Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil is all about the old time — by his standards — rock ‘n’ roll on his first solo album in 15 years.
Though it does contain a couple of new tunes, including the Crue cast-off “Another Band Day,” Neil’s “Tattoos & Tequila” features mostly covers of his personal favorites, including his take on hits such as Elton John’s “The Bitch is Back,” Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” (a tribute to Neil’s current residence), Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who Will Stop the Rain” and the Hollies’ “Long Cool Woman” to deep cuts from Cheap Trick (“He’s a Whore”), Aerosmith (“Nobody’s Fault”), Scorpions (“Another Piece of Meat”), ZZ Top (“Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers”) and the Sweet (“AC/DC”).
“I wanted to make a really cool, rock ‘n’ roll party album with songs that mean a lot to me and give people a glimpse into my life,” says Neil, 49. “These are from my favorite albums I grew up listening to. Every one of these songs means something to me and has a story behind it.”
The covers also give Neil plenty of familiar material for his solo shows, which he also promises will “always have some Mötley songs. People always want to hear that.”
Meanwhile, Neil has been busy with his other endeavors — which include a tattoo parlor and a tequila brand, Tres Rios, as well as his recently opened his Vince Neil Tres Rios Cantina at the Las Vegas Hilton. And in September he’ll be publishing a memoir, also titled “Tattoos & Tequila,” which he says will both complement and update the Cure’s famed 2001 band autobiography “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.”
“There’s a lot of things I touched on in ‘The Dirt’ that I didn’t really go into a lot of detail,” says Neil, who was arrested on drunken driving charges after getting pulled over by police near the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday (June 27). “This has more detail on me growing up, getting into rock ‘n’ roll, being in Mötley Crüe, the tragedies in my life. And ‘The Dirt’ is over 10 years old, so there’s a lot of stuff that’s happened in the last 10 years, good and bad.
“I learned form ‘The Dirt’ that if there’s something that makes you look like an a**hole, you just have to say that’s the way it is. You can’t sugarcoat everything in your life.”
Vince Neil performs at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, on the Budweiser National Stage at the Stars & Stripes Festival in downtown Mount Clemens. Admission is free. Call 586-493-4344 or visit www.starsandstripesfest.com.
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