MÖTLEY CRÜE’s bassist, Nikki Sixx, is reported to have issued an ultimatum to the band’s lead singer, Vince Neil, in which he demanded that Neil loses “fifty pounds” before their scheduled 2024 U.S. live tour, or he will be replaced. This ultimatum was apparently first issued two years ago.
Vince Neil had initially attempted to get in shape for last year’s “The Stadium Tour” by trying out a new toning machine, but he reportedly gained weight again during the tour. Mick Mars, the ousted CRÜE guitarist, expressed his dissatisfaction, labeling the tour as the worst 36 shows he had ever played with the band. He also claimed that the band was using backing tracks for main instrumentation and vocals during the tour, a claim that Nikki Sixx denies.
One of Mars’s main complaints is that Vince Neil’s size increased during the tour, leading to a decline in his performance. Neil reportedly relied on a teleprompter to remember lyrics and was forced to lip-sync most of the concerts due to voice issues caused by excessive drinking. Neil’s shaky concert appearances have included one where he was visibly drunk at Sammy Hagar’s birthday party and another in Japan where the band was caught using backing tracks.
In an effort to get in shape, the “Live Wire” singer attempted using Emsculpt Neo, a treatment claimed to build muscle and reduce fat through radio frequency and high-intensity electromagnetic energies. He even shared a video of himself using the treatment on his Instagram in September 2021. The upcoming 2024 tour seems to have prompted another push for Vince Neil to get in shape.