Playing music for over 30 years takes a physical toll on the human body. Between sleeping in tight spaces, moving around gear and the demands of a high-energy show, there’s naturally going to be some damage. For Motley Crue / Sixx: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx, that damage resulted in a hip replacement surgery, from which he is currently recovering from.
The legend went into detail about the procedure and the difference it has already made on a new edition of the Sixx Sense podcast (heard below). “There’s so much about it that I was excited about and then there was parts of me that I was a little bit freaked out about,” Sixx began (transcription via Blabbermouth).
At first, Sixx felt like hip replacement surgery was “an old person thing,” but was put at ease by his listeners in their 30s and 40s who had all had their hip replaced. “So it’s actually more common than not,” he said. “And especially because people are more active now.”
The doctor who performed the procedure told Sixx he could take hom the sawed-off bone for “religious reasons,” but the remains were “complete mush” as “the bone had just basically disintegrated from where they sawed it off and from where it was bone-on-bone,” the bassist commented.
Now on the road to recovery, Sixx said modern medicine is “amazing” and detailed how he walked 300 feet the following day, needing only a cane to walk up stairs the day after that. After being shown how to get in and out of a car, the rocker was sent home, where he has remained busy. “I went out a little bit yesterday [April 13] and I kind of took it too far. But I just wanted to be active,” he said.
Offering up some courage for others in need of a similar operation, Sixx said, “So for anybody out there that has to go through a surgery like this, it’s probably the best thing you’ll ever do for yourself, ’cause I’m really feeling a lot better than I was before I went in for surgery.”
Earlier this month, the bassist revealed that “most songs are written” for the play adaptation of his biography, The Heroin Diaries, which Sixx began working on back in 2012.