Vince Neil Biography
One of Hard-Rock's quintessential frontmen, Vincent Neil Wharton was
born on February 8, 1961 and is best known as the lead singer and face
of Mötley Crüe. Established
in 1981, the band went on to sell over 80 million albums worldwide.
He had to deal with the traumatic loss of his daughter as well as a 1984 brief incarceration and inescapable feelings of guilt for his part in the death of his friend Nicholas 'Razzle' Dingley of the band Hanoi Rocks, Neil drove while under the influence and was involved in a car accident that would not see his passenger, Razzle, survive and would also seriously injure two other people. During his Rock star life he was married four times.
Vince Neil left Mötley Crüe
to pursue a solo career in February 1992. According to some rumors in
the band's autobiography, "The Dirt", he was fired because he
was more interested in car racing than in the band.
In April 1993 he released "Exposed"; recorded with Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, the album shot to #13 on The Billboard Top 200 chart spawning three Mainstream Rock top 40 hits: "You're Invited (But Your Friend Can't Come)" peaked at #17, "Sister Of Pain" rose to the #12 position and the final single, "Can't Have Your Cake", reached #34.
Sharise Ruddell, his second wife and Vince Neil divorced in 1993. Two years later, their daughter, Skylar Neil, died of cancer, marking one of the most painful parts of his life.
The Industrial Metal oriented "Carved In Stone", his second solo effort, arrived in September 1995, selling less than 100,000 copies in the U.S. with a #139 peak on The Billboard 200 and Neil's contract with Warner Bros. eventually came to an end.
By 1997, both Neil's solo career and Mötley
Crüe's fortunes were declining and he accepted their invitation
to rejoin the band. They released the album, "Generation Swine",
before tension erupted again, this time prompting Tommy
Lee to leave the band.
The Crüe's original line-up reunited in early 2005, embarking on a tour later that year and in 2008 they issued their ninth studio album, "Saints Of Los Angeles".
Vince Neil returned in 2010 with a new song called "Tattoos And Tequila", the title-track and first single from his third solo album which was released that June.