‘Vince Neil Is The One Who Suffered The Most’: Michael Monroe On The Razzle Tragedy

Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monro has opened up about his late bandmate, Razzle.

In a recent interview with Rockklassiker, the frontman recalled the incident that killed his friend and discussed the Mötley Crüe rocker Vince Neil’s part in it. In his words, the Mötley Crüe frontman was the one person who suffered a lot after the incident. Monroe explained:

“I realized [Vince is] the one who’s… Out of all of us affected by Razzle’s death, he’s the one who suffered the most, obviously, and it’s never been the same. So, then, he took off, he goes his own way, and the rest of the band kind of go their own way. So, Nikki said, ‘I’ll see you in a minute backstage.’ And then, I went to see Nikki backstage, and we had a great talk, and caught up on everything. And Tommy [Lee] too.

Reaching out to Neil, the rocker revealed the one thing his late bandmate would want Neil to be:

“I wanted to make him feel that if he still feels like — I’m sure he’s sick and tired of being tormented by the whole thing, by the accident — that he should forgive himself and live a happy life and be really… That’s what Razzle would want for him. He’s a good person. He deserves happiness in his life. He’s had a really rough time and he’s never been the same after that. It’s a horrible thing to happen. And it could have happened to any of us… I said certain things that hopefully made him feel a little bit better about the whole thing. I could tell that he’s been suffering a lot and he’s never been the same since then. So, I was glad to be able to do that, reach out to him.

How The Accident Came About

The incident occurred when Neil was at the wheel to drive Hanoi Rocks members to the liquor store. The two bands had gathered together to celebrate Hanoi Rocks’ first US tour when they decided to take a short trip to the store. As Neil and Razzle, who allegedly had been under the influence of alcohol, made their way around a Hollywood road, Neil lost control of the vehicle and smashed into another car. The drummer passed away as a result of the crash.

Neil Was Not Properly Punished

After the incident, Neil faced charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol following the crash. As a result, in September 1985, he received a 30-day jail sentence and five years of probation. Additionally, Neil was obligated to pay $2.6 million in restitution to the crash victims and complete 200 hours of community service.

Despite the initial 30-day sentence, he was granted parole after serving only 15 days for good behavior.

The incident had other rockers commenting on it. Dokken rocker Don Dokken recalled seeing Neil after the incident during an earlier interview, and shared how many years he thinks he would serve if it were him:

“He came over to my house, and he said, ‘Hey, I’m selling my 240Z because I’m buying a Pantera.’ And I bought the Z from him, and within a month, he only had that car for a month, and then he killed Razzle. And then I saw him a week later, which I felt bad saying it’s not my business, but I saw him a week later, and he was wasted. […] I guess when you’re famous, you can get away with it. I think he was in jail for only five days. If I did that, I’d be in jail for 30 years.”

Despite the accident, there is no bad blood among Monroe, Neil and the rest of the Mötley Crüe members.