Wade Tatangelo of Bradenton.com recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
On MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s current tour:
Vince: “We usually don’t get good feedback from critics but this one is hard for even our worst critics to say that anything’s wrong. Everybody is at the top of his game and playing amazing.”
On playing the US Festival over Memorial Day weekend in 1983 in front of more than 650,000 people alongside QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, JUDAS PRIEST, TRIUMPH, SCORPIONS and headliner VAN HALEN:
Vince: “We were doing songs from ‘Shout at the Devil’. ‘Heavy Metal Day’ was the biggest with 360,000 people there. We went on second and people loved us. For a young band to play to that many people, that was a big day for us.”
On MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s hit ballad “Home Sweet Home”, which Neil wrote with band mates Tommy Lee (piano/drums) and Nikki Sixx (bass/vocals), and which featured a video that became ubiquitous on MTV:
Vince: “In South America, where we started this tour, Tommy started playing the opening piano part and by the time I sang ‘I’m a dreamer’ the whole place started singing along. It was hard to sing with all them singing.”
On the band’s 1987 album “Girls, Girls, Girls”, which hit No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart and whose title track, an homage to exotic dancers, remains an anthem, especially in strip club-rich Tampa, Florida:
Vince: “I love doing ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’. The crowd loves it. That’s when all the tops come off and the girls are dancing. That never gets old.”
On how, in the 1990s, hair-metal glory gave way to Kurt Cobain‘s NIRVANA and similar-sounding bands that made records that were the antithesis of “Girls, Girls, Girls”:
Vince: “The ’90s didn’t really suck, they were just different. There’s always going to be something new that comes along but none of those bands from the ’90s are still around, and we’re selling out arenas 30 years into our career.”
On CRÜE‘s current comeback:
Vince: “We’re just really, really excited about it again. It’s so much fun to be on stage, doing the show, knowing everybody is just really good.”
Read the entire interview from Bradenton.com.
MÖTLEY CRÜE performing “Home Sweet Home” on June 26, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio: