Bill DeYoung of ConnectSavannah.com recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On his broken foot:
Vince Neil: “It’s still broke! It broke in two spots, but it broke to where you can’t cast it, so I have to wear a boot. But the boot that the doctors gave me keeps it pretty steady, so onstage I can get around. But I’m mostly hopping — well, not hopping, but it’s a big boot so it’s a little awkward. But I didn’t have to cancel any shows or anything, so it’s all good. It’s going to take three to six months to heal, they said.”
On why he continues to tour with his solo band:
Vince Neil: “I love playing with my solo band. We’ve been together for a while, and we have a lot of fun together. What it is, is I get the best of both worlds, with MÖTLEY and with my solo band. I get to play the big giant production things with MÖTLEY, and I get to kind of get back to my roots and play the smaller places. There’s no pressure, you just kind of go out there and have fun.”
“I get home, and I try to take a few months off, and I just can’t do it! I just sit there and go ‘I should be performing right now.’ It just gets in your blood, you know? And right now, MÖTLEY, we finish up next week, and those guys’ll be off until January. When MÖTLEY goes back, we go down to Australia. And I just couldn’t see myself sitting around that long. So we just go out and have fun, play a couple shows a week, so I get to spend time at home and on the road.”
On keeping his voice in shape after 30 years of singing:
Vince Neil: “Yeah. My voice after all these years is probably the best it’s ever been. And I find that if I take a bunch of time off, it’s harder to kind of get that muscle going again. It’s like after you have a day off, the next day it’s a little tougher to sing some notes than if you had three shows in a row and it’s the third day. It’s just like working out — the more you use it, the stronger it gets.”
On his relationship with the other guys in MÖTLEY CRÜE:
Vince Neil: “Our relationship’s great. We have a great time. On the road, they have the families out, so it’s a different thing. We travel separately because Tommy‘ll [Lee, drums] have his kids out, and Nikki‘ll [Sixx, bass] have his kids, and stuff like that. The solo band’s not like a multi–million dollar organization. We fly Southwest to some place at 5 o’clock in the morning and load all the gear. It’s definitely back to your roots. But we all kind of do it together. It’s fun.”
Read the entire interview from ConnectSavannah.com.