John J. Moser of The Morning Call recently conducted an interview with MTLEY CRE singer Vince Neil. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On the kind of people that attend MTLEY CRE's concerts in 2011:
Vince: "[I see] kids like 5-year-olds on their fathers' shoulders for their first concert experience. It's not just the fans that grew up with us. It's 12- and 13-year-olds with 'Shout at the Devil' shirts on. An attorney standing next to a biker."
On letting MTLEY CRE fans choose online the 11 songs the band performs on its current tour:
Vince: "We already knew some of what would be chosen you know, 'Girls, Girls, Girls', 'Dr. Feelgood', those ones were pretty obvious. But a few of the songs, like 'Smokin' In The Boys Room', we hadn't played that in like 20 years, but everybody wants to hear it. 'Too Young to Fall in Love', 'Ten Seconds to Love', 'Too Fast for Love' a lot of them we hadn't played in a long time."
On rehearsals for the current tour:
Vince: "We rehearsed for three days, the songs, and went on tour. I mean, these are songs we played forever, except for some of the newer songs. And you play some of this throughout your whole life, it's not that difficult."
On turmoil that saw Neil leave the band for five years in the 1990s, drummer Tommy Lee for four in the early 2000s and the whole band go on hiatus for four years:
Vince: "A lot of people just forget that bands just sometimes take breaks. With us, if we don't tour a year, people figure we've broken up. But you look at a band like AC/DC, who won't put out a record for four or five years, and nobody seems to think they broke up. It just kind of stupid thinking on people's parts."
On being honored at the fourth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival, with West Hollywood recognizing the band with a day in its honor:
Vince: "They finally have something to honor bands that started on the strip. And so now it's our turn. It's like when we got our star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. That was a huge deal to us, 'cause we grew up in L.A. So it's something you never think you would achieve, and then you get it and it's like, 'Wow, our star's on the Walk Of Fame.' It's cool."
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