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Vince Neil is the lead singer of Mötley Crüe and a reality TV show veteran.
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The band offered him to rejoin for a reunion tour and he accepted. Together again, Mötley Crüereleased Generation Swine, which debuted at No. 4 on the U.S. albums chart. But tensions among the band members once again soon ran high and Tommy Lee left the band following a particularly heated dispute.
Throughout the late 1990s and into the 2000s, Vince Neil mostly operated as a solo act, but he also began to pursue business ventures outside of music,
opening a bar, a strip club and a clothing store — all of which he eventually abandoned. In 2002, however, he finally hit on a highly successful business idea with a Las Vegas tattoo parlor called Vince Neil Ink, followed by a successful tequila line, Tres Rios, and a restaurant in West Palm Beach, Florida called Dr. Feelgood's Bar and Grill (after Mötley Crüe's album of the same name).
Explaining his business endeavors, Neil said, "You can't just do Mötley Crüeyour whole life. Well, I mean you can, but you have to have other interests, too, at least I do. The tattoo shops were just an extension of something that I love. I've been getting tattooed my whole life… And then with the nightclubs, it's the same thing, too. 'Hey, let's go out to a cool rock 'n' roll bar'… That all goes along with my tequila. I own a tequila company so… I think if you have all of the vices, you're set. I have rock 'n' roll; I have gambling in Vegas (you can actually sit and play Blackjack at my tables while you're waiting for a tattoo); I have the tattoos; I have liquor. You know, just stay with the vices. Now I just need pornography and cigarettes and I'm all set."
Now well into his forties, Vince Neil has toned down his lifestyle substantially from his wild younger years. When asked about his past, he says confidently, "I don't have any regrets. Anything that I've done wrong, I've learned from." He has recently appeared on reality TV shows such as VH1's The Surreal Life, released more solo albums, and penned an autobiography entitled Tattoos & Tequila. Still, heavy metal and rock music are at the heart and soul of everything he does: "We're lucky, being musicians, to be able to put our feelings in song and let other people experience it along with us. We're very, very fortunate."
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