Vincent Neil Wharton (born February 8, 1961) is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Motley Crue, but he has also released material as a solo artist. Neil served time in prison after being convicted of vehicular manslaughter in the 1984 death of Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley.
Today his father is celebrating his 83rd birthday. Neil himself had posted this news at Instagram. The picture is described as “Happy 83 birthday to my hero! “Odie” my father recovering from a stroke. Always love you”. His father had undergone a Stroke and now he is on a way of surviving.
Neil began his career with “ Motley Crue” in 1981. The newly-formed band was seeking a lead vocalist and were impressed by Neil after seeing him perform live at drummer Tommy Lee’s suggestion. Lee had known Neil in high school and thought the vocalist’s image would fit well with the new band.
The band’s next album, 1983’s Shout at the Devil, brought Motley Crue to international stardom, and a string of hit releases throughout the decade established the band as one of the most popular rock acts in the world.
Later Neil began his Solo career, Exposed was Neil’s first solo album and was released in 1993. The album debuted at #13 on the Billboard charts. The album featured Steve Stevens (who played all bass and guitar tracks on “Exposed”), Dave Marshall, Robbie Crane, and Vik Foxx. The band eventually went on tour, opening for Van Halen.
In November 2016, Neil revealed that he had been contacted and was scheduled to play with his own band at the Inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2017. “I don’t know how long I have to play. I don’t know if the Republican Party says which (songs) to play and what not to do,” said Neil.