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Motley Crue singer Vince Neil claims that his band “supported” the rise of grunge in the early ’90s and says that Seattle music scene “didn’t seem to kill” Motley Crue the way it affected many of the other so-called “hair-metal” bands who were mega successful in the ’80s.

“We went on [MTV’s] Headbanger’s Ball and we’d had an early pressing of [Nirvana’s] Nevermind,” Neil told Q magazine. “We were talking about a bunch of upcoming bands and told people to check that album out. We supported that whole thing.

I don’t know why people say grunge killed rock. Only people whose careers were on the way out said that. It didn’t seem to kill us.

I was talking to Courtney Love [wife of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain] one time and she told me that one of Kurt’s favorite records was [Motley Crue’s 1981 album] Too Fast For Love.”

Rob Zombie recently told England’s TeamRock Radio that the American rock scene never recovered from the the ’90s grunge explosion. Zombie explained, “When the grunge rock thing hit, with Nirvana and all that, everybody thought it was cool to be anti-rock star. But in a way they sort of anti-rock starred themselves right out the door, because the rap guys came in and they said, ‘Fuck it. We’ll be the rock stars then, if you guys are going to wear flannel shirts and stare at your feet.’ And in the U.S., truthfully, rock music has never recovered from that.”

Zombie added, “A whole generation of kids thought, ‘Fuck this! Rock music is boring. Let’s go listen to rap music.’ And it’s never recovered.”

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  • Robert on

    GNR is what killed the hair bands off. If you noticed, the drop off started with them.

    • WENDIGO on

      You nailed it. GNR changed the scene because of their s–t attitude. The bands all partied behind the scenes but when GNR came in they ruined it.

    • Eddie on

      Robert, THANK YOU! so correct! I have said this forever! If you notice, as soon as GNR`s Appetite came out – BAM! All the make up came off, hair still long, but no spray, spandex buried, etc.. All the bands went tore up faded blue jeans, leather jackets, bandanas, no loud colors = GNR copies. See the poularity and follow it, but say “we were this all the time!” Grunge? No, GNR killed the “formula” that had been the mainstream. Good Observation.

    • Shawn on

      Your right, but it’s to bad that was the only great album they put out. They got to big to fast and lost the edge and attitude on the next releases.

    • Joe Pensanti on

      Yes. very true. They came at a time when hair metal was ridiculous. When you have people saying how great Ratt is, I mean, come on. They released 2 good records. Poison? 1 good record. Then along came Nelson (???) and junk like them. Hair metal deserved to die. I still do not like Nirvana, but too much partying and not enough SONGS are the death knell.

    • Dana on


      I happen to think that Ratt had more than just two good records. Maybe, not every song was a winner, but if you listen to their Ratt N’ Roll ’81-’91 compilation, they had many good songs. Not to mention DiMartini is a monster guitar player. In my opinion, that opening run in Shame, Shame, Shame is killer.

      Dana from here 🙂

  • David C on

    Many of you missing the point…music doesn’t shape an era…it reflects an era and everything about a particular moment in time. And it is largely based in youth, right? Music always has been. So saying that grunge (which I don’t like) killed rock and roll just isn’t based in fact. Grunge, like rock and roll before it, reflected the cultural and emotional state of the nation’s youth at the time. It is and always will be the natural progression of all things art and culture to change and reflect the values, morals, and mindset of the young. That’s just the way it is.

    Lol, we sound like our parents used to when they didn’t like our music right? Damn kids.

  • green bastard on

    too fat to fall in love

  • jase on

    And btw. I call so many of you bluff for saying you liked that Corabi album. It’s just trendy to say. Cause the fact of the matter is if all you people that liked it like you say you do… It would have sold a million copies easy. So yeah. B.S.. It’s their worst selling album. So either you all full of s–t or you didn’t get off your ass and go buy it. And one is just as bad as the other so you lose either way.

  • gerry on

    eddie van halen was plaing keyboards.writting song about when love walks is not a good metal topic.bad music almost killed metal.then slipknot arrived,dickinson came back to maiden,halford back to priest.ozzy back to sabbath.i tunes sold single songs.bands had to write good songs for entire album.or one song was bought of their cd.n thats all.metal is fine.thanx to guys like sam dunne,n eddie.florentine.n jamison flag waving.up the irons

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