Tragic Details About Nikki Sixx’s Life

Anyone in Motley Crue will tell you that hard
rocking comes with a side order of hard partying, and Nikki Sixx was probably one of the hardest
members in any Motley Crue party. His life wasn’t all roses, though. Here’s the tragic story of Nikki Sixx. Before he became Nikki Sixx, young Frank Feranna
Jr. had quite a childhood, and it turned him into a hellraiser of an adult. Sixx was raised jointly by his grandparents
and his mother, and had to move a lot – in a span of 11 years, he attended seven schools. This turbulence did not mold him into a particularly
law-abiding young man, and when he was living with his grandparents in Jerome, Idaho, his
school expelled him for selling drugs. This was the last straw for grandpa and grandma
Sixx, who sent the young man to his mother in Seattle. “What am I gonna do in Seattle?” According to Blabbermouth, living with his
mother was no picnic for Sixx, as it came with a side order of violent men. By the time he was 17, the budding musician
finally had enough, so he left his past behind and took his bass, his new name, and his big
dreams to Los Angeles. Still, his experiences as a young man may
have influenced Motley Crue’s music. Sixx has said that the song “Live Wire” in
particular is about domestic violence and specifically mentions the assorted stepdads
he had to deal with. Nikki Sixx and his mother have always had
a strained relationship, and by “strained” we mean “utterly dysfunctional.” According to the Guardian, their troubles
started when Sixx was just 6 years old and his mother called her parents to come and
take the young boy away, allegedly telling her son: “I’m going to lock the door and I’ll just
leave you in the porch.” Then she cruised away with a strange man. Sixx says the moment broke him, and he could
never truly reconnect with her again. This isn’t one of those tales where time heals
the wounds and the mother and son eventually reconcile, either. The relationship remained so sour that reconciliation
was impossible, and when she died in 2013, Sixx only acknowledged the event with a simple,
dispassionate tweet. He had been fully aware of her condition but
felt that even at the brink of death she didn’t deserve any attention from him. Nikki Sixx was a particularly enthusiastic
drug user during the band’s glory days, so he’s had more than his share of close calls. Still, none of them can hold a candle to December
23, 1987 – the day he died. Ultimate Classic Rock says that after a night
of hard partying with some hard-rocking friends, including members of Guns N’ Roses and Ratt,
the festivities were slowly winding down. However, Sixx decided to treat himself to
one last hit before bedtime. This proved to be a fatal mistake – because
he passed out and started turning blue. Paramedics arrived, but it looked like they
couldn’t do anything to save the bassist. Sixx was loaded in an ambulance and given
shots of adrenaline, but he was already dead – or so it seemed. Hours later, he unexpectedly awoke at a hospital,
cursed at a cop trying to ask him questions and wandered out, wearing nothing but leather
pants. He got a ride home, and a lecture about drugs,
from two fans, who had just heard on the radio that he had died. Sixx has described dying as a fairly typical
out-of-body experience, and he’s also said that death just “hurts.” Unfortunately, even death wasn’t enough for
him to break the drug habit. “I stopped for about three hours.” To illustrate how out of it Nikki Sixx was
during the late 1980s, look no further than the train incident during Motley Crue’s tour
in Japan. Ultimate Classic Rock reports they took a
bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka for a concert, but as it turned out, it was not a good idea
to put the world’s most dangerous rock band on the same train as mere mortals. During the return trip, Sixx was out of his
mind, while Mick Mars was busy swimming in a bottle of Jack Daniels. The two started to get on each others’ nerves,
and Sixx started throwing donuts at Mars. After a bit of that, the bassist decided to
graduate to throwing bottles, but misjudged a toss and hit a random man in the head. “And it goes to the front and smashes the
window and comes crashing down on these nice little Japanese people.” When the train arrived in Tokyo, “a couple
of hundred” cops were waiting in riot gear. They arrested Sixx and the band’s manager,
who both spent hours in jail, while a local promoter tried to resolve the issue. Somehow, he managed to persuade the police
to release them… on the condition that Sixx write a letter of apology. During his worst heroin abuse years, Nikki
Sixx had near-death experiences and went through pretty much all imaginable terrors that come
with drug addiction. Still, he doesn’t consider any of his assorted
dramatic drug-using incidents as his rock bottom. For Sixx, his absolute lowest point was a
fairly uneventful and intimate moment that only registered as an absolute darkest hour
because he finally realized the hopelessness of his situation. According to the Fix, the realization came
when his dealer was temporarily out of stock, and he had no access to heroin. The bassist spent a day and a half without
heroin, in terrible, painful withdrawal that he likens to hell, before his dealer was able
to come over and resupply his addiction. This incident made Sixx realize he couldn’t
get out, and that information hit him so hard that he describes the sensation as an almost
physical feeling of being stuck. It’s easy to assume that Nikki Sixx is always
going to be the most debauched person in any given relationship, but he once met his match
in a pop star known as Vanity. She was a model, actress, and singer who was
originally discovered, mentored, and dated by none other than Prince. By the time she met Sixx, her career was already
dwindling. The two shared a mutual love of drugs, and
got engaged in 1987. This was not a good move, as both of them
were extremely fond of rock star excesses and enabled each other’s bad behavior. They would stay up all night, and in the morning,
Sixx would throw Vanity out because she started acting too crazy for him. Vanity eventually moved on from her famous
fiance. She continued her hard-partying ways until
1994, when a massive overdose caused a renal failure that nearly killed her. After that, she abandoned her stage name and
became a Christian evangelist under her real name, Denise Matthews. Unfortunately, her years of abuse had wrecked
her health beyond repair, and she died at age 57 in 2016. A marriage to a young, restless Motley Crue
member doesn’t come with much stability and security, and Nikki Sixx has the divorces
to prove it. Although he’s a dedicated family man these
days, the bass man had to trudge through two failed marriages to get there. According to heavy metal site Blabbermouth,
his second marriage, to Donna D’Errico, ended in 2007. The divorce proceedings turned nasty when
Sixx testified that he had discovered that she had previously been a stripper and even
done some “high-end call girl work.” This sordid past thoroughly freaked out noted
saint Nikki Sixx, according to … Nikki Sixx. D’Errico’s lawyers, on the other hand, dismissed
his claims as little more than an amusing attempt at character assassination. “I have a strict policy against mixing business
with pleasure. Are we clear on that?” The fate of Brandi Brandt, the musician’s
first wife and the mother of three of his children, was less amusing. Biography says her seven-year marriage to
Sixx ended in 1996, and perhaps not coincidentally, Sixx married D’Errico just one month later. Brandt’s life then took a very dark and strange
turn. The Sydney Morning Herald says the former
Playboy cover girl became involved in a large cocaine smuggling conspiracy, and she was
sentenced to several years in prison in 2014. Nikki Sixx has tons of opinions and a history
of substance abuse issues, and he has carved out a career in a field full of people with
similar temperaments and preferences. As such, Sixx seems to attract and cultivate
feuds like a gardener might nurture fine flowers. According to rock music site Loudwire, the
Motley Crue bassist has varying levels of beef with Michael Sweet of Stryper, the band
KISS, and Gene Simmons in particular. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Sebastian
Bach of Skid Row fame says he can’t even keep up with all the feuds Sixx has going. The Crue bassist’s most long-term target is
none other than Metallica. According to Loaded Radio, the two bands have
been at odds since they rose to dominate their respective metal scenes at the same time in
the same general area. And Sixx has been known to take potshots at
the band’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, for his appearance, attitudes, and drumming ability. Of course, this could just be because Sixx
likes to annoy drummers. After all, even his own percussionist isn’t
safe from his inflammatory antics. According to Metal Injection, Tommy Lee says
Sixx unfollowed him on Twitter immediately after Motley Crue’s final show. The Star describes how at the height of Motley
Crue’s fame, Nikki Sixx spent many a long night in a way you’d never expect a rock star
to. Instead of drowning his worries in a mountain
of groupies and fast cars, the bass player curled up in a cold, damp closet with drugs
and a shotgun. According to the AV Club, the reason for his
behavior was paranoia. Sixx was certain the cops were coming to get
him, and the fact that he reacted to the imminent presence of law enforcement by getting as
wasted as humanly possible and arming himself shows just how out of it he was at the time. During his worst moments of heroin addiction,
this was actually closer to his status quo than all the happy-go-lucky partying and gleeful
depravity described in The Dirt. His own memoir, The Heroin Diaries, functions
largely as a document of this awful dark side of the rock star lifestyle. 1988 was perhaps the most infamous year for
Motley Crue and Nikki Sixx. The peak of both their popularity and the
bassist’s heroin addiction, that year was full of rowdiness, health scares, canceled
concerts, and trouble with the law. On top of all this chaos, a man named Matthew
Trippe emerged with a strange story. Music site Louder says Trippe was a relatively
unknown musician who claimed he had a secret history as the bass player for Crue. Not a new member, mind you – he said he literally
spent a year as Nikki Sixx. According to Trippe, Sixx was sidelined due
to a nasty car accident in 1982. He says guitarist Mick Mars recruited the
similar-looking Trippe to take over the bass responsibilities in 1983, starting a gig as
Nikki Sixx 2.0 that ended in 1984 when Trippe was involved in an armed robbery. As he was waiting for his trial, the “real”
Sixx rejoined the band, and they went on to record songs that Trippe claims he wrote,
such as “Save Our Souls.” Of course, Trippe’s tales turned out to be
pretty tall, although he does seem to have believed the whole thing himself. He still managed to keep a lawsuit against
the band’s manager going for a few years, and the bogus story received some significant
publicity. Nikki Sixx has been open about the fact that
he struggled with depression in his youth, and he says taking drugs was partially an
attempt to self-medicate the condition. He takes depression very seriously, to the
point that he even included its medical definition in the glossary of The Heroin Diaries. Still, his most public foray at addressing
the subject was actually prompted by Gene Simmons. In 2014, the KISS ringleader made some controversial
comments about depression, dismissing its validity as a mental disorder and saying that
people who claim they’re depressed should just take their lives. This was a colossally stupid comment, and
Sixx immediately jumped in the fray. According to Rolling Stone, the Motley Crue
man labeled Simmons’ comments moronic and pointed out that some kid might actually hear
his words and believe that ending one’s life is the only way out. Sixx then went on to carefully explain that
there are many, many ways out of depression, and the last thing any depressed person should
have to do is hear some rock star claiming that there is only one, final way to deal
with the situation. It’s probably not a coincidence that Simmons
released a swift and uncharacteristically humble apology. If you or anyone you know is having thoughts
of self-inflicted harm, please call the National Help Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK

100 thoughts on “Tragic Details About Nikki Sixx’s Life

  1. im sure the judge has said to a few close friends……brandy brant sure gives e a hell of a blow job…… she got out after a couple of years lol

  2. Their 'Uncensored' home video was one of the best, and funniest a band ever released. Sis bought it and would watch it over, and over, and over……..

  3. Dude nothing surprised me about Nikki Sixx because I feel like he had a hole in his heart that he had to fill it with something because he didn't know who and where to go about his problems so Nikki Sixx brother I got your back brother because I feel that he really never knew what to do when the going got rough been there myself but past a the past all we can do is look back and laugh or cry but never regret the past but I am here to help others when they don't know where to turn #helpenddrugs

  4. Why are telling us what we all already saw in the movie and already know. Find something we don’t know.

  5. "he had to move a lot. In the span of 11 years he attended 7 schools."
    I moved more often than that, until my parents divorced when I was 14. Hell, I had to move 10 times in one year alone.

  6. I do so love this band!! Very gracious towards their fans. Been a Crue fan since 1984. They, and their certain brand of debauchery, will be greatly missed.

  7. Bad video coverage. Dude reading from Wikipedia over generic royalty free music. Thumbs down. Not worth watching.

  8. Motley Crue sucks all the hope made all the 1992 hairstyles popular if the song sucked meant everithing sucked

  9. Super cool Sixx. 🎙🔊🕪🎤🎶🎧🎵🎹🎸🎼🎯🗻🌠🎪🎭🚘🚀

  10. Hopefully all of that is long ago over! Always one of my favorite rockers!! The thing that surprises me the most about him was the way he felt about his mother. After all of the years he was addicted and behaving badly, l would've thought maybe he could've triedbto see things frombher view. But when a child is hurt so deeply by their mom, there seems to be no way to truly and completely heal that wound….that, to me, is just utterly tragic for both of them! Thanks for sharing this with us! Peace to All of Us!! 😉

  11. Wait didn’t he get brought back in the ambulance? I think that’s what it said in the Dirt book

  12. I guarantee that Gene Simmons issued that apology’s he wouldn’t get sued by millions of families who’s kids killed themselves. Biggest asshole in the industry. He doesn’t give a single shit about anyone.

  13. He was a loser and a Drug user it’s probably too late for them to get any smarter getting up there in age all it shit he done in his life he’s got to be half brain dead .(but David Lee Roth has to be the dumbest musician ever lived

  14. Get F'd you dour, negative swines. SIXX has lived it b, breathed it and learnt the hard way. He's not that guy anymore, he's living in peace with his wife and children and is a very kind man. I don't get off on knocking people for the sake of it especially when they're undeserved of it.

  15. Why are half of these comments about how cute Douglass booth is playing Nikki??? Nikki is sexy as fuck. Tf is wrong with y’all 😂😂😂

  16. been on methadone since 1995 In on 145 I hate it all dope methadone I'd rather be Dead then go through methadone with draw

  17. That movie sux. Poor tribute to a kick ass band. If I didn’t know better I’d say by watching the movie that they were a bunch of dorks.

  18. Gene is a disgusting human being, I don't care how popular, rich he is this man has No sympathy for what is " REAL" so he must think being a sex addict is appropriate and nothing wrong with it ! He needs to realize how important depression is and how it's affecting All walks of life !

  19. Gene Simmons is an a hole. Seriously the guy thinks he's better then everyone. I like his wife though she's more down to earth and doesn't have a superior complex

  20. Tragic my ass. He had same problems anyone else has had. He got rich and famous and turned to drugs. Fuck him.

  21. It is amazing all he has gone though he is still one of the sexiest men on the planet. When I met him knees literally buckled under me and Vince had to catch me. Glad he has survived.

  22. The managers of these four childish, hedonistic brats certainly earned whatever they got paid; talk about adventures in ba bysitting……

  23. Gene Simmons is a washed up has-been. Okay a very very rich one, but he's always been an arrogant asshole. I'm glad Nikki dissed Gene about his comments on depression. I used to be a Kiss fan but when Motley Crue came out, there was no going back to Kiss. Stay strong Nikki…always.

  24. I live in jerome idaho and so does my dad and he was telling me that when he was in high school (late 80s early 90s) sixx would come back to jerome once a year in a Lamborghini to his grandparents

  25. They don't give you adrenaline for heroin overdoses, they give you Narcan. The effect is the same as in the movies. So I've been told…

  26. Lol LOVE it "Nikki" dislikes "gene Simmons" ME TOO Simmons is a pompous ego MANIAC yawn musically "kiss" is BORING

  27. Rock stars dating and marrying models, actresses, Playboy Playmates etc. and it does not last? Shocking!!!!!!

  28. Hey just think dude…when your daughter is old enough to drive..youll be pushin 80..hell you and the cru might still be touring..

  29. 4:20 Let me get this straight. Nikki Sixx, after years of using heroin, suffered withdrawals once (and for the first fucking time) and then he realized the nightmare it is and started to work on getting straight? WOW! The rich lead such sheltered and cozy lives. Even the ones who have "suffered" come off as whiny little bitches. You don't "suffer" when you are rich. Life must be so easy for them that they are so weak as human beings. I still love Nikki Sixx but god damn…I was a heroin addict and I suffered withdrawals more than half the time during my addiction.

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