Let me preface this post by stating that I am a Vince Neil fan as well as a fan of Motley Crue. The reason I am so critical of Vince (and all of the Crue for that matter) is because I expect only the best from my favorite hard rockers. If you are not going to give your fans only the best, why even bother?
With that in mind, let’s examine this year’s M3 Festival at a 30,000 foot view. From the time Jetboy went on at high noon until the time Kix got off the stage at 6:00 PM, everything had run like a well-oiled machine. I had timed the final acts perfectly. Vince Neil would come on at 6:15 and play until 7:15. Nelson was on the second stage from 7:00 – 7:40. Cinderella was scheduled to play from 7:40 – 8:40, Warrant from 8:40 – 9:40 (on the second stage) and then the Scorpions would close things out.
I had everything timed perfectly, which is necessary when planning how to see all the performers at such a fast moving festival. I would watch Vince until 6:55, run up the hill to see Nelson, get back in time for Cinderella, mad dash it up the hill for Warrant, and be back for The Scorpions. It was possible that I would miss one song of each performer (except Cinderella, because there was no way that I was leaving their set early), but that would be all right.
As I mentioned, the festival was running like clockwork and every band came out at their scheduled time. No band was even one minute late. And then it came time for Vince Neil to take the stage. At 6:15 I sat in my seat and waited for the announcer to scream Vince’s name. At 6:20, I was still waiting to hear that announcement. By 6:25, I thought it was a little odd that Vince had not taken the stage yet. By 6:35, I was thinking, “What the hell?” Finally, at 6:35, Vince took the stage. And when he did, it was a joke. The smoke from the smoke machines (the only act to use one – come on Vince, 1983 was almost 30 years ago) overwhelmed the stage and no one could be seen, not even Vince when he finally came out. In typical Vince fashion he performed old Crue songs, singing every third or fourth word and holding the microphone out to the crowd to sing most of the lyrics.
I’m sorry Vince I thought you were there to perform for us, my bad. As mentioned, I left Vince to see Nelson (I wasn’t the only one – several people tweeted that they were doing the same thing) and was glad to have done so. Nelson came on right at 7 and performed to exactly 7:40. They were exceptional in their timing, just like every other band on the bill. Vince’s performance ended at almost 7:30. So now, while the second stage was still on schedule, the main stage was screwed. After Nelson, I went down to see Cinderella, but thanks to fat Vince being late and messing up the schedule, Cinderella was not able to come on at 7:40 sharp. It was closer to 8 by the time they got on. When they got off it was after 9 and I had to run up to see Warrant, but I had missed most of their set. If Vince Neil could have taken the stage in a timely manner, this problem would not have occurred.
Instead I missed most of Warrant, heading back to see the Scorpions who did not come on stage until after 10 due to the schedule being pushed back. Is Vince so arrogant that he thinks it’s ok to single handedly screw up the precise timing of a festival? Every other performer came out on time and was cognizant of the other acts. Not Vince, he gave them all the proverbial middle finger and pretty much gave it to the fans too. Thanks Vince. I’ll remember that next time you come around in concert. I’ll be late too, by not buying tickets.