Tattoos and Tequila: To Hell and Back With One Of Rock's Most Notorious Frontmen
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Tattoos and Tequila: To Hell and Back With One Of Rock's Most Notorious Frontmen

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So where do we start? I remember when we did The Dirt, the Mötley Crüe book, I was interviewed at The Grand Havana Room in Beverly Hills. A lot of people think I didn't get to say much in The Dirt. It's probably true. I didn't read it. I'm not that big a talker. Some people can f*ckin' talk ... eat up all the oxygen in a room in no time flat. I don't tend to run my mouth....more
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Published September 23rd 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Greg
One isn't supposed to quote from ARC's in reviews, but I'm not a paid reviewer and well this isn't exactly a unique incident...

"Exposed entered the Billboard charts at #13... At first there was some talk of a stadium tour, but that fizzled out. I ended up settling for second billing on the latest Van Halen tour-- the first for their new lead singer, Sammy Hagar."

After 221 pages of being fed bullshit, I finally marked a passage as one that I can easily say is just wrong. Exposed was Vince Neil's...more
Victoria
This book is the prime example of what it is to quarter-ass writing a book. He didn't even half-ass it. It was so disappointing. I already knew to expect him retelling his chunk of "The Dirt", but SERIOUSLY!? He went into even less detail in his own book! He could have told so many good stories! He barely even talked about Skylar. What the hell?

I don't even want to think about how many times the book says, "as the story goes..." and then wraps up a massive event of Motley's career (or maybe just...more
Lorie
I'm sorry, but I'm a HUGE Motley Crue fan. In high school I had the biggest crush on Vince Neil. But, this book was HORRIBLE. All he did was whine and brag about how good he was at this and how good he was at that, how many cars he had, and how rich he is and bla bla bla. There were also a lot of inconsistencies. I know there was a disclaimer in the beginning; but don't you think that he could of at least got the date of Crues first gig correct, when he had a flyer in the pics of that gig with t...more
Danaeatsdreams
I feel like Vince Neil just sat down with some other author and a tape recorder. It only briefly went over their glory days as a band, which would have been the most interesting. It was pretty much a 200+ page book of Vince Neil talking crap about everyone he knows, and boosting his own ego.
MK
I'm not sure why I bothered with this; I already read THE DIRT. Lazy editing.
Bonnie Rock Jewell
I read the majority of this book in one day. It was hard to put down. I think any fan of Motley Crue will enjoy reading the book. I thought it was interesting and at times shocking to hear about Vince Neil's sex life and his dislike of mostly everyone including his bandmates.

There's two sides to every story. In this book, we are only getting his side. Only one band member wrote a section for the book. It makes me wonder why the others wouldn't contribute anything to the book. Other people have...more
Jay Crawford
Well, if you like having a conversation with a stoner, you would like this book. And, if you like misinformation, you will like this book. Otherwise, don't waste your time.
Vince Neil has really nothing good to say for his bandmates in Motley Crue, and he talks of his ex-wives as if they were put on earth to "nag him to death." Excuse me Vince, but if you are married to one and screwing five others, then the one you are married to has the right to "nag." Considering the lifestyle you chose, you s...more
Hunger For Knowledge
After reading The Dirt (awesome) and Nikki Sixx's Heroin Diaries (awesome), it was quite natural for me to want to read Vince Neil's Tattoos and Tequila.

Knowing all the controversy behind Mötley Crue as a band and all the fights and break ups between the members, I really wanted to know who Vince Neil really is. Is he such a dick everyone thinks he is, or perhaps something else.

When I entered to this book, I had one question, only one: Who is the real Vince Neil.

When I finished this book, I had...more
Charles
I actually liked this quite a bit. I've been a fan of Motley Crue for a long time, since Shout at the Devil, and have read many of the books about them. I believe Sager did a really good job of putting it all together and mixing in stuff from interviews with Vince with interviews with other folks such as Vince's ex-wives and his two living children. It would have been nice to have more of the group besides Nikki in there but it was probably understandable since there appears to be quite a bit of...more
BRNTerri
This book was Vince's memoir of his life. It was all it was supposed to be; a famous rockstar detailing his life and his rise to fame.

He discussed his children, his wives, his dislike of his fellow bandmates, the fatal car accident, rehab and everything in between and I enjoyed it. I'm a little disgusted at all the cheating he did, which he doesn't seem to have any remorse about. It's a wonder the whole band didn't die from AIDS.

Overall, I enjoyed this. I'd have liked to have heard more from his...more
Meredith Good
Um,well, it's entertaining. But Neil's thought processes are jacked up. And he hasn't grown as a person since the beginning, so don't look for a character arc.
Rachel
Vince is an ass but this book was fun - I just kept rooting for the other people. I have a new appreciation for Tommy Lee after this book.
Dane Jackson
one word review - "meh"

This reads as The Dirt's less appealing Cliff's Notes edition.
Wayne Simmons
Kinda like The Dirt Part 2, only with none of Nikki's soul-searching or Tommy's cheeky chappy charm. Vince is all about the partying and much of this book focuses on his boozing, doping and whoring about LA's notorious Sunset Strip. The chapters on the Motley House are very enjoyable, focusing on the band as they're cutting their teeth at clubs like the Troubador and Whiskey. But later chapters, dealing with Vince's solo career and his vices spinning out of control left me a little cold, to be h...more
Justin Sylvia
I was hopeful when i purchased this book, seeing as how now that i am older that i am a fan of Motely Crue as a band and for the most part i wouldn't mind reading a book or 2 about them and their lives before & during their time spent with the 'Crue. I was also hopeful of this being a fair book as far as opinions were concerned about the other members of Motely Crue. Unfortunately I was WRONG!! During the early years of Vince's life before he joined up with the band he didn't seem as big of...more
Annina
En ole mikään hc-Mötley Crüe Fani, mutta silti kirja oli ihan viihdyttävä. Olen itseasiassa ilmeisesti liian nuori (80-luvulla olin ihan pieni lapsi ja 90-luvulla keskityin enemmänkin poikabändeihin kuin rock-musaan).

Luin joskus aikaisemmin The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band , ja pakko kyllä sanoa, että se oli parempi. Ilmeisesti hyvänä puolena oli, etten muista oikeastaan paljonkaan juttuja Törkytehtaasta, joten en huomannut, kuinka paljon tässä toistettiin samoja tar...more
Erika
motley crue is my second favorite band of all time. I love The Dirt, I consider it the 'rock bible' and pretty much force everyone I know to read it (even got it as a xmas present to everyone I know a few yrs ago). It was obvious that I would pick Vince Neil's book the day it came out and devour it. I was pretty shocked to hear how much he honestly dislikes all the band members. I didn't like to hear that (as a fan of the band) but appreciate his honesty. Not a lot of band members are that bruta...more
Jennifer
I'm not usually one for reading celebrity 'autobiographies' as I'm not really into the whole celebrity thing if I'm that honest. Motley Crue are an odd one for me though - I've read The Dirt, Nikki Sixx's Heroin Diaries and now this, but I only own one Motley Crue album (rock and metal is my preferred genre of music though). I suppose what attracts me to them is the fascinating life styles they've lead.

If you don't already know or haven't gathered - Vince Neil is the lead singer of Motley Crue....more
Wendy
I have been a fan of Motley Crue since close to the beginning. Vince has always been my favorite. I could not wait for this book to come out and I went through different feelings as I read it. At first, he came off very cocky and I was a little disappointed but when I read on further, it gave me more of an understanding of him and why he said alot of the things he did. I was glad he touched on so many different parts of his life instead of it being all about Motley Crue, I wanted to know about h...more
Erin Ashley
As with all the Motley Crue autobiographies they have been nothing short of entertaining and Vince Neil's recap of his life certainly entertained me. Sure, a lot of what he said had been talked about in The Dirt and certain events had been mentioned in other members books, but the difference between them all compared to Tattoos and Tequila is that Vince gave his side of what happened. There are always two or more sides to every story and Vince got to tell his in this book. I can't say I know who...more
Laura Beth
Thought the book was well-written and definitely liked the style better than some other rock bios/autobios. I'm still holding Duff McKagan's book as the gold standard for rock books. Interesting thing about Vince Neil's point of few is that it is offered almost clinically and coldly with no excuses or apologies. This is his life; this is what has happened; next. This point of view is reinforced by some of the inserts from his ex-wives and children - one even says something to the effect of Vince...more
Brandon Dalo
I’m a huge Motley Crue fan, so I went out and bought and read Tattoos & Tequila right after it came out in 2010. I had already read bassist Nikki Sixx’s “The Heroin Diaries,” drummer Tommy Lee’s autobiography “Tommyland,” and “The Dirt” which is an autobiography on the band as a whole, so it made sense to get front man Vince Neil’s book as well.

This autobiography was entertaining. It had its expected tales of sex, drugs, and rock and roll (including having foursomes with playmates and buying...more
Raj Bahia
I didn't know much about motley crue before I read this book and knew even less about vince Neil and this book was a real eye opener into such a crazy band. But vince Neil came across as being a complete dick and the people he slates i.e. nikki and tommy actually come out looking much better people than vince though I'm sure his intent was the complete opposite. Vince comes across as a self absorbed reckless idiot, he's cheated on all his wives, even on the night his daughter was born, he still...more
Susan
Mar 06, 2014 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bronwyn
Shelves: 2014
Here we've got your standard hair metal autobiography, this time by the lead singer of Motley Crue. Sex, drugs, rock and roll, and some death.

Currently, Vince Neil owns some tattoo shops, a line of tequila, and a few other business ventures. He also comes across as extremely bitter about his band mates, his ex-wives, and having to be sober.

Fun read, nice to realize that there would be NO WAY a normal person like me could drink and drug that much and survive, holy cats.
Trailhoundz
I heard a lot of "ughs" about this book from Crue fans over the past few years, which made me hesitate checking it out of the library. Was this The Dirt? No. Was it Heroin Diaries? No. It's much better than Tommy's book though, which is mostly a dialogue between Tommy and Tommy's genitalia. So anyway--T&T. It's basically Vince's entries from The Dirt re-packaged, with a few side notes from Vince's exes and kids (would have liked to hear more about/from them). Not much depth, certainly not a...more
Michele Whitecotton
Wow, what a letdown this book was!! I've been a HUGE Crüe fan for as long as I can remember. I've read "The Dirt" so many times that it is literally falling apart. Vince was never my favorite, he always seemed like an ass, now I KNOW he is. This was a pathetic pity-party excuse for a book, and he has the audacity to say Nikki is all about the money!! I have both of Nikki's books and they are excellent. He is so intelligent and philosophical. He is such a talented writer. Vince...not so much. A l...more
Cassandra B
Even though I am a huge fan of Motley Crue this wasn't the greatest. To me Vince went all over the place making me think Nikki should be the only one that should write books(Haven't read Tommys book)The only good thing is you get facts about Motley Crue here and there.. Unlike The Dirt, there wasn't people also writing in this book that you would care to hear about, especially their life stories, congrats on being Vinces friend and everything but I could care less about you or your life story, I...more
Janne Paananen

Vince Neilin elämäkerta on ihan ok. Parasta kirjassa on se, että siinä kuuluu paljon Vincen oma ääni. Myös hänen läheisimmät ihmiset ovat saaneet vapaasti kertoa mielipiteensä Neilistä. Mukaanlukien kaikki hänen neljä vaimoaan. Jotenkin kirja ei kuitenkaan täysin tempaa mukaansa. Ehkä Vince kertoo ehkä kuitenkin elämänsä tapahtumista liian yleisellä tasolla. Kun niitä mielenkiintoisia tarinoita ja tapahtumia on varmasti riittänyt. Koskettavimmillaan kirja on Vincen tyttären sairastuessa syöpään...more
Freda mans
Was I ever excited to read this book, being a Motley Crue fan, I was really stoked. Then within 20 pages I was putting the book down, shaking my head, and feeling put off.
Vince really goes nuts bashing Nikki Sixx in the book. He does give in to bashing Tommy and Mick too, but nothing like he does about Nikki.
You know what the real kicker is? Nikki writes a letter, like a few other do in the book, and had nothing but good things to say about Vince.
His attitude was a total let-down for me, and hig...more
C.J.
With this being the fourth Motley Crue-spawned memoir, I think it had a lot to live up to in the wake of the group autobio "The Dirt" and the subsequent solo memoirs by Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx. However, while there's a lot of good insight into Vince Neil's point of view before, during, and apart from the band, the whole book reads pretty much like it actually is: A mere transcription of Neil's digitally recorded ramblings, and in a way the book suffers greatly for that approach. The fact that t...more
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