, the unpredictable rock and curler behind the 1987 MTV-favorite novelty music “Elvis Is In all places,” died Wednesday (Feb. 7) at age 66.
In response to a press release on hisweb page, Nixon (actual identify: Neill Kirby McMillan Jr.) died after struggling a “cardiac occasion” throughout an Outlaw Nation Cruise on which he was a performer.
“How you reside is how it is best to die,” the Fb put up reads. “Mojo Nixon was full-tilt, wide-open rock arduous, root hog, nook on two wheels + on hearth… Passing after a blazing present, a raging evening, closing the bar, taking no prisoners + a superb breakfast with bandmates and associates. A cardiac occasion on the Outlaw Nation Cruise is about proper… & that’s simply how he did it. Mojo has left the constructing. Since Elvis is all over the place, we all know he was ready for him within the alley out again. Heaven assist us all.”
Nixon had left on thealong with his band The Toadliquors out of Miami on Sunday (Feb. 4). Different performers on the cruise embody Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams. Along with performing, Nixon additionally recorded a SiriusXM Session at Sea with the band 49 Winchester, in his different function as a SiriusXM host on the present Loon within the Afternoon on Steven Van Zandt’s Outlaw Nation channel.
Born in North Carolina in 1957, Nixon made his method to California within the early ’80s and teamed up with musician Skid Roper, with whom he launched six albums between 1985 and 1990. Roper performed washboard whereas Nixon performed guitar and sang his personal lyrics. Their 1987 undertaking Bo-Day-Shus!!!, which included “Elvis Is In all places,” peaked at No. 187 on thealbums chart.
Nixon additionally hit the Billboard charts with “Don Henley Should Die” — a savage music that takes purpose on the Eagles frontman from his 1990 solo album Otis — which was a No. 20 hit on.
In an interview with the, Nixon recalled the evening when Henley himself confirmed up at his gig at Austin, Texas’ Gap within the Wall venue in 1992 and requested to hitch him onstage. “He was sh-t-faced and he goes, ‘I need to sing that music, particularly the half about not getting along with Glenn Frey!’” Nixon mentioned. “He was beltin’ that sh– out, screaming like he was Johnny f—in’ Rotten.”
Along with his music profession, Nixon additionally labored as an actor, showing within the 1989 Jerry Lee Lewis biopic Nice Balls of Hearth! and starring as Toad within the 1993 Tremendous Mario Bros. film.
A documentary about Nixon, The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Instances of Mojo Nixon, debuted on the 2022 South by Southwest movie pageant and was launched digitally in March of final 12 months.