[artist id="13132"]Vince Neil[/artist] has spent the better part of his life as the frontman for [artist id="997"]Mötley Crüe[/artist], the wildest, drunkest, most audacious band birthed by the Los Angeles glam-metal scene of the 1980s. Though much of the behind-the-scenes debauchery was captured in the book “The Dirt,” Neil’s personal story will finally be told when his autobiography “Tattoos and Tequila: To Hell and Back With One of Rock’s Most Notorious Frontmen” hits stores in September.
But anybody looking for a sneak peek into Neil’s life need look no further than his solo album — also called Tattoos and Tequila — that hits stores Tuesday (June 22). The 12-track album (Neil’s third studio project as a solo artist) is made up mostly of covers of songs from some of Neil’s favorite artists, including Cheap Trick (“He’s a Whore”), Elvis Presley (“Viva Las Vegas”), the Scorpions (“Another Piece of Meat”) and Elton John (“The Bitch Is Back”).
“The album is a window in my life. These are songs that are on my iPhone right now,” said Neil, who thinks of Tattoos and Tequila as a piece of his autobiography. “Every song has a different memory for me. I listen to the album, and I go, ‘Yeah, this is the album I listened to when I went surfing every day,’ or, ‘This is the song that me and Tommy [Lee] listened to while cruising around looking for chicks.’ It’s a cool version of my life in music.”
In addition to the covers, Tattoos and Tequila also features two original tunes. In fact, one of them — “Another Bad Day” — is a resurrected Crüe song that never got recorded. ” ‘Another Bad Day’ was originally written for a Mötley record. It might have been New Tattoo, but we can’t remember which one,” Neil told MTV News. “We had demoed the song and thought it had a great vibe, but it never made it onto the record. I kept it and told Nikki [Sixx] one day, ‘I want to use this song.’ Nikki couldn’t even remember it. I found it on a laptop that I had back then and redid it. I’m glad I did it, because it’s a great song and would have been lost forever.”
Neil is currently on the road with the Scorpions and will rejoin the members of Mötley Crüe for a handful of festivals (including a brief stint on this summer’s Ozzfest ). In the meantime, he’s preparing for a very prestigious anniversary. “2011 is the 30th anniversary of Mötley Crüe, so we’re going to celebrate with another Crüe Fest next year,” he said. “It will be a big party — we don’t know how to do it any other way.”
Which cover are you most looking forward to on Vince’s solo record? Let us know in the comments!