Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen commented on Motley Crue singer Vince Neil’s recent solo performance, which went viral after Neil admitted to the crowd that his voice was shot and he could no longer sing.
“Hey guys… I’m sorry, you guys. It’s been a long time playin’. My fuckin’ voice is gone,” Neil said to the Boone River Valley Festival crowd last week. “Uhh… we love you and we uhh… hope to see you next time, man. Thank you.”
The incident is of some concern to Collen, as Def Leppard is supposed to share the stage with Motley Crue for a stadium tour in 2022.
“I heard about it,” Collen told the Jeremy White Podcast. “Hey, look, he’s got a year. There’s a lot at stake when you go out, and you want to be your best. Hopefully we’ll be working out together and all that stuff.”
According to Neil’s manager Allen Kovac, the singer is working with a trainer to get himself into better shape for the upcoming tour. He has some time, and Collen is hoping he makes the most of it.
“With Vince, he’s got a year to go,” Collen concluded. “Hopefully everything is cool by then. I hope so. Fingers crossed.”