Vince Neil-led Motley Crue recently performed a concert on July 5 in St. Louis, Missouri as part of “The Stadium Tour.”
Vince Neil spotted using teleprompter
YouTube channel Justin Newton had uploaded several video clips of the concert. Many have witnessed the clearly visible onstage teleprompter that singer Vince Neil was apparently relying on to get him through each show.
For those who are unaware, a teleprompter, or autocue, is a display device that prompts the person speaking with an electronic visual text of a speech or script, and it is usually used by vocalists — including Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne — who are getting on a bit and have a large body of work to remember.
They are back at full strength, as drummer Tommy Lee played his first full set with the band on “The Stadium Tour” after performing portions of previous shows while playing through broken ribs. Tommy Lee had defied doctor’s orders — despite sustaining four broken ribs — to take part in his band’s long-awaited return to the stage with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.
Few years back, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson had called out singers who use teleprompters during live performances, saying:
“I don’t use an autocue on stage. A lot of singers now, they just have the words there: ‘Breaking the law, breaking the law, breaking the law, breaking the law, breaking the law, breaking the law, breaking the law.’ Breaking the what? ‘Breaking the law. Breaking the law.'”
Bruce previously brought up the topic of singers relying on teleprompters in a 2014 interview with The Guardian. He said at the time: “I never realized that people were using autocues. What the fuck is that all about? People pay good money and you can’t even remember the sodding words.”
You can check out the video clips of the Motley Crue show below: