Michael Monroe and Vince Neil finally come face-to-face, decades after fatal car crash

Vince Neil and Michael Monroe onstage
(Image credit: Vince Neil: Anthony Devlin | Michael Monroe: Lorne Thomson/Getty)

Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil and Hanoi Rocks vocalist Michael Monroe have come face-to-face for the first time. 

Neil was driving the car that killed Hanoi Rocks' drummer Razzle in 1984, after which the Mötley man had been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was sentenced to 30 days in prison. 

In 2003, Monroe recalled in the incident, telling Classic Rock, "I was in my hotel with my foot in a cast. The guys went out partying, and Vince was fucked up on whatever. He took Razzle out driving and couldn’t handle his car; he was trying to show off. 

"Now, Razzle had been in an accident when he was younger. He was paralysed from the neck down at one point, from a bike accident that he had, and so he was a safe driver. If I had been in that car it probably wouldn’t have happened.

“And after that, Motley Crue made those fucking videos with car crashes and shit. Imagine a kid paralysed because of this guy, and he’s on TV hitting a burning car? That to me is totally ignorant, insensitive and stupid."

Now the two have met in person for the first time. The encounter came backstage at Mötley Crüe's recent Stadium Tour show with Def Leppard at Finland's Rockfest 2023 festival, held in Hyvinkään, and pictures published on Instagram tell the story of what appears to have been a pleasant meeting.

"One of the most important moments of my life was meeting Vince Neil for the first time last night." writes Monroe. "Razzle always wanted us to meet as he thought 'us singers' were a lot alike. Under different circumstances both bands probably would’ve ended up as good friends, but fate had other plans… Thank you for your time, Vince. We didn’t say much but your eyes told me more than 1000 words ever could. And your singing was great at the show. Nice to finally see you guys live!"

Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx was also conciliatory, saying, "What a wonderful surprise seeing Michael Monroe at the show tonight. Haven’t seen this fine gentleman for years with everybody’s personal life on top of careers and then living in different parts of the world. You're a class act Michael, and please bring your harmonica next time."

"It was truly wonderful to see you again, my friend," responded Monroe. "I had the greatest time and meeting you all meant the world to me. I will definitely bring my harmonica next time so we can do some rockin’ together! Love, respect and rock’n'roll!"

Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard's Stadium Tour continues, with the next date at the Copenhell festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, on June 14. Last week the bands added three Australian dates to the schedule. Full dates below. 

Mötley Crüe/Def Leppard Stadium Tour 2023

Jun 02: Prague Rocks, Czech Republic
Jun 03: Hannover Expo Plaza, Germany
Jun 07: Solvesborg, Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
Jun 09: Helsinki RockFest, Finland
Jun 11: Trondheim Rocks, Norway
Jun 14: Copenhagen Copenhell, Denmark
Jun 18: Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium
Jun 20: Milan Ippodromo SNAI San Siro, Italy
Jun 23: Lisbon Passeio Maritimo de Alges, Portugal
Jun 24: Rivas-Vaciamadrid Auditorio Miguel Ríos, Spain
Jun 27: Thun Stockhorn Arena, Switzerland
Jul 01: London Wembley Stadium, UK
Jul 02: Lytham Festival, UK
Jul 04: Dublin Marlay Park, Ireland
Jul 06: Glasgow Hampden Park, UK

Aug 05: Syracuse JMA Wireless Dome, NY
Aug 08: Columbus Ohio Stadium, OH
Aug 11: Fargo Fargodome, ND
Aug 13: Omaha Charles Schwab Field Omaha, NE
Aug 16: Tulsa H.A. Chapman Stadium, OK
Aug 18: El Paso Sun Bowl Stadium, TX

Nov 08: Brisbane Suncorp Stadium, Australia
Nov 11: Sydney Giants Stadium , Australia
Nov 14: Melbourne Marvel Stadium, Australia

Tickets are on sale now.

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.