Toronto was the last stop, and only Canadian date, on Nikki's national book tour in support of his second book, "This is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx." Originally, the book signing was set for 3pm at the Chapters Festival Hall location but then changed to 7pm a few weeks prior. "This is Gonna Hurt" the new SIXX A.M. CD, that's also the soundtrack to the book, was playing in the store courtesy of a DJ getting people pumped up for the event. He made a fatal mistake by announcing that Sixx was the "former" bass player of Motley Crue, he was quickly corrected by the fans that were lined up. That couldn't be further from the truth as Nikki heads out with the band to South America and Mexico just five days after this event. After entertaining contest winners the man himself made his way out to the front at 7:30pm to a very loud room, full of cheers and applause. Backstageaxxess.com was the only media outlet pre-approved to cover this event. Nikki posed for some exclusive photos (that are featured below) before sitting at the table to begin signing. No memorabilia was allowed and no posed photos, which is standard. The book is already a best seller and this tour has been breaking all attendance records, and Toronto was no exception. Fans were lined up early and weaved in and out of aisles on two levels and even out the door at one point. The great thing with Nikki was that he didn't rush people through and took the time to interact. A little chit chat, hugs and high fives were in order. One die hard fan, Vicky, who waited 6 hours, got his autograph on her arm and then immediately got it tattooed just down the street. She wasn't the only one and Nikki had a special thin sharpie reserved for this. Sixx's autograph was more than a scribble, it took up a full page and sometimes even two. He also took the time to accent it with a star or a heart, I'm sure he set a record for most sharpies used as well. What was suppose to be a two hour event ran on for over four and a half hours and went well past store closing. Everyone was taken care of. I didn't hear of one bad experience, even from a fan that waited for over twelve and a half hours and some had even camped out the night before. As successful as Nikki Sixx is, he took the time to ensure every fan had a great and memorable experience. I'm sure we'll go through it all over again as a third book has already been started.
Photos by Karl Anderson
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