Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain Was a Motley Crue Fan, Says Vince Neil


Story by Anne Erickson

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil says metal and grunge have always gotten along

Grunge famously gave heavy metal the boot in the early ‘90s, but according to Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, there was never any animosity between the two musical genres. Speaking with the U.K.’s Q magazine, he and the guys of the Crue completely dug the early grunge movement.

“We went on (MTV’s) Headbanger’s Ball and we’d had an early pressing of (Nirvana’s) ‘Nevermind,’” Neil explained. “We were talking about a bunch of upcoming bands and told people to check that album out.”

Neil added that metal musicians who clashed with grunge did so for personal reasons. “Only people whose careers were on the way out said that,” he said. “We supported that whole thing. I don’t know why people say grunge killed rock.”

Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain apparently had that same heartfelt feeling towards the Crue. “I was talking to (Hole singer and Cobain’s widow) Courtney Love one time, and she told me that one of Kurt (Cobain)’s favorite records was (Motley Crue’s 1981 album) ‘Too Fast for Love.’”



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