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Vince Neil (Motley Crüe)

Vince Neil, the lead singer with American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe was born 8th February 1961 .Mötley Crüe formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. The group was founded by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx, and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil. They became successful in the United States after playing at the US Festival, and gained the attention of heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne opening for Osbourne on his 1984 world tour. The band members were well known for their backstage antics, outrageous clothing, extreme high-heeled boots, heavily applied make-up, and seemingly endless abuse of alcohol and drugs as well. Their music was a mixture of heavy metal and hard rock with influences by AC/DC and Aerosmith and guitar picking style of Judas Priest produced several best-selling albums during the 1980s, including Shout at the Devil (1983), Theatre of Pain (1985), and Girls, Girls, Girls (1987), which showcased their love of motorcycles, whiskey and strip clubs, and which told tales of substance abuse, sexual escapades, and general decadence.

The band members have also had their share of scrapes with the law and life. In 1984, Neil was driving home from a liquor store in his De Tomaso Pantera when he was in a head-on collision; his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley, was killed. Neil, charged with a DUI and vehicular manslaughter, was sentenced to 30 days in jail (though he only served 18 days) and received a $2,000,000 fine. The album Theatre of Pain (1985) was dedicated in Dingley’s honor, and the band also release two box sets titled “Music to Crash Your Car To”. On December 23, 1987, Sixx suffered a heroin overdose and was declared legally dead on the way to the hospital, and his near death experience were the inspiration for the song “Kickstart My Heart” which featured on the 1989 album Dr. Feelgood. Sixx kept a daily diary of his heroin addiction before entering rehab in 1988. In 2006, Sixx published his diaries as a best selling novel: The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, and in 2007 Sixx’s side project band Sixx:A.M. released The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack as a musical parallel to the novel.

Their decadent lifestyles almost shattered the band but the hey sobered up by 1989 and released their fifth album, Dr. Feelgood featuring The title track and “Kickstart My Heart”, which was nominated twice for Favourite Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal Album, losing once to Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, but winning the following year, beating out Aerosmith’s Pump and Poison’s Flesh & Blood. Mötley Crüe was also nominated twice for Favorite Hard Rock/Metal Artist. In 1991, the band’s first compilation album, Decade of Decadence 81-91, was released. However, Neil left the band in February 1992, at a time when other bands in the 1980s glam metal scene (Ratt, Stryper, White Lion, Winger, Europe, and Britny Fox) also broke up because of the rise in popularity of grunge although controversy exists over whether Neil was fired or quit. Neil was replaced by John Corabi (formerly of Angora and The Scream). The band reunited with Neil in 1997 and Motley Crüe released Generation Swine. In 1998, Mötley Crüe’s contractual ties with Elektra Records expired, giving the band total control of their future.

In 1999, the band re-released all their albums, dubbed as “Crücial Crüe”. The limited-edition digital re-masters included demos, live, instrumental, and previously unreleased tracks. Mötley Crüe released their compilation album Greatest Hits in late 1998, which had two new songs Bitter Pill and Enslaved. In 1999, Lee quit the band and was replaced by former Ozzy Osbourne drummer and longtime friend of the band Randy Castillo. The band released New Tattoo in July 2000. Tragically though Randy died of cancer in 2002 and the band went on hiatus. Vince Neil was then featured on the first season of VH1’s reality show The Surreal Life, and had his own special titled “Remaking Vince Neil” which focused on his solo career. A 2001 autobiography was also published entitled The Dirt naming the band as “the world’s most notorious rock band.”

A Mötley Crüe reunion, was mooted and in 2004, Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil returned to the studio to begin recording new material. In December 2004, the four original members announced a reunion/final tour which began February 14, 2005. A compilation album, Red, White & Crüe, was also released in 2005. It features the band members’ favorite original songs plus three new tracks, “If I Die Tomorrow”, “Sick Love Song” and a cover of The Rolling Stones’ classic “Street Fighting Man”. The Japanese release of Red, White & Crüe includes an extra new track titled “I’m a Liar (and That’s the Truth)”. Mötley Crüe participated in an animation-comedy spoof Disaster!,written by Paul Benson and Matt Sullivan, which was used as the introduction film to concerts on their Carnival of Sins tour in 2005. Then In 2006, Mötley Crüe went on the Route of All Evil Tour, co-headlining with Aerosmith. Mötley Crüe’s ninth studio album, titled Saints of Los Angeles, was released in 2008. In 2010 Motley Crue headlined the popular ‘Crüe Fest’ music festival, alongside Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt, and, Sixx:A.M and also headlined Ozzfest in 2010, along with Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Halford.

Saints of Los Angeles was originally entitled TheDirt alongside the autobiography of the same name, but the title was later changed. iTunes picked “Saints of Los Angeles” in their “Best of 2008” in the Rock category as the number one song; the song was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Hard Rock Performance” category. In 2009 Motley Crue played at the Download Festival at Donnington and also made a guest appearance in the season finale of “Bones” entitled “The End in the Beginning”, performing the classic song “Dr. Feelgood”. Mötley Crüe also headlined Crüe Fest 2 festival, Supported by Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool, and Charm City Devils, performing songs from Saints of Los Angeles, the band also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Dr. Feelgood by performing the album in its entirety on each night of the tour and re-releasing the album as a special 20th anniversary deluxe edition. In 2011 Mötley Crüe co-headlined a tour with Poison and special guests New York Dolls for the band’s 30th Anniversary and Poison’s 25th anniversary. Mötley Crüe, along with co-headliners Def Leppard and special guests Steel Panther, also announced a UK Tour. In 2012 Motley Crüe toured with KISS and released the song “Sex”. In 2013, Mötley Crüe touredCanada and later Australia with KISS

In 2014 Mötley Crüe announced they would retire after touring America alongside Alice Cooper A country-music album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, was also released in mid-2014, and their movie The Dirt, based on the book The Dirt, was released in 2015 and it was announced that the band’s career would end with international concerts in Japan, Australia, Brazil and Europe before heading out for a second leg of North American concerts throughout 2015, ending with a concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. the band also played the Rock in Rio festival on the main stage and performed for the very last time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 31, 2015.

Mötley Crüe have been described through the years as the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band and has sold more than 80 million album copies worldwide, including 25 million in the U.S. The band members have often been noted for their hedonistic lifestyles and the persona they maintained. All of the original members have had numerous brushes with the law, spent time in prison, suffered from alcoholism, suffered from long addictions to drugs, had countless escapades with women, (including Pamela Anderson) and are heavily tattooed. Their ninth studio album, Saints of Los Angeles, was released on June 24, 2008, certified Gold album in January 2012. Motley Crue has been working on their tenth studio album, was released in 2013. Mötley Crüe are ranked tenth on MTV’s list “Top 10 Heavy Metal Bands of All-Time” and ninth on “VH1′s All Time Top Ten Metal Bands”.

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