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Desire to work sends Vince Neil out after Motley Crue tour

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil turned 50 this year, which he says he tries "not to think about too much."

But he quickly adds that, "I just don't really feel 50. I still feel like the same guy playing Hollywood 30 years go."

Neil (ne Wharton) is certainly keeping up a youthful work regimen these days. He's been on the road with Motley Crue most of the year, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the group's first album. "It was amazing," he says. "The band's never sounded better. We had one good show after another." And even though the group is taking a break before heading to Australia, the Pacific Rim and Europe this fall, Neil has gathered his solo band for a quick run of his own shoes.

"I have, like, three weeks off from Motley, so I booked myself a bunch of shows," says Neil, who's looking to expand his chain of Dr. Feelgood's Bar and Grills and also has a Tres Rios Cantina in the Las Vegas Hilton. He's also planning another North American tour with the Crue in the summer of 2012, after which he'll record a new solo album.

"I love being on the road and I love performing. That's what I do. It's good for me to keep singing and keep the chops up and everything, just always being on stage."

Vince Neil, Great White and Slaughter perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $10-$35 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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