Nikki Sixx Says ‘Checkered Past’ Would Preclude Political Bid


Nikki Sixx says despite his strong political beliefs — the life he led prior to getting clean would all but rule out ever holding public office. Sixx told Yahoo, "I would be too worried if my checkered past — but then, look at our president (laughs). But seriously, I consider myself to be the worm on the hook for a lot of what we're doing right now. I don't think it's my job to be political about it, but I will definitely help push the wagon up the hill for as long as I've got it in me — and that's forever. I care, and I want to make a difference because without my own recovery, without my own sobriety, I would be dead. And what a shame that would be that I never got help or I never had anybody around to support me and I missed all these beautiful opportunities — those beautiful children that I've had, the music that I've gotten to written, the photography and painting and books."

For Sixx, who remains busy with both Motley Crue and his own side band SIXX:A.M., helping people get clean and manage their sobriety is his top priority: "I think that the most important thing for me is if there's anybody out there dealing with what I was dealing with, or some version of it, if we can help them see there's a door and give them a key, that's enough for me. I don't need to be paid for my services or patted on the back or given an award."

Sixx is able to view politics from both sides of the aisle all due to the need to help those trying to break free from the clutches of addiction: "Look, I'm not a politician. So, I found that being too critical towards any administration wasn't serving our goal. . . I don't care if you're red or blue — just please help. That's my message: Please help. Yes, I lean liberal; I mean, I'm a musician and an artist. And I believe that whatever you affiliate yourself with, it doesn't matter. Not everybody thinks like that, but that doesn't mean we have to be enemies."

Sixx went on to say, "I don't agree with a lot of what's happening with this administration — and I'm being kind when I say that. But how am I going to help people that do support this administration, and want to support us, by alienating them? That's a big frustration we have. This divisiveness that we're dealing with in our country right now is not going to help addicts at all."

Nikki Sixx admitted to us that he's astonished at his productivity since getting sober: ["It's insane. It's insane. And y'know what? If you manage it well, you can achieve so much on the planet, more than what I used to be able to achieve, which was, 'Let me write ten songs, record an album and go on tour.' That's it. That's all I did. That's like, ridiculous. If all I had to do was make a Motley Crue album and tour, I'd feel like I was gonna slit my wrists, I'd be so bored now."] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . so bored now)

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