Watch VINCE NEIL perform for the first time at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry

MOTLEY CRUE leader Vince Neil made its live debut at Nashville’s famed country music venue, Grand Ole Opry, on Tuesday, August 2. The 61-year-old rocker, who has lived in suburban Nashville for nearly a decade, performed the FLOODthe classic ballad “The Sweet Home” with the house band. He was also joined for the performance by singer-songwriter Cherish Leewho is the daughter of a country legend Johnny Lee and actress from Dallas Charlene Tilton.

Before his performance, Neil told the crowd, “I moved to Tennessee seven years ago, and I live in Franklin near Leiper’s Fork, and I see friends and family here, and I want to thank you for being come. It’s really a scary thing – place to stand here, you know.”

Morning radio show host and Tuesday night presenter for the Opry, Bill Codyintroduced Neil as an “international superstar, accomplished businessman, sincere philanthropist, and his unmistakable voice led the greatest rock songs of a generation”.

The Grand Ole Opry shared a short video of Neilon social media, writing in an accompanying message: “The Opry has a long tradition of inviting guest artists into the circle, and we were thrilled to continue that tradition with @thevinceneil tonight! Congratulations on your debut with Opry!” Neil also tweeted about the performance and thanked Cherish for participating.

The Grand Ole Opry is one of America’s oldest and most revered musical institutions. It has been called by some “a country version of the Metropolitan Opera”.

Considered the birthplace of country music, the historic venue has a history that spans over 95 years. Some of country music’s biggest legends, including Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks and more, have become members and consider it the pinnacle of their professional achievement.

In 2014, Neil was asked backstage at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee if he listened to country music, and if so, if he heard a rock influence in it. vince said, “It’s funny you say that because there really isn’t any up-and-coming rock and roll. Young country is really the new rock and roll. And that’s what’s pretty exciting. You see guys with long hair and guitars… It’s pretty cool.”

Also in 2014, Motley Records and Eleven Seven Music have teamed up for the release of a country music tribute MOTLEY CRUE. The tribute album, “The Outlaws of Nashville: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe”featured new takes on 15 of the MOTLEY CRUEthe greatest hits of are covered by some of the biggest names in country music, including FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, justin-moore, BIG & RICH, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts and more.

Neil and his FLOOD band mates are on a two week break “The Stadium Tour” which began in June in Atlanta. The trek, co-directed by DEF LEPPARDwith the support of POISON, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACK HEARTS and CLASSLESS ACT, will resume this weekend with two performances at Fenway Park in Boston. It is set to wrap September 9 in Las Vegas.

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