Published Sunday, March 10, 2013 | 12:09 p.m.
Updated Sunday, March 10, 2013 | 6:10 p.m.
Motley Crue frontman and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil was rushed to a hospital in Sydney, Australia, during the band’s concert, which was cut short, on Saturday night. Vince was taken by an ambulance from the stadium and immediately underwent a CT scan.
Vince complained while onstage of internal pain and said it was so severe that he couldn’t continue. Bassist and Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx sent out an apology on Twitter to fans and KISS, who are on tour with them, and hopes to add a couple of dates to make up for Vince’s illness.
Vince’s girlfriend, Las Vegas makeup artist Rain Andreani, told me this morning from Sydney: “It’s unknown for the moment what the illness is. He will get the results of the scan Monday morning Australian time -- 7 p.m. Sunday Las Vegas time -- and it’s possible that he may have to undergo an operation.”
Motley Crue and KISS are on tour Down Under until March 18, when Vince is due to fly home for a concert at The Orleans Arena here. Vince barely has time for rehearsals before he plays here at the arena for the 2013 Bob Rocks festival with Quiet Riot, Skid Row, Warrant, Night Ranger and Vince solo on March 22.
“I literally get off the plane and go straight to the stage,” he told me just before he flew to Australia. Motley Crue begins a North American tour starting in Canada on April 20 and continues through May 25 in Atlantic City
Updated at 3 p.m.: Vince was woken early Monday morning in Sydney and is being prepped to undergo surgery in about two hours. Doctors say kidney stones have to be removed; the stones were putting pressure on Vince’s kidney, causing the pain.
Updated at 5 p.m.: Vince just went under general anesthesia and is being wheeled into surgery.
Updated 6 p.m.: Surgery report on Vince from Australia: The operation took 30 minutes. He is awake and in minor pain. Docs report “everything went exceptionally well.”
Doctors say Vince will be OK in 24 hours time and can perform in Brisbane as scheduled. Vince vows to carry on as normal!
Updated at 6:10 p.m.: Vince told Vegas DeLuxe: “All the staff and docs did an amazing job. The Brisbane concert Tuesday night goes on as scheduled.”
We’ll update this story as we receive more information. Best wishes for a quick recovery!
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