Name: Vince Neil
Jobs: Former lead singer of Motley Crue
|Famous For: "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Dr. Feelgood" and "Looks that Kill"|
Jobs Former lead singer of Motley Crue
Famous For "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Dr. Feelgood" and "Looks that Kill"
“He’s the one they call Dr. Feelgood. He’s the one that makes ya feel alright.” With drummer Tommy Lee and bassist Nikki Sixx already on board, all the duo needed was a guitarist and singer to make their band complete. After Nick Mars agreed to play guitar, Lee set out to convince his childhood friend, Vince Neil of Rockandi, to join the group. Although Neil was apprehensive at first, he couldn’t turn down what would become the opportunity of a lifetime and, in April 1981, joined what was soon known around the world as Motley Crue.
As luck would have it, it was only seven months before Motley Crue released their first album, Too Fast for Love. While the debut album didn’t make a huge splash on the charts, the band’s follow up album in 1983—Shout at the Devil—certainly made up for it as it skyrocketed the group to fame and established Neil as one of the most popular front men in rock known for belting out hits like “Dr. Feelgood,” “Girls, Girls Girls” and “Looks that Kill.”
Amid decades in the spotlight where feuds with Lee eventually led to Neil’s departure from Motley Crue in 1992, the California native was desperate to hold onto his party-hard rocker lifestyle, fortune and fame long after leaving the group. Releasing his solo album, Exposed, in 1993, he spent the next decade struggling to find the same celebrity status while partying harder than ever without giving a second thought to his rapidly declining health and appearance. That’s when a phone call from his agent changed everything.
“I remember getting this call when we were in South Beach, Florida having cocktails,” Neil recalled. “It was my manager saying VH1 has this new show and they want to remake you. I said that sounds like a great idea because I wasn’t really doing anything. My band’s tour was just ending, and you have a beer gut from drinking all the time…you couldn’t fail. If after three months you look the same, you’re going to look like an idiot.”
Giving himself a final push and accepting the offer, Neil debuted on Remaking Vince Neil in 2005 as VH1 followed Neil’s transformation as he hired a personal trainer and visited with a plastic surgeon with the hopes of getting his life back on track. Needless to say, the transformation was absolutely remarkable as Neil lost 30 pounds and eight inches off his waist. As for his time on the operating table, Neil spent nearly 10 hours under the steady hands of a renowned plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California where his once rugged face was completely transformed.
“They did a lot of things,” Neil said when asked about what procedures he had done. “A brow lift, upper and lower eyes, partial face lift, cheek implants, a nose job and jawline sculpturing.” When everything was said and done, the surgery cost $80,000 with Neil not having to pay a dime since everything was covered by VH1. For a while, it even helped Neil rekindle his earlier fame as he made headline after headline as many praised his transformation while a few others mocked his dramatically different look.
Still shocked by his new appearance, Neil has said in recent years, “Man, I have had so much plastic surgery, I don’t even recognize myself sometimes. If I catch a glimpse in a window or something, I think it is someone else.” Although he’s still shocked by his own transformation, things were finally looking up for Neil as the surgery inspired him to rebuild his career and get sober. He even opened a tattoo parlor on the Las Vegas Strip (which has since closed) in addition to dabbling in a few other business ventures including Vince Vineyards, the Off the Strip Poker Tournament in Las Vegas, Tres Rios tequila, Dr. Feelgood’s Bar and Grill in West Palm Beach and an arena football team known as the Las Vegas Outlaws. Of course, in true Motley Crue fashion, Neil was also behind a short-lived Las Vegas strip club billed as Vince Neil’s Girls Girls Girls.
While many of his business ventures have since failed, Neil’s return to the spotlight on VH1 and his transformation definitely made a huge impact on the second chapter of his career. Today, the 55-year-old rocker has appeared on television shows like Skating with the Stars and The Aviators with his biggest headlines coming in 2014. Shortly after Neil’s makeover, Motley Crue enjoyed a brief resurgence in popularity and, after mending fences over decades of disagreements, the band officially launched their reunion tour. Wrapping up the tour in December 2015, Motley Crue may have officially retired but Neil is still hopeful that another huge opportunity is on the horizon thanks to the rekindled popularity he’s enjoyed over the last five years. We just hope another strip club isn’t in the works!