MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer VINCE NEIL's Advice To Young Bands: 'Don't Try To Be Something You're Not'

February 4, 2015

In a brand new interview with the Huffington Post, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil was asked what advice he has for new artists.

"I would say, stay with what you're good at," he said. "I find that a lot of bands will start out as a great rock 'n' roll band but then the times will change into rap, so they'll try to incorporate that because they think it'll bring in more bands. Then it'll change again to boy band stuff, then they'll try to change to that. You can't do that. You're chasing your tail. You've got to just stick to your guns, and if rock 'n' roll isn't in right now, who cares? Be the best rock band you can be, or the best pop band you can be. Don't try to be something you're not. I think a lot of people fail because they try to write too much for the times and not for their hearts."

Regarding how he and his MÖTLEY CRÜE bandmates deal with the scene changes, Neil said: "I really don't listen to a lot of music because it's what I do for a living, but if I'm in my car, I listen to classic rock. I listen to the stuff I grew up with. AC/DC and AEROSMITH and DEEP PURPLE and BAD COMPANY and stuff like that. Rock fans don't say, 'Oh, I was a rock fan, but now I'm not a rock fan, I'm an electronic guy.' Rock 'n' roll does not get a lot of airplay except for classic rock stations and things like that, but you go to the concerts and there's twenty thousand people there who obviously are rock fans. They're out there, it just goes in revolutions. In another five years, rock 'n' roll might be on top again for another five or six years, and then it'll slip away and become something else, but it just keeps coming back around. You can't wait for it, but it will happen."

MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Final Tour" kicked off last year and will end New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after one more round of North American gigs. Because of higher ticket demand, some cities will see them twice.

When their upcoming retirement was announced last year, the CRÜE actually signed a legal contract saying that they could not go back on their agreement to cease touring.

To coincide with the announcement of the last show, the band released a new video, "All Bad Things", which includes clips from throughout their career.

The 2014 leg of "The Final Tour" was one of last year's top-grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million.

Dates for 2015 will include five shows in Japan, a tour of Australia and New Zealand, European festival shows, and summer shows in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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