Vince Neil

Vince Neil
With Mike Sager
Tattoos & Tequila
2010 Grand Central Publishing

I have to admit, I was looking forward to reading this book. Vince Neil has done it all and seen it all. Motley Crue were the poster boys of excess. However, as I read the introduction my heart began to sink. It seemed that this was going to be Vince rambling on about his dislike of the rest of the band, about his side projects (tattoo shops, tequila). But then his candidness about how he didn’t remember a lot of the past, due to drug and alcohol abuse caught my eye. To help tell his story he was going to include interviews with family and friends. The concept intrigued me. So I read on.

Of course he talked about his time with Rockandi and meeting Nikki. The formation of Motley Crue, the death of Razzle, the death and re-birth of Nikki, his leaving the band, the death of his daughter, Skylar and the re-birth of Motley. The interviews with those that know Vince helped connect the dots. The thing that truly caught my interest is, at times, his outright hate for the other members of Motley Crue. Vince says that the bad blood began to boil while he was in jail for the death of Razzle. The reunion of the band was truly motivated by money. Separate they were nothing. Together they were one of the biggest bands in rock history.

As it turns out this was a good, smooth read. I’m sure fans of Motley Crue will enjoy this book. The unique way the events are told, through Vince and the interviews with family and friends makes this a must have in any library.