Happy 4th Sixx:A.M. fans…Yesterday was a day that I’ll remember for a long time. It started with the news that “Lies Of The Beautiful People” had reached #1, which in and of itself was enough to make it an amazing day. But, it just so happened that Motley Crue was in Nashville so Nikki and I were able to celebrate together. We hung out all afternoon and had some great laughs reflecting back on our nearly 12 year friendship. We couldn’t help but think of how far we’d come since the day we first met…
Flashback to 1999: Nikki had called me and asked if I would want to write some Motley songs for their new record. I eagerly said “yes” so we arranged to meet at my apartment in Hollywood. Upon arriving, Nikki gets out of his car and steps right into a pile of dog shit! So we spend the first half hour digging shit out of the treads of his converse high tops with a stick and laughing our asses off. This clearly set the tone for the decade long friendship that followed! If my memory serves me, that day we wrote “Hollywood Ending” and “Dragstrip Superstar” (two songs that ended up on the New Tattoo album. From that day on Nikki and I knew that we were meant to be writing partners because it was effortless and fun (two qualities that hadn’t been present in music for either one of us in a while).
Fast Forward about a year: I’m driving down the 101 listening to the radio after leaving Nikki’s house and “Hollywood Ending” comes on the radio…I remember telling myself “I’ll never forget this moment”. Then there was “Rest In Pieces” which is a song that we wrote for Saliva. It ended up being a big hit for them and as a result I was able to afford to pay my rent on time for the first time in many years! “R.I.P” actually got me my first publishing deal so it truly was another pivotal moment in my life. Then of course there was the incredible success of The Heroin Diaries and “Life Is Beautiful” followed by the Cruefest tour and Sixx:AM performing live for the first time.
And yesterday “Lies Of The Beautiful People” is #1 on the Rock charts; and we’re just getting started with the album, This Is Gonna Hurt; The Soundtrack To The Book … All of these memories me to this point: over the past 12 years, I can remember countless times where I’ve said “I’ll never forget this moment” and so many of those times involved Nikki. So, as I ended my night at the Motley Crue show (truly one of the best Motley shows I’ve seen) I found myself overwhelmed with gratitude for having so many “I’ll never forget this” moments. I don’t know how I got so lucky.