Nikki Sixx Details The ‘Ritual’ He And Tommy Lee Had
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx recently joined The Kelly Alexander Show for an interview. During the conversation, he recalled what he and Tommy Lee did together as a ritual.
Bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee have been performing with Mötley Crüe since the band’s formation in 1981. The band members are known for their hedonistic lifestyles, decadent behavior, and excessive substance abuse. Living the rock and roll life to its fullest, Lee and Sixx also developed a substance addiction in the first years of their career.
During his career with Mötley Crüe, Nikki Sixx got addicted to heroin and once even overdosed and was announced clinically dead for two minutes. The bassist has been clean for two decades now, and he shared his memories and struggle with addiction in his memoir, ‘The Heroin Diaries.’
On the other hand, Tommy Lee became a heavy drinker who admitted to drinking gallons of alcohol a day. Although the drummer is currently trying to stay sober, his drinking addiction was quite severe during his time with Crüe. As Sebastian Bach said, Lee shared a bottle of vodka with him even before a show where Mötley Crüe was supposed to stay sober.
In an interview on The Kelly Alexander Show, Nikki Sixx recalled a ritual he and Tommy Lee had. He said they used to get a bottle of Jack Daniels at 5 o’clock, and then they’d take its lid off and flip it. Following that, Sixx said they wouldn’t need that lid again and drink it all. According to Sixx, that was how their day started.
In the interview, Nikki Sixx recalled the ritual as:
“When I was younger I heard this saying we’ve all heard, ‘Everything in moderation.’ I was like ‘Moderation?’ Tommy and I had this ritual where we got our bottle of Jack Daniels at five o’clock, we’d take the lid off and we’d flip it.
We’d say ‘Won’t be needing that again,’ and we’d do five bubbles for five o’clock. And that’s how the day started. That bottle never needed its lid, nothing in moderation. Rock and roll.”
You can watch the full interview below.