Jane Stevenson of the QMI Agency recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On his latest solo album, "Tattoos & Tequila", which is mainly a collection of '70s covers by such artists as SWEET, CHEAP TRICK, AEROSMITH, SEX PISTOLS, ELVIS PRESLEY and ELTON JOHN:
"I just wanted to make a really cool party album.
"The thing with these songs, each one has a memory attached to it. This whole thing is like a window into my life. Every single song has a memory attached to it. I could picture in my mind what I was doing listening to these songs. I was a young kid going to see bands on the Sunset Strip and it takes me back to those days."
On next year's Crüe Fest 3 tour commemorating MÖTLEY CRÜE's 30th anniversary:
"That's when they start calling you legendary and icon when it just really means old. For MÖTLEY to still be viable and selling out arenas and festivals 30 years later, it just shows that we weren't just a flash in the pan. We're very multi-generational now. You see, not only the fans that grew up with you, that are in their 40s, but with their kids, 12-year-olds with 'Shout At the Devil' shirts on. I see a lot of dads with their five year olds on their shoulders taking them to their first rock experience. And attorneys standing next to tattoo artists. It's everything, that's the beauty of being of being in MÖTLEY right now."
On his autobiography, "Tattoos & Tequila", that follows the CRÜE biography, "The Dirt", which came out in 2001.
"That book ['The Dirt'] was written about four guys. I had a voice in it but I just touched on subjects. I touched on my youth, you know growing up in Compton, and witnessing murder after murder and thinking it was normal, and the tragedies with my daughter and the car wrecks (his best friend was killed and Neil, who was driving, served jail time for vehicular manslaughter),getting into music and my high school days and being in MÖTLEY CRÜE. 'The Dirt' is 10 years old so a lot of stuff has happened in the last decade. It's just really the first time I've really told my story."
On his two cocker spaniels:
"Those are the kids. I mean, just because of them I had to buy a jet. I bought an airplane for the dogs 'cause I have a home in San Francisco and Las Vegas and my (fourth and soon-to-be ex) wife won't put them on the crate so I bought a jet to get my dogs back and forth. I would have to charter planes for the dogs all the time and it was getting so expensive that I realized it was cheaper to buy a plane than to keep chartering it."
Read the entire interview from QMI Agency.