MÖTLEY CRÜE lead singer Vince Neil hung up on a radio DJ during a live interview after being repeatedly asked to comment on the alleged twenty-year feud between his band and METALLICA.
The bad vibes between MÖTLEY CRÜE and METALLICA were reignited earlier in the month after MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee sent out a tweet poking fun of Lars Ulrich’s notorious inability to keep time during METALLICA’s live performances. The tweet in question was a meme of the “Straight Outta Compton” film’s mocked-up title logo with the space originally occupied by “Compton” replaced with “Tempo” and a photo backdrop of Lars playing the drums.
The feud between MÖTLEY CRÜE and METALLICA stems back to an incident nearly two decades ago when Ulrich accused CRÜE of performing to a tape at the American Music Awards in January 1997 (which, by all accounts, they did). After learning of Ulrich’s allegations, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx posted an “open letter” to the METALLICA drummer on an American Online message board, writing: “Dear, Sweet, Fat, Balding, Larz (love the make-up, babe!) Taking your ever-moronic soapbox position on a subject that’s NONE of your fucking business has made you out to be an asshole as usual. Considering that me and Tommy know that your live tapes have been re-recorded. And ALL your instruments were repaired in Pro Tools (and had that balls to lie to your fans an call it a ‘live’ album)… People in glass houses should NOT throw rocks!! Considering your bullshit to the press, we feel it’s only fair to return the punch!!…Your [sic] such a poseur…Thanks for releasing that ‘load’ of shit CD of yours…you made more room for us!!”
Earlier today, Neil spoke to Tanner of the 105.9 The Brew radio station in Portland, Oregon and was asked to give his side of the alleged “beef” between the two bands. Neil responded (hear audio below): “Hey, look, you have to ask Nikki about that, ‘cause I had no idea there was anything between us and METALLICA until I read it. I had no idea.”
After Tanner pointed out to Neil that Tommy sent out a tweet poking fun of Ulrich, Neil added, his frustration audible in his voice: “I know. I saw it, but, like I said, I had nothing to do with it. Because, like I said, I had no idea that there was any bad blood between us and METALLICA.”
Neil also briefly broached the topic of lip-synching as it relates to his band, and denied that there was any validity to Ulrich’s original claims.
“There is no lip-synching in rock and roll; I mean, it just doesn’t happen,” Vince said. “So it’s kind of stupid thing to even talk about, because, I mean, anybody who goes to the show can tell there’s no lip-synching involved. It’s pretty lame.”
After Tanner continued to press Neil about Tommy’s “Straight Outta Tempo” tweet, Neil fired back: “I don’t know. I wasn’t involved. I have no idea. That’s between Nikki and Tommy. Somebody said something to them, they said something back. Like I said, I wasn’t involved. I didn’t even know we had [any bad blood] with [METALLICA].”
It was at that point that Vince apparently decided to end the interview, hanging up the phone as Tanner was finally preparing to change the subject. A pause followed, before Tanner could be heard saying: “Hello? Unbelievable. Was it just me or was he being kind of dick there?”
The DJ continued: “I was just asking him questions about what’s in the news.”
He then addressed Vince directly: “I didn’t ask for the interview. You asked for the interview. If you wanna come on the air, at least put a little effort into it.”