Vince Neil is mourning the death of his mother. The MÖTLEY CRÜE singer wrote on Twitter: “It’s with a sad heart that I tell you of the passing of my mom, affectionately known as Grandma Shirley. She loved rock and roll and Facebook. She’ll be missed by me and hundreds of others. A true love of my life. Thank you for your concern and prayers. It meant a lot. God bless.”
He wrote in a separate tweet: “Life is so fragile and precious. We must kiss every moment in life – so we do not waste a single one. I love you mom.”
Earlier today, Neil said that he would play “with a heavy heart” tonight (Thursday, August 2) at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany.
Vince revealed last month that his mother was in the hospital “battling stage four cancer.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE called it quits in December 2015 following an eighteen-month tour that saw the group performing to packed houses all over the world.
A tour film about CRÜE‘s final shows, “The End”, came out last fall, and a film adaptation of the band’s 2001 autobiography “The Dirt” is in the works.
Neil is continuing to tour the world with his solo band, which includes Dana Strum and Jeff Blando from SLAUGHTER, along with drummer Zoltan Chaney.
Speaking to “Trunk Nation”, Eddie Trunk‘s show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Vince acknowledged that he is currently the only member of MÖTLEY CRÜE who is waving the flag for the band’s music by performing CRÜE songs as a solo artist.
“It’s a cool thing, because I love MÖTLEY CRÜE, I love MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s music, and I love singing, and I love the fans’ reactions when they hear the songs,” he said. “Whether we’re playing in front of a thousand people or twenty thousand people, I can only see the front row anyway. So I’m happy for me and for the fans to be able to still hear that music after MÖTLEY CRÜE is finished.”