Mötley Crüe’s bassist Nikki Sixx was on American TV talking about addiction and he gave an advice for people struggling with this problem. He encourages people to share their stories and to keep reaching out for help.
After a troubled childhood, he moved to Los Angeles at age 17 on his own. In 1981, he founded Mötley Crüe with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist Vince Neil. After placing an ad in the paper, they met guitarist Mick Mars and so the band was formed, with Nikki as their main songwriter.
The more the band became successful, the more and more Nikki made use of drugs. In one of his days of excess, he saw death closely. For a few minutes, in December 1987, he was pronounced dead from an overdose, but after two injections of adrenaline into the heart he was “resuscitated.”
Sixx says that this episode served as inspiration for the song “Kickstart My Heart”. This almost fatality started his fight against drugs, also influencing his bandmates, making them go to a rehabilitation clinic. As they left rehab, they continued the work of the band and recorded their most successful album: Dr. Feelgood, produced by Bob Rock, who has worked with artists such as Metallica and Bon Jovi.
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