Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | 7:15 a.m.
Well, that was crazy.
A dust-up involving Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and the Palms played out on Twitter on Monday night. The outcome was that Neil has been banished from one of his favorite Las Vegas haunts and Neil is calling officials “liars” on and off Twitter.
The back-and-forth began last Tuesday when Neil posted a tweet hammering at the staff of Little Buddha. “I love Vegas, but DO NOT GO TO LITTLE BUDDHA @PALMS IN VEGAS.” Neil started in again Monday night, writing, “Do [sic] to recent events, including distrust and dishonesty at the executive level. I will never again step foot @palms property,” tagging the hotel’s Twitter page with each update. He also sent updates professing his admiration for the Maloof family (founders of the hotel), but telling anyone on Spring Break to steer clear of the hotel.
Palms countered by issuing its own statement, far more formal in nature, on Twitter and in e-mail, indicating Neil had been ejected from Little Buddha on March 28. It read:
“Mr. Neil has recently made negative comments about Palms on Twitter, however, he fails to mention his own actions. As a result of Mr. Neil’s inappropriate behavior, he was asked to leave a restaurant at Palms.
“Mr. Neil has also since called Palms personnel threatening negative publicity. While we believe this is unfortunate, and we would prefer that Mr. Neil put his efforts toward apologizing for his conduct, such threats will have no effect on Palms’ policies or its decision in this matter.
“We at Palms take customer service very seriously, but we also take the well being of our team members just as seriously. We cannot and will not allow our guests, no matter who they are, to mistreat our team members. As a result of his actions, Mr. Neil is no longer welcome at Palms.”
Catch the Palms’ statement on its Twitter page here. Neil’s stretch, and response from such notables as Glynda Rhodes, can be found here. Neil has been friendly with George Maloof and restaurant operator Kerry Simon, who runs Simon at Palms Place, for years.
Neil responded to texts sent from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday night and this morning. When asked if he had any response to the statement issued by the Palms, he said, “Yea, liars.” He did not return a phone message, and the text communication halted after that note.
It is not the first time Neil has been a subject of rancor at a Las Vegas resort. A little more than a year ago, he was involved in an incident at Shimmer Cabaret at the then-Las Vegas Hilton involving my radio co-host Tricia McCrone, Las Vegas entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs and myself (enjoy that traipse down memory lane here). The issue has since been settled, with Neil pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, paying a $1,000 fine and issuing an apology.
More recently, Motley Crue performed a dozen shows in a short residency in February at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, and Neil has opened an adult club called Vince Neil's Girls, Girls, Girls. The band has announced plans for a summer tour co-headlining with KISS titled, simply, “The Tour,” which stops at Mandalay Bay Events Center in August.
As events have played out, it is good for all involved that venue was chosen instead of the Pearl.