Wild Side on the Vinyl Version

Nikki Sixx wrote this song during the most dangerous part of his heroin addiction. the song deals with life in the ghetto of Los Angeles, It describes the criminal activity associated with the neighborhood, such as pimping, organized crime, assault, and armed robbery, and is told from the perspective of a gang member. The song ends with various sounds of breaking glass, gunfire, screams, and police sirens.

The song has been a staple at live concerts and has not been left off the setlist since its release. It’s usually accompanied by a tremendous amount of pyrotechnics, and is always a crowd pleaser. As the song does not have a guitar solo, but it does have a drum solo which is best depicted in the video for this song. It was recorded on July 18, 1987 in at a show in Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. Drummer Tommy Lee plays in a suspended, rotating drum cage over the crowd.

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