Motley Crue singer on a high in pi­lot re­al­ity TV show

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Vince Neil (pic­tured) is re­turn­ing to the world of re­al­ity TV for a show chron­i­cling his ef­forts to ob­tain a pi­lot’s li­cence. The Motley Crue singer, who heads to Aus­tralia for a tour with Kiss early next year, en­rolled in an ac­cel­er­ated train­ing pro­gram in his na­tive Las Ve­gas re­cently, which was partly filmed for an­other US se­ries, The Avi­a­tors, and he de­cided to in­vite a cam­era crew of his own to fol­low his jour­ney to­wards gain­ing his cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Vince Neil Es­capes will fea­ture the 51-year-old star as he bat­tles the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s (FAA) strict rules to be able to fly solo fol­low­ing a num­ber of past con­vic­tions for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence (DUI). ‘‘I’m thrilled to be part of the se­ries,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s a great ride. We do a lot of crazy par­ty­ing in our trav­els, for sure, but what I’ve learned from this ex­pe­ri­ence goes way past that. Fly­ing has al­ways been a huge dream for me, but the re­al­ity of learn­ing some­thing this dis­ci­plined has had a life-al­ter­ing ef­fect. It’s taken time for it to sink in, but I’ve def­i­nitely gone through some un­ex­pected changes.’’ A pre­miere date has yet to be sched­uled for the US pro­gram. Neil has pre­vi­ously dab­bled in re­al­ity TV projects – he ap­peared on The Sur­real Life in 2002, when he agreed to live in a house for two weeks with a group of other celebri­ties, and he showed off his ice skat­ing skills in 2010 when he ap­peared onSkat­ing with the Stars. The rocker owns pri­vate jet char­ter com­pany Vince Neil Avi­a­tion.

Kiss, Motley Crue and Thin Lizzy play the Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on March 12.

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