Vince Neil – Tattoos & Tequila (2010, Eleven Seven Music)
- Tattoos And Tequila *
- He’s A Whore
- Nobody’s Fault
- Another Bad Day *
- No Feelings
- Long Cool Woman
- Another Piece Of Meat
- Who’ll Stop The Rain
- Viva Las Vegas
- Bitch Is Back
(* new studio track)
Vince Neil – Vocals
Dana Strum – Bass
Jeff Blando – Guitars & Background Vocals
Zoltan Chaney – Drums
Brad Gillis – guitar solo (8)
Marti Frederiksen – bass, drums, keyboards, percussion and background vocals (1,5)
Will Evankovich – acoustic guitar (9)
Anthony Focx – drums (5)
Christian Matthew Cullen – keyboards (11)
Jack Blades – background vocals
Mollie Solow – background vocals (4,8,11)
Executive Producer: Vince Neil
Producers: Jack Blades & Marti Frederiksen
Total Time = 38:27
Just in time for Motley Crue’s co-headlining summer run at Ozzfest 2010, frontman Vince Neil has released his third solo album. Huh?
When I heard that Vince was putting out a new album I was pretty excited because I am a fan of his two solo albums post-Crue, EXPOSED (1993) and CARVED IN STONE (1995). I’m also a big Motley Crue fan and I figured that a new Vince solo record would sound similar to a new Crue album. Vince may not be the best singer in Rock but his voice is so distinctive that you can’t help but identify the vocals with Motley Crue. So here I am waiting for more information on this new album and I find out that only 2 out of 11 songs are originals! (Those buying the European pressing get a 12th track, a cover of ZZ Top’s ‘Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers’.) Only two new songs? I could see if Vince was releasing some unreleased material, or a greatest hits collection and then added the two new songs but this is basically a covers album. That screams laziness to me especially when Vince didn’t even co-write anything on the two new songs. Why bother releasing an album then?
So here’s how the new album runs: new song, Cheap Trick cover, The Sweet cover, Aerosmith cover, new song, Sex Pistols cover, The Hollies cover, Scorpions cover, Creedence Clearwater Revival cover, Elvis cover, and an Elton John cover. Impressive…..right?
The two new songs are pretty good and they sound very much like Motley Crue. The title song, written by song guru Marti Frederiksen is pretty good, it catchy chorus with a modern sounding arrangement mixed with that Motley sleaze. If you could find an autobiographical song for Vince, this would be it…..actually, this album is supposed to be the soundtrack to an upcoming book Vince is writing on his life. Kind of like Nikki Sixx’s Sixx AM band and THE HEROIN DIARIES book and album. The second new track is ‘Another Bad Day’, a song co-written by Nikki Sixx, Tracii Guns, James Michael (Sixx AM) and Grammy award winning songwriter Kevin Kadish. I’m not sure about the original writing session for the song but James Michael helped write on Motley Crue’s NEW TATTOO (2000) and SAINTS OF LOS ANGELES (2008) and also on Nikki’s side project Brides Of Destruction. Tracii Guns was a member of the Brides and Kevin Kadish helped write on that project as well. So it’s safe to say that Nikki had this song in the can between 2000 and 2008. ‘Another Bad Day’ is a melodic mid-tempo ballad and it’s actually pretty good, basically a Motley Crue style track.
As far as the covers go, there are some that aren’t that bad and they are pretty much straightforward performances. I like his cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Nobody’s Fault’, the Scorpions’ ‘Another Piece Of Meat’, CCR’s ‘Who’ll Stop The Rain’ and The Hollies’ ‘Long Cool Woman’. The other cover songs are OK at best with the cover of Elvis’ ‘Viva Las Vegas’ being the worst, maybe we could add the Sex Pistols’ ‘No Feelings’ in there too. What Vince has going for him here is excellent production from Frederiksen and Night Ranger mainman Jack Blades and a superb band that includes Slaughter members Dana Strum & Jeff Blando and drummer Zoltan Chaney who has been rumored to hold the drum stool in the Crue everytime Tommy Lee decides it’s time to leave again. The band sounds perfect, Strum and Blando are seasoned veterans and Chaney has a huge drum sound…..even Vince sounds in decent voice.
If you’ve been a reader of this site for the last 4+ years, then you know my opinions regarding cover songs so it’s almost expected that I am going to crucify this album but I am going to try and be kind. I like the two new songs that are basically Motley leftovers and I like half the covers, not just because of song choice but also performance. I’m still disappointed though. When you advertise a “new album” and you hype it up, let it be a true new album. Releasing nine or ten covers with two new tracks that you had no hand in writing screams laziness to me. It’s not like Vince is the main songwriting force behind the Crue but he can write and has contributed in the past, at least contribute something! This album gives off the same empty feeling that all those late ’90s tribute albums with all-star lineups did, something Vince did a few times. You’ve got a good backing band, good producers and a label headed by your Crue bandmate, why not put some effort in and throw in more originals? If this were an album of ten originals and two covers then I would rate this higher but it isn’t and I can’t. I bought this for the curiosity and completist factors but it was $10 wasted. This is a trend that is happening way too much in today’s Rock world.
I like the two new tracks ‘Tattoos & Tequila’ and ‘Another Bad Day’. As for the covers, give me the Scorpions, The Hollies and CCR as the best of the bunch.