VINCE NEIL On 'Skating With The Stars' Gig: 'It Keeps Getting Harder And Harder'

Billboard.com recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

On his gig as one of the contestants on ABC's new "Skating With The Stars" reality show:

"It's hard work. It's an Olympic sport, and it's just really tough. I'm in rehearsals from 10 in the morning 'til six o'clock at night, seven days a week. It's pretty grueling. It's hard on your body. I've got bruises all over. It's tough.

"Y'know, I look at the 'Dancing With The Stars' thing and I'm like, 'How easy is that? You're not on ice. You're actually on your feet in a nice, warm environment.' We're on ice, on a blade, trying to do things to dance on ice. It's a whole other ball game."

"It keeps getting harder and harder. We had five weeks to learn the first routine; now you only have five days to learn the next week's. You're a better skater, so it's a little easier, but it's tough. It's scary. But once you accomplish it, it's a great feeling. It's like I never thought I'd be doing anything like this. I'm not the best at it, but I'm way better than I was six weeks ago."

On figure skating as an adolescent:

"It's one of those things that your mom makes you do — 'Your sister's figure skating, why don't you skate with her?,' so I did it. But I hadn't done it since, like 1973...so my body is definitely not what it used to be."

On first getting back on ice at an ice rink in Las Vegas after receiving the invitation for "Skating With the Stars":

"So I got on the ice, and my first thought was, 'Absolutely, no. There's no way I can do this.' After 10 minutes I was skating and 10, 15 minutes later I figured out how to go backwards, so I thought 'Why not?'"

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