Chris Jericho Says Vince Neil’s Performance Was ‘Disappointing,’ Compares Mötley Crüe To Co-Headliners
During a recent interview with Loudwire, Fozzy singer Chris Jericho weighed on Vince Neil’s latest performance and commented on Mötley Crüe’s upcoming Stadium Tour while comparing them to their co-headliners; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Poison, and Def Leppard.
As you know, Mötley Crüe fans have been expecting a tour ever since the release of ‘The Dirt’ in 2019, as that was when the band decided to reunite for one last tour. The Stadium Tour in which they will co-headline with Def Leppard was originally going to take place in 2020 but had to be postponed due to COVID-19.
Fans were hopeful that it would take place in 2021, but it was once again scheduled for 2022. Although this initially saddened the band’s fans, they were in a way relieved after seeing Vince Neil’s performance in late May with his solo band were in Iowa at the Boone River Valley Festival. No one expected Vince Neil to be as energetic as he was in the ’80s but no one expected him to be this bad either. His performance of the opening track ‘Looks That Kill’ was not that bad but he started getting worse as time progressed.
His performance started going completely downhill after his cover of the Beatles ‘Helter Skelter‘ during which he forgot the lyrics and struggled hard to keep up with his backing band although they lowered the key to help him out. Eventually, he left the stage while apologizing and saying that his voice is messed up and that he cannot do this anymore.
During a recent interview, Chris Jericho evaluated Vince Neil’s performance and said that it was ‘disappointing’ and that he really needs to start working on it because otherwise, Mötley Crüe will have a tough time trying to keep up with their co-headliners. He went on to say that if it were him, he would contact Phil Collen and Duff McKagan both of whom managed to get themselves ‘into great shape.’
Chris Jericho shared his stance with the following words:
“It’s disappointing because I think everyone is pulling for Vince and they’re pulling for Mötley Crüe and it’s gonna be tough doing the tour because Joan Jett, I don’t know if you’ve seen her recently, she’s freakin’ awesome. And Bret Michaels – I was just talking about Poison the other day; they’re gonna steal the show.
You’d better watch out for Poison, ’cause Bret Michaels is the best frontman out of all of those bands. And then Def Leppard’s Def Leppard; they do what they do. And Mötley Crüe, they’re gonna have to really step it up.”
He went on to say:
“I’m disappointed to see Vince the way he is, because I think if he lost some weight and did some training and came out there and was in some semblance of shape, a. his voice will sound better just from that alone, and b. people would go, ‘Holy shit! Did you see Vince Neil? He looks great.’
I think if he really wants to do it, he could do it, but I don’t know if he does and that’s the thing. It’s up to him. And either way, it’s Mötley Crüe – people are gonna go, and they’re gonna love it. But to me, as a performer, I would take that as a challenge: ‘I’ve got one year. Let’s do this. It’s been long enough.
Let’s do this for real. Let me call Phil Collen and Duff McKagan and other rock guys that have got themselves into great shape: ‘How did you do it?” And really follow up. It’s great to have dieticians and stuff, but I would call Duff McKagan, a guy who is in wicked shape because his pancreas blew up and he almost died. That’s what I would start doing.”
You can check out the interview below.