During a recent interview with The Guardian, MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx spoke about the process that he goes through to come up with some of his darker lyrics now that he he has been clean and sober for more than a decade.
“Inspiration comes from all over the place,” he said. “When MÖTLEY did [1989 multi-platinum album] ‘Dr. Feelgood’ with [producer] Bob Rock, we were already huge but that album catapulted us to an even bigger level. Bob had said to me: ‘What are you going to write songs about now? You’ve won everything that you can win. You’ve proven everybody wrong. You guys have money beyond any money you could ever spend in your life. You’re all driving Ferraris and seeing girls in bikinis and living in mansions.’ I said: ‘Bob, just because I lay my head down in a 10,000-square-foot cell, do you think that I’m really cured?’ The bottom line is that you are always … I am always trying to dig in the dirt and trying to find more skeletons and bones. That’s how I operate. I find things about myself that I want to fix or I’m not happy with or I believed were true that are not. It’s a lifelong journey.”
The 55-year-old rocker struggled with substance abuse for years and was even supposedly declared clinically dead after a heroin overdose in 1987 made his heart stop for two minutes. He has since become actively involved in a recovery “program”, which he credits for helping him transform his life and relationships.
“By letting go of self and ego, working a program that connects you to a higher power and giving back to those still struggling are just some of the important things you learn through sobriety,” Sixx wrote when he celebrated nine years of sobriety in July 2013. “You get to repair the damage done from drink, drugs and horrific behaviors (that broke people’s hearts who loved you.”
He added: “For me, taking away the substance just gave [me] an honest view of who I had become and then the healing started. I do believe without any program to help, many are just dry drunks and there is always a danger of them going out again. I’ve been there. It’s not pretty. This is no joking matter to me, so I take it seriously.”