MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil was interviewed last Wednesday (September 22) on "The BJ Shea Morning Experience" show on the Seattle radio station KISW 99.9 FM. The chat can now be streamed using the audio player below.
When asked about the revelation that in his newly released 320-page hardcover autobiography, "Tattoos & Tequila: To Hell and Back with One of Rock's Most Notorious Frontmen", he calls Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon the "the most evil, shittiest woman I've ever met in my life," Vince replied, "The thing about Sharon is, I don't hate Sharon — I never have. But when you read the book, this is really just my view of Sharon 26 years ago, because she was not nice to MÖTLEY CRÜE. We called it the 'No Fun Tour'. We had T-shirts made up with smiley faces and bulletholes and passed them out to all the road crews. She wouldn't let us have girls backstage , she only gave us a case of beer between all of us... It wasn't any fun. But when she left, that's when we all had a great time with Ozzy. And I haven't even talked with Sharon since those days except for we just got off the Ozzfest tour a few weeks ago, and everything's great. But she doesn't understand that that's my view of her back then."
Q: Do you think that she will understand that that's an opinion you had then? 'Cause I wasn't quite sure reading the book that that's really what it was. I thought maybe you still felt that way today.
Vince: "No, no, no... Like I said, because I haven't really dealt with her in that long. I hope that she will realize that. But when she brought up the thing that she was trying to protect Ozzy because of when Razzle passed away, when I had the car crash [Neil's infamous 1984 DUI accident, which resulted in the death of Finnish glam band HANOI ROCKS' drummer, Nicholas 'Razzle' Dingley, and a vehicular manslaughter charge. — Ed.]], that didn't happen for five months after the tour ended. That accident happened in December of '84 and our tour was in February, March and April."
Q: But at the time, Vince, do you think that was basically party-induced — at the time you thought that? Because, I mean, as a regular guy I would think, "Well, she kind of had a point." I mean, some of the crap that Ozzy was doing is not what you would do if you were sober. So I don't know if can blame her for going, "Jeez, we've gotta get you away from people that somehow encourage this behavior, Ozzy" — even though he probably didn't need a lot of encouragement. What made her the most evil woman you ever met, besides what I saw [in your book]? What I saw looked like just a woman not wanting her husband to party to the point where he would die and maybe thought you guys were a bad influence. What else made her so evil to you?
Vince: "That we were bad influences when we hadn't done anything yet. All those stories all came out of the Ozzy tour. We were just a band from L.A. that just wanted to go play. And we didn't have any fun when she was there."
Q: But see, Vince, what's your definition of fun? 'Cause what I read in the book... I mean, that's pretty extreme. And not to be a jerk, Vince, as it turns out, as you guys did progress in your life, some bad stuff happened because of you trying to have fun and you being involved in drugs. So, I mean, I was wondering if there is anything else that Sharon did that outside of you guys just not being allowed to have fun that made her evil. 'Cause you're not the first person that's said that Sharon's kind of not as sweet and wonderful as everybody sees her on television.
Vince: "Well, yeah. There's lots of stories... I know a lot of people that have dealt with Sharon through the years and been really involved with her. But that's none of my business. I'm just giving you my view of her during that tour. I didn't like her . . . I don't know what your point is."
Q: Going through the book, I thought something that was interesting was when you talked about certain members of [MÖTLEY CRÜE], you brought up [bassist] Nikki [Sixx] and you kind of said that he always wants to be the guy [where] everything was his idea, and you said some of the decisions that he made for MÖTLEY CRÜE were just stupid. And I was wondering what were some of those things that you remember that you were like, "Nikki, why are we doing this?"
Vince: "Well, I mean... Jeez, it was just business decisions, mainly, that I just thought were dumb, as a businessman. Really nothing I can just pinpoint. Just through the years [there have been] bad business decisions where we could have gone on to become even bigger if things had been a little bit different."
Vince Neil interviewed on "The BJ Shea Morning Experience" (click on player below to launch audio):