Phil Lewis slams Vince Neil for “killing” Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle more than 35 years ago
One day after criticizing both Mötley Crüe and their lead vocalist Vince Neil, L.A. Guns (feat. Lewis and Guns) frontman Phil Lewis has continued his verbal onslaught with a comment about something that Neil did more than 35 years ago.
Metal Sludge posted an article titled SHOW NO MERCY… L.A. Guns singer on Vince Neil’s singing ability: “Vince has Trouble Singing his Own Songs – Total Hack.” and Lewis made a few comments on a Facebook posting of the article consisting of:
“Just to be clear and in context
The subject was why doesn’t Vince sing the Corabi era songs? Simple
He couldn’t, doesn’t have the range, power or motivation but thanks for pointing out VN has sold more albums and tickets than me, Has a much bigger bank account and a gorgeous trophy wife so yes given those facts Vince must be a much better singer than I could ever be.
Darn! There goes another Motley tour.”
“While we’re on the subject
Somber Anniversary VN
Fuck you for killing my friend”
Wikipedia states the following about Neil‘s involvement with Razzle‘s death (with slight edits): “In late 1984, Finnish hard rock band Hanoi Rocks was on their second American tour and their first to reach California. The two gigs meant to be held in Los Angeles sold out in only twenty minutes. On the day they arrived in Los Angeles, December 8, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley and the other members of the band (with the exception of singer Michael Monroe, who was recovering from a fractured ankle) visited Neil‘s home and spent the day in Redondo Beach. After partying for hours, Neil and Razzle decided to visit to a local liquor store in Neil‘s De Tomaso Pantera. Neil, who was drunk, lost control of the car and hit an oncoming vehicle. The two occupants of the other car were seriously injured and suffered brain damage, and Dingley was killed.
Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the crash. His blood alcohol content was 0.17, well above the California legal limit at that time of 0.10. In September 1985, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edward Hinz, Jr. sentenced Neil to 30 days in jail and five years’ probation. Neil was ordered to pay $2.6 million in restitution to the victims of the crash and undergo 200 hours of community service. Neil was paroled after serving 15 days in jail for good behavior; Mötley Crüe dedicated their third studio album, Theatre of Pain, to Razzle.”