By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Vince Neil, Motley Crue frontman has been rushed over to the hospital after a sudden collapse on stage during a gig with his band.
According to TMZ.com, Vince was only a few songs into his set when he fell through a gap between one of the speakers and the stage.
He was reportedly helped to his feet by a member of the crew and hobbled off stage.
The site reports that he was later taken by an ambulance to hospital where X-rays were taken.
Dana Strum, the bassist said “The truth is – Vince fell and broke ribs when he fell.
Although the level of injuries he sustained are yet to be confirmed, but his fellow band members fear that he broke some ribs as he is in an excruciating pain.
“He can’t breathe and he’s gonna get dealt with medically.
“He was so excited to be here. He lives in Tennessee. But he was willing to stick it out and tough it out when the people back here were telling him, ‘Don’t do it.’
People have sympathised with Vince following the accident. Heavy metal DJ and broadcaster Eddie Trunk tweeted: “Get well @thevinceneil!
“Vince slipped and fell off the stage tonight at Monsters on the Mountain here in Pigeon Forge.
“Vince had been moving & singing great before the accident. He’s at hospital now getting care & X Rays. More when I hear. Get well VN!”
Vince is best known as the lead vocalist of heavy metal band, Mötley Crüe, but he has also released material as a solo artist.
Vince Neil’s career sparked off when he was discovered while performing with his band Rock Candy and joined Mötley Crüe in 1981. The newly formed band was seeking a lead vocalist and were impressed by Neil after seeing him perform live at drummer Tommy Lee’s suggestion.
Lee had known Vince in high school and thought the vocalist’s image would fit well with the new band. With Mötley Crüe, Neil made his recording debut with the band’s 1981 debut album Too Fast for Love.
The band’s next album, 1983’s Shout at the Devil, brought Mötley Crüe to international stardom, and a string of hit releases throughout the decade including Theatre of Pain, Girls, Girls, Girls and the number 1 album Dr. Feelgood established the band as one of the most popular rock acts in the world.
Producer Tom Werman, who produced much of Mötley Crüe’s material in the 1980s, has said that Vince is the least artistic and least involved in the creative process of all the band members.