It’s not that often when metal creeps its way into mainstream pop culture. So when metal/hard rock acts do actually pop up in beloved sitcoms, dramatic films, cartoons or even reality series, it’s kind of awesome. So in the weekly column Remember When, Metal Insider recalls the most random instances of metal’s elite appearing in front of the camera.
Vince Neil may no longer be welcomed to sing at the Presidential Inauguration, but it seems like TV producers will always welcome him to appear onscreen in the most bizarre programs. We’ve previously covered the time he tried ice skating, and he most recently tried to survive in Sharknado 4. Soon compete on the revamped Celebrity Apprentice. However in 2012, the Motley Crue singer appeared on TV with possibly his most bizarre co-star: ghosts.
More specifically, Neil appeared on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, helping hosts/ghost hunters Zack Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin investigate the allegedly haunted Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. Along with Frank Sinatra’s former pianist Bruce Westcott and 2006 World Series of Poker champion Jamie Gold, Neil and the crew threw a party in the penthouse suite Frank Sinatra would stay in whenever playing the Riviera in an effort to conjure up the Ghost of Vegas Past.
“We experienced unexplained, first-hand encounters, including scratch marks on one woman’s back, cold sensations, voices and knocking,” Neil said to the Las Vegas Sun afterwards. “Zak, Nick and Aaron documented the multiple EVPs and unexplained events. But when we went into Room 908, we really had the shocking, overwhelming physical experience of our lives.”
This is actually not the first (or last) time Neil has appeared on TV shows about the supernatural. He’s previously appeared on Biography channel’s Celebrity Ghost Stories in 2010 and Lifetime’s The Haunting Of… in 2014, both chronicling the time Neil believed he was visited by the ghost of his deceased daughter Skylar.
But if you want to watch the Motley Crue frontman party in a Vegas penthouse in the name of discovering proof that ghosts are real, watch clips from Neil’s appearance on Ghost Adventures below.