An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin McCarthy has two projects in development: “Wonder Drug” with director Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”); and “Resistance” with director Si Wall (“Marbella Nights”).
“Nikki Sixx: From Bad Boy to Good Man” by Caitlin McCarthy
My favorite example is Nikki Sixx.
As many of you know from my previous blog posts here, I attended numerous concerts at the Worcester Centrum growing up. I made a point of seeing all my favorite bands in the ‘80s, with only one exception: Motley Crue.
It takes a lot to intimidate me, but in the ‘80s, Motley Crue did just that. Like Lord Byron, they were mad, bad, and dangerous to know. Sex, drugs, and violence followed them wherever they went. Just read the group’s autobiography “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band” and Nikki’s memoir “The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star.”
Motley Crue attracted a “motley” crowd to their concerts back then. As a preppy, my bob and clothing got the stink eye from Poison fans. I feared Motley fans wouldn’t limit themselves to just dirty looks. I honestly believed they’d do much worse to me, egged on by the wild energy of the show.
So I settled for watching Motley Crue on MTV, zeroing in on Nikki Sixx. Whenever he was interviewed by a VJ (remember them?), I paid attention. Even though Nikki was in the throes of a horrific drug addiction at the time, and living the life of a rock star in the worst possible sense, he struck me as a decent guy at heart. His lifestyle choices didn’t diminish his musical ability. (Nikki is Motley Crue’s bassist and main songwriter.) He also came across as a smart businessman. He was (and still is) a natural, a true star.
Once Nikki freed himself from drugs around the 21st Century, he became an author, fashion designer, photographer, and founder of additional bands (58 and Sixx:AM). Nikki made history as the first rock star ever to testify on Capital Hill before members of Congress on addiction. Nikki even branched out into charity. He’s not someone who throws money at problems. He’s hands-on with his efforts.
Don’t believe me? Check out this paragraph from Wikipedia:
“…Nikki Sixx teamed up with an already existing charity known as the Covenant House and created his own branch called Running Wild in the Night. In addition to partially funding the services the Covenant House provides on its own, Sixx’s division also provides a creative arts and music program, allowing the beneficiaries of this program to discover an answer to their problems that is better than drugs. Because Sixx has been dealt an upper hand along with his success, he has been able to negotiate with people in his industry to provide the program with musical instruments and software. Sixx has arguably prevented thousands of potential drug users and rehabilitated teenage addicts from continuing to dabble in the world of drugs, as the Covenant House helped almost 78,000 youth at risk last year. Sixx didn’t just establish the program. A portion of the profits from Sixx:A.M.’s album The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack is donated to help the Covenant House. Sixx also continues to auction off personal items to fund Running Wild in the Night. As of April 2009, he had raised over $100,000. In addition to monetary contributions, Sixx has made personal and emotional ones. George Lozano, the director of Covenant House California, said that Sixx is ‘passionate about the cause; he can relate to the youth in our program and they can relate to him. He’s a great role model for these kids.’”
If you’re still unconvinced that Nikki is a good man, here’s my last piece of evidence….
My mother once walked into the living room while I was watching the Motley Crue episode of VH-1’s “Behind the Music.” She stopped, watched and listened to Nikki speak for a moment, and then said, “He has nice eyes. Who’s that?”
I laughed. My mom is someone who totally missed the ‘60s. She only knows one song by The Who – and that’s because it’s the theme song of “CSI.” She hated heavy metal music in the ‘70s and ‘80s. “You can’t understand what they’re singing,” she’d say whenever I played it in the car.
And yet, something about Nikki Sixx spoke to her.
My mother believes that the eyes are the window to the soul. We can’t cover up who we are with hair and makeup. The truth about us shines through our eyes.
So Nikki, if you ever read this, my mother thinks you have nice eyes. Me, too.
(photos: sodahead.com, topnews.inc, starpulse.com)