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Skating With The Stars: Rock Star Vince Neil Hits The Ice!

Posted by on November 22, 2010 at 8:33 PM EST

vince neilRocker Vince Neil will take to the ice tonight on the premiere of SWTS.

Vince Neil is probably the most recognizable name in the cast of Skating With the Stars. To be honest, I was actually kind of shocked to see him on the show, but then I was even a little more shocked to find out that as a kid Vince took figure skating lessons. Can you imagine if Mötley Crüe didn’t make it and we had Vince Neil pro figure skater?

What more can I say about Vince Neil that hasn’t already been said? He is a legend in the music industry and is the front man for one of the biggest, most successful bands in the world. He had lived a wild, crazy life that has run the gambit from seeing him play in front of 100,000 fans to facing years in jail for vehicular manslaughter. In that case Neil along with Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas Dingley and other were both drunk, got into Neil’s Pantera and drove to liquor store for more booze. On the way there Neil lost control of the car and hit an oncoming car. The passengers in the other two cars were hurt and one had brain damage. Dingley was killed. Neil had a blood alcohol level of 0.17, well over the legal limit. After the trial and verdict Neil was sentenced to 90 days in jail, $2.6 million in restitution to the victims in the crash and 200 hours of community service.

Vince Neil has seen the good times and the bad. If there is one thing that could be said about Neil it is that he is known to have a temper. His fights with the other members of the band are things of legend. He supposedly attacked a prostitute in Nevada. He was arrested for attacking a music producer and he was arrested and accused of knocking out an employee at the nightclub Gilley’s Dallas after an argument over sound levels during concert. He is a hot head, but is also known to be a very cool guy. I wonder which we will get on the show.

It will be interesting to see if Vince has the patience and desire to put in the work that will no doubt be needed to perform well on this show. He seems driven and says he wants to win the show, but it is easy to say that now, let’s see how he feels after picking himself up off the ice a few times. At age 49 he is the second oldest contestant on Skating With the Stars so there is also the question of his body being able to hold up. Of all the contestants, it is Vince I am most looking forward to seeing.

Watch Vince Neil tonight on the SWTS premiere at 9|8c on ABC.



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