A Motley Crue fan called into Eddie Trunk’s SiriusXM radio show to criticize Vince Neil’s singing live, and Eddie admitted that he struggles live, but will not lip sync, unlike other famous bands, though he did claim he uses backing tracks live for background vocals. The Motley Crue reunion tour kicks off in summer 2020 with Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett. Alternative Nation transcribed Trunk’s comments.
“For better or worse, Vince’s vocals are all real in terms of his lead vocals, the backing vocals are not. Nikki [Sixx] has admitted that Motley Crue has used tracks for 30 years. I don’t agree with that, but at least they’re transparent about it. Vince has struggled man, I’m not going to lie to you. But to me, much like David Lee Roth, Vince was never a good singer live. You’d be kidding yourself if you thought Vince Neil was good live.”
A stunning Motley Crue member gym workout photo was revealed a couple of days ago. Trunk added, “I would rather have a guy do that than sing to a track, that’s just cheating. With Vince, at least his lead vocal is real. With Roth, people listen to the Van Halen Live from Tokyo record that came out a few years ago, Dave struggles greatly on that record, and he has live for a long time. But here’s what it is, take it or leave it.
I’ve seen Vince have good nights, and I’ve Vince have some rough nights, and I’ve Vince have some mediocre nights. If people think Vince was every Freddie Mercury, you never saw the band, I don’t know what you’re thinking.
Much like David Lee Roth, he got by on being a good looking guy, and a frontman, with the charisma and spirit of the band. There’s a great parallel now that I’m thinking about it, the way they got by as frontmen. It wasn’t about their voice. Both of them were great on the records.
To this day Vince still sounds great on record. Listen to the new tracks, he sounds perfect for the band, just like Roth sounded perfect for Van Halen on record. Live was another story.” A Motley Crue member worried that he is too overweight to tour last week.