He may have one of the loudest wails in rock but Vince Neil declined to use it when an interview went sour. Neil called in to speak on popular radio show Tanner in the Morning about the band’s upcoming, final show in Portland on Dec. 15. But the conversation quickly grew uncomfortable as the DJ wanted to talked about Crüe drummer Tommy Lee’s recent social media mockery of his Metallica counterpart Lars Ulrich.
Neil deflected at first, saying it was best to ask other members of the band. He also claimed the decades of presumed rivalry were felt only by listeners and media. “I had no idea there was anything between us and Metallica until I read it,” he said. “I had no idea.” After being asked again about the beef, he reiterated the sentiment and said, “Like I said, I had no idea that there was any bad blood between us.”
The host went on to say, again, that it all started because Metallica accused Neil of lip-syncing during shows. Neil offered assurances that he doesn’t lip-sync and insisted that a feud doesn’t exist. As Tanner began to speak, listeners can hear an audible click on the line: Neil hangs up.
You can hear the interview in its entirety below.