Birth name: Vincent Neil Wharton. Born: February 08, 1961 Hollywood, California, USA.
Vince Neil is the lead singer for American glam metal band Motley Crue. Neil was born to Odie and Shirley Wharton in 1961, of American and Mexican ancestry. During the 1960s, his family moved around, from Inglewood, California to Watts, before finally settling in Compton, California. He was discovered while performing with his band, Rockandi (pronounced "rock candy")and joined Motley Crue in 1981. That same year, he married his first wife, Beth Lynn. In 1983, Motley Crue released Shout at the Devil, a blockbuster success that established the band as one of the biggest acts of the 1980s. In 1984, after a tour with Ozzy Osbourne, Neil was in a drunk driving accident near Redondo Beach, California. The passenger in his DeTomaso Pantera, Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley, the drummer of Hanoi Rocks, died from his injuries. Beth Lynn and Neil divorced in 1985. Following a prison sentence, Neil regrouped with Motley Crue to record Theatre of Pain (1985) and Girls, Girls, Girls (1987). He married Sharise Ruddell in April 1988. The band released their highest-selling album, Dr. Feelgood, in 1989 after going through rehab . Neil left Motley Crue to pursue a solo career in February 1992. Some of the musicians Neil recruited were Steve Stevens (formerly Billy Idol's guitarist and Atomic Playboys founder), Dave Marshall, Robbie Crane, and Vik Foxx. In mid-1993 his solo debut Exposed was released. It sold only about 300,000 copies in the US, just about as many as Motley's 1994 Neil-less album Motley Crue with singer John Corabi (previously of The Scream). All previous Motley Crue albums had sold at least one million copies. Sharise Ruddell and Neil divorced in 1993. Two years later on August 15 1995, their daughter, Skylar Neil, died of cancer, marking one of the most painful parts of his life. The same year, Carved In Stone, an indus-glam metal oriented album produced by the Dust Brothers, sold less than 100,000 copies in the US, and Neil's contract with Warner Bros. eventually came to an end. Some versions of the album feature "Skylar's Song", written by Neil only. By 1997, both Neil's solo career and Motley Crue's fortunes were declining and he accepted their invitation to rejoin the band. They released the album Generation Swine before tension erupted again, this time prompting Tommy Lee to leave the band. They replaced him with Randy Castillo, but things came to a halt when Castillo died from cancer in 2002. In May 2000, Neil married Playboy Playmate Heidi Mark. They divorced in August 2001. A regular customer of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, in July 2003 Neil was charged with battery after a prostitute at the ranch alleged that he grabbed her around the throat and threw her against a wall. A year earlier, he had pleaded no contest to the charge that he had punched and knocked down record producer Michael Schuman. Also in 2002, Neil was one of the cast members on the first season of The Surreal Life. In 2003, Vince Neil was featured (as a solo act) in the "Rock Never Stops Tour" along with other '80s hard rock bands. Neil married Lia Gerardini in January 2004. The ceremony was officiated by ordained minister and fellow cast member of The Surreal Life, MC Hammer. In 2004, Vince appeared again on TV for the special Remaking Vince Neil, which showed him trying to recharge his solo career. However, it turned out to be Motley Crue that got the career boost as Neil and Tommy Lee put aside their differences and toured in support of the compilation album Red, White and Crue which was supported by an extensive world-wide tour dubbed Carnival of Sins, which featured near-naked female acrobats, fire-breathers and a midget. Vince Neil is currently touring with his solo band, now consisting of Slaughter members Jeff Blando and Dana Strum, as well as drummer Will Hunt. By most accounts, this is the best line up that Vince Neil has ever played with. As of late, Vince has kept himself in surprisingly good shape and his performances have reflected that. Motley Crue will continue to tour, with several dates over the summer, and Vince will continue to tour with his solo band during his off time from Motley Crue.
VINCE NEIL TRIVIA Son Neil Jason Wharton, with Tammi, born on Ocotber 3th 1979.
Daughter Skylar Lynnae Neil (b. 3/26/1991 - d. 8/15/1995) with 2nd wife Sharise Ruddell
Had child with Beth Lynn, a daughter, Elizabeth Ashley born October 29 1983.
Son, Neil was born in Oct. 3 1978 when Vince was 17. (mother is not Beth)
Lead singer of the metal band Motley Crue
Sucker punched Izzy Stradlin (Guns N Roses) at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept 11, 1989. Izzy suffered a cut lip from Vince's ring but was otherwise unhurt.
Vince met his 2nd wife Sharise Ruddell in 1987 when she came to his house for a 'Naughty Nightie' Pool Party where Vince used to invited the female mud wrestlers to wrestle for his guests. Sharise was one of those mud wrestlers. After they started dating in 1987, she stopped dancing and mud wrestling.
Started the Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournaments to benefit child cancer research with the T. J. Martell and Neil Bogart foundations for cancer research. He started the Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournaments after his 4 year old daughter Skylar Lynnae Neil died of stomach cancer on August 15, 1995.
On 23 May 2002, Vince Neil became an uncle for the second time as his younger sister Valerie gave birth to Tyler James at 7.58am, weighing 8lbs 14oz and 20.5" long.
On 2 May 2002 Vince Neil hosted the sixth annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament at the Malibu Country Club. Porn star Jenna Jameson was amongst the guests while Internet sex queen Danni Ashe from Danni's Hard Drive hosted the live auction. Vince was joined by his girlfriend Lia Gherardini on the day.
Vince's latest marriage was officiated by rapper, turned minister, MC Hammer at the Four Seasons hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Guests included fellow Motley Crue members Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. Also attending were Dennis Rodman, and fellow Surreal Life castmate, Brande Roderick.
He is of Mexican descent on his mother's side, and his father is half Native American.