The Heroin Diaries is written in a Daily Journal type of form, with lots of excerpts by a large cast of individuals who were involved in Nikki’s life in 1987.
Everyone helps Nikki fill in the blanks, and no one holds back any punches. Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Doc McGhee, Vanity, Slash are just a few of the individuals who help Sixx to recall his life in 1987.
The Heroin Diaries is a very easy read, but can be a book that is hard to put down, once you get started.
1987 was an interesting year for Motley Crue. They embarked on their Girls, Girls, Girls world tour. The management of the band kept the Crue on a grueling tour schedule that helped keep Nikki Sixx on a path of self destruction.
After finishing The Heroin Diaries, It amazes me that Motley Crue is still a band, and Nikki Sixx is still alive and well. This book should be the non-owners manual of the Rich and Famous. Every rocker on the planet ought to read this. It is the perfect example of what NOT to do when you gain success in the music business.
I enjoyed the book. It gave me a a lot of insight on Nikki Sixx’s twisted life. Motley Crue fans need to check it out.
Rating: Out of 5
Brooklyn, NY is known for many things, but great Modern Rock is probably not one of them. Now the BK’s best kept secret, Underwhelmed, are looking to change that, breaking out with a 3 Month tour in support of their recently released EP, The War Between Myself and Me, available at shows and via mail-order and iTunes, with a full-length to follow in early 2008 on Corporate Punishment Records/Koch.
Since forming nearly a decade ago, the explosive NYC quintet have amassed a huge underground following with their brand of infectious blue collar Hard Rock, which has gained comparisons to everyone from Nickelback to Fuel to Pearl Jam to Springsteen, and incendiary live shows up and down the East Coast including legendary NYC haunts CBGB’s, Arlene’s Grocery, L’Amours, BB King’s, and more.
The EP, produced and co-written by Thom Hazaert (Chimaira, Switched, Erase The Grey), and engineered and mixed by Ben Schigel (Drowning Pool, Walls of Jericho, Chimaira), features 5 tracks from the bands forthcoming Corporate Punishment debut, due in stores early 2008.
Vocalist Chris Amplo said “We’re very excited to get out on the road and play these new songs for people. We’ve been working on these new songs for so long, and just writing and recording, and the reaction we’ve already gotten is incredible. And the Midwest is really where a Ro ck band can still go out and just kick ass every night and win new fans. Unfortunately you can’t really do that in NYC, especially a band like us. We’ve always been kinda the odd man out, not heavy enough, not weird enough, whatever. (A topic the band tackles in their song “Freak”) Now we’ve found other great bands to play with, and a scene that has really embraced us and the music we’re making, which is a great feeling.”
You can catch Underwhelmed live on the following dates:
24 The Modern Exchange – Southgate, MI
26 Doubles – Green Bay, WI w/Fahrenheit 420
27 Route 15 – Greenville, WI w/ Fahrenheit 420
31 Swobey’s – Green Bay, WI w/ Fahrenheit 420
2 The Underground Lounge – Chicago, IL
3 Jugs Hitching Post – West Bend, WI w/ Fahrenheit 420
8 The Woods – Green Bay, WI
9 Old Miami – Detroit, MI
10 Paychecks Lounge – Hamtramck, MI
16 Doubles – Green Bay, WI w/ZO2, Fahrenheit 420 CD Listening Party
17 The Woods – Green Bay, WI Fahrenheit 420 CD Release Party
30 Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY w/ Fahrenheit 420
Here is the video for their song, “Freak”!
Coheed & Cambria caused quite the commotion at the University of Kansas this week. Following a number of dorm windows being shot out a set of cryptic symbols were found spray painted throughout the campus with the date “10/23/07” underneath it. Rumors began to spread on the University’s campus that another shooting was coming on Tuesday (10/23/07). The campus police were swamped with phone calls and questions about the impending violence. Fortunately, the graffiti symbols popping up all over campus were to promote Coheed & Cambria’s release of their latest album No World For Tomorrow. The police eventually ruled out anything else as pure coincidence.
Here is Coheed & Cambria’s new video for their song, “The Running Free“.