Motley Crue Icon ‘Drank Beer All Day’ Before Driving


During a recent interview with Waste Some Time With Jason Green, former Hanoi Rocks bassist Sami Yaffa discussed spending time with Hanoi drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley and Motley Crue singer Vince Neil on the day of the tragic car accident caused by Neil in December 1984 that killed Razzle, who was Neil’s passenger. A Vince Neil beach photo recently surprised Motley Crue fans.

Sami Yaffa opens up on Vince Neil causing tragic accident that killed Razzle

Sami recalled how Vince came to pick him and Razzle. He revealed cruising around Los Angeles in car. He further revealed how they went on Vince’s house to hang out. They ended up having a little party, ‘having some beers and smoke a little spliff.’

He also recalled Andy [McCoy] and Tommy [Lee] joining them a little bit later and also some of their friends.

Here is what he said about getting to know about the tragic accident:

And we’d been kind of drinking beer all day. And I just said that I’m gonna take a nap. They actually asked me to go with them to go and pick up some more beer. And I said, ‘I’m gonna take a nap.’ And when I woke up, Mick Mars was just kind of shaking me awake. And I wondered where everybody else was. And he said that there’s been an accident. And we went to the hospital and I found out that my bro was gone. It was very heavy.”

Neil’s drunk-driving car crash transpired when he smashed his car into another vehicle in Redondo Beach, California, killing Razzle and seriously injuring two other occupants.

Vince was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. His blood alcohol level was 0.17, which was over the legal limit.

Neil served half of a 30-day jail sentence, received five years probation and had to pay $2.6 million in restitution, as well as perform 200 hours of community service.