May 7, 2008

Nikki Sixx Receives Honors



Covenant House is honoring Nikki for his service and contributions to their youth homeless shelters.

I've never been a big fan of Motley Crue, but I am a HUGE fan of Nikki Sixx. I admire him and loved his book "The Heroin Diaries".
Nikki started his own organization called "Running in the Night" because he identifies with teens who runaway from home or have a difficult home life.

plus he's smokin' hot...

12 comments:

LoraLoo said...

His book was amazing, I read the whole thing in no time, I just couldn't put it down. I think the book was good for him and anyone who reads it, despite the train wreck viewing appeal of a fallen star per se, it has a real message.

I also think it's awesome that he's giving back to something that means a lot to him. (I agree, as well, that he's smokin' hot!)

Malcolm said...

That's cool that Nikki Sixx has devoted his time and service to these worthy causes. However, ever since an incident involving a security guard at a concert in the late 90s, I have been more than a little wary of him. Here is the link to the story:

http://www.livedaily.com/news/802.html

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Lora, glad you liked the book too, it was a bit "raw" but its hard to be real without being...real.

Malcolm,

That is disturbing, yet can I point out that at that time he was so messed up on drugs and alcohol that he did and said horrible things constantly. I am not excusing it, just saying I think he's a different person today.

Malcolm said...

First, I appreciate that you weren't trying to excuse Nikki's past behavior. I meant to mention in my previous comments that I was aware of his troubles with drugs and alcohol.

After posting my earlier comments, it occurred to me that it's possible that Nikki wasn't under the influence when this incident took place. Although there is no way for us to know, he could have been stone cold sober at the time. Given his history, this is unlikely. However, it's possible.

We could also question whether or not Nikki said and did the things that he was accused of by the security guard. However, if I was accused of something (but was innocent), I would never settle out of court.

From all accounts, it sounds as if Nikki has turned his life around. However, you can probably understand my wariness in regards to him.

IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

Nikki Sixx has lived the lifestyle of a Rock Star and with that comes controversy. With the use of drugs and alcohol on a daily basis comes bad judgements. We should take Nikki Sixx for who he is as a musician and look past the mistakes of the past. We all make them and god forbid we have every one of them held against us. I believe we have to look at rock stars for what they give us musically and not worry about what they do personally. At least that is what I do. I think we get too caught up in the personal sides of famous individuals and focus less on what they really do well.

To me Nikki Sixx is an amazing musician. He has brought me and millions of others hours of musical enjoyment. I hope he rocks on for many years to come!

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Harley Girl, well said and excellent point.

Malcolm said...

First, in no way am I saying that the past misdeeds of Nikki Sixx should overshadow his musical accomplishments or his work with troubled youth. When I see/hear the name Nikki Sixx, the first thing that comes to my mind is Motley Crue. Having said that, I am also sometimes reminded of his drug-related past; which I think is a natural reaction.

However, I do get mad when I see a double standard come into play. When many people hear the names of artists such as Ike Turner and Michael Jackson, they don't think about their numerous contributions to music. Instead, all they can see are a wife abusing drug addict and a child molester, respectively. It doesn't even matter that Michael was cleared of those charges! To me, that just isn't fair.

David Amulet said...

You should get the Sixx A.M. CD if you want to hear an interesting rock opera version of his book ...

Malcolm: Amen. I'm with you on the double standard for so many artists.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

David,

I have the CD and I LOVE it.

Ok you guys, I need some clarification here before I reply to Malcolm's comment:

Are you saying there is a double standard because he's a rock star or because he's white?

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Hey Malcolm,
This discussion is getting more interesting by the minute. Little did I know when I wrote that what would come up. I am glad you pointed out your concerns. Its tempting to bring this post over to my other blog and get more opinions, but I don't know.

Here are my thoughts in light of your latest comment:

First, I am ASSUMING you used Ike and Michael as examples because they are black. If that's true then I have to say I don't see how this is a race issue because I think of lots of white people (or other races) or thought of based on their crimes and not their talent too. For me personally when I think of Hugh Grant I don't think of his acting talent, I think of him soliciting a prostitute (when he had Elizabeth Hurley as a gf!). Phil Spector will always be a murder and violent crazy man. Same with Robert Blake who got OFF from murder recently.

I'm not totally sure what your getting at - are you saying that Nikki is forgiven for his racial slur because he's white and that if Ike would be looked at differently if he wasn't?

Malcolm said...

Barbara: The reason I mentioned Ike and Michael in my last comments were because they were the two that stood out most in my mind at the time. Having said that, I believe that race does play a factor in whether or not the missteps of a celeb are forgiven by the general public.

The sordid histories of Ike Turner and Phil Spector are very similar (with the exception of the murder charge on the latter). Both were abusive to the famous singers that they married. Up until the murder charge, when you read and heard about Phil Spector, the focus was on his genius in the recording studio... as it should be. Ike wasn't afforded that same luxury.

A recent example even further illustrates my point. Both Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake were involved in the controversy surrounding the halftime show at the 2004 Super Bowl. However, from many of the stories that were printed, you would think that Janet Jackson was onstage alone. I read stories in which the writer stated that Janet Jackson exposed her breast. That's BS because we all know that it was Justin who pulled off part of Janet's costume! In the aftermath of the incident, Janet's career and image both suffered hits. However, Justin was able get away unscathed for the most part. I will say that I believe it was race and gender that were factors in how Janet and Justin were treated.

The bottom line is that you and I will probably have to agree to disagree on this matter. However, that's OK.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Malcolm, thanks for the comparison with Ike/Phil, that really did help me put it in perspective. I have a hard time comprehending that anyone would be a racist. Since we already talked about this, I won't go into more detail but wanted to be sure to put my thoughts here in public too.

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