It's June 2010 and here comes the third Vince Neil solo CD. I will start by saying I am usually not a fan of solo projects from band members who have had huge success with their band. The reason for that is 99% of the time they never sound like anything different than the band they are in. I don't believe this release is any different other than it's mostly cover songs. With the exception of two originals which I will talk about first.
The title track "Tattoos and Tequila" I do like. I like the guitar riff and the music and can also appreciate Vince trying to give it a modern sound and have it not sound like the Crue, but unfortunately it does. The other original track is called "Another Bad Day". A track that according to Vince is the best ballad the Crue ever wrote. I only have to ask this question; if it was the best ballad they ever wrote, then why didn't they release it on a previous Crue disc? That being said I am not a fan of this song.
On to the covers on "Tattoos and Tequila". Vince chose these songs because they influenced him and they aren't the typical covers that bands will release. I will start off with my personal favorite which is his rendition of "Long Cool Woman" by the Hollies. I have always loved the original and Vince puts a cool, heavier spin on it and it must be cranked up loud to get the full effect. I also enjoy his version of Cheap Trick's "He's a Whore". I love the track "AC/DC" from Sweet, but Vince only does an OK job. I don't hate it, but I actually think Joan Jett did a better version. "Another Piece of Meat" by the Scorpions is another good cover, and he recently performed the song live with the Scorps at one of their recent shows, so they must approve. "Nobody's Fault" from Aerosmith I've heard covered a few times, but again I think Vince nails this one. Honestly the only three cover songs I am not a fan of on this release is "Bitch is Back", "Who Will Stop the Rain" and "Viva Las Vegas". My reasoning for this is simple. CCR being sang by Vince is just not my thing. Even though I love Motley covering "Jailhouse Rock" on "Girls, Girls Girls", covering this Elvis tune just doesn't go over well. Finally Elton is just a hard artist to cover, but I will give him an "A" for effort. There is a bonus track, which is ZZ Top's "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" and I love it. A great Top tune and Vince does a kick ass job with this one as well.
Overall I have to give two thumbs up to Vince Neil for doing covers that are not the normal tunes that we hear all the time on releases. In a time where rock fans are trying to find some good R'n'R to crank up I will say take a listen on iTunes or Amazon and preview the disc and buy what you like. You might like the entire CD, you might not, but I guarantee there will be a couple tunes you will enjoy and want to have in the collection.
1. Tattoos & Tequila
2. He’s A Whore
4. Nobody’s Fault
5. Another Bad Day
6. No Feelings
7. Long Cool Woman
8. Another Piece Of Meat
9. Who Will Stop The Rain
10. Viva Las Vegas
11. Bitch Is Back
12. Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (Bonus Track)