Vince Neil Year by Year: 1981-2018 Photos
For more than three decades now, Vince Neil has been one of rock's most popular frontmen. To chronicle his career, we've gathered a photo from each and every year since he first burst onto the scene as Motley Crue's singer.
Born Vince Neil Wharton on Feb. 8, 1961, in Hollywood, Neil joined the Crue in early 1981. Later that year, the group released its debut album, Too Fast for Love, and quickly began building a rabidly loyal fan base and establishing itself as hard rock's new "bad boys." They spent the '80s releasing multi-platinum albums -- four, to be exact -- and selling out stadiums all over the world.
They also regularly made headlines for their wild and sometimes destructive offstage activities, which they documented in the unvarnished 2001 autobiography The Dirt. (The book is now being made into a movie.)
Neil began a solo career after being fired from the Crue in 1992, but returned to the group five years later. He spent the next two decades alternating between solo shows, Crue reunion and farewell tours and multiple appearances on reality TV shows.
With the band now insisting it's permanently retired, Neil maintains an active touring schedule. "I love playing, I'm a road singer," he told the Atlantic City Weekly. "The more I play and the more I'm out there doing it, the better it is. Working keeps me going. Once I'm out there, it's the energy that I love. That's what wakes me up every day."
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