Former MÖTLEY CRUE singer John Corabi has questioned the authenticity of CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx's memoir, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star". The book, which was supposedly taken from actual journals Sixx kept in the late '80s while in the grip of a near-fatal heroin addiction, was originally released September 18, 2007 via MTV Pocketbooks/Simon & Schuster and debuted at #7 on the New York Times Book Review non-fiction best-seller list.
Speaking to Brazil's Dynamite magazine during his brief tour of country last month, Corabi — who has also spent time with THE SCREAM, RATT, UNION and ESP — said, "I've had a few people tell me about 'The Heroin Diaries', but... I love Nikki to death, and again, this is just my opinion, I find it really hard to believe that somebody would actually be... Everybody that I know that's done heroin, they do heroin and they're out. And I find it very hard to believe that somebody can do heroin and then have the foresight to write everything down. Everybody that read the book said it was great, though; it was a great book. It's great reading, it's a great book... More power to him, you know."
Dynamite's interview with Corabi can be viewed below. The audio portion of the chat in which he addresses Nikki's book is available for streaming using the audio player below.
Twenty-five percent of the book's profits were reportedly 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.
The 400-plus page book, written in part with journalist Ian Gittins, was previously described as "a brutally honest look at Sixx's hellish year, one which saw him overdose and be declared clinically dead at one point while MÖTLEY CRÜE toured behind its 'Girls, Girls, Girls' album."
In February 2008, former MÖTLEY CRÜE producer Tom Werman slammed "Heroin Diaries" as "totally deluded" and "stunningly inaccurate."
In a letter to the New York Times, Werman took issue with Sixx's assertion that the producer chatted on the phone during the recording of "Theatre of Pain", "Shout at the Devil" and "Girls Girls Girls" while Sixx did all the work.
"If this distortion of reality is the result of Sixx's past heroin habit, then his diary is truly nothing more than a pipe dream, and the events to which this book refers may simply be the needle-induced fantasies of an attention-starved junkie," Werman wrote.
In a February 2005 interview, HANOI ROCKS guitarist Andy McCoy dismissed as "pure lies" MÖTLEY CRÜE's account of HANOI drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley's death and Nikki's heroin overdose, as published in CRÜE's best-selling band autobiography, "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band".
John Corabi interviewed by Brazil's Dynamite magazine (March 2010): ("The Heroin Diaries" portion of the interview can be heard around the 5:30 mark.)