(By Erik Ofgang)
The legendary band members that make up Motley Crüe have done it all. So it should come as no surprise that the group feels right at home rocking out in the bright lights & extravagance of Las Vegas. The group will soon be taking up a soon-to-be-legendary residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where they will be performing a run of shows from Feb 3rd until Feb. 19th. The shows will no-doubt feature the head-banging assortment of the bands many hits you know all-too-well: “Dr. Feelgood” “Shout at the Devil”, “Home Sweet Home”, and who isn’t looking forward to the hedonistic anthem: “Girls, Girls, Girls”? The band’s upcoming shows will feature dancers, aerialists, and they’ll be rocking out old Motley Crüe gems like “Piece of Your Action” on this residency, so this is not just some band playing rock, this is a Vegas show at the end of the day! While the Crüe have always had their brushes with headlines over the years, it’s easy to forget the band is still a kick-ass rock and roll band. Whether it’s the flanged cymbals of “Girls Girls Girls”, or the mind-blowing guitar-work on “Dr. Feelgood”, the band’s musical craftmanship has always been under-rated, and being as this is their 31st Anniversary of shows, the Crüe are clearly getting the last laugh.
It’s in anticipation of this upcoming residency that Vince Neil, the group’s lead singer who lives in Las Vegas when he’s not touring, spoke to us by phone. For someone with a reputation for wild off stage antics as Neil, we found him surprisingly laid back, friendly and…well…sober! A true rock n’ roll survivor, as well as a successful entrepreneur, Vince talked about living out his rock ‘n’ roll dreams, the end of privacy as we know it, and why he likes living in Las Vegas. He also addresses the rumors about this run of shows at the Hard Rock to potentially be the band’s last hurrah. Will it be? Only time will tell. Here’s what we found out:
Is there anything about you that might surprise some of your longtime fans?
V: No. I think with all the social media everybody pretty much knows everything. What you’re doing and where you’ve been and where you’re going. It’s kind of hard to be secretive anymore.
What’s the best part of your job?
V: It’s fun! This is something I’ve been doing all my life and actually now to get paid for it, it’s great. I get to travel. Obviously, it gets a little tiring at times, but it’s all part of the job. Just being on stage is the best part – interacting with the crowd every night.
Any advice for musicians starting out in the music biz?
V: Yeah, don’t get in the business! (laughter). It’s tough – there’s so many different outlets for music now. Thirty years ago you had MTV, everybody watched MTV, and everybody saw your video. There was one place to go, and now there’s thousands of places to go. It’s a lot tougher. There’s more eyes out there it’s just harder to get everybody to look at you at the same time.
When you come out with one of your mega hits for Motley Crue, something like “Girls, Girls, Girls” or “Dr. Feelgood” do you know right away it’s going to be a hit?
V: Yeah. I mean there’s always the songs that standout and you go ‘yeah there’s something special about these songs.’ You’re pretty right on about it – knowing whether it’s going to be a hit or not. When you’re finishing up a song you just know there’s something really cool about this song.
I’ve heard rumors that you don’t plan on being in Motley Crüe forever. Can you talk about that?
V: Eventually it’s time to call it quits. I’ve been sitting on my boat on the Bahamas for the last month and just thinking about the future. There’s a lot of really cool things coming up in my mind and it might be the time to just kind of bow out. But I haven’t made a decision a hundred percent yet. It’s just a thought that’s been going through my head.
Any thoughts on your upcoming show in Vegas?
V: For me it’s great because I live in Vegas! When you’re able to just get out of bed and go to work it’s great. For me it’s a dream come true.
What drew you to Vegas?
V: I’ve been living in Vegas for 16 years. I’ve been there for a longtime and I just love it there. I own a Mexican restaurant there and a tattoo shop. I’m opening up a couple new clubs. It’s a cool place to live and do business.
Thanks for answering our questions Vince!
(Great picture of Vince Neil via his Twitter Page)