Caitlin McCarthy is an award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin has a screenplay project in development: RESISTANCE with Populus Pictures and Si Wall (SPEED DATE; THE DINNER PARTY). In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school
NIKKI SIXX Comes To Boston by Caitlin McCarthy
I previously wrote about Nikki Sixx on this blog site (“From Bad Boy to Good Man”). Since that time, I have joined the Twitter revolution (@CaitlinMcWriter) and become one of Nikki’s followers. Upon reading that he was coming to Boston to sign copies of his latest book “This is Gonna Hurt,” and as well as the accompanying Sixx:AM CD of the same name, I sent an email to my longtime friend (and this blog’s owner) Elizabeth Searle: We are *so* there.
The book signing was scheduled to take place on May 6, 2011, from 7 p.m. to whenever at Barnes & Noble @ Boston University, the biggest bookstore in the area. And boy, did Nikki need the space. The line for his book signing started on the second floor – and eventually went all the way up to the 5th floor. My guesstimate is that one to two thousand fans were there. Nikki planned on staying until every single book was signed. That must have pushed midnight.
Thankfully, I was on the 2ndfloor. I waited four and a half hours so I could spend less than four minutes with the icon.
To put a spin on Nikki’s latest project, it *didn’t * hurt standing that long. I had a ball. Part of the fun was getting to know the other fans in line. I met Stephanie and her 15-year-old son Gianni; two schoolteachers who live one town over from me (sorry stalkers, I won’t say where, haha!); a guy who had rock star signatures, including Nikki’s, tattooed all up his arms; a lesbian couple who treasured the words of acceptance in Nikki’s books and music; and many others.
Elizabeth showed up at the bookstore after me. She wasn’t able to join me in line due to a “no cutting” policy. So she walked around the store, taking in the scene. She wound up shooting the best video of Nikki coming out of the elevator for the signing. She excitedly ran over to me in line, waving her phone: “He’s here!”
The women around me gasped and screamed, then leaned in to view the footage. It was a bonding moment for everyone in line – and a moment where Miss Elizabeth was a rock star for capturing the one and only Mr. Sixx!
Finally, my moment arrived to meet Nikki. Store reps asked me to place my pocketbook on a table. I understood why: Some psycho could try to shoot or hurt Nikki. (What a world we live in.) But the reps were kind enough to take my camera and shoot photos of me with Nikki.
I stepped up to the man in black, who had a dramatic red curtain behind him. His green eyes immediately grabbed me. Nikki is someone who makes – and holds – eye contact with you. He also loves to smile. He has nothing to hide and everything to share.
I handed him my copy of “This is Gonna Hurt,” and he inscribed it to me. I then gave him a printout of the blog post that was previously published here. I said, “Nikki, I wrote about your journey from bad boy to good man.”
His smile grew wider. “Thank you.” (In one of my photos, you can see him holding the folded printout of the blog post.)
I continued: “I’m a writer who also teaches at-risk youth. Your story is such an inspiration to them. Thank you for being such a wonderful role model. I read your book while waiting in line.”
“What did you think of it as a writer?” he asked.
“I loved it.” And I loved that he wanted my opinion as a fellow artist.
We exchanged a few more words about writing, then he thanked me for coming. I thanked *him* for coming to Boston. And then my moment with Nikki Sixx was over. I walked away thinking: What a great guy. I bet he’s a great friend.
I met up with Elizabeth on the first floor. “How was it?” she asked.
“Oh my god,” I sighed like a teenage girl. Then I pulled out my digital camera and showed her the pictures. We oohed and aahed together.
“This needs to be your next blog post,” she said.
And so it is.
Thank you, Nikki. You are one celeb who doesn’t disappoint. If anything, you exceed expectations with your depth, humanity, and sincerity. Rock on!
(photos courtesy of Caitlin McCarthy)