I didn't even mean to buy a book that night.
I was at the electronics store for something else, but I was on the phone with someone who asked me how it was that I always found fiction books with drug stories in them.
How would I know?
"The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star"
I turned the corner and hit the book section, and it must have been fate. This was the night I would actually purchase, rather than read a random page and return to the rack, this book. Who wouldn't want to read about the crazy, drug-fueled, sex-filled shenanigans of a bona fide rock star? It's safe to say that I HATE Mötley Crüe, so I suppose that is what had always held me back from actually bringing The Heroin Diaries home with me.
Today was the day I was gonna get over it.
I'm glad I did.
"Sometimes, if I didn't know better...I'd think that my dealer is trying to kill me."
Don't get me wrong; this book is not amazing or anything. It's decent: I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of rock and roll or a good collection of drug and debauchery stories. I'm glad I bought this book because it brought me to the "Heroin Diaries soundtrack!"
I know...that's what I said when I discovered that Nikki Sixx had created a track for each chapter of the book.
Just another way to make a fucking dollar...
Once I realized it wasn't actually a Crüe album, I decided to buy it. Not only are these tracks a true departure from Crüe music, it's a fantastic album!
Dark, compelling, and polished. An album people notice. I mean, listen to the opening track! Yeah. You're hooked.
[Sixx A.M. - Xmas in Hell]
The band Sixx A.M. released the single "Life is Beautiful" for mainstream radio, and it's a great song...but my personal favorite is a track called Courtesy Call.
[Sixx A.M. - Courtesy Call]
It's a tongue-in-cheek track about the nightmare that Nikki and the band caused hotel staff.
If you're like me, you would have avoided this album (and book) like the plague. But I dove in for you, because that's what I do. Take a deep breath; the water's fine.