Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil turns 63

The legendary vocalist gave voice to several Hard Rock classics

Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil turns 63

Vince Neil was born in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1961. With Mötley Crüe he established himself as one of the most influential Hard Rock vocalists from the 1980’s, during the Hair Metal and Glam Metal era. Neil joined Mötley Crüe in 1980 and in 1981 the band released their debut album “Too Fast for Love”. The band released a string of hit records throughout the 1980’s including “Shout at the Devil” in 1983,”Theatre of Pain” in 1985, “Girls, Girls, Girls” in 1987, and their highest-selling album, 1989’s “Dr. Feelgood”. Following the band’s first compilation album “Decade of Decadence 81-91” Mötley Crüe parted ways with Vince Neil in February 1992 and that same year he releases his first single “You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come)” which was featured on the “Encino Man” soundtrack. “Exposed”, was Neil’s first solo album and was released in 1993, but despite the successful run he had with Mötley Crüe, Neil’s solo career didn’t replicate the same kind of success. The band reunited in 1997 and remained together until they announced their retirement from the scene as a band in 2014. Their final show took place on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015. Throughout his life, Vince Neil has had several legal and law problems, being the most serious, the death of Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley in 1984. In late 1984, Finnish hard rock band Hanoi Rocks was on their second American tour and a first one ever to reach California. The two gigs meant to be held in Los Angeles sold out in twenty minutes. On the day they arrived in Los Angeles, December 8, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley and the other members of the band (with the exception of singer Michael Monroe, who was recovering from a fractured ankle) visited Neil’s home and spent the day at Redondo Beach. After partying for hours, Neil and Razzle decided to take a trip to a local liquor store in Neil’s De Tomaso Pantera. Neil, who was drunk, lost control of the car and hit an oncoming vehicle. The two occupants of the other car were seriously injured and suffered brain damage, and Dingley was killed. Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the crash. In July 1986, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edward Hinz, Jr. sentenced Neil to 30 days in jail, five years probation, $2.6 million in restitution to the victims of the crash and 200 hours of community service. Neil got out of jail in 15 days for good behavior; Mötley Crüe dedicated their third studio album, “Theatre of Pain”, to Razzle. After decades of extreme behavior and with a career that has seen him singing Hard Rock classics such as “Shout at the Devil”, “Smokin’ in the Boys Room”, “Girls, Girls, Girls”, “Dr. Feelgood” or “Kickstart My Heart” among others the Rockstar turns 63 today.

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