Vince Neil – Tattoos & Tequila

MOTLEY CRUE singer Vince Neil’s new solo album, Tattoos & Tequila, is his first solo release since 2003’s Live at the Whisky: One Night Only. The album consists of mostly ’70s cover songs that have inspired the singer throughout his life, and two new songs, “Tattoos & Tequila” and “Another Bad Day”.

The cover song portion of Tattoos & Tequila was produced by Vince Neil and Jack Blades (AEROSMITH, OZZY OSBOURNE, ALICE COOPER), while the two new songs were produced by Marti Frederiksen (AEROSMITH, DEF LEPPARD, BUCKCHERRY).

Vince’s band consist of two thirds of SLAUGHTER; guitarist Jeff Blando and bassist Dana Strum, along with the outlandish-yet-incredible drumming talents of Zoltan Chaney.

The way Vince and the band cover the songs is fun and full of aggression. They are all in Vince’s vocal range, for the most part. The backup vocals on “AC/DC” are decent, but far from the brilliance of the harmonies of the original by SWEET. “Nobody’s Fault” is covered well. It’s a rougher version of the AEROSMITH hit, but not as heavy as TESTAMENT’s version, but the harmonies on the chorus are dead on. “Another Piece of Meat” by the SCORPIONS is delivered nicely. But it’s numbers like “Who Will Stop The Rain”  by CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL, “Viva Las Vegas” by ELVIS PRESLEY and “The Bitch is Back” by ELTON JOHN, that are surprisingly good.

Vince has no song writing credits on the new songs. “Another Bad Day” was written by Nikki Sixx, James Michael and Tracii Guns years ago, while “Tattoos & Tequila” was written by Frederiksen. The song’s overt sexual theme is blatantly portrayed, and the sleazy rock tone that Vince is known for brilliantly shines through on this fun, raw rocker. It could have been a left over from the CRUE’s mighty Saints of Los Angeles. A real leftover from the CRUE’s New Tattoo, “Another Bad Day,” is a typical high-pitched nasally Vince ballad with cheesy lyrics.

This is a fun and rocking album full of spirited tunes. You can tell Vince really had a good time recording it, and his enthusiasm really shines through. And his band puts in a stellar performance on every song.

By Kelley Simms

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