VINCE NEIL (with
Tattoos & Tequila To Hell and Back with One of Rock's Most Notorious
Frontmen (Orion Books)
Tying in with his recent
album of the same name, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has just
released new autobiography 'Tattoos & Tequila- To Hell and Back with One
of Rock's Most Notorious Frontmen'.
Written with intense honesty, even through the darkest parts of his
life, the book gives Neil his own voice- something he felt was missing
in legendary Crue biography 'The Dirt'. Each chapter is named after a
song featured on the album and the book takes us from his childhood to
recent years, via the many ups and downs that his life has endured.
Vince Neil's story is a complex one and, since joining Motley Crue, one
that has been played out in the public eye.
Becoming a father at 16, the death of Hanoi Rocks' drummer Razzle and
the death of his own 5 year old daughter Skylar - any one of these in
your life would change you forever, Neil's life seems to have lurched
from one crisis to another, even as the book was published there were a
number of new allegations surfacing from Vegas and reports of divorce
is also frank about his addictions and mistakes and claims to learn from
the bad times - input from band mates, ex-wives, kids and managers add
further authenticity to the books content.
'Tattoos & Tequila' is no exercise in damage limitation either, a good
example being Neil's criticism of Sharon Osbourne- this has already
become somewhat of a public slanging match which, knowing Sharon, will
be long and personal.
also obviously harbours some strong feelings of almost resentment, and
at times abandonment, from his long time band mates – and at points you
ask yourself if they read this, can they ever take to the stage together
again (at one point Neil describes the band's 'Theatre of Pain' album as
a piece of shit album saved only by 'Home Sweet Home' and 'Smoking In
The Boys Room')?
there are the drugs, the girls (loads of them, mostly linked to Playboy
in one way or another!!) and the near on 30 year party and, try as you
may, no matter what Vince Neil does you just can't help but like the
Of course, the good thing about an autobiography is that you can almost
see the ending being played out as it happens. Yes, we know that Motley
Crue dispensed with his services and later re-hired Neil. We also know
that they then went on to mount the highly successful Cruefest tours and
continue to play at festivals around the world. Motley Crue also have a
long term plan that will hopefully see them together for at least the
next 5 years.
This is a great rock n roll read, full of excess - you would be
disappointed if it wasn't - and as it says, takes you to hell and back
with one of rock's most notorious frontmen.
Review by Nikk Gunns
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