Early into the set, while playing Mötley Crüe’s “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away),” the 60-year-old vocalist was walking toward the front of the stage while encouraging the crowd to clap along. He then accidentally stepped off the edge, tumbling four feet onto cement before limping away with the help of his road crew, TMZ reports. Watch the footage here.
Shortly after the spill, Neil was taken in an ambulance to a nearby hospital, where X-rays revealed that the singer had broken his ribs, according to an onstage announcement from Neil’s bassist Dana Strum.
“The truth is Vince fell and broke ribs when he fell. He can’t breathe and he’s gonna get dealt with medically,” Strum told the crowd at Monsters on the Mountain. “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.’ Let’s have one good round of applause, please, for this guy.”
Neil’s band continued performing without the the vocalist, with guitarist Jeff Blando taking over singing duties, Blabbermouth reports.
Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard are scheduled to embark on a long-delayed joint North American stadium tour in June 2022. The mega-trek, which will also feature Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, was originally slated to hit the road in 2020 before getting postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch Neil’s fall and Strum’s announcement in the fan-captured videos below.
That explains why I lost track of him in this video. I apparently captured the fall at the end of this clip. Totally agree that he looked great and was singing great. Hope the X-rays are clear and you bounce back quickly @thevinceneil pic.twitter.com/jfWT6c3rVb
— Darrell Jenkins (@bigdoftn) October 16, 2021
Breaking News from Metal Sludge!
Vince Neil has fallen at tonight’s Monsters on the Mountain festival and is being taken to a local area hospital now. pic.twitter.com/ahERWH34jr
— metalsludge (@MetalSludge) October 16, 2021