June 16, 2010 / 2:53 AM / 8 years ago

Vince Neil covers Elton, Elvis on solo album

DETROIT (Billboard) - Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil takes a look back on his third solo studio album — and first in 15 years — with the covers-heavy “Tattoos & Tequila,” due out June 22.

Lead singer Vince Neil of Motley Crue performs at Avalon in Hollywood, California April 15, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Ten of the set’s 12 songs include fresh takes on hits such as Elton John’s “The Bitch is Back,” Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” (a tribute to Neil’s current residence), Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” and the Hollies’ “Long Cool Woman.” They are joined by deep cuts from the likes of Aerosmith (“Nobody’s Fault”) and the Scorpions (“Another Piece of Meat”).

“I wanted to make a really cool, rock ‘n’ roll party album with songs that mean a lot to me and give people a glimpse into my life,” Neil told Billboard.com. “These are from my favorite albums I grew up listening to.”

The Scorpions track, for instance, hails from the group’s “Lovedrive” album, which Neil says he and Crue drummer Tommy Lee listened to incessantly, while Aerosmith’s “Rocks” album was the soundtrack to the singer’s daily surfing trips.

“Tattoos & Tequila’s” title track — an homage to Neil’s own business ventures — was written and produced by Aerosmith collaborator Marti Frederiksen, while the other original song “Another Bad Day,” was written by bandmate Nikki Sixx and originally intended for Motley Crue’s 2000 album “New Tattoo.”

“Nikki had even forgotten about that song when I played it for him. I think it’s just a classic song with a cool message and a cool vibe to it,” he said.

Neil kicks off an eight-date solo tour on June 19 in Columbia, Md. He then hooks up with the Crue for a European run that starts July 31 at the U.K. Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth Park, returning to the U.S. to play at the Sturgis Rally on August 11 in South Dakota and then the six OZZFest dates.

Meanwhile, Neil will be publish a memoir in September, also titled “Tattoos & Tequila,” which he says will both complement and update the Crue’s 2001 band autobiography “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.”

“There’s a lot of things I touched on in ‘The Dirt’ that I didn’t really go into a lot of detail,” Neil says. “This has more detail on me growing up, getting into rock ‘n’ roll, being in Motley Crue, the tragedies in my life. And ‘The Dirt’ is over 10 years old, so there’s a lot of stuff that’s happened in the last 10 years, good and bad.”

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