Steve Riley opines Phil Lewis’ comments about Vince Neil uncalled for and a ridiculous thing to do
L.A. Guns (feat. Riley and Nickels) drummer Steve Riley was recently interviewed by Chuck Shute for the Chuck Shute Podcast.
Riley was asked about his former L.A. Guns bandmate Phil Lewis‘ recent negative comments about Vince Neil which included the latter having trouble singing his own Mötley Crüe songs and having “killed” Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley more than 35 years ago.
Riley indicated (as transcribed via Buzz Sprout): “Terrible Chuck… That is such a bad thing to do in this business. You’re talking about one of the biggest bands in the world, one of the most iconic hard rock metal bands in the world. I have nothing but respect. I know those guys. I have nothing but respect for Mötley Crüe — all the way through. It doesn’t matter what they did, how they did it, when they did it. I have so much respect for those guys for what they did. They’re immense in this scene. They’re iconic. And to jump into a fray like that, and for no reason and say something like that, it’s just another ridiculous thing to do. It’s only going to work against you. They have millions of fans that love them. So if you’re going to say something like that about Vince, who’s a great guy. He’s perfect for Mötley Crüe. He isn’t Paul Rodgers. He never pretended to be Paul Rodgers. He is great for Mötley, perfect for Mötley. His voice is perfect for them. To say something bad about Vince is just uncalled for. I don’t know why he would do that. If it’s just to try to get attention or to try to get press, it’s not good press. It’s only gonna work against you. I never believed in saying anything bad about anybody in this business. Even if it’s somebody that isn’t a favorite of mine. I just didn’t do that.”
You can listen to the interview with Steve Riley on the Chuck Shute Podcast below: