The First Rock and Roll Vampire?
Today’s brew: Julie isn’t here…I’m having ice cream instead. It’s some Trader Joe’s caramel goodness.
Anyone who’s died twice and lived to tell about it deserves to have a character in a book based on him.
I like my rock stars dark, sexy, and screwed up. If I wanted to find well adjusted men, I’d go to an accounting convention. When I go to a concert or want to fantasize about a musician, I want an aire of danger, mystery, and unpredictability. So when I created Tristan Trevosier, I looked directly to Nikki Sixx.
Motley Crue and Nikki are the epitome of Rock and Roll excess in the 80’s. The parties were over the top, the groupies were never ending, and the drugs must have made Keith Richards stand up and take notice. It’s amazing that Nikki lived to tell the tale of his partying and drug use. Actually, he didn’t. He’s come back from the dead not once, but twice. His first overdose found him thrown in a dumpster somewhere in Europe, and the second time he died was at a party with Guns and Roses. Even though his heroin use frequently interfered with his every day life, Nikki was the main lyricist for Motley Crue. In his book The Heroin Diaries, he tells how he wrote the lyrics for Wild Side and You’re All I Need during this period.
I’ve been around musicians for years and have always been fascinated with the rock and roll counter culture. True rock stars operate in a separate realm than the rest of us. They play by no rules, and get away with almost everything. They answer to no one, and people seem to forgive them for their sins simply because they connect to the music they create. However, this lifestyle can be isolating and lonely. When no one ever tells you no, excess is easy. Excess can almost be necessary to fill the void of real life. That is what happens to Tristan.
Two must read books if you are interested in rock bands of the 80’s at all are Motley Crue’s The Dirt and Nikki Sixx’s The Heroin Diaries. They are first hand accounts of the debauchery and excess that Motley Cure was infamous for.
Now Nikki is understandably clean and sober, 53 years old, and still touring the world with Motley Crue. Instead of drugs,now he’s into photography. You can check out his work and more about his journey to sobriety in his third book, This Is Gonna Hurt.