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Little Bit Better Than I Used To Be — Backstage

Catch up: Chapter 1 (Starry Eyes) || Chapter 2 (Save Our Souls) || Chapter 3 (Dancing On Glass) ||| Also posted at AO3

“I’ve been here eight weeks. The best eight weeks of my fucked-up life.”

“Don’t say that,” she chided. “Surely everything can’t be so terrible.”

He stared at her for a long moment.

“It can be, if you were the reason why a sold-out European tour couldn’t happen, and it cost your backers and buddies tens of millions of dollars, and it pissed off countless thousands of fans.”

Now the greeters took their seats within the circle.

“Couldn’t, or didn’t?” Claire hoped her words were gentle, but when her head split with pain like this she could never tell. “And what do you mean by ‘tour’?”

His eyes narrowed. “Couldn’t. My manager said I’d come back from Europe in a body bag.”

– Chapter 3, “Dancing On Glass”

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You may think that this sounds extreme, or contrived.

But it’s based on a true story.

In 1987, Mötley Crüe was the biggest band in the world. They played dozens of tour dates across the U.S. and Canada in support of their smash hit album “Girls Girls Girls.”

Yet all 4 band members were trapped in their own terrible addictions – to booze, and sex, and drugs of all kinds. They routinely destroyed hotel rooms, and totaled cars, and did and said rude and obscene and selfish things in interviews and to the people closest to them.

Bassist and chief songwriter Nikki Sixx was a full-blown heroin addict. He’d already overdosed after a gig in London the year before – left for dead in a dumpster by his drug dealer (he’d later overdose again, right before Christmas 1987, and was clinically dead for two minutes before being revived by paramedics).

Things got to be so bad that Mötley Crüe’s manager – the legendary Doc McGhee, who also managed Kiss and Bon Jovi, so no stranger to the sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle – pulled the plug on the band’s 1987 European tour.

Nikki Sixx is now more than twenty years sober – and an outspoken advocate for clean living. A few years ago he told a reporter about that time in his life:

“We were a mess. We didn’t go overseas, because the management said, ‘You guys go, and somebody’s not coming back. Or if you do, you’re coming back in a body bag.’ We were completely out of control.”

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