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Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe w/ Stryper

Saturday, Aug. 10 @ 8 p.m.

Jul. 25, 2013
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Hard rocker Vince Neil may have been a bad boy before he became lead vocalist for Mötley Crüe, but he has lived up  to the moniker during his Crüe days and on through a successful solo career marked by several arrests and multiple marriages. Now that he’s back juggling his time between the Crüe and his own band, the jackboot still fits and he wears it proudly.

The Hollywood-born Vincent Neil Wharton, who boasts both Mexican and Native American ancestry, knew Crüe drummer Tommy Lee in high school and joined the heavy metal glam band in 1981 at his friend’s suggestion. Neil began pursuing other interests, including Indy racing, and in 1992, parted company with the band.

Over the next five years, Neil followed his own career path, as well as suing his former bandmates for 25% of all future earnings and $5 million in damages for being fired. By 1997, with both Neil’s and Mötley Crüe’s careers in decline, the litigious singer rejoined the band and was featured on the Crüe’s 2008 release Saints of Los Angeles. Neil continues to perform and also owns a variety of businesses, including the winery Vince Vineyards, tequila brand Tres Rios and Vince Neil Ink, a tattoo parlor on the Las Vegas strip.

Opening for Neil at the Wisconsin State Fair will be Stryper, a Christian heavy metal glam band known for its platinum-selling album To Hell with the Devil. With its seemingly odd blend of theology and thrash, Stryper draws its name from Isaiah 53:5, which refers to whip marks inflicted on Jesus Christ. The imagery appears to work from both visual and redemptive points of view. (Michael Muckian)


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