It's still a green light for hometown rocker Vince Neil's performance Thursday night at the Palms Pool & Bungalows despite Sunday night's arrest for drunken driving. Neil and his wife, Lia, posted a $2,000 bond for his release, and a tentative court date for Sept. 27 has been set. Lia is Neil's fourth wife, and he describes her as his "partner and rock."
No details about the arrest or the police report will be released, and Neil's attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, said "everything is far too premature" for a response. It is unknown if a reported incident with a female and a broken camera at the Las Vegas Hilton triggered the events Sunday.
He sipped no more than one glass of wine that night at the Hilton. "I simply don't abuse it anymore," he said.
The 49-year-old rock star has swapped his wild rock life for that of a serious businessman in recent years and parlayed his music success into a string of companies, including his private aviation charter jet fleet Vince Neil Aviation, Dr. Feelgood Bar and Grills, his tattoo parlors at The Rio and O'Shea's and the cantina at the Hilton. In addition to Motley Crue dates and the Crue Fest tours, he has his own Vince Neil Band.
He also runs an annual celebrity charity poker tournament here and an annual celebrity charity golf tournament in California to raise funds for The Skylar Neil Foundation, named in the memory of his daughter who died of cancer in 1995 at age 4. The foundation, started in 1997, has donated millions of dollars in the fight against cancer and related diseases.
In his new book, Tattoos & Tequila set for release in September, Neil reveals that after Skylar's death, he was "on a path to self-destruction blaming myself for her death." He eventually entered rehab. He said he finally became sober in March 2007, adding: "I don't believe I am an alcoholic, per se. I have a little champagne now and then, and sometimes just one shot of my brand of tequila. I realized that drinking was not working for me anymore. I just turned the switch off. These days, now that I'm sober, I'm way more productive. I have my lifestyle here in Las Vegas, and I like the normal life I live here."
Neil wants to kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend at the Palms with music from his new album Tattoos & Tequila, but he promises to include Motley Crue hits. Neil said his new solo album features hits from rockers such as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard and Ozzy Osbourne because they influenced his career over the years since Motley Crue first found fame in 1981. He said he'll also perform his version of Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas."
One of the two new tracks on the album that Neil will perform is titled "Another Bad Day." However, don't expect any wry comments, ad-libs or statements about the DUI. Neil will remain silent about the matter until his attorneys appear in court.
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