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Vince Neil Attends American Idol Taping; Adam Lambert Shines; Hug a Tree

It’s hard to believe but Carrie Underwood’s version of “Home Sweet Home” has outsold the original. Yep. Carrie has moved more units of the American Idol farewell song than our Motley Crue boys.


"Home Sweet Home" is on Theatre of Pain and has been available for purchase for more than two decades. Carrie’s version has been out on iTunes a couple months. Don’t shoot the messenger, kids. This news come via Blabbermouth, who snatched it from the New York Post ...who lifted it from Nielsen Soundscan. Whew! According to Nielsen, Carrie’s version has sold 211,000 digital copies to 181,000 of the original. (Digital being the key to all of this).

Mock American Idol all you want. Vince Neil was live in the audience last night. He was smiling and it looked like he was having a great time. I was excited when I saw him and his wife! I wish there was more time in the broadcast – I feel like Ryan Seacrest could have interviewed Vince.

I can’t help but wonder – with the power of American Idol – could any remade Motley tune that is featured on the show be a massive hit? I think so. A Motley Crue themed night would be great! I might be the only person in America excited – but I’d be so happy; I’d roll around on the floor a little bit, flashing the devil horns. The cheesier the better, baby!

As per usual, Adam Lambert was great. No, he didn’t sing a rock song this week. The theme was disco and he took a fast song and made it a ballad. I know, he’s genius. My beloved Adam sang "If I Can't Have You." It just proved once again that he can sing anything. I’m holding out hope for that Glam power ballad. When that happens - you’ll hear me screech.

Oh, and since we’re talking about Adam Lambert – watch the little promo Fox made him record for earth day. That’s right, it’s earth day, so go hug a tree, recycle and carpool.


Reader Comments (15)

i hope they dont have a Mötley night it would just be ruining their cred i pray to god that Nikki Sixx does not let that happen
April 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercrüe düde
American Idol is what is wrong with mainstream music. It's a glorified karaoke show and yes I have watched it. Look at the people who have already faded away from that show: Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice. Even Kelly Clarkson's success has faded and I thought she was talented.

I have to give Carrie Underpants some credit because Country is her thing and she does it very well. Same thing for that Daughtery guy but I don't like the music. It's nice that all these famous tunes get some exposure, and I hope it helps with sales for the original artists, but a lot of these people that are on this show aren't that talented. Better singers than me of course.

As far as the Crue song, only 30,000 digital downloads separate the two, hardly a major success but it does line the Crue's pockets so I'm glad for that. I say no to a Crue night, nothing would be worse than one of the most dangerous L.A. bands from the '80s being featured on the safest mainstream show on TV.

Just my 2 cents.....

Heavy Metal Addiction
Well said, Steve.

In my opinion a Crüe night on AI would be the ultimate sell-out.
April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXandra73
I disagree it would be a smart decision for the motley crue folk. i hope adam does like a dr.feelgood or a maybe even home sweet home.

Even though she has sold more digital copies theater of pain is more succesful!

and i say vince too! ha it was amazing the show came on and im like omg! thats vince neil!
I wish they would have sommething about him but oh well!
April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
I need to borrow some of your optimism Allyson! :) When I read that Carrie Underwood's version of Home Sweet Home sold more digital copies than Motley Crue's, I threw up in my mouth a little bit. Sure it's great that Motley Crue are getting exposure and making a few extra bucks in the process, but the original version is sacred to me. It's hard for me to comprehend that there are people out there who prefer her version over the Crue's. And a Motley Crue night on AI...I wouldn't be able to watch it.

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Sixx
I think Nikki would love the attention that a Motley-themed AI night would bring, but ultimately I think he would decline because it isn't gritty enough. He is always very careful to make sure that Crue is portrayed as rebellious & excessive, and AI doesn't come anywhere close to that.

Still... if enough dump trucks full of money start arriving at their homes, I think anything is possible.
April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBryon
i think the soundscan results are slightly misleading because Motley Crue sold millions of copies of Theatre of Pain back in 1985, so all those record buyers today (now adults) dont need to digital download HOME SWEET HOME cause they've heard it thousands of times in their tape and CD players on the radio and MTV

another note of interest about HSH: Back in the day, it was the MTV video of the day for so many days in a row that MTV finally decided to go AGAINST the vote and put the No. 2 voted video that trailed Home Sweet Sweet at No. 1 just to make the show more interesting ... No other song ever had that effect on the MTV audience.
April 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergerry g
Allyson how can you support American Idol, it's carp, it's everything bad about music, it's not about songwriting talent,musicaltalent is just to stand there (ok, you have to sing pretty good) and look hot. It's fukkin rubbish
April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiamGallagher
Crue is sitting back relaxing and saying, royalties, royalties, SHOW ME THE MONEY! haha.
April 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkari
Gerry G --

Dial MTV! I watched and voted religiously! I even remember the Top 4:

1. Home Sweet Home
2. Shot In The Dark (Ozzy)
3. Tears Are Falling (KISS)
4. In My Dreams (Dokken)

I wish I could remember #5 because it traded spots with Dokken everyday. There were 2 days I remember vividly: the day Ozzy took the #1 slot and the day KISS took it. It was like 2 mini revolutions because the support the Crue had was overwhelming, thats why they changed all the rules and "retired" videos.

What I miss most is the Friday Night Video Fights, how did The Reflex beat out both Photograph and Jump?

Heavy Metal Addiction
Steve beat me to it - Home Sweet Home is why MTV started to retire videos. And, the reason that these people don't go on to have great careers, is that they are not musicians. They may have great voices ( why would you run such a show and use people who CAN'T sing ), but they can't write a song, and the music industry makes more money with flavour of the month artists than with people who carve a career and start to demand a slice of the pie. This Adam dude can really sing tho, I would love it if some metal band took him on board, gave him some good material, and he sang the hell out of it.
April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
DIGITAL...that is the kicker. How many people already have a version of "Home Sweet Home" by Motley that they were able to download to their iPods? Not to mention how many stole the music BEFORE.
Not taking away from Carrie Underwood, she also does a pretty great version of "I Remember You"

Of course there are the usual knucklehead detractors whining that another crap country singer RUINS a glam metal classic...they would be wrong. She may have just opened up the hayseeds to rock.
April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou.
I just hope nobody at the American Idol show let the mighty Vince Neil backstage; the poor 16 year old would have run for cover, LOL!!! Oh wait, that was the Vince Neil of 20 years ago, I am in a time capsule ...
April 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergerry g
Did anyone notice Vince Neil and his wife in the audience behind the judges. They gave Adam a standing ovation. Neil was on Idol Extra last night and an interviewer asked what his favorite performance was that night and he (of course,) said Adam.

And I've just found that Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM is a huge Adam fan.

"I'm such an adam lambert fangirl now. he fucking rocked."
April 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGENE
American Idol is nothing more than a kareoke contest. Although this season i so like Adam and Allyson. lol they rock i guess. not sure why they are doing this show. i whatched that episode but i didn't see vince. or i whatched some of it atleast. I think it was somewhat cool that Slash did the show. I mean an appearence every once in awhile is pretty cool. lol
May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChey

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