International superstar, accomplished businessman and heartfelt philanthropist,
Vince Neil came to exemplify all things rock and roll: the sound, the success, the look and the outrageous lifestyle. Vince’s unmistakable voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of this generation including “Shout At The Devil,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Same Ol' Situation,” and the recent “Saints Of Los Angeles,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Hard Rock Performance. With fifteen years between his last solo album, Vince Neil releases
Tattoos & Tequila on June 22, followed by his tell all book of the same name later in the fall.
When not performing, Vince Neil continues to expand and oversee his latest entrepreneurial efforts which include Feelgood's Rock Bar and Grill in West Palm Beach and Las Vegas; Vince Neil Ink, a Las Vegas based tattoo parlor and apparel shop with two locations -- one on the Las Vegas strip and one in the Rio Hotel & Casino; Tres Rios tequila, a high quality, authentic Mexican tequila created from the finest Agave in Guadalajara Mexico; The Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation (www.skylarneil.org), a tribute to Vince’s daughter whom he lost to cancer in 1995 which has raised over $2 million to help combat childhood cancer and his latest venture, Vince Neil Aviation, a luxury air charter service providing the the rock n’ roll commute on either his Lear 35 or Hawker 700 jets.
Raised on the tough streets of Compton, California, Vince Neil fell in love with music as a child, developing a broad vocabulary that ranged from classic Motown to hard rock. As a teenager, he began performing with local bands and soon discovered both a passion for the stage and a natural talent as a singer and performer. He fronted the popular band Rock Candy before reuniting with high school buddy Tommy Lee in 1981, sealing rock and roll history with the formation of Mötley Crüe.
In addition to selling 80 million records around the world as the badass frontman for Mötley Crüe, Vince Neil also began his career as a solo artist in 1993. Vince’s Top 200 Billboard albums, Exposed (which reached number 13 on The Billboard 200 albums chart) and Carved In Stone have spurred the hits “You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come)” (co-written by Vince with Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw), “Can’t Have Your Cake” (co-written by Vince with Steve Stevens) and “Sister Of Pain” (co-written by Vince with Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw).
The International rock icon’s new album Tattoos & Tequila, co-produced by Vince Neil, Jack Blades (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper) and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Buckcherry) is a compilation of genre defining hits that have been given the Vince Neil rock renewal treatment and is sure to be an updated rock lifestyle staple. Neil’s refreshed collection of classics consists of nine hand-picked, influential covers, as well as two new tracks; “Tattoos & Tequila,” which was also written and produced by Frederiksen and “Another Bad Day,” which was originally written by Nikki Sixx for Mötley Crüe’s release of New Tattoo in 2000 and just missed the cut. “Mötley Crüe recorded ‘Another Bad Day’ many years ago and I thought it was one of the best ballads we’d ever done. When it got voted off of New Tattoo by the rest of Mötley, I held onto it waiting for the right time to dust it off,” adds Vince. The title song for the album captures Vince’s signature sound with a contemporary feel that has been compared to current acts such as Cavo and Godsmack. “Tattoos & Tequila” celebrates the rock n’ roll lifestyle.
Tattoos & Tequila – Track By Track
A run through the titles of the nine covers on Tattoos & Tequila sound like chapters from the upcoming Vince Neil autobiography, also titled Tattoos & Tequila.
“He’s A Whore” – Cheap Trick, 1977
“He’s A Whore” has been in Vince’s repertoire since his Rock Candy days. “We used to play that song at backyard parties and underground clubs,” adds Vince. “He’s A Whore” was intended to be on Mötley Crüe’s Top Ten album Theatre of Pain in 1985 and was replaced at the last minute with “Smokin’ In the Boys’ Room,” which landed on The Billboard Hot 100 chart and remains concrete in the band’s live set to date.
“A.C.D.C.” – The Sweet, 1975
After including his version of “Set Me Free” on his debut solo album, Exposed in 1993, Vince tackles another hit by The Sweet with his rendition of “A.C.D.C.” The track comes from The Sweet’s highest charting album, Desolation Boulevard, which is amongst Vince’s favorite albums of all. Vince adds, “not only myself, but the rest of Mötley Crüe really looked up to and admired The Sweet early in our career as a band.”
“Nobody’s Fault” – Aerosmith, 1976
Vince and his high school buddies would throw their surfboards in the back of his ’57 Chevy pickup and trek out to the beach, as long as they brought along their eight-track of Aerosmith’s Rocks. “We would listen to that album all the way out to the beach and all the way back, every trip. I remember ‘Nobody’s Fault’ being one of the hardest rocking songs Aerosmith ever recorded and I think that’s what drew me to it.”
“No Feelings” – Sex Pistols, 1977
Prior to his reign as the legendary blonde haired singer for Mötley Crüe, Vince worked with his fair share of “Live Wire(s).” “I was working as an electrician, and I remember listening to the Sex Pistols constantly. ‘No Feelings’ off of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols is up there on my list of favorite songs of all time, so it was truly a no-brainer to cover it. I love the humor of the song and how it brings a smile to your face if you really listen to the lyrics.” Besides beefing up the arrangement, Vince battles his desire to sing the song with an English accent in his paralyzing version of the Sex Pistols acclamation.
“Long Cool Woman” – The Hollies, 1972
The Hollies “Long Cool Woman” is a subject Vince certainly knows a lot about. Vince was attracted to the story of the song that speaks of a club raid on a Saturday night. The original version reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
“Another Piece Of Meat” – Scorpions, 1979
In this track, Vince refers to his high school days when he and Tommy Lee would drive around in Tommy’s van and blast “Another Piece Of Meat” and the rest of the Scorpions’ breakthrough album, Lovedrive. “Tommy and I would cruise around back in the day and Lovedrive was the only thing we listened to over and over,” adds Vince. “I was really excited to take this song and make it a little thicker. We gave it a completely different sound and now you would never know it’s a Scorpions cover.”
“Who’ll Stop the Rain” – Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1970
One of Vince’s favorite tracks on the record, he created a minimal and bare bones interpretation of the classic. “It’s just one of those songs that I always told myself ‘I’m going to redo that song,’ and this was the perfect time to do it.”
“Viva Las Vegas” – Elvis Presley, 1964
With two tattoo parlors, a restaurant, an aviation company and more located in Las Vegas, Vince has become a Sin City transplant. Recording Tattoos & Tequila in town put this track at the top of the list when choosing the covers. With his unmistakable vocals leading the way, he’s made one of the most recognizable Elvis staples his own.
“Bitch Is Back” – Elton John, 1974
An updated rhythm and Vince’s signature snarl add a surprising take on the Elton original. The tongue and cheek track is a refreshing contradiction to the Mötley Crüe vernacular.
With one loafer in the world of business and a steel toe boot heavily planted in rock n’ roll, Vince Neil is the epitome of a modern rock star living the luxury lifestyle continuing to create current music, writing, finding new businesses that interest him, giving back through his foundation and expanding his brand based on the complete and enviable standard he has attained.