MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has responded to a letter penned by the group's former producer Tom Werman in which Tom called Sixx's recently published memoir, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star", "totally deluded" and "stunningly inaccurate." Werman leveled his criticisms in a letter to the New York Times, taking issue with Sixx's claims that the bassist did all the work in the studio on the CRÜE albums "Theatre of Pain", "Shout at the Devil" and "Girls, Girls, Girls" while Werman chatted on the phone.
The producer wrote in his letter, "[New York Times writer] Alan Light's description in his review of 'The Heroin Diaries' of the heroin-besotted Nikki Sixx as 'bratty and self-destructive' is on the money, but having been there and having read the book, I would go with 'totally deluded' or perhaps 'stunningly inaccurate.' As the producer of three MÖTLEY CRÜE albums over a four-year period, I found Sixx's allegation that in the recording studio he did 'all the work' with Vince Neil's vocals while I chatted idly on the phone not only humorous but pure fiction."
Werman added, "If this distortion of reality is the result of Sixx's past heroin habit, then his diary is truly nothing more than a pipe dream, and the events to which this book refers may simply be the needle-induced fantasies of an attention-starved junkie."
In a statement released to BLABBERMOUTH.NET earlier today (February 27), Sixx wrote, "Part of the process of recovery is being able to take responsibility for our actions. Sometimes it hurts but if you want to grow up, you have to take the hit. In my diaries, I was able to expose my pain and showed what the bottom looks like through the eyes of addiction. I don't think I came out looking too pretty in my book but it needed to be exposed for others to understand that they are not alone. In fact, I even took the unprecedented step of including commentary by many of the people who were there at the time, including Slash, Vanity, Tommy, Vince and Mick to provide their own account (as I was using a great deal of the time, I thought it was necessary so that both the reader and I could trust what I wrote at the time was the truth). Is Mr. Werman also claiming that they are liars???
"Tom Werman being worried about what I said in my book about him is just so narcissistic and self-centered. I'm sorry if he got his feelings hurt but I feel that I was kind to Mr. Werman by withholding things from the book that would have jeopardized his marriage and his job security with Elektra at the time. I was a lot more generous to him than I was to myself. However, if Mr. Werman wants me to publish a complete accounting of the facts, I'll gladly write a nice short story in the form of a blog that will expose his actions during all the MÖTLEY CRÜE sessions that would make very interesting reading for his wife."
Werman also lashed out in 2004 at TWISTED SISTER over comments the band made regarding his contributions to their breakthrough 1984 album, "Stay Hungry".
The producer retired from music in 2002 and opened a bed and breakfast in Massachusetts.
Sixx recorded an album under the name SIXX: A.M. with longtime friends James Michael and D.J. Ashba as a "soundtrack" to "The Heroin Diaries".
SIXX: A.M. is planning a short tour and is letting fans vote at VoteSixxAM.com on which cities the group should play in. The date on which the winning cities and tour schedule will be unveiled is February 28.