Pain forced vocalist Vince Neil to leave the stage after only 7 songs. The band continued the show with drum and guitar solos until it became clear they would not be able to complete the set.
After Mars' guitar solo bassist Nikki Sixx took to the microphone to tell fans that Neil had been in pain throughout the show and had been taken to the hospital.
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After the show Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars took to Twitter and Facebook.
Sixx tweeted, "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." True to his word, Sixx posted this explanation on Facebook.
"Hey guys, I just woke here in Sydney. As many have heard we had to cut our set short by 4 songs last night due to Vince be in severe pain on stage .. He was doubled over on his dressing room floor 5 minutes till show time and was told by the promoter to not even play but Vince said he couldn't do that to the fans. I've seen Vinnie go onstage with broken bones, his voice completely blown out and torn ligaments but he never ever cancels … Just like an athlete you sometimes have to play through the pain but last night it became to excruciating.
I was texting with Vince most of the night last night as he was just waiting for the doctor to come back with the test results. This morning we found out he had to be admitted into surgery to remove kidney stones. He Just got out 5 minutes ago and the doctors said everything went well in the operating room. I am going to the hospital to see him before I head to Brisbane. Will update you more later … Nikki."
Vince Neil later offered this update via Facebook, "Just out of surgery. Spent night in hospital probably have to again tonight. Thank you all for the kind words and prayers. Doc says I should have a full recovery and be back onstage for the Brisbane show tomorrow. Thanks to my bandmates and crew for your support!"
Motley Crue have been touring Australia with Kiss, continuing the successful run the two bands enjoyed together last year. The next gig is Brisbane on Tuesday (March 12) so let's all wish Vince the best and hope he recovers in time.
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