MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx recently answered several questions posed by the readers of Blender magazine (web site) for the "Dear Superstar" section in the publication's September 2007 issue. A couple of excerpts follow:
Blender: Have you always kept a diary — and do you still keep one now?
Nikki: The earliest diaries were '78, '79. I used to carry a book around and draw pictures of what the stage set would look like, ideas, band names, that kind of stuff. By the beginning of MÖTLEY CRÜE, I felt like I really had something to write down. Some of the ones from the "Shout at the Devil" era are really raw and barbaric — like, "Slept with four girls. Two were on their period. Can't remember any of their names. Me and Vince got in a fistfight. Sold-out show. 100,000 people. Nikki." And then the next one would be, "I miss my grandparents." By the time I got to about '85, my writing really started flowing. And that's pretty much how I do it now — stream of consciousness.
Blender: Your mother dated Richard Pryor. What's the thing you remember most clearly about him?
Nikki: We used to live on Sunset Boulevard, in an apartment in the Sunset Tower. I had a very young sister, and my mom would take off and do her thing — and I would watch my sister for a couple of days at a time. I have one very clear memory of playing in the parking garage with my sister and a car pulling in and my mom and Richard getting out. They were blasted. And she said, "Oh, I love you so much," and just went straight up to the apartment and left us in the garage. That's the clearest memory.
Blender: As a teenager you were a drug dealer. What did you sell and were you any good at it?
Nikki: I sold a lot of pot, acid and chocolate mescaline: We would take the mescaline and mix it with Hershey's chocolate powder; then we'd get vitamin capsules and empty them out and put the mescaline chocolate inside. Very big in Seattle in the late '70s — they'd dump the capsules out and put it on their tongue and get a faster hit. I always dipped into my profits: I never really made money.
Blender: What's the worst thing anyone's ever written about you in a song?
Nikki: Someone said that "Tattooed Millionaire" by Bruce Dickinson [IRON MAIDEN] was about me, but I don't know. It was something to do with the fact that I fucked his wife, and I think he was upset. That wasn't my fault, by the way — I want to go on the record. She was his wife, but I didn't know that. I don't think Bruce found out about it until "The Dirt" — I should have kept that a secret. DIRE STRAITS's "Money for Nothing" was about MÖTLEY CRÜE — "Money for nothing and the chicks for free … that little f.ggot got his own jet airplane." They were in a store that sells televisions, and there was a row of TVs all playing MÖTLEY CRÜE — and that's where it came from. Isn't that great?
Blender: Have you ever taken Viagra?
Nikki: I have, on the road, in the last couple of years — Viagra and Cialis. That shit rocks. We were playing somewhere, and there was this beautiful model — she came to the show and we had a great conversation and were hanging out. She was funny, witty — and we just felt something. So she says, "I'm gonna go do something, and I'll come up to the room and meet you, and we'll hang out, watch a movie." So I said, "OK." And I go to someone, "Give me one of those Cialis things that you guys are taking." So I take it … and she never showed up. That was a painful night.
Read the entire interview at Blender.com.