The Two Singers Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil Wished To Sound Like

There are a few lead vocalists who have not been attacked about their voices, vocal styles, and controversial live performances. It won’t come to you as a shock that Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil is one of the many singers who have heard criticisms about his voice throughout his life in the spotlight.

Especially during his recent solo shows, the singer was in apparent need of a backing vocalist’s help to get through songs, as he was out of breath after not being on the road performing for fans since the pandemic. He even had to stop during a set after losing his voice, so fans were quick to criticize the singer for not being in shape and for his voice getting worse by the day. By the time Mötley Crüe’s Stadium Tour was about to kick off, he was in a much better position to sing a whole set while still receiving mixed comments about his performance.

Well, if it were up to him, he would have liked to sound like two of his peers in the industry. In a conversation with Time in 2010, Neil was asked by the interviewer what had influenced the high-pitch delivery that he is famous for. Then, the singer replied, “It’s just the way my voice comes out—nothing I can do about it.” Although the interviewer had compared him to Axl Rose and David Lee Roth, the singer was quick to name two of his favorite singers with whom he wished he shared a similar voice. Neil said, “I wish I had a Ronnie James Dio or a David Coverdale voice, but I don’t.”

Although Neil would have preferred to have Dio’s or Coverdale’s voice, David Lee Roth was a massive inspiration to him as a frontman coming up in the scene. “Yeah, that’s what I grew up watching and listening to. I remember Dave; he used to come to all of our shows,” disclosed Neil to Las Vegas Magazine in 2015 about his admiration for the Van Halen singer.

He added, “We’re just playing the Troubadour or The Whisky (A Go Go), places like that. I remember they played Long Beach Arena, and I was bootlegging T-shirts outside the arena. You listen to the band play and wonder, ‘Ahh, what’s going on in there?’”

Neil has nothing against his voice, as there’s no way of changing it. Plus, his unique sound made him a frontman and inspired many other singers coming up in the industry. While others were, on some level, influenced by him, he was taking notes from David Lee Roth. Neil noted, “Dave was a huge influence on me and the frontman style of bands. There isn’t any anymore. It’s really strange. No bands want; they don’t really have a frontman who leads the band around.”

Even though Vince Neil has received so much backlash from fans, critics, and even some musicians in the industry, the frontman has no desire to quit the position to which he has given his blood, sweat, and tears. Neil even revealed that Mötley Crüe is planning a 2024 tour, and they intend to complete another Las Vegas residency. So if you are one of the fans on the fence about the frontman’s vocals, their next round of dates in 2024 might be the perfect time to have another go. Who knows, maybe it will be his best live performance to date.