With VH1’s Do It for the Band: The Women of the Sunset Strip set to premiere on Friday, April 3rd, I thought it was only fitting to discuss the pivotal role we ladies played in the life of rock & roll. Without us, the genre of 80’s rock as we know it may have never existed.
Most of us affiliate the women of rock with groupies. That’s probably correct about 90% of the time. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t want to get down and dirty with a rock star? I know I do (Nikki Sixx, I’m talking to you.) But for some of these ladies, it wasn’t just about putting another notch in their up and coming rock star belt; it was about helping the up and coming rock star make it big at any cost. The Band Aid.
If any of you have read The Dirt, then you know the low down, dirty, filthy, disgusting, vile behavior the rockers on the Sunset Strip lived. They were out to use whoever, whenever as long as it meant furthering the career of the band. The whoever in this case usually happened to be a hot girl who was willing to fuck and give a buck all for the cause. These women gave it all: sex, drugs, booze, food, clothes, money, apartments, cars. Why? They did it to support the men and the music they believed in.
Imagine if no women supported Nikki Sixx or Bret Michaels or Stephen Pearcy or Slash? Let that soak in for a minute…now imagine a world without their bands. AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Frightening, isn’t it? Supporting these broke musicians helped an entire genre of music be born. They allowed all of these amazing talents to progress and thrive, no matter the cost to them. Had they not given these guys a place to crash or $20 for a beer run, I may be writing a blog about Flock of Seagulls right now.
And what did these ladies get in return? Love? Devotion? Absolutely not. They got treated like trash, cheated on, and probably got a venereal disease or two. Did that stop them from supporting any of these wanna be rock stars? Absolutely not. I’m sure some of them cheated on their wanna be rock stars and moved on to support other wanna be rock stars. In the end, these ladies sacrificed almost everything to be left in the dust while the men they loved rose to the top.
Thank you ladies for giving it up and giving everything to let these men succeed. Without you, we may have missed out on one of the greatest periods of rock & roll, and I may have missed out on my obsession with Nikki Sixx.
Check out my latest blog and see which rock stars I would have supported back in the day had I been old enough.