You may have heard that Vince Neil took quite a tumble last Friday during his show at Monsters On the Mountain in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, breaking a few ribs. Neil’s band continued the set without their frontman, with guitarist Jeff Blando handling vocal duties.
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx offered up an update on Vince, saying that Neil is “on the mend” and was “really lucky when he fell off the stage” saying “the guitar broke his fall.”
Fan-filmed video showed the 60-year-old Crüe singer walking to the front of the stage while performing with his solo band. With his guitar strapped around him, Neil was encouraging the crowd to clap along while playing the 1989 Mötley Crüe hit “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” when he suddenly fell.
TMZ later reported that there was a small gap between the speaker and the stage that Neil didn’t notice. His roadie and a security guy helped him get to his feet, and Vince “limped away.”
Now, in a new interview with Billboard, Sixx said the festival crew didn’t put down reflective tape to mark the edge of the stage, which led to the fall.
“Without that, it’s all completely black, so you can walk forward thinking there’s still stage there and fall off,” Sixx explained. “I’ve done that myself. Vince and I were laughing about one time we both fell off the stage at the same show. But he was really lucky. He said if it wasn’t a song that he was playing rhythm guitar on it could’ve been his head, which would’ve been a worse injury. The guitar broke his fall. But he’ll heal up and we’ll be ready to go on tour [with Motley Crue] in June.”
According to Nikki, he and his CRÜE bandmates are looking forward to “The Stadium Tour” with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, which was originally scheduled to take place last summer but ended up being pushed back to 2021, and then to 2022, due to the npandemic.
“This tour’s been (postponed) twice,” he said. “We just didn’t have enough information at the time, with protocols and all, to go and do a stadium tour. We’re all feeling good about it now, and we can’t wait, man.”