John Serba of The Grand Rapids Press has issued the following report:
When MÖTLEY CRÜE's much-hyped live DVD — filmed Wednesday night (April 27) in Van Andel Arena [in Grand Rapids, MI] in front of a near-capacity crowd of more than 10,000 — hits the store shelves, don't be surprised if Vince Neil's voice sounds, you know, surgically modified.
Kind of like his face was recently.
The dirtball-rockers' inexplicably popular reunion tour has been, and will be, packing hockey barns all year. Too bad Neil has been subjecting rabid audiences to his half-hearted, watery warble.
He doesn't just skip words when he sings, he skips consonants, choosing to sing mostly vowels. Who knew Bob Dylan has been giving him enunciation lessons?
All night, Neil was off-cue and off-key, either out of breath or just not giving a rip. Any notes he hit were most likely accidental. With bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars and drummer Tommy Lee pounding away competently, Neil had all but neon arrows pointing at his mouth to designate the weak link.
Of course, I'm not being fair here.
The CRÜE's big-top-circus-themed show was entertaining in every other aspect, being an exercise in nostalgic rock-radio hits and casual nudity (more on that later). Sure, Neil exhibited a fair amount of physical energy and frontman demeanor — he didn't want to be upstaged by a flame-spitting midget, scantily clad dancing girls, contortionists, crew members in evil-clown suits, etc. — he just had a hard time vocalizing his enthusiasm.
What the film crew captured and the crowd experienced was a no-surprises run-through of MÖTLEY's best Hollyrock, a good balance of spunky glam and street-level grit.
Read the rest of the article at The Grand Rapids Press.