First, here is the story that ran on Blabbermouth.net today:
VINCE NEIL’s Slurring CAMEO Video Goes Viral
February 7, 2020
A video message from MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil to a superfan has gone viral.
Neil was recently asked to send a birthday message on Cameo, which lets users hire celebrities to record brief, personalized video messages about virtually any topic. What he ended up recording is a 25-second video which sees him totally fumbling his instructed lines, including quoting “Dr. Feelgood” and other MÖTLEY CRÜE classics.
The clip in question was uploaded to YouTube by a user named “Skunk’d Life,” who wrote in the accompanying description: “We hired Vince Neil of MÖTLEY CRÜE through a site called (www.cameo.com) to wish my younger brother a happy 40th birthday. I got my brother into the CRÜE when we were little and still to this day the CRÜE and esp Vince is his idol.
“You are given 250 characters of what you want the celebrity to say. and this is what we intended Vince to say:
‘Happy Birthday to Derek from Christian, Mom, Tanya, Ethan and Blake. Shout at the devil to start off this new decade and take the opportunity to kickstart your auto search and sales!! Listen to the Dr. and feelgood about the big 4-0 in 2020.’
“This video is what came out of him instead. We honestly find it hysterical and Vince if you’re seeing or reading this. We still love ya man!!! I’ll see ya 10th row in miami this summer !!!”
The below video can also be seen on the Cameo web site.
Cameo reportedly features more than 20,000 celebrities — from musicians and actors to drag queens and from YouTubers to Olympic gold medallists — who, for fees from $1 to $2,500, will offer video messages that mention another person by name. Happy birthday messages are common, as are baby announcements, but some celebrities have also recorded messages for Cameo users looking to quit their jobs or ask a potential date to a prom. The price for a video is determined by the celebrity.
Neil charges $400 for each of his Cameo videos.
Neil, along with the rest of MÖTLEY CRÜE, is preparing to hit the road this summer as part of “The Stadium Tour” with DEF LEPPARD, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS. The trek will kick off on June 21 in San Antonio, Texas and will mark CRÜE‘s first live dates since wrapping its 2014/2015 farewell run. The band toured with POISON back in 2011 and DEF LEPPARD teamed up with POISON for a string of road dates in 2017 — but the upcoming jaunt marks the first time all four acts have hit the road together for an extended tour.
This past December, Vince told “Extra” that “there’s a lot of sacrifice” involved in getting ready for a tour of this magnitude. ‘You have to do everything that you have to do — because from running around clubs to running around theaters to running around arenas to running around stadiums, there’s a whole big difference,” he said. “You’ve gotta be ready for it.”
Now, what I would just like to point out, is the fact that it really isn’t funny at ll. If you have a soul and a heart, look deep into it and realize that this”drunk funny behavior” is really just a shit ton of years of pain that has never been dealt with properly, erupting.
I think it would be nice if someone could give Vince some help with all those deep seeded issues causing his lifetime of detrimental drinking and drug using. His health has suffered so much. You can hear it when he “performs” at every show.
I couldn’t help but be reminded of the infamous scene in The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2 The Metal Years, the Chris Holmes pool scene:
The director, Penelope Spheeris at one point even says something to the effects of do you think you are covering up some sort of pain with all of this drinking?
Proving that even she knew he needed help, but did anyone try and help? Don’t know, but I do know that she laughed all the way to the bank while he quickly declined nearly to the point of death. Thankfully The Mean Man himself wasn’t gonna be so easy to beat down….
Maybe if we spent as much money and time helping people deal with traumatic events in a healthy way, as we do laughing at their missteps and short comings, the longevity of our beloved musicians might just be increased!