New Year’s Eve had its fair share of incredible musical moments as fans across the country spent Dec. 31 dancing their way into 2019 with their favorite bands. Over in the hard rock world, fans gathered at The Forum in Los Angeles for Ozzy Osbourne’s NYE Ozzfest event, which featured performances throughout the night from Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Jonathan Davis of Korn and even the coldest man in hip-hop, Ice-T.
With so many big names from the rock universe under one roof on one of the biggest party nights of the year, fans had to expect there would be at least a few notable sit-ins at some point during the show. That’s just what happened when Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx came out to join Zombie and Manson for a live performance of The Beatles’ 1968 proto-punk tune, “Helter Skelter.” Manson and Zombie had actually recorded and released a duet version of the classic rock song last year as a stand-alone single. Sixx’s former band also recorded their own now infamously cover of the Beatles mini-hit back in 1983 for their debut studio album, Shout At The Devil.
A fan-shot video of the New Year’s Eve performance can be watched above, with Sixx and Manson walking onto the stage to exchange some brief hugs before Zombie jokingly says over the mic, “I wonder what song we should play, ‘Shout at the Devil’?” Zombie’s guitarist can be heard messing around in playing the familiar riffs to a few Crüe songs before tearing into the erratic opening riff of “Helter Skelter.” All three musicians do their best to take the song into overdrive with their unapologetically loud version and updated version of the classic rock tune. Hard rock and metal might not be for everyone, but for those who do appreciate the distortion-driven style, Monday night’s on-stage collaboration between the three artists must have been a pretty awesome experience.
Both Zombie and Manson had spent much of their 2018 performing together on their Twins of Evil co-headlining summer tour. Sixx and his Mötley Crüe bandmates are also looking forward to a big year in 2019. The Netflix adaptation of their tell-all autobiography, The Dirt, is scheduled to arrive on the streaming platform on March 22.