Mötley Crüe fans in Australia got to see an abbreviated set Saturday, as singer Vince Neil left the stage after complaining of severe pain from kidney stones. “He was doubled over on his dressing room floor 5 minutes till show time and was told by the promoter to not even play but Vince said he couldn’t do that to the fans,” Nikki Sixx said on his Facebook page. “I’ve seen Vinnie go onstage with broken bones, his voice completely blown out and torn ligaments but he never ever cancels. Just like an athlete you sometimes have to play through the pain but last night it became too excruciating.”
To his credit, Neil made it through ten songs before announcing he couldn’t play any longer. He was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery on Sunday. The half hour operation was a success, and the band should be able to perform tomorrow’s (12) show in Brisbane. “VInce is a warrior who has plated shows through a wide ranging list of injuries,” Mötley Crüe’s manager Allen Kovac said. “If there is a way to safely perform, he always does. In nearly 20 years of managing Mötley Crüe, I can’t recall a show the band has canceled.” Yeah, that’s the Crüe, but we remember seeing a particularly bad solo show a few years ago. Maybe he had kidney stones then too? At any rate, it’s good to hear that the 52 year old is healing up.