Nikki Sixx made history this past Thursday, September 6th, when he was recognized as the first member of the rock world to speak on Capitol Hill for NAADAC’s 18th Annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month luncheon. Senators and Congressmen waited in line to meet with Nikki and show their appreciation for his enormous efforts on drug and alcohol awareness. Tune in to VH1 News and VH1 Classic to see the video footage of Nikki Sixx from Capitol Hill this Thursday, September 13.
Nikki Sixx begins his journey of advocating to the youth of today, all and sundry, with his highly anticipated book tour for “The Heroin Diaries,” beginning Tuesday, September 18th, in Los Angeles, CA, at the Borders/Westwood location.
Meet Nikki and have him sign your copy of “The Heroin Diaries” at the following locations and dates:
September 18th – Borders / Westwood – Los Angeles, CA
September 22nd – Barnes and Noble / Mall of America – Minneapolis, MN
September 23rd – Borders – Oakwood, IL (Chicago)
September 24th – Borders – Detroit, MI
September 25th – Virgin / Times Square – New York, NY
September 26th – Borders – Philadelphia, PA
September 27th – Borders – Boston, MA
Once viewed as one of the most wild and excessive men in rock ‘n roll, Sixx was invited by NAADAC to share his compelling story at this national forum alongside Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Terry Cline Ph.D., and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Director H. Westley Clark M.D., J.D. Following the luncheon Sixx appeared on CNN Headline News’ “Glenn Beck” on Friday, September 7th and will appear on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren (Monday, September 10th at 10pm EST) and again on “Glenn Beck” (Tuesday, September 25th at 7pm, 9pm, 12am EST) for the entire hour of the show.
Sixx spread awareness on the importance of recovery and giving back with the speech he delivered before members of the Congress and Senate in Washington, D.C. last week. In addition to his speech, upcoming guest appearances on national television will detail his tale of addiction and recovery. Below are excerpts from his speech:
“To be the first rock artist on Capitol Hill to share his story and help raise awareness about one of America’s biggest problems, which, in reality, is also a global epidemic, is a highlight of my career and life….It’s hard sometimes to look at this as a disease and not as a problem with willpower. But addiction is not different than any other disease; it needs treatment….I started this little band called MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e and sold 45 million albums, toured the world, and had a great time, destroying everything in our path, and then one day I woke up a heroin addict. I was lucky… I had money and the ability to get into rehab. I got in recovery but it didn’t take. Then, after many tries it finally stuck.”
Sixx’s mission for The Heroin Diaries book, and accompanying CD, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, (released August 21st via Eleven Seven Music) is to offer insight into, and hopefully steer people clear of, the perils and dangers of substance abuse. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack was written and produced by Sixx: A.M. (Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba), and was inspired by the dark and crippling diary entries that later became The Heroin Diaries book. Though the album was not created with the intention of being a radio record, the lead single, “Life Is Beautiful” is already in the top 20 on the rock radio charts.
Twenty-five percent of the book’s profits will be donated to Running Wild in the Night — Sixx’s fundraising initiative for Covenant House California, which helps keep runaway, abused and abandoned youth off the streets.