Sixx marks overdose near-death anniversary
Kickstarter: Sixx with Crue in the 1980s
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has recalled his “Kickstart My Heart” moment, which took place 25 years ago yesterday.
On December 23, 1987, Sixx overdosed on heroin and was declared clinically dead after being administered with an adrenaline shot to the heart. An attending medic decided to give him a second shot, which revived him.
Sixx – who described his heroin addiction as “a love affair” and says he overdosed at least six times – later wrote the classic Crue track about the moment.
On Facebook he wrote: “25 years ago today I had two almost-fatal drug overdoses that changed my life forever. I can’t even see myself these days as that kid who was running head strong into the abyss, but I know he taught me how to live when he finally decided to do it for himself.
“I would have never seen the birth of my four beautiful children and had such a wonderful life (even with its adversity) if I had not kicked drugs.
“I can’t say it loud enough: if you’re into them or considering doing them: drugs don’t work. The downside is never pretty.
“I am extremely grateful to be able to look back over these last 25 years and have all the memories that would have otherwise gone down in flames.”
Meanwhile, Crue singer Vince Neil’s former bassist and personal assistant has threatened legal action over unpaid taxes.
Alan Vine was a member of Neil’s solo band ten years ago, and claims the organisation’s manager reported inflated earnings to tax officials, leaving him with a higher bill than he could afford.
Vine tells Metal Sludge: “I have been trying to straighten out a tax issue for several years now to no avail. I didn’t want to sue but after several blow-offs I can’t stand it any more.
“I grew up listening to Motley Crue and couldn’t believe I was working for one of my heroes – and it has come to this. I am sure Vince is completely in the dark about this and has no Idea.
“Vince, email if you want to fix this. Otherwise I am getting a lawyer.”