MOTLEY CRUE star Nikki Sixx once tried his hand as a beautician when he pierced a fan's ear - by nailing it to a table.

The hellraising bassist amused his bandmates in their 1980s heyday when an admirer mentioned a desire for a new image, as Sixx happily obliged with a hammer and nail.

Drummer Tommy Lee recalls of the , "After the show, people of all descriptions would come back to our rat-infested apartment to party.

"This one kid started saying how much he wanted his ear pierced. So Nikki grabbed a hammer and a nail and pierced him good and proper. A genius thing to do.

"The kid was totally thrilled that his ear had been nailed to a table by one of the Crue."