With his band's massive, yearlong comeback tour, Carnival of Sins, still in full swing, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is determined to return to his solo material once the trek's latest leg wraps in May. For the follow-up to his last solo album, 1995's Carved in Stone, Neil hopes producer Desmond Child -- the man behind Aerosmith's "Angel" and Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" -- will get behind him.
"I'm hoping that it'll be Desmond!" says Neil. (The pair have already collaborated, on "Promise Me," Neil's 2004 single.) "And I'm hoping it can be out early next year."
At the same time, the Crue are ramping up to head back into the studio this June and July for the follow-up to 2005's Red, White and Crue. The giants have been at work with uber-rock producer Bob Rock, who helped create their hair-metal classic, 1989's Dr. Feelgood, and have a month of rehearsals scheduled to prepare.
"We need a month to get all the songs together and demo them, because there are lots and lots of ideas floating around," says Neil. He adds that the Crue -- who sold Carnival of Sins tickets like lightning based on their huge Eighties radio hits -- are still determined that their new material prove they're more than a nostalgia act. "We don't plan on going away any time soon," he says. "We're having a great time."
According to Neil, the Crue are also discussing a month of European dates in the late summer in support of the Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang tour. With the likelihood of touring well into 2007, can the stormy, hard-partying rockers stand each other? "We're all getting along great," claims the singer -- even him and drummer Tommy Lee, who famously left the band after a late-Nineties altercation with Neil. "When you live with somebody for thirty years . . . brothers are going to have arguments."
Although the current tour has little in common with the excesses chronicled in The Dirt, the infamous 2001 band memoir, those sordid tales will eventually make their way to the big screen, Neil promises. Although the project will no longer be directed by David Fincher (Fight Club), the script has been completed and a new director is being sought out.
So who would Neil like to see play the four members of the Crue? "Oh, man!" he says with a laugh. "People ask me that, and I just tell 'em the same thing: I don't really care."
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