The band's debut album was quickly followed in 1983 by the quadruple-platinum-selling .The Crüe's music was equally heralded, and derided, for its open praise of sex, drugs, drinking and violence.He even lived for a time in Tommy Lee's van after getting into too much trouble with his own family. Meanwhile, Tommy Lee and bass guitarist Nikki Six began rehearsing together as Mötley Crüe on January 17, 1981, along with guitarist and vocalist Greg Leon.During this time, Neil became more and more engrossed in the resurgence of hard rock that would later define the 1980s Los Angeles sound: "I was born and raised in L. and all of a sudden the music scene just burst into Hollywood. And we were lucky enough to be one of the young bands that were up and coming at the time. The streets were packed with guys who were in bands or wanted to be in bands, and with girls who wanted to meet a guy who looked like he was in a band."In 1980, Vince Neil joined a band called Rock Candy as a vocalist and began touring the L. When Leon opted out, Lee and Sixx approached Vince Neil about joining the band, but Neil was reluctant to leave Rock Candy.The events of that night continue to haunt Vince Neil, both privately and publicly.At the time of his arrest after the accident, Neil's blood alcohol level was 0.17, far above the California legal limit at the time of 0.10.
, launching Mötley Crüe's rise toward stardom.A., and drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley and some of his bandmates spent the day with Neil in Redondo Beach.After hours of constant drinking and drug use, Neil and Razzle decided to make a run to a local liquor store.In Vince Neil's telling, the true story of Mötley Crüe's breakup will never be fully revealed because everyone involved has a different version of what happened. All I had to do was show up and sing." Neil followed , but the album's production was put on hold as his daughter, Skylar, fell seriously ill with stomach cancer.Skylar died tragically at age 4 in 1995, and Vince Neil set up the Skylar Neil Memorial Fund in her honor, donating millions of dollars to children's cancer research.In the same year, Neil married his first wife, Beth Lynn, with whom he later had a daughter, Elizabeth Ashley, in 1983.She was his second child; he had a son, Neil Jason Wharton, with a girlfriend in the late 1970s.After that brush with death, the entire band went into rehab and then released their biggest album ever, Vince Neil went solo in 1992 after a series of heavily publicized disagreements with his bandmates, later saying that he "never really had a voice" when it came to Mötley Crüe. When I was — depending on how you look at it — fired or I quit the band, I was a part of Mötley Crüe Inc. I looked at myself as a free agent on a football team.Lawsuits followed, and then came 1993's , Neil's first solo album. I didn't have to be worried about any corporate decisions.Shortly after the album was released, Nikki Sixx overdosed on heroin.Although he was legally dead for several minutes, Sixx miraculously revived and regained full consciousness.