Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil was hospitalized in Sydney on Sunday night (March 10th) after the 52-year-old singer had a kidney stone attack during the band’s performance at Allphones Arena.
According to a Setlist.fm report, the band performed a handful of songs during the Sydney show before Neil left the stage. Bassist Nikki Sixx reportedly told the crowd that the singer was in pain and had been taken to a nearby hospital.
Guitarist Mick Mars later confirmed that Neil was suffering from kidney stones and apologized for the shortened set on Twitter. “Sydney, my apologies for a short set this evening. Vince had an attack of kidney stones. He went straight from stage to the hospital,” Mars wrote.
Mötley Crüe, currently co-headlining their tour with KISS, is scheduled to continue its trek through Australia on Tuesday night in Brisbane. “If there is a way to safely perform, [Neil] always does,” band manager Allen Kovac told CNN. “In nearly 20 years of managing Motley Crue, I can’t recall a show the band has canceled.”
Highlights from the two hour conversation appear below as transcribed and edited by myself for the site. I apologize in advance for any errors on my part, I tried to do my best.
Roth discussing how the members of Van Halen are getting along and is there any conflict?:
“There is always conflict, I am not going to sugar coat it. In our band there is a constant back and forth, and at the same time, I think everybody’s more than old enough to really respect what we have been allowed to do…We just [keep] coming back.
..For Edward and I, there’s a lot of whatever that chemical that is in guys, we’ve never lost it. We are both competitive with ourselves personally to an [almost] obsessive compulsive [degree]. With or without Eddie Van Halen in my life, a lot of time is spent with my head in my hands going, ‘Come on Dave, come on,’ and [Eddie does] just as much, if not more so. But, when we come together there is that mutual support of ‘Wow, boy am I glad I met you. Wow!’ We’ve done some great stuff together and that also combines with ‘I think you’re in my space.’… The conflict was there from day one. It sustained from day one and has lasted for 35 years. Not a note from the symphony has changed. [But], it is that conflict [and] collision, that is the sound of Van Halen. It’s a mutual push/pull that can be found on the most colorful football [and] baseball teams.”
Speaking about how Wolfgang [Van Halen] is working out:
“He’s doing great. We had a great year of touring on the road.”
Does Wolfgang ever side with his father in times of conflict?:
“No, there is no side any more. In terms of picking the songs, it’s like a great pizza place, whatever’s on top, it’s all good.”
On his relationship with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony:
“We have no problems. I am proud of the stuff we did in the past. The vocals in Van Halen are as easily important as the rhythm section, production, what have you.”
Discussing why Roth opted for a solo career after the band’s 1984 album:
“The band was in disarray and we were all guilty and all the usual reasons why bands break up. It had a great effect on me..At this point in time, I have come full circle and I got a lot of those wild oats and crazy ideas out. I have gone out into the territory and came back. Now, I like things a little more predictable, and with Van Halen, I have that.”
Does Van Halen perform any David Lee Roth material live?:
“No. That’s Van Halen time.”
On guitarist Steve Vai, who was in Roth’s solo band:
“Steve came out of nowhere. He had been working in the shadows for a little bit with Frank Zappa, of all people. But, since then, he has really built a career.”
Speaking about whether there was competition between Van Halen featuring Sammy Hagar and Dave’s solo band:
“The one thing I learned from Richard Nixon was,’Never pay attention to the press. Never pay attention to reviews. Never look at pictures of yourself and try not to look at the competition much,’ and I have been pretty successful with that….In Rock N’ Roll we never really competed with other bands. We want to be the one you remember at the end of the night, but, you know, it wasn’t like sports. I was surprised when the competition between Van Halen and my solo band sprang up. I think that was a lot of our market friends getting involved. But, the band and I knew, that somewhere, ultimately, we were going to be back together at some point. They have to give us a star in some cement in front of some Vegas hotel someday. But, other bandmembers and other agents get involved and then it becomes a sling fest.”
Discussing how it felt to go from playing in front of 20,000 people to playing in front of 2,000 people:
“That will make you look in a mirror and confront exactly everything you don’t want to confront. ‘Mirror, mirror on the bathroom sink, you used to say my shit didn’t stink, you bitch.'”
Speaking about whether he ever ran out of money:
“No, but I did have to stay working. Playing state fairs, casinos, clubs, theaters, etc.. You what though? I do miss those state fairs, they’re a hoot.”
Did he ever get along with Sammy Hagar?:
“Um, no…well, define long.”
What about the Sam and Dave tour?:
“[That] was a collision course as well. We had our antagonisms, but…I think it was his people…I think our change up was dignified until agents, managers and other people got involved.”
Diamond Dave Lee Roth was a recent guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Hosts Rogan and Brian Redban spoke to Roth about topics including: nutrition, smoking, his famous jump-kicks, songwriting, and the Van Halen reunion.
Black Star Riders — the new band formed by Thin Lizzy’s Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso— will release their debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose, through Nuclear Blast Entertainment on the following dates:
* May 21st – Japan
* May 22nd – Sweden
* May 24th – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway
* May 27th – U.K., France, BeNeLux, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece
* May 28th – U.S., Canada, Italy, South America
Discussing the title of the new album, Warwick states, “I was watching a documentary about World War II bombers and saw the name painted on the side of one of the aircraft. The name just resonated with me and it seem to encapsulate the turmoil that we, as a society, are currently experiencing. The past few years have been such a wild ride and now with the release of the album, it sounded like a bad-ass album title that summed up what BLACK STAR RIDERS is all about.”
The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a special-edition digipak featuring a bonus track, Right To Be Wrong, and a “making-of” DVD.
All Hell Breaks Loose track listing:
1. All Hell Breaks Loose
2. Bound For Glory
3. Kingdom Of The Lost
5. Kissin’ The Ground
6. Hey Judas
7. Hoodoo Voodoo
8. Valley Of The Stones
9. Someday Salvation
10. Before The War
11. Blues Ain’t So Bad
In a recent backstage interview with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, the bassist told TheMusic.com.au‘s Bryget Chrisfield that the band’s existence is slowly winding down to a screeching halt.
“I wanna finish our movie (adaptation of Motley Crue’s New York Times bestselling collaborative autobiography The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band) and put out a new album,” he revealed before adding they will also release a soundtrack to the movie and then embark on “a farewell tour.” “We’ll be back in Australia and, ah, that’ll be it,” he said. “I can honorably say, ‘We did it our way and we’re never coming back’.”
Sixx said the split would be their final chapter and that he has no interest in resurrecting the band once it is over.
“It’s important that when you do a farewell tour that people understand that when you put a bullet in the back of the horse’s head, and it goes down, it’s not a plastic bullet it’s a fucking shotgun blast. You know, blow its fucking brains out, it’s never coming back. It has to (be that way),” he stressed. “It’s the only way I can look at myself in the mirror and do a farewell tour. That’s it. So when we take our final bow, it’s IT. I will cry. I cry thinking about it.”
Motley Crue have been raising musical hell for more than three decades and Sixx admits, “I love this band. I fucking spent my life doing this band. I’ve been doing this band longer than I’ve been doing anything else. And I’ve been in this band longer than I’ve known any woman, longer than I’ve known my children — only my family, and I have a closer relationship with my band than I have with my family, and a rockier relationship with my band than I’ve had with anybody in my family as well.
So it’s very emotional and I just think it’s important that we finish what we started and then, you know, it will be whatever it will be. It could be beautiful. It could be a beautiful ending! When you go and see a great movie — I’ll leave you with this: when you go and see a great fucking movie and it ends and you go, ‘Fuck!’ like, you walk out and you go, ‘That was amazing! That blew my mind!’ It’s not like, ‘That blew my mind and, um, maybe there’ll be a sequel to it’.”
Iron Maiden will release the new, remastered, bonus-filled edition of Maiden England 88, on March 25th.
Filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, UK in November 1988 during the band’s Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son World Tour, disc one contains an upgraded and extended version of the concert itself and now includes three previously unreleased encores: Running Free, Run To The Hills and Sanctuary. Disc two features a bonus documentary that includes interviews with Maiden and their manager, Rod Smallwood, as well as a bonus bonus documentary, Twelve Wasted Years, and five promo videos. Not bad, eh?
Maiden have released a trailer for Maiden England 88. View it below.
“We’ve been busy upgrading this concert footage for a long time, with our in-house Film Producer and Director Andy Matthews working tirelessly to weave his magic yet again!,” says Rod. “The 1989 VHS video has been largely unavailable for many years and we know how eagerly our fans have been awaiting the new version so we wanted to give it the best possible treatment. The current Maiden England World Tour which continues later this year revisits much of the set list and production from the initial 1989 VHS release so it will be interesting to compare just how much has changed in terms of our 2013 live show production, especially with all the advances in modern technology and the improvements we’ve been able to make to the set.”
Maiden England 88 will also be made available on a two-CD album, as well as Limited Edition double vinyl picture disc and Digital Download formats. Basically, this the first full and complete audio recording release of a classic Maiden tour, right before they return to that era this summer at Download, so you already know you’re a mug if you’re not in on this.
DISC ONE – MAIDEN ENGLAND ’88
Set List –
The Evil That Men Do
Die With Your Boots On
Can I Play With Madness
Heaven Can Wait
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Run To The Hills*
DISC TWO – THE HISTORY OF IRON MAIDEN PART 3
12 Wasted Years documentary
Wasted Years promo video
Stranger In A Strange Land promo video
Can I Play With Madness promo video
The Evil That Men Do promo video
The Clairvoyant promo video