You have to do better than a leg injury to keep Mötley Crüe down. Frontman Vince Neil slipped onstage at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena just five songs into the band’s set, tearing a calf muscle. According to the band’s Web site, the show must go on.
Mötley Crüe’s official statement regarding Friday’s spill explains that Neil tore the medial portion of his left calf muscle as the band hammered out early favorite “Live Wire.” The frontman’s leg gave out, forcing the Crüe to cut the concert short. The singer was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
“I just felt something snap in my leg,” Neil said in the statement. “I just couldn’t go on.”
Neil’s doctors expect he’ll make a full and speedy recovery. They did recommend he take some time off to recover, but that couldn’t keep the Crüe from taking the stage Sunday night in Memphis, Tennessee. The remainder of the Carnival of Sins Tour will carry on as planned through an October 16 performance in Sioux City, Iowa (see “Motley Crue Plan Summertime Carnival Of Sin With Sum 41” ).
The good news for the band’s Atlanta fans — who didn’t get the full Mötley experience — is that the band plans to return for a makeup show; there’s no word yet on when that gig will happen, but all tickets from Friday’s performance will be honored.
Bassist Nikki Sixx wrote in his online diary at NikkiSixx.net that Neil “wanted to go back onstage, but to be honest, he couldn’t even stand. He will be able to perform, but can’t really jump around until [the injury] heals.”
“Vince feels horrible,” Sixx continued, “He wanted to finish the show but I think it’s better he didn’t, in the big picture. From all four of us, we’re very sorry and will be back to Atlanta. No shows will be canceled.”