Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx: Death ‘Hurts’
In a new interview with Classic Rock Magazine, Sixx says that while he had some “very good times on drugs, “ those times went “quickly,” and when the Grim Reaper came knocking, Sixx wasn’t ready to take the call.
The near-death experience happened in 1987 when the individual members of the Crue were all living way over the edge and dealing with their own personal traumas and struggles. Sixx was hanging out with Slash and received an ill-fated shot of Persian heroin from a dealer, which led him to immediately overdose.
He describes the experience as one that “hurts” and says it came paired with a lot of visuals, things that “you don’t really know if you saw it or didn’t see it.”
When doctors intervened, a shot of adrenaline and a trip to the hospital brought him back to the land of the living. He eventually cleaned up his act before the band went back into the studio to record what would become their massively successful ‘Dr. Feelgood’ release in 1989.
Sixx has an interesting perspective on death, having come so close to it. He says that his “broken philosophy” tells him that “if you live your life right, death is something to look forward to. It gives you a reason to be alive.”
His Crue bandmates Vince Neil and Tommy Lee have done the reality show thing, but Sixx says that there’s not enough cash on the planet to make him take a similar plunge. He also admits that he hasn’t watched a minute of either Neil or Lee’s reality adventures, calling the concept something that he doesn’t “agree” with.
11 year old Anna Graceman recently brought new life to Motley's 'Home Sweet Home' in a performance on 'America's Got Talent' that Sixx called "so cute" on Twitter.