With multiple websites recently reporting on Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil‘s use of a teleprompter during live shows, several artists have come to Vince’s defense. For context, an audience member at a recent Mötley Crüe concert caught some footage of a teleprompter that displays the band’s lyrics; for some artists, a teleprompter is a helpful tool to assist them with remembering the lyrics to their songs.
Among those who have come to the defense of Vince Neil are that of Disturbed frontman David Draiman and Michael Sweet of Stryper (among others). Via his Twitter account, Draiman shared the following:
“All you parasitic vultures pretending to be journalists who broke the ‘big story’ that Vince Neil/@MotleyCrue uses a teleprompter onstage should really find a new line of work. SO FUCKING WHAT? Most artists with extensive catalogs do. Leave the guy alone FFS.”
All you parasitic vultures pretending to be journalists who broke the “big story” that Vince Neil/@MotleyCrue uses a teleprompter onstage should really find a new line of work.
SO FUCKING WHAT?
Most artists with extensive catalogs do.
Leave the guy alone FFS.
— David Draiman (@davidmdraiman) July 7, 2022
Stryper’s Michael Sweet wrote the following:
“I hate to break it to you since this is ‘BIG’ news but many artists our age (or close to it) use teleprompters of some sort. Or lyric sheets, or other means. I used a teleprompter back in 2008 when I was with Boston!
“I use an IPad now for certain lyrics. When you’ve got a huge catalog that dates back to the early eighties (and you’re getting a little older), it’s pretty much impossible to remember the lyrics to every song. Why is this news? Give the guy a break. Would you rather he forgets the lyrics so you can beat him up for that? I have to say this – it’s the best I’ve seen @thevinceneil do (performance wise) in a long while. He’s obviously been working hard and it shows IMO. Regarding teleprompters – who really cares? Come on now!”
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Again, the use of a teleprompter can be a very helpful thing for an artist when they have a large backlog of music to work with. What are your thoughts on Vince Neil (as well as other major artists) using teleprompters to help remember their lyrics?
The live show is likely top of mind for Disturbed right now as they have a new record coming.
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— Disturbed (@Disturbed) July 7, 2022