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

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  1,434 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
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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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
Dec 31, 2010 Victoria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Oct 03, 2010 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfic-music
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
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
Jan 20, 2016 Patti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It amazes me that these men are still alive. That their spleens and penises and livers haven't exploded. And if I don't hear the word "pussy" again for the rest of my life, I'll die happy!

I saw Motley Crue in their farewell tour. Had a blast. Kinda wish I hadn't read this book - took the 'romance' out of the final tour. Alas, as a friend said 'it's brain candy!'
Nov 20, 2010 Danaeatsdreams rated it did not like it
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.
I'm a longtime Crue fan and I think that Vince is indeed one of Rock's greatest frontmen but what really triggered me reading this book at this time is that while I had long known that Vince and his ex wife Sherise had lost their beautiful 4 year old daughter Skylar to a terrible disease, with Sherise's return to the spotlight in the reality show"Ex wives of Rock", I wanted to see how even with all his fame and money that Vince handled such a huge loss and survived.I think the chapters on the lo ...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
Jul 06, 2014 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give all autobio's 5 stars. It's not up to me if the story was good or not. This is someone's life. They are just telling me how it went down. If nothing else, I gained some insight on who Vince is. Vince isn't so unlike the rest of us - he just lit it up when the rest of us would have said "that's not safe". He's lived through some awful. I don't care the reason for the awful, some of it was awful like few of us can imagine. That he didn't put a bullet in his head is testament enough that he ...more
This was an interesting read, pretty much every person interviewed has a different memory of the events. Since everyone was constantly drunk or high, that's understandable. There was more than a little boo-hooing when Vince was talking. There was also a few really emotional parts, when he talked of his kids. Even though he wasn't always there but you get the feeling that he cared a lot. All in all this was an okay book but it was essentially a rushed account of all the parties and fights he was ...more
Sep 30, 2016 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read. I liked Vince Neil's recollections and hearing about his early life and how the band formed. His recollections may not be all that accurate as he claims to not remember A LOT. You don't have to be a die hard Motley Crue head to read it. Vince Neil is unapologetic about how he is and WHO he is. Which is a little odd because he seems to have done quite a few things wrong (and we're not just talking 4 marriages). Sad part is the way he feels about his band mates. All i ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading the books by the boys in Motley Crue. Vince has lived through more crap than one would think. Rock stars are people too, ya know? He writes things that made me feel so sorry for things he's had to deal with. He writes things that make me wish I could have done some of the things he's done. He's lived a life full of awesome, crazy things... but I don't think he would have had it any other way. I loved reading this.
Oct 29, 2014 Marcus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable book - and nice to see sections from other people (ex wives etc) about Vince as well.. overall an excellent read and definately looking forward to reading Tommys and Nikkis side of things next :)
Jan 01, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 05, 2010 Dane Jackson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
one word review - "meh"

This reads as The Dirt's less appealing Cliff's Notes edition.
Brynn Mecklem
Entertaining, but "The Dirt" is the gold standard for books about Motley Crüe.
Sep 30, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book and enjoyable. No matter what anyone says he has lived a fun and interesting life with ups and downs like all of us. Judging him on being honest will only be a natural reaction but you are listening to someone who has led a life that is nothing like yours or most people for that matter. I am glad he was honest, wish he would have told more stories about the band. Great read.
Jun 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Justin Sylvia
Feb 23, 2014 Justin Sylvia rated it it was ok
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
Erin Ashley
Jan 07, 2011 Erin Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiographies
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
Raj Bahia
Aug 04, 2013 Raj Bahia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
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
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
Sarah Tipper
This book was passed on to me by a friend who knows I like metal/rock autobiographies. I’ve seen the Crüe at Wacken and love their early albums. I spent a lot of time tutting while reading this book. Neil doesn’t come across as very likeable and his parts are basically him speaking and this being transcribed verbatim by Sager. This gives the book an immediacy which is good but you could get this from an interview in a magazine. Neil uses the word ‘like’ often in between utterances and there is a ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Corrina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book I have ever read.
Jul 19, 2011 Annina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Aug 07, 2016 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of Motley Crue............ very disappointed in this book. Stating my fandom, so my review isn't taken as some old lady's take on this book! Seems like Vince Neil babbled his way thru a really long tape recorded session. He doesn't seem very interested in the reader....... just as it didn't seem like he was very interested in the guy who sat and taped all of this. It is more like a series of sentences strung together, than an actual story about this guy and his trials and tribulations w ...more
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Vince Neil is an American vocalist and musician, best known as the lead vocalist of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.

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