Twenty years after his first solo album, Vince Neil has a future plan in place.
And it's one that doesn't include Motley Crue.
Neil (nee Wharton) says that 2014-2015 will almost certainly be the veteran rock group's time to say goodbye. "It's definitely for real," confirms Neil, 52. "We want to go out on top. WE don't wan to be one of those bands that people are like, 'Oh, they're playing a... little club now. We still sell out arenas and do stadium shows and stuff like that, and that's how we want to be remembered.
"It's just time. Mick's (Mars) health is not that good, and touring is tough on him. I'm sure in five, 10 years' time we'll probably do something together again, but it's not gonna be like a Kiss farewell to the farewell to the farewell tour. We're not gonna be like that."
Neil expects Motley Crue to make some more new music before it's down, probably for the soundtrack of the still-developing film adaptation of the band's collective memoir "The Dirt." Meanwhile, Neil remains "constantly busy" and expects to have his next solo album in motion by the time the Crue packs it in.
"I'm planning to release something maybe before the end of the Motley run," he says. "That way it would come out right towards the end of that, and I can just go straight from Motley and continue touring on that (solo album). That's the idea now, at least. It's a ways away, still."
Warriors of Rock with Vince Neil, Queensryche, Slaughter and Artificial Agent takes place Friday, Aug. 23, at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. Tickets are $21-$38.50 pavilion, $16 lawn. Doors open at 5 p.m. Call 568-268-9700 or visit www.freedomhill.net.
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