Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil was arrested in Las Vegas early Monday morning on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol. TMZ reported that Vince Neil posted a $2,000 bond an hour after being charged and was released.
Las Vegas police had begun looking for the Motley Crue singer after receiving a call at 11:53 p.m. Sunday night from a woman complaining that the Vince Neil had broken her camera. Apparently the “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” singer had grabbed the woman’s camera after she took his picture and intentionally broke it. Police soon found the rocker’s car and pulled him over.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that they detected the smell of alcohol after Vince Neil exited the vehicle. They administered a field sobriety test and subsequently placed “Public Enemy #1” singer under arrest for DUI.
TMZ also reported that Neil’s wife said he had been sober for three years. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, where the “Dr. Feelgood” singer owns tattoo shops, a bar called Feelgoods Rock Bar and Grill, and the Vince Neil Tres Rios Cantina at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Neil’s band, Motley Crue, was at the forefront of the 80’s heavy metal/hair metal movement that swept rock and pop music for nearly a decade. Hit albums like “Shout At The Devil,” “Theatre of Pain,” and ” Girls, Girls, Girls” set the band up for success, sold out tours, hit singles, and excess. One of the bands that earned the label “bad boys of rock,” the over-the-top exploits of the band were chronicled in the bestseller, The Dirt, which is scheduled to be released as a movie in 2011.
The band saw a resurrection of sorts in the mid-2000s with the success of the Crue Fest series of concerts. They also teamed up with Ozzy Osbourne for 2010’s Ozzfest, which is slated to kick off on August 14 in San Bernardino, California.
Motley Crue has sold 80 million albums worldwide, with 25 million sold in the U. S. alone. Their latest, 2008’s “Saints of Los Angeles,” has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Vince Neil recently released “Tattoos and Tequila” (June 22), which covers 70s classics like Elton John’s “The Bitch Is Back” and ZZ Top’s “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers.”
Vince Neil was arrested for DUI in 1984 after crashing his car into an oncoming vehicle. His passenger, Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley, drummer for Finnish rock band Hanoi Rocks, was killed and two people in the hit vehicle were seriously injured. Neil was convicted, sentenced to 30 days in jail, 300 hours community service, 5 years probation, and $2.6 million in restitution to the victims of the crash.