MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil says that he has been "uninvited" from performing at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration in January, explaining that "there's more politics involved in the bands playing than I really thought there was."
In an article that was published earlier today, the singer told Billboard that he was asked to play at the Washington D.C. event "months ago", well before he declined an invitation to attend the third presidential debate in Neil's now-native Las Vegas.
But Neil has since spoken to the popular celebrity gossip web site TMZ and revealed that he is no longer scheduled to appear at the inauguration.
Said Vince (see video below): "Well, here's the thing. I was asked to do the inauguration, like, two months ago, no matter who won. We had no idea, obviously, who was gonna win. And we said, 'Absolutely,' so I wanted to play the inauguration. We gave all of our passports — of the band and crew — to Secret Service, [and] they went through everything. And so, as far as I knew from that, we were playing. We were invited, and then, it turns out, when the Republicans won, we were uninvited. "
He continued: "I didn't know about the Democratic part of asking us to play. I assumed what it was was it doesn't matter who won, it's still a big party, right? But I guess it's not. I guess there's more politics involved in the bands playing than I really thought there was."
Neil added: "I just found out about this today when all this stuff kind of came out that we were playing. I said, 'What happened?' I asked my guys. And they said, 'Well, no.' Once Trump won, it's all politics. And I don't know who's playing Trump's party, but God bless 'em."
Neil will appear on the next season of "The Celebrity Apprentice", NBC's long-running business reality show previously hosted by Trump. The president-elect has since been replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former California governor and a world-famous movie star, known for films like the "Terminator" series.
Neil last month struck a deal to avoid jail time in connection with a misdemeanor battery charge related to an incident where he allegedly assaulted an autograph seeker.