Hello, and welcome to the rock n coasters podcast. I am one of your hosts, Michele Forto. Today we are going to do a quick and dirty episode that may make you think a bit about one of the top rock n roll bands from the 1980s.
Three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and Vince Neil‘s inability to perform live. Mötley Crüe kicked off the next leg of the Stadium Tour with Def Leppard over the weekend, their first shows with shred wizard John 5 standing in for guitarist Mick Mars, who physically can no longer handle the demands touring takes on his body. John 5 and his bandmates—drummer Tommy Lee and bassist Nikki Sixx—were tight and on point, but Neil’s performance once again begs the question: when is enough, enough?
If Neil is consistently ruining Mötley Crüe’s otherwise acceptable performances, when is it time to replace him and move along?
The rock world is abuzz talking about this, and there have been some suggestions for viable replacements for Vince.
Matt Heafy is known for Trivium. Another experienced road warrior, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy has proved that he’s ready to front a band on a bigger stage. The metalcore institution has always proudly flown the flag for heavy metal and they’ve opened for the likes of Metallica, so he wouldn’t be thrown to the wolves in a setting too big for success.
Andy Biersack as Andy Sixx is known for Black Veil Brides. Since the early days of their career, Black Veil Brides have shamelessly displayed their love of glam, with frontman Andy Biersack even calling himself Andy Sixx. Biersack has shown plenty of appreciation for glam and hard rock over the years—remember 2011’s Set the World on Fire?—and he has a knack for the showmanship needed to succeed in Mötley.
Michael Starr is known for Steel Panther. This might be the most obvious answer. Michael Starr has fronted Steel Panther for nearly a quarter century. As crass and ridiculous as the satirical glam revivalists have been at times over the years, they’ve practically kept the genre alive by themselves, and no other singer has shown the same adoration for hairspray and hot moms as Michael Starr.
But…. We will suggest two more that you probably haven’t even thought of.
Up first, Lzzy Hale is known for Halestorm. Maybe the most qualified person on this list, Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale, would fit right into the fold. The hard rock singer has been a mainstream rock icon for more than a decade and her pipes have only gotten better with time. It’s really easy to picture Hale on stage with Mötley. Hale, is known as one of the “hottest women in metal” for their exquisite vocal range and her ability to command a crowd of any size, from the smallest state fair up here in Alaska to 70,000 strong at festivals like Aftershock and Louder Than Life. If you haven’t done so already, check out her cover albums with songs like Metallica’s Ride the Lightning, Shoot to Thrill by AC/DC, Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac, and my favorite, Whitesnake’s Still of the Night. I would buy tickets in a minute.
Next is the wildcard…but not really. This one would probably be my favorite, and Robert always says that she would make an excellent singer for a hard rock act. It is Miley Cyrus. Yep, that Miley.
Known for Miley Cyrus, and Hannah Montana. If you have known Miley Cyrus for more than her time as Disney Channel pop star Hannah Montana, you know the singer has dabbled relatively extensively in the world of covers, particularly in the hard rock vein. Miley can belt out songs from Metallica, the Cranberries, Hole, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and pretty much whatever she likes, so why couldn’t she front Mötley? She’s got more stage moves than Neil too.
If you have not had a chance, check out the Black Mirror episode, Rachel, Jack, and Ashley, Too. In this episode, Miley made her TV return to the Netflix series, where she played a pop star named Ashley O, who launches a robotic doll based on her own personality. Yet things take a wild turn when she’s poisoned into a coma by her greedy aunt intent on substituting the real Ashley for a hologram. But the end of the episode is where Miley’s rock chops shine with her rendition of Head Like a Hole by Nine Inch Nails.
So, nostalgia and Shout at the Devil concert shirts in middle school circa 1986, what do you guys think? Is it time for Vince to hang it up? Heck, is Crue even viable without him? If so, who do you think can fill his shoes? I just want to see John 5 shred Kickstart My Heart.
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