Jun 30, 2018

Vince Neil - Dundalk Heritage Fest

By Bob Suehs

 

VINCE NEIL

6/30/18 

Dundalk Heritage Festival

Baltimore, MD

 Vince Neil Set List: For Those About To Rock (Intro), Dr Feelgood, Looks That Kill, Home Sweet Home, Don’t Go Away Mad, Same Ol’ Situation, Whole Lotta Love/Heaven and Hell, Kickstart My Heart, Girls Girls Girls, Wild Side

 Holy Shit Hon, Vince f’n Neil is playin’ Dundalk!  That’s the exact reaction most patrons exclaimed when it was announced that former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil would be headlining the Heritage Fest in glorious Dundalk, Maryland.

 Dundalk Heritage Fest is an absolute shit show.  The stage is tiny, the barricade dividing the stage from the audience is made of chicken wire and compressed wood, the attendees appeared to be stuck in the late 80’s, wearing a bra was clearly not a popular option, and Vince Neil sounded as good as the amount of beers you consumed.

 When Vince took the stage it was clear that he had been partying non stop since Motley Crue ended; he has a bloated drinkers face and a pregnant looking belly.  Vocally Mr. Neil was “off” at best.  Skipping every other word, haphazardly leading the crowd through sing-a-longs of “Home Sweet Home” and “Wild Side”, and drilling the legacy of Motley Crue to the ground, Vince and his backing band “Slaughter” performed a 9 song set, 8 of which were Motley covers.

 Interesting side note, the price of admission was $8 which broke down to $1 per Motley cover Vince performed.

 Vince has gained about 50 extra pounds since Motley ended and his onstage demeanor was lethargic and generally boring.  “Home Sweet Home” was butchered by Blando’s guitar intro/outro which lacked feeling and vibe.  When Tommy Lee left Motley Mick Mars performed the intro to “Home Sweet Home” on acoustic guitar and made it sound superb, Blando’s interpretation of the song was like watching a shitty cover band trying to perform the song.  It didn’t help that Blando’s guitar kept cutting out for part of the performance which showed how unprofessional the show felt at times.

 Dana Strum on bass and Zoltan on drums were the saving grace for this show because those 2 held every song together and created the backbone which held the entire show together.

 Vince commented before the start of “Home Sweet Home” that it was dedicated to the Military and told the audience that he had several family members who served in the armed forces.  Vince commented that he was proud to be an American and while taking photos of Vince performing I accidentally caught an audience member taking photos of women in front of him.

 Vince had his girlfriend hand him guitars onstage during “Same Ol Situation” and “Don’t Go Away” and it was clear who ate all of the food in that relationship.  At this point in Vince’s life “Taking a walk on the Wild Side” clearly entails adding bacon to his cheeseburger.

Vince Neil is 57 years old and it’s sad to witness him onstage in 2018 because his rockstar good looks and charisma have been replaced with a big belly and bad performances.