L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis calls out Vince Neil for "pitiful" performances

Phil Lewis and Vince Neil onstage
Phil Lewis (left) and Vince Neil (Image credit: Stephen J. Cohen/Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

LA Guns frontman Phil Lewis has criticised Vince Neil following some widely-shared under-par performances by the Motley Crue singer. 

Appearing on TotallydrivenTV‘s The Bay Ragni Show, Lewis was asked how he'd managed to maintain the quality of his voice while so many of his peers had not. After praising Sebastian Bach and Tom Kiefer for looking after their voices, he went on to talk about his own methods for keeping in shape before turning his attention to Neil. 

"I’m a runner, so I’ve always had a big lung capacity and a loud, annoying voice," Lewis said. "So, those things have really, really served me well. And, you know, on the rowing machine, getting the stamina going, because... I wouldn’t say I’m in training, but not doing anything for two years, I don’t wanna get shocked. 

"I don’t wanna get… like a couple of guys who’d come out and they’re halfway through their set, and they’re, like, ‘Oh, fuck. I’m completely out of shape. I haven’t done this in so long.’ 

"You know who I’m talking about. And it was pitiful to see the lead vocalist of The Stadium headliner not able to make it through fucking four songs. Come on! As a frontman, as a singer, you have a fucking responsibility to step it up, especially if you’re that fucking big. So, no fucking sympathy from me whatsoever."

Neil returned to the stage with his own band in June but failed to complete the set, telling the audience, "My fuckin’ voice is gone." And in September former Motley Crue singer John Corabi took Facebook to pour scorn on rumours he was being lined up to replace Neil for next year's stadium tour with Def LeppardPoison and Joan Jett.  

The same month Neil took to Instagram to share footage of his workout routine, in which he uses the Emsculpt Neo, a device described in the sales blurb as offering "a non-invasive body shaping procedure that provides simultaneous fat elimination and muscle building."

LA Guns are currently promoting their new single, Get Along, which is taken from their upcoming Checkered Past album. Motley Crue have recently launched a graphic novel, The Dirt: Declassified, while Nikki Sixx's new memoir The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx, has just entered the New York Times' best-selling hardback list at number 8.  

Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett 2022 tour

Jun 16: Atlanta Suntrust Park, GA
Jun 18: Miami Hard Rock Stadium, FL
Jun 19: Orlando Camping World Stadium, FL
Jun 22: Washington Nationals Park, DC
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Jun 25: Philadelphia Citizens Bank Park, PA
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Aug 10: Buffalo New Era Field, NY
Aug 12: Pittsburgh PNC Park, PA
Aug 14: Minneapolis Bank Stadium, MN
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Aug 21: San Antonio Alamodome, TX
Aug 22: Arlington Globe Life Park, TX
Aug 25: Glendale State Farm Stadium, AZ
Aug 27: Inglewood Sofi Stadium, CA
Aug 28: San Diego Petco Park, CA
Aug 31: Seattle T-Mobile Park, WA
Sep 07: San Francisco Oracle Park, CA

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.