CD Review: Vince Neil – Tattoos and Tequila

Vince NeilVince Neil’s new album “Tattoos & Tequila” is due in stores June 22, 2010 to promote his upcoming book of the same name. The book is an autobiography that unearths everything left unsaid in Motley Crue’s “The Dirt”, and is being released in September, 2010.  Tattoos & Tequila is a compilation of seventies cover tunes that best describe Vince Neil’s trials and tribulations throughout his life, with the exception of two tracks titled “Tattoos & Tequila” and “Another Bad Day”.

The album was co-produced by Neil, Jack Blades (Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osborne), and Marti Frederickson (Def Leppard, Buckcherry, Aerosmith), and the label is Eleven Seven Music/Frontiers.  It is Neil's first solo release in 7 years since the live album Live at the Whiskey: One Night Only in 2003 and the first solo studio album in 15 years since 1995's Carved in Stone, but as good as Neil’s solo albums were, I like this one the best!  Vince has the never-aging signature voice that I grew up hearing during all of Motley Crue's years together.

I listened to, and loved, the first track Tattoos & Tequila and its accompanying video on his website, that I feel like a drink right now. I also realized that the video and the song was more of an elongated commercial for his own brand of tequila “Tres Rios” and his tattoo parlour “Vince Neil Ink” located in Las Vegas inside O’Sheas casino on the Las Vegas Strip!  Perhaps the song may also be about the other business ventures as well?  Regardless, it rocks.

I was impressed with his cover of CCR’S Who Will Stop the Rain, Sweet’s AC/DC and Long Cool Woman  by The Hollies.  Another Bad Day was originally written by Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) is a great rock ballad, but sat on a shelf for years until Vince dusted it off and put it on this album.  So glad he did!

People all over the world make compilation CD’s of songs that best describe either how they are feeling at the time or about another person or just describing themselves in general, but most of us cannot sing it. Then to add Jeff Blando (Slaughter) on lead and rhythm guitars, Dana Strum (Slaughter) on bass guitar and Zoltan Chaney on drums is simply orgasmic.  Tattoos & Tequila will be in my player for a long time – it’s just that good!