Vince Neil’s November 11th, 2011 Atlantic City Show
Band Photo: Motley Crue (?)
What better place to spend 11/11/11 than Atlantic City? Okay, maybe Las Vegas, Miami, etc… Anyway, we ended up in A.C. to test the gambling gods on the roulette table and have some fun. Last minute (a week prior) Motley Crue singer, Vince Neil, scheduled two solo shows for the night. This was never part of the original plan, but you know…when in Vegas (I mean Atlantic City): Go to the Vince Neil show.
Vince started right on time (10:02pm), launching into “Live Wire” and “Dr. Feelgood” back to back.
The concert was at The Golden Nugget (formerly Trump Marina) in a newly renovated space named The Showroom, an intimate 450 capacity theater. I will say there were 100 people present (a generous estimate); however, this MAY be due to this being the second of two shows and last minute promotion of the event. THIS, I can overlook.
After “Feelgood”, Vince and his band played “Piece of Your Action” from the first Motley Crue album, Too Fast for Love. Neil’s vocals are what they have been for years, singing every other word, allowing the audience to sing the chorus. Make no mistake though, even after recently reaching his 50th birthday, Vince still brings energy to the stage. Despite the small numbers, Neil didn’t seem phased and kept the fists pumping as he worked the stage back and forth. Despite this positive energy, its clear Vince Neil would be nowhere without his band, a group that have played together for years and know the Motley Crue hits well.
The Vince Neil band is made up of ex-Slaughter members Jeff Blando and Dana Strum, and drummer, Zoltan Chaney, who steals the show. From his cymbal crashing kicks to free fall jumps from the speaker towers, Chaney was a nice surprise and a treat to watch (after further research apparently Zoltan often steals the show from his famous lead singer).
After a couple songs Vince would leave the stage, having his band sing covers from Heaven and Hell and Led Zeppelin. Vince would return to the stage and close out the show with “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Wild Side” and then it was quiet. When the lights came on it was 10:47pm. Take away the “covers” break when Vince was backstage the concert was a little over 30 minutes, and yes, the tickets were a “normal” price for what you would expect to pay to see Vince Neil (or Motley Crue for that matter).
At worse, the show reeked of a Casino Cash Grab for Vince Neil; at best it was a short, but intimate show with Zoltan Chaney entertaining us all.
Either way it worked out well; of course, this is mostly due to the minutes after the show when I would hit “11” playing roulette.
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