Hello, My Name Is Neil
IE: How often do you get the “What’s it like to be Vince Neil’s son?” question?
Neil Wharton: I get it all the time. It’s either that or “Vince Neil doesn’t have a son.” I use to get irritated with the second one, but hey, it comes with the territory. And to answer the question: It’s just like being the son of anyone else. My dad just happens to have a really cool job.
IE: Give me the story behind your MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e tribute act, Rock N Roll Junkies.
NW: The Junkies were formed by my guitarist Steven [Talbott] and myself about two years ago. The idea started way before that and it was conceived at CrÃ¼eFest Hollywood. Basically he was in another band that was performing at the show and invited me to come onstage and sing. It was a blast. We decided that a good way to raise money for the Skylar Neil [Vince Neil's daughter and Neil's half sister who died of cancer in 1995] fund was to play music and donate everything we made to charity. None of us make any money playing; we all have other jobs. This band is all about the charity and what we can do to help out.
IE: What was your dad’s reaction when you told him you were doing a CrÃ¼e tribute act?
NW: He was very supportive and kinda shocked, I guess. But he thinks it’s cool. He has not yet been able to see the band due to schedule differences, but he really wants to.
IE: How does the debauchery level of a CrÃ¼e tribute band compare to the real thing?
NW: I have friends that are in really good CrÃ¼e bands and they get treated like the real thing. With that I mean boobs hanging out and everything. The Junkies are a lil’ different [because] we’re not all about that. We’re about the charity first and playing the music to the best of our abilities. We get treated a lil’ different because we don’t dress up. The Junkies don’t look anything like the CrÃ¼e. But I guarantee you if you’re in that club and you close your eyes while we are onstage, you’d think you were in Hollywood in ‘81. That is a promise.
Neil Wharton’s Rock N Roll Junkies headline the second annual CrÃ¼eFest ChicagÃ¶ April 28th at Champs Rock Room in Burbank.
– Trevor Fisher
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