It’s hard to talk about hard rock without the name Mötley Crüe coming up at some point. The band are known for their lifestyle and reputation, and they certainly lived up to the insane image rock stars were supposed to have. Frontman and singer Vince Neil was probably the craziest of the band members, which included Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee. Neil’s antics paid off somewhat considering that he is one of the most memorable people in rock and roll history, and he has also achieved a net worth of $ 50 million. Here’s an up-close look at Vince Neil’s life and work and how he made his fortune.
On February 8, 1961, Vincent Neil Wharton was born in Hollywood, California. The musician has Mexican and Native American roots, moving to California during his childhood before settling in Glendora. Neil looked a lot like most teenagers. He had many interests, which included sports such as basketball, baseball, surfing, wrestling, and soccer. It was also in his late teens that Neil discovered his love of music, which he pursued in streaks performing when he could, especially after high school.
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Mötley Crüe formed in January 1981 with original members Sixx and Lee rehearsing alongside vocalist Greg Leon. When things didn’t work out with Leon, Sixx and Lee looked for new members. They met up with guitarist Mars and hired him after his audition. The last place left was for voices. Although the growing band had other auditions, drummer Lee had someone else in mind. It turns out that Lee and Neil went to the same high school, Charter Oak High School in Covina, California. It turned out to be a good fit, at least initially, and the band was complete before they knew it. That same year, the newly formed Mötley Crüe released her debut album Too Fast for Love, the rest is history.
The band ended up releasing 5 albums in the 80s. During this time, Neil was rumored to be the least involved in the artistic process of composing the band. By the late 80s, it was clear that Neil was heading in a different direction compared to the rest of the band. He got involved in race car driving, which essentially took more of his time instead of the band. Neil’s drinking not only began to affect his personal life, it also began to affect the band and Neil’s performance in general. Ten years after the band’s formation, Mötley Crüe released a greatest hits album; Neil was fired shortly after the release of that album. In 1992, the band let Neil go because his work ethic was not up to par with the rest of the band.
Neil had made a substantial amount of money and fortune since his early days with Mötley Crüe, and decided that he still had a future in music even without the band. He decided to pursue a solo career. His first solo album, Exposed, was released in 1993 to great success. He released a total of 3 solo albums, all of which made the US charts even though they were quite low on the charts. Exposed it reached number 13, the highest of the three. Neil also released a few singles throughout his solo career.
Mötley Crüe just wasn’t the same without Neil. They still had fans; they still had traction. Neither Neil nor the band without him made as much money as everyone when they played together. The band decided to reunite in 1997. In December 1998, VH1’s Behind the Music aired an episode about Mötley Crüe. This episode became the highest-rated episode of the series. It almost served as a wake-up call for the band that they must have been on the right track. However, the peace did not last long. Tensions mounted fairly quickly; and the next thing they knew, Lee was leaving to chase something else. The group would disband and meet again and again for the next two decades. Mötley Crüe is currently in reunion status with a tour scheduled for 2021.
There is no doubt that Neil’s adventure in music, with or without the band, has been successful. The musician and songwriter is still on the music scene today, but that wasn’t the only serious adventure he had throughout his career. Neil also turned out to be an avid businessman, and used his influences in music to succeed in the clubbing and nightlife markets. He has been on the bar scene since the 1990s. In 1998, Neil owned a clothing store on Melrose Avenue called S’Crüe. He started a wine business …