFoo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said before he and his bandmates joined Lee, Sixx and Day to play the 1985 hit Theater of pain ballad as well as an energetic version of Too fast for love‘Live Wire’.

Sixx was known to make occasional surprise appearances with Hawkins’ cover band, Chevy Metal. In a video message shown at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in London earlier this month, the Motley Crue bassist recalled deeper aspects of the rockers’ friendship.

“If I could say anything to you Taylor, it would be thank you for all the crazy phone calls,” Sixx said in the video. “Usually very early in the morning. I’d have a cup of coffee. I’d poke around the backyard and you’d call and we’d talk about our favorite bands. We’d talk about things that pissed us off and things we loved. The one thing , I learned from you is to really believe in yourself. I remember there were a few times when I was having some rough times and you were like, “Sixx, you’re a badass. You’re a badass.” You’re a great songwriter.” You just always pumped me up and made me feel like I could make it happen no matter what I was going through. I could succeed in whatever I tried to do.”

In the video, Sixx further revealed that he and Hawkins had discussed “doing a band together at some point.” He closed the clip by thanking the drummer for “being there for me as a friend.”

Like his Motley Crue bandmate, Lee enjoyed many years of friendship with Hawkins. In their younger days, the two drummers were known to party together, even once thrown out of a New Year’s Eve party at Gwen Stefani’s house. The rockers shared a mutual admiration for each other, and Lee was reportedly one of the last people to speak to Hawkins before his death.

“Dude, I just talked to you a few hours ago from your hotel room in Columbia before your concert,” Lee wrote in a post to Instagram after news of Hawkins’ death became public. “I wish this was a crap dream or a bad prank that we’d both laugh at, but it’s not! You KNOW how I feel about you and how much I love you and we both know there is no need to put it all on social media for others to read. I love you Taylor. Rest in tact.”

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