Nikki Sixx states that when he got sober, he was very immature and wasn’t there as a man yet
Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx was recently interviewed by Hightown Pirates band member and recovering addict Simon Mason for Gigwise and the pair had a lengthy conversation mostly pertaining to addiction.
In terms of people’s misunderstanding about addiction and how people wonder what a successful musician like Sixx would have to complain about, the bassist indicated: “100% true, let me tell ya, right after we did the Dr Feelgood album (over 7 million sold), Bob Rock, who produced the record and always liked to really push me creatively, which I fucking loved, called me and said something like ‘ Hey Nikki, now that you’ve sold tens of millions of records, played every stadium and arena, you got a big house and all the ‘wow’ stuff, what the hell you got to write about now?’ So I told him, ‘hey Bob, just because I lay my head down in a 10,000 foot ‘jail’ doesn’t mean I don’t have demons.’ Yeah, I had a big house, but when I go to bed at night, it felt like a jail, you know, I hadn’t figured it all out yet right? People think you just make a decision one day to quit right? Forget the back-story, it’s not really important, you know, everybody else thinks ‘hey man, you’ve done it you quit, congratulations right? Whereas for me, it was more like, ‘I made it? No, it’s more like the starting gun just went, I’ve been on the sidelines, but now, just because I’m on the ‘track’, it doesn’t mean I’m gonna win the race, now you gotta start. Now the work begins. That’s the thing most people don’t understand.”
Sixx also stated: “When I got sober, I was very immature, sure I had the ability to write songs and be in a band, but as a man, I still wasn’t ‘there’ yet. Even in my 30s, it took me a long time and you have to work at that.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Sixx at Gigwise.