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Vince Neil’s Struggles with Alcoholism and Weight Issues Affect His Stage Performance

There is buzz among insiders that the organizers of events are concerned with MÖTLEY CRÜE being booked to perform due to singer Vince Neil’s constant stage mishaps becoming bad for business and a potential insurance liability. Perhaps this is why the band is struggling to book larger arena type venues any longer, and had to cancel their New Year’s Eve gig at the end of last year.

Neil faced another ‘unfortunate incident’ on stage during the band’s recent performance in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The mishap occurred during the third song of the night, “Wild Side,” at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, May 3. As Neil energetically hopped to the right side of the stage, he lost his balance and did an epic ‘belly flop’ on his stomach, similar to Chris Farley falling on the table during the SNL skit explaining that he “lives in a van down by the river!”

This incident is not an isolated one for Vince. Back in October 2021, he suffered a significant injury when he fell off the stage during a solo performance at the Monsters On The Mountain festival in Tennessee, breaking his ribs.

Such occurrences have sparked growing concern among fans regarding Neil’s physical and mental health, especially as he continues to battle issues related to alcoholism and weight. At 63 years old, Neil’s struggles have become more evident. He would also make a drunk CAMEO video for a fan, then appear at a “Drinksgiving” event, and was also spotted consuming $10,000 bottles of booze instead of working out.

Fans will recall it was only a few years ago that ex-Crue limo driver Al Bowman issued a prophetic warning that Neil was on a downward spiral with booze.

Despite promises of weight loss with the aid of a special fat-burning device, his physical condition has visibly regressed. This decline has not only affected his balance but also his stage presence and performance quality.

During rehearsals for their comeback tour, drummer Tommy Lee jokingly called him “Vince Meal,” leading to an altercation that resulted in Lee injuring his own ribs.

Talk about everyone taking a ribbing, huh?

In a 2014 interview, Neil downplayed the need for a rigorous fitness routine, citing the physical demands of performing on stage as sufficient exercise. He described his typical concert day, from meet-and-greets to relaxing on his bus before hitting the stage.

However, fans have noticed that his stamina and vocal performance have deteriorated, necessitating the use of a teleprompter to remember lyrics and even resorting to lip-syncing during some shows. Neil’s struggles aren’t new.

In a 2011 interview, he compared the physical exertion of performing to running a marathon, emphasizing the added challenge of singing while moving. Yet, the toll of years of hard living has become increasingly apparent, impacting his ability to deliver the high-energy performances that defined MÖTLEY CRÜE’s legacy.

Despite these challenges, MÖTLEY CRÜE continues to forge ahead. The band has more than a dozen North American shows scheduled for the remainder of 2024, including performances at the North Dakota State Fair and various local casinos. Their new single, “Dogs Of War,” released on April 26 under Nashville’s Big Machine Records, has generated buzz, albeit with some controversy over accusations of AI-generated music.

In response to the backlash, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx have shelved plans for a new studio album, which would have been their first in 16 years.

The band’s history has been marked by both triumph and turbulence. Their last studio album, “Saints Of Los Angeles,” came out in 2008, followed by a greatest hits compilation in 2009. In 2018, they recorded four new tracks for “The Dirt” movie soundtrack, featuring collaborations with artists like Machine Gun Kelly. MÖTLEY CRÜE also saw a significant lineup change in 2022 when John 5 replaced co-founding guitarist Mick Mars, who retired from touring amid allegations of being gaslighted and financially undermined by the band.

As MÖTLEY CRÜE continues to perform and produce new music, the health and well-being of Vince Neil remain a focal point of concern. Fans hope for his recovery and a return to the form that once made him a powerhouse on stage.