Vince Neil Says David Lee Roth Saved Him From Being Nobody

In a recent chat with SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk, Vince Neil shared how David Lee Roth mentored him in his early career with Mötley Crüe. He recalled:

“Dave would come to a lot of our shows when Mötley was playing the Troubadour and the Whisky. Dave was right there. Because we had all the girls.”

Women were not the only reason behind Roth’s interest in the band’s music, as the vocalist went on:

“He’s the first guy; he kind of took me under his wing. I was just some club-playing rock and roll guy. He took me out to Canter’s Deli on Fairfax (in Los Angeles). And he just sat me down and talked about what we got to look for in a record company, publishing and just filled my head with the inner workings of being in a rock and roll band. And that was really nice of him. I was nobody.”

The Vocalist Was A Roth Fan

The two formed a friendship later in life while Neil mentioned a few memories with the Van Halen singer during his interviews. But before that, the Crüe frontman was a fan who made money as a teenager off Roth’s band. He told Trunk:

“I remember the Long Beach Area; Van Halen was playing there. I didn’t get in, but what I did was I was bootlegging t-shirts. I was the kid out there selling shirts out of my mom’s trunk.”

Neil’s Stage Collaborations With Roth

Vince Neil and David Lee Roth crossed paths again during Mötley Crüe’s early years. Their bands played together at the US Festival in 1983 and the 1984 Monsters Of Rock tour.

Mötley asked Roth to open for their joint trek with Def Leppard in 2021, but the singer turned the offer down by reportedly saying, ‘I don’t open for bands that I influenced.’