Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has issued the following update: “I am very excited to offer the ultimate collector’s item for the ultimate cause. It’s a signed, limited-edition portrait of me, by artist Todd Claydon. It comes matted in a cool leather-like, black pebble matt, is numbered and embossed with a seal of authenticity. These are the last 100 prints (out of 200) and are the ONLY ones I have signed. And proceeds benefit the official Skylar Neil Foundation!”
Illustrated by world-renowned artist Todd Claydon, this lifelike illustration was done using well over a million hand-applied dots.
Neil’s Skylar Neil Foundation was created in memory of his young daughter Skylar, who succumbed to a long battle with cancer in 1995. Get more info here: facebook.com/SkylarNeilFoundation
A WDHA listener took a ride on Tommy Lee’s 360-degree drum roller coaster during WDHA’s Rock The Park 2011 event on July 17, 2011 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.
Fashion editor Serena French spoke with Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx on behalf of the of the New York Post. Portions of the interview appear below.
SF: I was wondering, with the book [“This Is Gonna Hurt”] out now for a couple of months, whether you had heard from other people having a similar experience with an institutionalized sibling.
NIKKI: I think that’s not uncommon for [those who grew up during] the 1960s. I’m coming to hear that story more often than not, where I thought I was alone with that. I’ve heard amazing stories, fantastic stories. Ones like that, then I’ve heard where people have said their parents took a different road, and you know, have dealt with something that was almost impossible to deal with. And in the late ’50s, early ’60s, there wasn’t a lot of information on how to deal with people as far as taking care of somebody in your home, in your life, without having any kind of supervision. I became a lot more forgiving through the writing of my book of the situation, where for years I carried around a lot of resentment.
SF: You’ve wrestled with abandonment issues — you write about that in your book. What impact does that have?
NIKKI: I’m not a psychiatrist. I’ve definitely been through enough therapy to kind of have a pretty firm grip that you do get to a place in your life where you go: You know what? Shitty stuff happens, man. Sometimes bad stuff happens to good people, and sometimes good stuff happens to bad people, [laughs] and it’s kind of life. At some point you put the bags down and go, “I’m tired of carrying this.” And you look for solutions, and sometimes, you don’t even get any. You don’t even get any resolution — you just gotta move on, man. Gotta keep moving. Gotta let it go. And I tell you, there’s a freedom in that.
SF: You’ve written about her before in “The Dirt,” so why revisit it and dedicate this book to her?
NIKKI: There was a difference in “The Dirt,” where it was the story of a band, a gang, four characters, colorful characters, that came from all these different places, and it was sort of a backdrop of my life, part of my life. But when you’re writing your own book — as an actual writer — and you sit there and struggle with every single word and issue, all the feelings come up. It is part of my reality; I couldn’t leave it out.
SF: Is it because of her connection to your photography?
NIKKI: I think there was a huge connection to my photography and my studio. My studio, Funny Farm, is — some people call it a very dark place. People come to it, they say, God, it’s like Bela Lugosi’s living room. It’s a tomb. And I say, God, to me it just feels like home. As an artist, there’s this part of me that’s like, what does this mean? What does all this mean? Because you see, I did all this. This wasn’t done for me. My life isn’t done by a designer. I didn’t go to a tattoo shop and say, I want to look a certain way to fit a certain mold. I did everything in my life to myself — including stick the needles in my arm. Nobody held me down and did it. So then you have to become responsible for your own actions. Or you have to try to have an understanding of, what does this mean? That I stand naked in front of the mirror and see that my body is tattooed from head to toe: What does this mean? What was I saying? What was I saying with my studio like this? What am I saying when I shoot these pictures? What am I saying when I say, “If you want to live life on your own terms, you’ve got to be willing to crash and burn” on “Primal Scream.” Self-analysis, you know.
SF: So in the book, you’re not only challenging the idea of what’s beautiful, but you’re also in search of some sort of authenticity, would you say?
NIKKI: I think I always am. I struggle with what I think reality is, you know, and I always have. It’s great being sober and a father because I am so opened to so many things. My kids were with me on the road, and there was something on TV and I said [to my 17-year-old daughter] — with my nose in the air — Ugh, I can’t believe you’re watching this. And she says, “Why? I think it’s funny.” And I said, “Oh, actually, it is funny,” and then I sit down with her and I enjoyed watching some stupidity. So I guess it’s this thing with me where I take myself very seriously; at the same time, I’ve realized that it’s not always so serious. So as long as I’m in turmoil, there’s some hope for me as an artist. Maybe my last breath, God’s gonna say, “OK, here’s some Zoloft, you’re good.” Until then, I think it’s not gonna be easy. I just don’t think it’s gonna be easy.
I was in a recent show and I won’t name the city and I said to my singer — it was between songs — and I said, I fucking hate this place! Every guy’s got a white shirt with a gold chain. It might as well fuckin’ be — it’s Ed Hardy land! This is the antithesis. This is everything I hate. This is the arm pit of the fucking world. This is the anticreative fucking centerpiece of everything. I hate this place.” And he’s like, “Oh.” And I’m like, I can’t help it, I’m a fucking art snob, I’m a snob. And I’m always going to be that guy in a band. I write, and then I try to work it out, and then I try to become peaceful, but then I get engaged in anarchy and then I become humorous, and it’s like this weird — I’m not sure where my head’s at. I’m somewhere between William Burroughs, Hemingway and a high school dropout. It’s like a fuckin’ mess [laughs]. I just wanna go to sleep [laughs].
Read the entire interview here: nypost.com/nikkisixx
Motley Crue rocker Vince Neil is to be honored for his stellar music career at an awards bash in Las Vegas later this year. The singer will be handed the Lifetime Achievement in Rock ‘n’ Roll prize at the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards in August.
Publisher Sally Steele says, “There is no one that deserves it more than Vince. Vince has done so much over the years for charity since he has lived here in Las Vegas… We are also planning on having a secret special guest present Vince’s award to him with me, so stay tuned!” The ceremony will take place at the Las Vegas Hilton on August 21st.
Here’s footage of Vince Neil joining Warrant on stage on Thursday, July 14 at Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den in Uncasville, Connecticut to perform the Led Zeppelin classic “Rock And Roll”: