MÖTLEY CRÜE's VINCE NEIL: I Try To Sing Songs 'As Close To The Records As Possible'

Larry Rodgers of Desert Post Weekly recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Desert Post Weekly: You seem to have as much energy as ever onstage.

Vince Neil: Playing live, you feed off the audience. You just go out there and rock. I don't feel any older when I'm onstage. We could be playing Whisky a Go Go, for all I know.

Desert Post Weekly: Has the recording process changed through the years?

Vince Neil: With technology these days, you don't really go to a recording studio and sit around like you see in the movies. This record, I never even saw the guys in the band. I did all my vocals at the producer's house.

Desert Post Weekly: You left the band twice but always returned. Is it similar to working on a marriage or relationship?

Vince Neil: That's why a lot of bands don't make it. Once they hit a bump in the road, they quit. We took some time off from each other at one point — but MÖTLEY CRÜE isn't MÖTLEY CRÜE without the four of us.

Desert Post Weekly: You've appeared on a few reality-TV shows ("The Surreal Life", "Remaking Vince Neil"). Any more on the horizon?

Vince Neil: I don't have plans to get into any more TV stuff. I'm a rock star, not a TV star. Those things were kind of fun to do. It was an opportunity. I didn't have anything going on. "The Surreal Life" was only 10 days out of my life.

Desert Post Weekly: What is the key to being a rock frontman who lasts for decades?

Vince Neil: You have to really enjoy what you're doing and try to deliver the songs to the people out there the way they want to hear it. I try to stay as close to the records as possible because I hate going to see a singer who sings it differently. It drives me crazy.

Read the entire interview from Desert Post Weekly.

MÖTLEY CRÜE returned to Sunset Blvd., the place where it all began 27 years ago, on November 14, 2008 for a show at the newly renovated Hollywood Palladium. Watch fan-filmed video footage of the performance below.

"Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)":

"Home Sweet Home":


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