This blog post is gonna be a very personal one. When I was still in school, like middle school, my father had an accident and passed away. I remember I was at a friends when I got the news. I fought like hell to stay there cause I just could not process. Before my father passed away, he told me he was gonna take me to see Motley Crue in Lubbock, Tx. I didn’t have a lot in common with him at the time, so going to see some music for the first time was exciting. That show came and went because of the accident. It was always there in the back of my mind. Live music. Motley Crue. A relationship that might have been. Years later, I finally tried going to a show. We were all set to see Damageplan! They were stopping in Dallas on that tour. Of course you already know how that turned out. I gave up any thought of live music. Until one day I learned about local bands playing and jumped into it head first, never looking back.
Jump forward to Rocklahoma. I’m sitting at the Bud Light stage and enjoying the show. Vince Neil suddenly comes on stage and I am immediately that child again. Waiting to go see Motley Crue with my dad. I got very emotional and choked up a little. Now as much as I was in my feelings, time had not been kind for ol Vince. I know a hard partying life can catch up too you, and it caught him in spades. I enjoyed hearing those old Crue songs and hearing the crowd sing, but Vince has had better days. Nothing against him, just an old music vet out there doing what he still loves. After the set was over and the crowd started to disperse, I just felt like a little weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Weight ive carried way to long. Thank you Vince Neil, for the performance and emotional cleansing. And to my have in heaven, I hope you know I didn’t hate you, I just didn’t really know you. We were destined to walk different paths, though the stories I’ve been told recently make me think that fork in the road would have become a converging lane again. Rest in peace and watch over your sons.
– Joshua Wheeler