Dallas Soundman Says VINCE NEIL Went 'Cuckoo Nutso' On Him

November 13, 2004

The Dallas soundman that was allegedly assaulted by former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil the night before Halloween has spoken to The Dallas Morning News about the incident that is believed to have resulted in the cancellation of Neil's U.K. tour.

After motioning for for more guitar volume during his headlining set at Gilley's Dallas on Oct. 30, Neil allegedly singer ran across the stage, leaped onto the soundboard and swung at soundman Michael Talbert.

Neil first tried to kick Talbert, but missed; then Neil struck him with a "closed fist," according to a police report.

Talbert, who was looking down, saw only the monitor and Neil's foot next to him before losing consciousness for about 45 seconds after Neil's punch knocked him to the ground. He said a CT scan revealed he suffered a mild concussion. "He tried to kick me and missed, took a swing and connected. He clocked me pretty good on my eyeball," said Talbert, who works at Gilley's. "He just went cuckoo nutso."

The Oct. 30 pummeling ended a wild night of music during "The Bone" KDBN-FM (93.3) Skeleton Ball – "Vince Neil gave us a performance we'll never forget!" the radio station's web site recaps. Police gave a verbal criminal-trespass warning to Neil before he left the club.

"It was one of those MÖTLEY CRÜE moments," said Jeff K, afternoon DJ and assistant program and music director for "The Bone". "People walked away thinking, 'That's lame that Vince did that,' or 'What do you expect? It's Vince Neil.' "

The incident has been the talk of the hard-rock community, with some web sites even theorizing that there may be a connection between the punch and several recently rescheduled shows in the United Kingdom. The response from Neil's camp: "No comment."

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