Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil was rushed to the hospital Sunday.
The 52-year-old fell ill with kidney stones during a concert in Australia and had to be taken to the emergency room. Bandmate Nikki Sixx apologized to fans on Twitter, writing, “Sorry Sydney for a short set tonight but Vince had to be rushed to the hospital for internal pain. Will update you on his progress.”
Mick Mars also apologized to concert goers, writing, “Vince had an attack of kidney stones. He went straight from stage to the hospital.”
“Vince will be going into surgery to remove the kidney stones,” the band’s manager, Allen Kovac, told CNN. “He has been having problems for the last few days with kidney stones. He was treated at the hospital after the show.”
Motley Crue is touring in Australia with Thin Lizzy and KISS. The band had just begun to play a second gig at Allphones Arena in Sydney when Vince Neil began experiencing pain. The next show, which is scheduled for Tuesday in Brisbane, is still on, Kovac said.
“Vince is a warrior, who has played shows through a wide ranging list of injuries. If there is a way to safely perform, he always does,” Kovac said. “In nearly 20 years of managing Motley Crue, I can’t recall a show the band has canceled.”
Vince Neil is the latest artist to have to cut a concert short or cancel it altogether due to illness. Rihanna was forced to cancel her concert in Boston at the TD Garden Sunday due to laryngitis. Boston was only the second stop on the singer’s “Diamonds World Tour,” which kicked off in Buffalo, New York, Friday. The 24-year-old apologized profusely to fans on Twitter, and the canceled concert will be rescheduled for a later date. The next show, set for Tuesday in Baltimore, will go ahead as scheduled.
Similarly, Justin Bieber succumbed to illness during a recent concert in London. The 19-year-old stopped to catch his breath while on stage Thursday, although reports initially said the singer actually collapsed. Other reports say that Bieber collapsed back stage afterward. Bieber went on to finish the show after being treated by EMTs.
Sorry Sydney for a short set tonight but Vince had to be rushed to the hospital for internal pain. Will update you on his progress.
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) March 10, 2013
Sydney, my apologies for a short set this evening. Vince had an attack of kidney stones. He went straight from stage to the hospital.
— Mick Mars (@mrmickmars) March 10, 2013
Are you surprised that Motley Crue had to cut their concert short because of Vince Neil’s hospitalization?