MÖTLEY CRÜE won't let a little muscle tear get in the way of its rock 'n' roll juggernaut.
Despite an erroneous wire service report that he has broken his leg, the band's lead singer, Vince Neil, partially tore the medial portion of his calf muscle last night five songs into CRÜE's performance at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA. The show was part of the band's ongoing, successful "Carnival of Sins" world tour that began last February.
Vince's leg gave out shortly before intermission, and the band was forced to end the concert early after Neil was taken to a nearby hospital. Although he was in a great deal of pain at the time, Neil is expected to make a full and quick recovery, according to his doctors, who nevertheless urged him to take some time off. The band intends to return to Atlanta to make-up the show. Tickets from Friday night's show will be honored at that time. Ticket holders should contact their point of purchase for more information or refunds.
"I just felt something snap in my leg," recalls Neil. "I just couldn't go on."
Nevertheless, Neil is planning to return to the stage Sunday night (Sept. 18) in Memphis, TN, for MÖTLEY CRÜE's show at Desota Arena, despite doctor's orders. No shows will be canceled. "I'm a trooper," said Neil.
Said the band's Nikki Sixx: "He will be able to perform, but can't really jump around until it heals. Luckily, we have a few days off here and there for him to recover."
The MÖTLEY CRÜE tour has been the unexpected success story of the live concert year. After six years apart, the band reunited earlier this year for a tour that has been one of the biggest box office attractions of 2005.
Following the end of their own U.S. tour in October, the CRÜE will join the ROLLING STONES for shows in Portland and Seattle, then MÖTLEY CRÜE will go on to Australia and Japan.
After their appearance on last weekend's MTV/VH1/CMT "ReAct Now" benefit from Nashville, MÖTLEY CRÜE will release a new recording of their hit, "Home Sweet Home", which they performed on the show with LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington, a gospel choir and string section, produced by Desmond Child. (Watch a Windows Media video of the performance at this location). Proceeds from the song will go to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the efforts to rebuild the affected communities through Red Cross.