Vince Neil announced as headliner for 2015 Grand Prix of Long Beach



Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil will topline the annual Rock-N-Roar concert at this year’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, event organizers announced this weekend.

Neil will appear on Saturday, April 18 at 6:45 p.m., on the outdoor concert stage adjacent to the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. The concert is free to all Grand Prix of Long Beach ticket holders.

According to the announcement sent out by GPLB, his setlist will include the Mötley Crüe favorites “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart” and “Same Ol’ Situation.”

“Being raised in Southern California and being a race fan, this has always been my favorite race,” said Neil, who succeeds Poison’s Bret Michaels as the concert headliner. “I am very excited to be a part of it.”

Neil is an interesting choice for the 2015 event, as he once competed in IndyCar’s junior series, Indy Lights. In 1992, the singer drove an entry for four of the first five Indy Lights races; his best finish was 10th place in Milwaukee, and he ultimately tied with several other drivers for 23rd place in the league standings. Neil has also competed in Long Beach’s well-known charity event, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.

His most recent album was 2010’s Tattoos & Tequila, which also served as a companion piece to Neil’s book of the same name. The album peaked at number seven on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and number fourteen on the magazine’s Top Rock Albums Chart, cracking the overall Billboard 200 at position 57.

He has served two stints as the lead vocalist of Mötley Crüe, which is currently on the international portion of their last-ever concert tour. The band will return to the United States beginning in July, and take the stage for the final time with back to back shows at Los Angeles’s Staples Center on December 30 and 31, 2015.

The Rock-N-Roar concert is a staple of Saturdays at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, providing live entertainment to close out the second day of a three-day race weekend. Other Saturday highlights include the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Tickets are still available for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which takes place April 17 to 19, 2015. For more information on the Grand Prix, visit their website.

By: Brittany Frederick AXS Contributor