Nikki Sixx Pays Tribute to Scott Weiland
The death of former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has weighed heavily on many of his contemporaries — including Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx, who paid tribute to Weiland during a recent episode of his Sixx Sense radio show.
During the segment, which you can listen to below, Sixx said that when Weiland died, he'd been traveling on the same bus Sixx had just finished using on a leg of the Mötley Crüe tour. As Sixx pointed out, buses go from artist to artist on a regular basis, but he still found himself thrown for a bit of a loop after hearing the news of Weiland's death.
"This is a little bit dark, but Scott took my bus and was sleeping in the same bed that I was sleeping in," said Sixx. "And, you know, he was found dead on the bus. And I was just, like, 'God...' It's, like, so crazy to think how close we all are."
As Sixx went on to point out, he has his own personal experience with the lethal side effects of the bad habits that plagued Weiland throughout his career, which underscores the sadness he feels in the wake of Weiland's passing — and which is why, although Sixx made it clear he understands why other musicians found it difficult to work with Weiland over the long term, he feels a deep measure of compassion for him.
"When rock stars think they're more important than their fans, that's when they get in trouble. That's called ego," said Sixx. "You get ego and drugs and — if he's bipolar — we've heard he was bipolar and unmedicated and all this stuff — he had to be so tortured. He had to be in so much pain."
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