Nikki Sixx Names The Three Mötley Crüe Songs Inspired By His Addiction

Nikki Sixx opened up about his addiction and how it impacted his life during a recent interview with the Sunday Times. He stated that he is thankful for experiencing addiction as it helped him do the things he’s proud of right now.

Nikki Sixx had a troubled life as a teenager before he became the rockstar we know today. He was never shy to express his anger towards his parents, and he released an autobiography called ‘The First 21‘ where he described his struggles that led him to become Nikki Sixx. His unfortunate experiences were also depicted in the band’s biopic, ‘The Dirt,’ which Sixx co-wrote. This troubled past led him to start consuming drugs and alcohol at a level where he overdosed almost a dozen times.

It’s no big secret that Sixx even clinically died twice, and the most well-known story of that is when he was thought dead after he overdosed with the iconic guitarist Slash and his girlfriend. That day, he was dead for almost two minutes before he was brought back to life. It took some time before the bassist decided to go completely sober and quit his addictions but eventually, he did.

In his recent interview, he revealed a shocking truth concerning the inspiration behind Crüe’s iconic tracks, ‘Shout at the Devil,’ ‘Bastard,’ and ‘Knock ‘Em Dead Kid.’ Without forgetting to stress that he isn’t recommending it to anyone, Nikki Sixx said that if it weren’t for his addiction, he wouldn’t have made peace with his past and written those iconic songs. Hence, he is happy that his addiction helped him express his feelings freely instead of bottling them up as many do.

Here is what he stated in the interview:

“It took me a lot of years to grow up as I didn’t have many role models. It’s been an amazing journey, and I’ve got to thank addiction in a lot of ways. If I hadn’t become so addicted, and I’m not recommending this, I might not have been able to unlock some of those demons with my parents or write songs like ‘Shout at the Devil,’ ‘Bastard,’ and ‘Knock ‘Em Dead Kid.’

When I was in my twenties and thirties, I was a ball of fire, but even though I’ve got a place where I really don’t give a rat’s ass about a lot of bullshit, I don’t want to form a thick skin or numb my feelings.”

Sixx declared himself sober in 2004 and started to help those struggling with addiction over media outlets. Although it’s probably not easy for him, he has often shared his experiences and emphasized that there is nothing good about being addicted to drugs. Thus, people should get help without feeling embarrassed if they are experiencing a similar problem.