In 2005, a small controversy was caused when it was suggested that neither Tommy Lee nor Mick Mars played on the new tracks for Mötley Crüe's compilation album Red, White & Crüe (duties were supposedly handled by Vandals' drummer Josh Freese and Ashba as well as Mick being replaced by Ashba on their reunion tour.Ashba hit back at the rumors: 'Just want to set the record straight.I have all the respect in the world for Mötley Crüe and I can't wait to see Mick kick ass, as always.' Ashba released the critically acclaimed album The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack after collaborating with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and producer James Michael under the name Sixx: A. in August, 2007 serving as a soundtrack to Sixx's autobiography The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star.
Daren Jay "DJ" Ashba (born November 10, 1972) is an American musician, producer, and songwriter. He has worked with various artists including Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses, Drowning Pool, Marion Raven, Aimee Allen and Neil Diamond. When he was eight, he took a job detassling corn in the fields to earn enough money to buy his first guitar out of the Sears catalog.
He is also known for his work with hard rock bands Bullet Boys and Beautiful Creatures. Ashba performed in his first piano recital at the age of five, where he played Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". He built kits out of garbage cans and pots and pans, until he finally acquired a real set at the age of six.
As much as I would love to play on tour with Mötley, it's simply not true...it's a rumor.
I'll be in the studio and playing shows with ASHBA.
On July 27, 2015, DJ Ashba announced he was leaving the band, citing his commitment to his family and his other band Sixx: A. Ashba released a statement saying "I have reached a point in my life where I feel it's time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx: A.