This is Vince Neil… look at this picture closely…
Did you see it? Near the bottom of the picture?
That’s right… Vince Neil has officially committed a second great atrocity in his life… and this one was totally intentional…
The frontman of Mötley Crüe, one of the original L.A. Glam Bands, and one of my many favourites… has signed on and is currently training to take part in the new ABC series “Skating with the Stars” (essentially “Dancing with the Stars” on ice).
Why… Oh why…
Of all the things that he could have done outside of Mötley Crüe to try something different… why in the WORLD would he choose this?
Granted, Crüe was an incredibly popular commodity even in it’s infancy. They have always been incredibly popular and from from an underdog. One could even call them part of the “Music Establishment” in Rock and Roll. So they’ve never sneered at or turned down a dollar.
But COME ON!
They’ve always had at least an element of credibility and were always pretty genuine. They have always, for better or worse, done things their own way. Their immense popularity, coupled with their attitude and ethic towards their music and the music business, have always insured that the band has fans, and each member has a paycheck and food on the table. And hell, A LOT more than that to boot!
Vince has done a few other ridiculous things in the past as far as activities outside of music is concerned (his involvement in the first season of “The Surreal Life” coming to mind). But strapping on skates and prancing around on ice for ABC just brings it all to a whole new, much lower level. Vince is slowly becoming another case of middle-aged rock stars who are still having fruitful music careers acting as if they’re washed up and becoming TV stars (Re: The Osbournes, Gene Simmons Family Jewels). The problem and fundamental difference here lies in a few areas…
– Stature: Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons are household names. While Mötley Crüe as a band is a household name, Vince Neil himself is not. He as an individual does not hold enough water to be held as a viable entertainment commodity on his own. He as an individual only really holds water in the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal community: A community that inherently is not interested in “Skating with the Stars” (except when they want to appease their girlfriends/wives)
– Entertainment Value: Vince Neil, being a frontman and vocalist for a world-class band, is paid to prance around on the stages of the world and sing songs. He is a Hard Rock vocalist, which by definition is, really, a niche entertainer. And he is good at what he does. But is he charismatic enough, once you take away the elements of singing, a backing band to play off of, a crowd in a live Hard Rock environment, etc., to remain entertaining and relevant? I have my doubts… especially when one considers that Vince recently said that “[he’d] been on the ice just once since [he] was 12 years old”, which doesn’t bode well for his skills on the ice.
– Audience: As mentioned above, most Hard Rock fans have little to no interest in “Dancing with the Stars” or “Skating with the Stars”. Vince Neil is breaking a cardinal rule of any business that requires that one curry the favour of people… “Cater to your base, and expand outward”… Vince is leaving his base behind with this venture and, indeed, making himself into some kind of sad comic relief in some circles. This could spell trouble for him, especially if he gets thrown off the show early in the season.
Look Vince… I like you, I love Mötley Crüe… but you, like most other people, are FAR from infallible. This has a pretty high chance of back-firing for you and leaving you feeling very embarrassed. Take my advice, or at least think about it… I have a few friends who’ve seen Mötley Crüe in the last couple years… they have said that, while the show was good, you were something of a weak link… so maybe you should take some time to work on your vocals… Mötley Crüe is your legacy… “Skating with the Stars”… is just ridiculous.
(for more information on Vince Neil visit www.vinceneil.net)
(for more information on Mötley Crüe visit www.motley.com)
(for more information on Skating the the Stars visit ABC)
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